my “hottest crew chief” award, you knew this was coming

If I were to become a NASCAR Sprint Cup series driver I would have Alan Gustafson as my crew chief and Ron Malec as my car chief. Why? Because they’re both smokin’ hot!

Seriously, I’m awarding them both with the first ever I-totally-just-made-this-up-on-the-fly Fast and the Fabulous hottie crew & car chief awards for 2009. In case you’re not in the know, Alan is the crew chief for the No. 5 Pop-Tarts/CARQUEST/Kellogg’s Chevrolet driven by Mark Martin and Ron is the car chief for the No. 48 Lowe’s Chevrolet driven by Jimmie Johnson.

I mean, hellooo, just look at them. I’ve had the great opportunity to see both of these gentlemen in person. A race weekend is simply not complete without one of my obligatory Ron Malec photos, and seeing Gustafson in street clothes is mind blowing.

Congratulations to Alan and Ron! I’m sure Hendrick Motorsports, extremely honored that two of their employees were selected for this illustrious honor, will frame this post and and hang it in their lunchroom. :) hehe

Alan Gustafson
Mark Martin, driver of the No. 5 Pop-Tarts/CARQUEST Chevrolet, made his 1,000th NASCAR career start on Aug. 22 at Bristol Motor Speedway. (Courtesy Hendrick Motorsports)
(Photo Courtesy Hendrick Motorsports)

gustafson_2008 (photo credit: Getty Images for NASCAR)
(Photo Courtesy NASCAR/Getty Images)

Ron Malec (left)
Interim crew chief Jeff Meendering, of the #24 DuPont Chevrolet driven by Jeff Gordon, talks with interim crew chief Ron Malec, #48 Lowe’s Chevrolet, driven by Jimmie Johnson, prior to the start of the NASCAR Nextel Cup Series Lenox Industrial Tools 300 at New Hampshire International Speedway on July 1, 2007 in Loudon, New Hampshire. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
(Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

Rear Tire Carrier and Car Chief Ron Malec steers the No. 48 Lowes Chevrolet through inspection during the Toyota/SaveMart 350 race weekend at Infineon Raceway in 2008 (photo credit The Fast and the Fabulous)
(Photo by The Fast and the Fabulous)


  1. Phoenyx
    August 31, 2009 at 12:25 AM ·

    I have to agree with you about Ron Malec… holy hot tamale, Batman! Alan Gustafson is a cutie too for sure, but for some reason he reminds me of Adam Sandler. Ah well, Adam’s funny as hell and a true goofball, but still a good looking guy.

  2. August 31, 2009 at 9:24 AM ·

    awww, but what about Scott Zipadelli? ;) yummmmmm!

  3. August 31, 2009 at 11:28 AM ·

    totally agree about Ron….

    I agree with Rachel about Scott.

    I also think that Steve Addington is hot….(blush).

  4. RA6AN
    August 31, 2009 at 1:22 PM ·

    JD Gibbs deserves some type of hottie award.

    and honorable mention goes to Kyle Busch’s gas man, Tom Lampe.

  5. fayanne kanner
    August 31, 2009 at 8:40 PM ·

    I’m with you Amy…Addington wins my vote :-) *sigh* he makes my heart beat faster :-) But all the others mentioned are great choices as well!

    BTW, Valli, are you coming to LA for the race in Oct?

    Anyone going to Charlotte in Oct?

  6. September 3, 2009 at 5:10 PM ·

    Nice choices!

  7. September 6, 2009 at 4:08 PM ·

    I am Fayeanne! (going to CLT that is!)

  8. Mlynn
    September 9, 2009 at 1:13 PM ·

    Just got an email from HMS that contains a video interview with…ALAN Gustafson! I think its up on the HMS site for all you AG fans.

  9. October 26, 2009 at 2:58 PM ·

    I absolutely agree with you about Ron Malec! That guy is smokin hot! Saw him for the first time in June at NHMS and again in September where I took ALOT of pictures. He’s well worth the price of a pit pass!

  10. November 2, 2009 at 12:30 AM ·

    Ron Malec is ridiculously smokin’, and Alan’s a hottie, so I like your picks, but speaking as someone with a major soft spot for Chad Knaus, I like Ron right where he is…the 48 team is just a bunch of good-looking guys all around!