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In It For The Long Haul

As we head to Martinsville this week, we thought it would be cool to highlight one of the “unsung heroes” of Team 48. Hauler driver Kyle Bazzell has been making sure the No. 48 Lowe’s Chevy makes it to the track in style every week for five years. He also stays incredibly busy at the track, running back and forth from the hauler to the garage making sure the team has everything they need, fueling the car during practice, keeping foot traffic out of the garage so that the team can get their work done, ensuring that the coolers stay full of water and Gatorade, loading and unloading the hauler, etc. We asked Kyle to answer a few short questions, so you could learn a little more about the man behind those Oakley shades!

Kyle “Bazz” or “Viper” Bazzell

48 Hauler Driver

  • Twitter: @kbazznc
  • Home: North Carolina
  • How long have you driven the 48 hauler? 5 years
  • How many miles do you drive a year? 60,000
  • What’s your favorite drive? Sonoma, CA
  • What’s your least favorite drive? Charlotte, NC (it’s too close)
  • How do you keep yourself awake and entertained? Listen to Hair Nation
  • What do you do at the track? A lot!!! And I try to keep traffic in our garage to a minimum with cameras.
  • What’s your favorite road trip song? Anything by Guns N’ Roses or Sixx A.M.
  • Most Memorable Moment with Team 48? 200th win with my son in Victory Lane with me
  • What’s your favorite snack on the road? Really don’t have one
  • How long does it take to wash the hauler? 3 hours, then another hour and a half to wipe it down
  • How many days a year are you on the road? 263
  • What is the most common question you get asked by fans? ‘How do you get a job doing this?’ or they tell me ‘you have the best job anyone could have.’
  • What was the last home improvement project you worked on? Re-landscaped the front yard

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Jeff Gordon
Denny Hamlin
Ryan Newman
Jimmie Johnson
Started: 8th
Finished: 1st
November 15th, 2015
2:30 p.m. ET on NBC
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