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Crew chief needs to work on driver's psyches, cars

Former NASCAR Cup champion crew chief Andy Petree explains how crucial good communication is between the driver and crew chief between races.

Updated: June 10, 2007, 9:04 AM ET
By Andy Petree | ESPN

Besides trying to prepare the best possible car for the next race, the crew chief's role in motivating and boosting the confidence of the driver can't be overlooked.

In the ultra-competitive sport and environment of stock car racing, every team member needs to feel confident. But if the driver doesn't go into the race thinking he's unbeatable, then he's beatable. That's just the way it is.

From the end of one race to the start of the next, good communication with the driver is crucial ...

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