In the closing stages of Sunday's Pocono 500, crew chief Kevin Hamlin opted not to pit during a lap 178 caution period. The No. 83 stayed out, and on older tires maintained the lead until Kasey Kahne passed Brian Vickers with 15 laps to go.
Still, the No. 83 finished second and earned Red Bull Racing Team’s best finish. The quick thinking and strategy gave Hamlin the title of WYPALL Wipers crew chief of the race.
“Kevin made all the right calls,” Brian admitted Tuesday, “and it paid off with the team’s best finish. He, and we, deserve it.”
Kevin earned a cool $1,000 upon his return to Michigan. He’s from Kalamazoo — a mere 80 miles from Brooklyn.
Kevin leads Red Bull Racing Team’s strong race-day contingent from the Wolverine State. AJ’s spotter, former driver Tim Fedewa, hails from Holt. And over-the-wall crewmen Jake Brzozowski (rear tire carrier, No. 83) and Andrew Turner (jackman, No. 84) are natives of Sterling Heights and Coloma, respectively.