Best GIFs of 2019, Part 3: Crew members
By Steve Luvender | Monday, December 16, 2019
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We’re sending 2019 out in style by counting down some of our favorite crew-member moments we captured in GIFs throughout the season.
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Balancing extra responsibilities when your boss goes on vacation.
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In the fueler’s defense, those cans look really, really heavy.
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Don’t you just love peeling protective plastic off brand-new electronics? If not, working on a NASCAR pit crew may not be for you.
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Monday mornings, am I right?
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Watch where you wander! Hot pit roads are no place for a stroll to clear one’s mind.
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A pit crew member illustrates how to fix pretty much anything around the house.
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The helpless feeling when you, the behind-the-wall tire-catcher guy, can’t climb over the wall to retrieve the tire you were supposed to catch.
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“Whoops! Don’t mind me sneaking through here, nearly-two-ton race car!”
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Brilliant Coca-Cola on-screen product placement by the No. 22 crew.
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Seems easier to remove the jack BEFORE the car starts moving, but I’m no professional.
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Move over, Kevin Harvick — where did HE come from?!
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SPIN MOVE! Bonus points for style.
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No, it’s not normal for pit crew members to walk down pit road during pit stops. Ryan Newman pitted to repair an issue shortly after a race was resumed from a red flag, creating this unusual visual.
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Somebody needs to create those little paper sleeves like they have for hot coffee cups, but for shredded tires instead.
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Also an effective technique to extinguish candles on a birthday cake, if you absolutely insist on using heavy equipment.
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If you can remove the NASCAR Excalibur, you will receive magical powers.
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When that new IKEA bookcase doesn’t quite line up so you have to employ a little bit of brute force to finish the job.
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A NASCAR pit crew stops for no camera person!
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Watch the rear tire changer — a seriously incredible recovery. If that were me, I’d slip on the ground, wait a second, look around to make sure nobody saw me, then slowly resume what I was doing.
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My fingers hurt just watching this GIF.
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*Pretend race car noises*
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We’ll never know why this daredevil ran in front of the car after a pit stop, but he did a fine job not ending up on the roof of the car.
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You can see the look of defeat in the crew member’s eyes when he realizes that wrench isn’t going to come out.
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An unconventionally choreographed broom push, but it’s a surprisingly effective method.
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Tires are HEAVY. That’s what makes this flippant toss of a wheel over a pit wall in frustration so impressive.
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The glove toss — never a good sign.
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I find myself making the Rodney Childers gesture of disappointment often in holiday traffic.
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It’s kind of unclear what’s happening here. A crew member appears to be smashing his foil-wrapped leftovers with a large mallet so they can fit in the office refrigerator.
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Just another day at work.
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Salting the driveway before the freezing rain starts.
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What, you haven’t heard of the latest workout trend? Everybody’s talking about tire squats.
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Not sure whose balancing skills are more impressive: the checkered-flag guy on the hood, or the guy on the decklid using his hands to clap rather than holding himself on the car.
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The moment you realize your driver just left with the tire-squats tire.
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Thankfully, for everyone involved, this shot did not take place during green-flag action.
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“We’re sorry, but the McFlurry machine is out of service today.”
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Sometimes the best way to repair something is without any tools whatsoever.