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Steve Hlinak:

Steve Hlinak, of Mooresville, N.C., is a paint and body specialist for Jerry Nadeau’s team by week, and the front tire carrier when the team hits the track on the weekends. Hlinak, 31, is originally from Wisconsin and fondly recalls the race where he was the front tire changer, and not just the carrier. He says he loves seeing his hard work put to use out on the track, but at the same time hates having to be away from his seven-year-old daughter Ashley and wife Michelle so much during the season.

There really isn’t a normal week when it comes to painting and decaling the MichaelHoligan.com Chevrolet. We don’t know what car we are going to be working on from week to week. We’re pretty far ahead, so this week we could be working on the Brickyard car. Sometimes we don’t even know which car we’re working on or what race it is going to – they switch them around sometimes. Our normal MichaelHolgian.com paint job has become second nature. We know what we are doing and each of us picks a side and go for it.

The Coast Guard car for the Coca-Cola 600 -- now that was different. We had to do that car in two days from clear chassis to paint because we thought we were racing it in The Winston the week before. So we worked until 2:30 in the morning getting that car done. We didn’t realize when we got started that we didn’t know what the paint scheme was. We didn’t even think about it because we had been working so hard on the bondo and the chassis. We also didn’t think about the fact that we hadn’t painted a car with this scheme before. We didn’t know what colors we were using; we didn’t know the dimensions.

It dawned on us at 5:00 that afternoon, so we had to scramble and call one of the other guys here (Hendrick Motorsports) to find out what colors we needed since he had painted one of the show cars with that scheme. Luckily, we had all the colors – MichaelHoligan.com blue, Kellogg’s red, and white. That was a scare for a minute. Then we found a picture of the car on the Internet and just went off of that.

It turned out pretty good for a two-day paint job! That car looked really good -- we were happy with it. It was fun to decal something different. We had a good time doing that.

Scott Nicholls:

Scott Nicholls, a paint and body specialist for Jerry Nadeau’s car in the shop, is thankful everyday that he gets to work in the field of auto racing. Whether he’s jumping over the wall in pit road on race weekend when he works holding the catch can, or detailing the car and preparing it for the next race. Originally from Ukiah, Calif., this 32-year-old former aviation worker, loves his job so much it makes him forget how much time and hard work it takes to do the job well. But, that might be why he does it.

The regular MichaelHolgian.com paint scheme is pretty easy to do. We paint the blue and white and then the majority of the car is decals, but you still have to paint the whole thing. The front half is white and the back half is blue, so you split it down the middle. The decals are a little tough because the checkered flag on the sides takes some time to put on. But we’re getting pretty good at it. Like Steve said, it’s second nature now.

The Dover car we are using this weekend raced at Bristol earlier this year. Bristol’s a pretty rough track so the car gets beat up. When it comes back, the fabrication shop will put new sides on it and we’ll basically start over. The only thing we don’t redo is the roof. We do the sides, the nose and the tail again, so it’s basically like a brand-new car. Most of the time, after every race we end up repainting the nose and replacing the decals on it – just to make it look nice for every race. You’re going out there to show everybody what you’ve got, so you have to have a little bit of pride in what you have.

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NASCAR Sprint Cup, 2000, Jerry Nadeau

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