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August 25, 2014

Crew Member Profile: Paul Balmer

Paul Balmer, car chief on the No. 2 Shore Lodge Chevrolet in the NASCAR Nationwide Series, cut his teeth racing in his hometown of Elmira, New York.

RCR Crew Member Spotlight: Paul Balmer

Paul Balmer, car chief on the No. 2 Shore Lodge Chevrolet in the NASCAR Nationwide Series, cut his teeth racing in his hometown of Elmira, New York. The 56-year-old started racing asphalt, street stock cars and also has dirt racing experience. Balmer moved his family to North Carolina in 1998 after two years of working in the NASCAR industry. He decided he was going to work in NASCAR and if he didn’t do it now, he would never get the chance. At the end of the 2011 season, Balmer joined the Richard Childress Racing team as a car chief on the No. 33 Nationwide Series program and assumed the No. 2 car chief position at the beginning of the 2014 season.
 
Six Questions with Paul Balmer:
What is one of your favorite racing memories from working at RCR?
Winning with Tony Stewart at Daytona in 2013. It was a somber win because of the horrific crash, but very special to win at Daytona.
 
What are your hobbies outside of racing?
Well, more racing. I like to go to local races and working on old cars.
 
What would you be doing if you weren’t working on race cars?
I’d still be working on cars in some shape or fashion. That’s all I’ve ever done and all I know.
 
What is your favorite track on the circuit?
Daytona.  A lot of people don’t like to go there but I do. Because, it’s Daytona.
 
What is the best part about working for Brian Scott?
Helping him to his first Nationwide Series win
 
Where is your favorite place to eat on the road?
In-N-Out Burger

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