Kevin Meendering

Learn more about the Crew Chief of the No. 1 Chevrolet

Kevin Meendering
Birth Date: 
March 17, 1981
Grand Rapids, Mich.
Crew Chief - No. 1 OneMain Chevrolet

In only two seasons as a NASCAR crew chief, Kevin Meendering has led Elliott Sadler and the No. 1 JR Motorsports team to three wins, 26 top-five and 54 top-10 finishes. In 2018, Meendering returns to his role on the No. 1 Chevrolet in pursuit of the NASCAR Xfinity Series Championship after finishing runner-up with Sadler in both 2016 and 2017. Meendering will once again look to lead his team to the NXS regular season championship, after he and his crew claimed the inaugural title in 2017.

Meendering, a 36-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 HMS 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 8-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 also a crew chief in the NASCAR Xfinity Series.

When Meendering isn’t at the race track he spends time with his wife and their two children, Colin and Isabella.  He enjoys University of Michigan football, along with all other sports at the collegiate and professional levels.


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