Todd Parrott

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Todd Parrott
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Parrott in 1997
Personal information
Nationality American
Born (1964-02-09) February 9, 1964 (age 53)
Charlotte, North Carolina
Residence North Carolina
Spouse(s) Billie Kiser-Parrott
Sport
Country United States
Sport NASCAR Sprint Cup Series
Team Circle Sport – Leavine Family Racing

Todd Parrott (born February 9, 1964) is an American stock car racing crew chief. He is currently a crew chief in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series for Michael McDowell on the No. 95 Chevrolet SS for Leavine Family Racing. He was the 1999 NASCAR Winston Cup Series champion crew chief, working the No. 88 Robert Yates Racing Ford of Dale Jarrett.

Career[edit]

He was the championship crew chief of the #88 with Dale Jarrett in 1999.[1] He is also the third most winning active crew chief in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series with 31 career wins as of 2013. Parrott is the son of former Richard Petty crew chief Buddy Parrott and a brother of former Carl Edwards crew chief Brad Parrott.[2][3]

Parrott's first crew chief position was working with Ernie Irvan in 1995 at Yates Racing on the new #88 Ford for two races. When the #88 went full time in 1996, Parrott became the crew chief for Dale Jarrett, winning the 1999 Cup Series championship. After 2002, Parrott worked for periods with several Yates drivers including Jarrett, Elliott Sadler, Travis Kvapil, and David Gilliland. In 2006, Parrot was briefly crew chief for Bobby Labonte at Petty Enterprises before returning to Yates to work with Gilliland.[4] After the 2008 season, Parrott was moved to former Joe Gibbs Racing satellite Hall of Fame Racing, which would begin operating out the Yates shop in 2009. The driver was Bobby Labonte, but once again Parrott and Labonte failed to make it through a full season, while Yates Racing folded following 2009.

He was working the speedway program in the Research and Development department of Roush Fenway Racing prior to joining Matt Kenseth on the #17. After a poor performance at the 2010 Daytona 500 Parrott replaced Drew Blickensderfer as crew chief for the rest of the season.[5] Midway through the season however Parrott was released; he joined Richard Petty Motorsports starting at Chicagoland Speedway as crew chief for Elliott Sadler's No. 19. He moved to the No. 9 team and driver Marcos Ambrose to start the 2011 season; two-thirds through the 2012 season RPM's teams switched crew chiefs with Parrott going to the No. 43 of Aric Almirola,[6] where he remained for 2013.

On October 17, 2013, it was announced that Parrott had been indefinitely suspended due to failing to meet NASCAR's substance abuse policy.[7] He was released by Richard Petty Motorsports on October 21.[1]

On February 3, 2014, Parrott was named the crew chief of the No. 36 of Tommy Baldwin Racing,[8] driven by Reed Sorenson.[9] On December 13, 2014, it was announced that Parrott would be the Competition Director for Richard Childress Racing in the NASCAR Xfinity Series.[10] Parrott was also named the crew chief on RCR's part-time #33 Cup Series car, working nine races for drivers Ty Dillon, Michael Annett, and Brian Scott. Parrott also substituted for Luke Lambert on the RCR #31 Cup car of Ryan Newman for six races, while Lambert served a suspension.[11]

Parrott began 2016 working five races on the #95 Cup entry of Circle Sport – Leavine Family Racing, eventually being named full-time crew chief in October for drivers Ty Dillon and Michael McDowell.

Cup Series History[edit]

Year # Team
1995 #88 Robert Yates Racing (2 races)
1996–2002 #88 Robert Yates Racing (full-time)
2003 #38 Robert Yates Racing (13 races)
2004 #38 Robert Yates Racing (full-time)
2005 #38 Robert Yates Racing (27 races)
2005 #88 Robert Yates Racing (9 races)
2006 #43 Petty Enterprises (22 races)
2006 #38 Robert Yates Racing (13 races)
2007 #38 Robert Yates Racing (full-time)
2008 #28 Yates Racing (full-time)
2009 #96 Hall of Fame Racing (10 races)
2010 #17 Roush Fenway Racing (15 races)
2010 #19 Richard Petty Motorsports (18 races)
2011 #9 Richard Petty Motorsports (full-time)
2012 #9 Richard Petty Motorsports (26 races)
2012 #43 Richard Petty Motorsports (10 races)
2013 #43 Richard Petty Motorsports (31 races)
2014 #36 Tommy Baldwin Racing (full-time)
2015 #33 Richard Childress Racing (9 races)
2015 #31 Richard Childress Racing (6 races)
2016 #95 Circle Sport – Leavine Family Racing (12 races)

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Spencer, Lee (October 22, 2013). "Petty, crew chief Parrott part ways". Fox Sports. Retrieved 2013-10-22. 
  2. ^ Dave Rodman (2010-04-19). "Kenseth, Parrott revisit past at Roush Fenway – Apr 19, 2010". Nascar.Com. Retrieved 2010-11-27. 
  3. ^ Dave Rodman, NASCAR.COM (2006-06-13). "Shop Talk: Todd Parrott – Jun 13, 2006". Nascar.Com. Retrieved 2010-11-27. 
  4. ^ Post a Comment (2008-11-20). "Travis Kvapil-Todd Parrott pairing at Yates Racing could be over | NASCAR News Now". SceneDaily.com. Retrieved 2010-11-27. 
  5. ^ "NASCAR — CUP: Parrott Ready To Challenge — SPEEDtv.com". Nascar.speedtv.com. Retrieved 2010-11-27. 
  6. ^ "Ambrose, Almirola swap crew chiefs at RPM". NASCAR.com. September 10, 2012. Retrieved 2013-10-17. 
  7. ^ Ryan, Nate (October 17, 2013). "Crew chief Todd Parrott suspended indefinitely". USA Today. McLean, VA. Retrieved 2013-10-17. 
  8. ^ "Todd Parrott new No. 36 crew chief". ESPN. February 3, 2014. Retrieved 2014-02-07. 
  9. ^ "TOMMY BALDWIN RACING TABS SORENSON FOR NO. 36". NASCAR. February 4, 2014. Retrieved 2014-02-04. 
  10. ^ "RCR hires former Sprint Cup champion crew chief". NASCAR.com. NASCAR Media Group, LLC. Retrieved 13 December 2014. 
  11. ^ "RCR loses final appeal on Tire Penalty". NASCAR.com. NASCAR Media Group, LLC. Retrieved 6 May 2015. 

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