McMurray's NASCAR team celebrates wins, newborns

McMurray's NASCAR team celebrates wins, newborns


by MICHELLE BOUDIN / NewsChannel 36

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Posted on November 19, 2010 at 6:33 PM

Updated Thursday, Dec 5 at 5:20 AM

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- This year has been a wild ride for NASCAR driver Jamie McMurray and his team.

It started in February with a win at Daytona. It continued with two more big wins, including one at home at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

But this team has had a lot to celebrate off the track, too: seven babies born this year and five first-time fathers.

It's all made for one very happy, but sleep-deprived pit crew.

"It's been really, really, a really great year," said Adam Mosier, the crew's rear tire carrier. "It's going to be hard to top 2010. We won Daytona. We won the Brickyard 400. We won the home race here in Charlotte. She got pregnant. Everything good that could happen happened."

The team is made up mostly of former athletes. There's the former bad boy: rear tire changer Chris Taylor, who is covered in tattoos.

"I think that image has gone downhill a little bit," said Taylor's wife, Jennifer.

There's reformed hunk Doug Riepe, the team's front tire carrier.

"Hunky is a good word. Now it's chunky," Riepe said.

At practice and on the track they are all business, but with their kids they are all heart.

"To me it's very similar. Just the thrill of doing a good pit stop; there's a real rush. And seeing him do something new brings that same rush. It makes my heart skip a beat," Taylor said.

But where are they faster?

"We can change four tires quicker than we can change a diaper," Riepe said.

That theory proved true with a test. The diaper change took 24 seconds, and the practice pit stop just under 12.

Cory De Marco, the team's front tire changer, has a 4-week-old and says, "This is mentally harder. That is probably physically harder."

His wife, Erin, said, "I've been so proud of the way he's adjusted -- between working, practices and the traveling and balancing a newborn."

It's helped that they're all going through the same things.

"We go from talking about fantasy football to, 'How many diapers did you change? What time did you get to bed?'" Riepe said.

The women are also leaning on each other.

"Myself and some of the other girls, we reach out to each other. We'll talk, get together on Sundays to watch the race, or not watch the race," said Jane Mosier.

And the guys all race home.

"It's definitely life-changing. The best thing that's ever happened to me," Riepe said.

And there will be one more addition before the end of the year. Jamie McMurray's wife is due next month.