Lawrence Joseph McReynolds III
(born January 10
in Birmingham, Alabama
) was a long-time NASCAR crew chief
and currently serves as a racing analyst on Fox Sports
and columnist on Foxsports.com
. He currently lives in Mooresville, North Carolina
. In the past, he has served as an advisor to Petty Enterprises
, and as a minority owner in Bang! Racing
NASCAR crew chief
career began in 1975. He worked his way up the ladder and took his first crew chief job in 1985. His first win as a crew chief was in 1988 at Watkins Glen
with Ricky Rudd
as the driver.
McReynolds was the winning crew chief for the 1992 Daytona 500, with driver Davey Allison, in the 28 Robert Yates Racing Ford Thunderbird. He joined Richard Childress Racing in 1996, and helped NASCAR legend Dale Earnhardt win the 1998 Daytona 500.
At the end of the 2000 season, Larry made the hard decision to leave the Richard Childress owned #31 Lowe's Chevrolet and ventured into the Fox Sports
broadcast booth with Mike Joy
and three time Winston Cup champion Darrell Waltrip
He will be a roving reporter for the six Nextel Cup races on TNT during the 2007 and the 2008 Sprint Cup season.
List of McReynoldisms
- "It's the Bell Lap!" - Larry says this when its the white flag.
- "Reach up there and pull those belts tight one more time!" -- said at the start of a race (this is almost always followed by Darrell Waltrip's catchcry of, "boogity boogity boogity, let's go racin', boys!").
- "This race track is just like 80-grit sandpaper." -- in reference to the rough track surface at tracks like Darlington Raceway.
- "When you win the Daytona 500 you feel like your career is complete, finally in 1992 I got to experience that feeling with Davey Allison and I was privileged to have a second opportunity with Dale Earnhardt in 1998. I wear this ring on my finger and other than my wedding ring it was an experience I'll never forget" -- on winning the Daytona 500.
- "The hits just keep on comin'." -- when a driver is hit multiple times in an accident.
- "Git 'er done" -- when a pit crew gets their driver out first, a phrase made famous by Larry The Cable Guy.
- "Let's get this party started!"
- "Business is pickin' up!" -- when drivers come down pit lane; used before the cars reach pit lane as a warning to the production crew to prepare for pit stops. Fox announcers and producers are known for their communication with each other.
- "He's starting to stretch it out right now" -- when a driver is pulling away.
- "...On the high side!"
- "It's a ball and strike call" or "It's going to be borderline!" -- analyzing the possibility of a driver being black-flagged for a potential in-race violation (offside violation on restart, hitting the commitment cone, below the out-of-bounds line at some tracks, rough driving. This is often used when he notices a very questionable call.
- "It's going to be a drag race!"
- "Now I want you to keep your eye out on Kyle/Kurt Busch" -- referring to the Busch brothers who have a reputation for reckless driving.
- "They're bangin' off each other!"
- "You think these boys are tired? Dale Jr. just ran his fastest lap of the race right now!" -- noticing a driver who has managed to record the fastest lap time late in a race.
- "Now these are the big losers..." -- analyzing pit stops, usually observing the scoring monitor and noticing which cars had lost positions in pit stops. Often with scoring monitors, pit times (from pit in timing line to pit out timing line) and positions gained/lost are displayed, and television often will display the results during caution pit stops.
- "I spoke to (so and so's crew chief this morning) and (insert saying like: he says they was working real hard on the setup of the car and that they was struggling to go a little further than most teams)."
- "I'd like to document..." - Setup phrase before explaining something that may have happened earlier in the race, information given to him by the a team or production staff member, etc.
- "Juan Montoya will get the pardon to get back on the lead lap" -- in reference to the Beneficiary Rule. The "pardon" is frequently followed by "from the Oval Office", a reference to NASCAR's trackside headquarters in a trailer dubbed the "Oval Office" by the Fox staff.
- "Kasey Kahne in the nine car" -- McReynolds frequently refers to certain drivers by both their name and car number. Another example of this is, "David Ragan in the six."
- "The night time is the right time." -- about a race involving a day-to-night transition, where it is crucial to have a good-handling car at night towards the finish.
He's gonna make a run on him out of turn four!