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November 21, 2012

Locals show support for crew chief

Milford's Paul Wolfe earns Sprint Cup trophy

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Wolfe started in NASCAR as a driver in 2000 and worked for a series of teams as a driver and crew chief before joining Penske Racing and Keselowski in Nationwide Series in 2010. That year, he and Keselowski won Penske’s first NASCAR championship.

The following year, Wolfe joined Keseleowski in the top-tier series, winning three races and finishing fifth for the season.

Spence commented more than once Sunday that the championship could be decided by a crash or the loss of a lug nut.

Racing takes athleticism and precision, she said, and speed in changing two or four tires is crucial.

“A good stop is four tires in 13 seconds,” Spence said. Moments later, Wolfe’s crew changed four tires in 13.2 seconds.

Spence said she considers Chad Knaus, crew chief for Johnson, to be “a genius.” Wolfe moved up through the ranks of the racing world, she said, and now has beaten an established winner and his team.

“The drivers get a lot of attention — the drivers are only as good as the team,” Spence said. “I’m very proud of our Milford’s Paul Wolfe.”

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