Mike Metcalf, a former football player at Appalachian State University, still gets in the thick of the competition as the gas man for the No. 84 team in Sprint Cup.
Speed, of course, is important for the jackman, but Michael Waltrip Racing's Mitch Lash says safety is number one when he's quarterbacking the pit stop.
Greg Martin, a former federal agent, is the fuel runner for the No. 18 car and is a prime example of the teamwork that has helped push Kyle Busch to the top of the standings.
More Sprint Cup drivers reach out to their fans by serving as hosts of satellite radio shows, and they gain more than just exposure.
A smooth line of clear communication among members of race teams can make a big difference in the results on race days.
Those little stickers, also known as contingency decals, on the front fender of NASCAR Sprint Cup cars can bring in some big cash for drivers and teams.
Sometimes the communication gap between drivers on the same Sprint Cup team can be a bigger obstacle to achieving harmony than a gap in the teammates' ages.
As Jimmie Johnson tries to fend off Jeff Gordon in the final race of the Nextel Cup season, here's a look at the five best finishes in recent NASCAR history.
Is winning everything? Kevin Harvick hasn't won since February's frantic finish in the Daytona 500, but he's piled up more than $7 million and ranks second in earnings.
Experience counts greatly in NASCAR, just as in any profession. But results and trends show that fortysomething drivers aren't as successful as they used to be.
Drivers who are not in the Chase are still doing their best to win races, but they also want to build some momentum to carry into next season.
Drivers, you're not in Daytona anymore. As one of the newer tracks on the Nextel Cup series, Kansas Speedway presents an opportunity for younger drivers to close the gap on veterans with more experience and data at their disposal.
Nextel Cup drivers and NFL players for the Carolina Panthers have formed close friendships over the years, but the bond between driver Casey Mears and quarterback David Carr goes back further.
Upcoming right turns and hills at Infineon and Watkins Glen mean some regular drivers will get bumped for road course specialists.
NASCAR's current wave of merger mania among Nextel Cup teams means the small, single-car teams will have an even harder time to compete with the increased resources and manpower of the big teams.
With star graduates such as Kurt Busch, Kevin Harvick and Carl Edwards, NASCAR's Craftsman truck series continues to supply quality drivers for the Nextel Cup.