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Local Mechanic has big dreams

September 5, 2002

Local race tracks are filled with young drivers who want to one day behind the wheel of a NASCAR Winston Cup car.

But where can tomorrow's crew chief's and mechanics go to fulfill their dream of working on and building stock cars ?

Albany's Chris Moncus leaves next week for the newly opened NASCAR Technical Institute in Mooresville, North Carolina.

The newly opened school is the brainchild of current and former nascar crew chiefs including Larry McReynolds.

 The first job for NASCAR mechanics is usually cleaning up garages where when they are not picking up trash they are learning the ins and outs of stock car racing.

The goal of NASCAR Tech is for its graduates to have a working knowledge of stock cars before stepping into a garage.

Ron Whitman of Universal Technical Institute that operates NASCAR Tech said "This teaches them the basic things in how to get into a Winston Cup shop. Obviously, NASCAR with its name on the school is going to be looking here when they to source technicians."

Chris Moncus said "Ever since I was little, I always wanted to be a NASCAR technician or work on a pit crew. I've always dreamed it and even my father told me I could do it."

 Chris Moncus, who has worked at a service station for the last two years, hopes to work one day for Dale Earnhardt Incorporated.