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Joe Gibbs Racing is still on fire. Despite a torn ACL and an early spin, Denny Hamlin opened the Chase with a win at Chicagoland.
This week’s Eyes in the Sky has a new tone to it. Thanks to fellow contributor, Debbie Ross, I was able to ask Chris Lambert, Hamlin's spotter, a few questions.
Why did you choose to become a spotter?
It was simple for Lambert, growing up in Kannapolis NC, the true heart and center of NASCAR. When he was born his cousin was already dirt track racing, and as Lambert grew older he would spend a lot of time in their shop and realized that this was what he wanted to do.
How long have you been spotting for Denny?
Lambert has been spotting for Hamlin since 2012, that year Hamlin won five races with Lambert as his spotter. Since becoming Hamlin’s spotter the duo has a total of nine wins together.
Who else do you spot for?
Lambert is a full time spotter, I’m not sure he ever gets any rest. When he isn’t spotting for Hamlin, he spots for all the drivers of the No. 20 JGR Xfinity Series car. He even spotted for Hamlin in the No. 54 when Kyle Busch was out hurt. Sometimes too, Lambert will spot for Timothy Peters if the Camping World Truck Series is racing the same track as the Sprint Cup Series.
What was your favorite win?
For Lambert, last year’s Talladega win has to be his favorite. It was the first time Hamlin ever won there. According to Lambert, “It is always hard work to spot at restrictor plate races, but worth it when your driver wins!”
Watching Hamlin win the All Star Race this year was a huge highlight as well.
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“To watch Denny pass everyone including Harvick, in the final segment was really amazing.”
That win felt very special and close to home for Lambert. His grandfather, the man he owes everything to, sadly passed away that week. Lambert was sure his grandfather had something to do with that win.
When Lambert isn’t spotting he’s a husband to Angela and father to sons Hunter and Cameron.
Follow and learn more about Lambert on Twitter under the name @3widemiddle. He'svery active and fun twitter and loves to tweet with fans.
Lambert is always quick to tweet his excitement at winning:
Today. Was. A. Great. Day. #winnerwinner #ticketpunched #whynotus @dennyhamlin @JoeGibbsRacing@FedEx@ToyotaRacing http://t.co/i9CAAGgdcf— Chris Lambert (@3widemiddle) September 21, 2015
He also took time to thank as many as possible, his feed was full of thanking all the fans.
It's been awhile, but ya'll know what's coming...timeline blowup. 🏁🏆🏁— Chris Lambert (@3widemiddle) September 21, 2015
Thank you Chris Lambert for taking time and answering my questions.