- Kevin Meendering
- Birth Date:
- March 17, 1981
- Grand Rapids, Mich.
- Crew Chief - No. 1 OneMain Chevrolet
In his first year as a NASCAR crew chief, Kevin Meendering led Elliott Sadler and the No. 1 OneMain team to three wins, 14 top-five and 29 top-10 finishes. Meendering returns to his role on the No. 1 Chevrolet this year in pursuit of the NASCAR Xfinity Series Championship after finishing runner-up in 2016.
Meendering, a 35-year-old native of Grand Rapids, Mich., and graduate of The University of North Carolina at Charlotte, came to JR Motorsports from Hendrick Motorsports. He began a 16-year stint at Hendrick as a high school intern in the organization’s chassis shop. By 2008, Meendering’s talents took him to the assistant engineer position on Jeff Gordon’s No. 24 team. Three years later, he became lead engineer for Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s No. 88 team. In his five-year tenure with the No. 88 team, Meendering helped generate eight wins, 52 top-five and 96 top-10 finishes in 178 NASCAR Cup Series starts. The team also won four poles in that time.
Meendering’s passion for motorsports began at a very young age, racing on local short tracks in the Grand Rapids area. As an eight-year-old, he and his family transitioned to North Carolina, landing him in the heart of NASCAR country. He credits the move as a turning point to achieving his lifelong goals. His brother Jeff is a car chief in the NASCAR Cup Series.
When Meendering isn’t at the racetrack he spends time with his wife, and their 4-year-old son. He enjoys University of Michigan football, along with all other sports at the collegiate and professional levels.