In the pits- Ginn
U.S. Army crewmember followed NASCAR dream to Ginn Racing
Like many young men before him, Ginn Racing’s Dwayne Moore grew up watching as much NASCAR as he could find on the television set at his family’s home.
“We watched a lot of it on TV growing up,” said Moore, a Griffin, GA native. “Busch, Truck, Cup, whatever was on every Sunday or Saturday. Finally, I said, ‘I’m tired of watching…I’m going to go and do it.’”
Moore packed his things up and moved to North Carolina in pursuit of his dream of working in NASCAR.
Once established in North Carolina, Moore attended the 5 Off 5 On Race Team Performance Center in Mooresville, where aspiring pit crew artists attempt to master the trade and hope to catch the eye of one of the several NASCAR teams established in the area.
“I started putting in six hours a day over at the school, doing whatever I could and trying to learn all I could. Finally they hired me, and I went to work for them for about a year.”
Moore’s work ethic and dedication landed him his first paying job in racing. Soon it would land him his first with a NASCAR team.
Current Ginn Racing pit crew coach Lance Munksgard had worked as a coach at the school while Moore was in attendance. Munksgard recommended Moore when a job came open for a front tire carrier at Richard Childress Racing on the No. 21 Busch car.
Moore worked on the No. 21 pit crew for a year before landing the job at Ginn Racing as the rear tire carrier on the No. 01 pit crew of the Nextel Cup Series.
Moore manages a variety of duties at the shop, including handling the fuel cells and servicing the radiators for the No. 01 car.
“It’s pretty much a never-ending process at the shop,” said Moore, who eventually would like to work his way onto the setup plate.
“By the time we nut and bolt the next car on Tuesday, we load it up Wednesday and go and do it all over again.”
Moore explained that NASCAR has allowed him to see the country, and he is grateful for the opportunity.
“Before this the only states I had ever seen were Alabama, Tennessee, Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina,” said Moore. “I’ve been all over the place, I love to fly, and I love going over the wall, so it’s perfect for me. Hopefully I can do it 15 or 20 more years.”
Moore is also excited about the addition
of NASCAR legend Mark Martin to Ginn Racing’s stable of drivers.
“We were all excited when we found out Mark Martin was coming,” said Moore. “I’ve never been in a NASCAR victory lane, and I have faith that he can help take us there.”
While the future is unknown as to that particular feat, what is certain is that if Martin is to visit NASCAR victory lane in a Ginn Racing car, it will not happen without the hard work and determination of the No. 01 U.S. Army crew around him—a team made up of dedicated members like Moore.