Catching Up With Caleb Hurd

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This is the first running of a new offseason feature that TSL is providing
specifically for TSL Pass Subscribers. Each week (hopefully), Mike Harris will
catch up with a former Hokie player, and he’ll fill us in on what he’s been
doing since his Virginia Tech days.

Caleb Hurd’s Background

Current home: Huntersville, N.C.

Current job: Data acquisitions engineer for Hendrick Motorsports, working
with the Jeff Gordon and Jimmie Johnson teams. Also serves as the gas man on
Gordon’s race-day over-the-wall pit crew.

Family: Wife Courtney. No children

At Virginia Tech: The 1996-99 football seasons. A special teams standout, he
was the holder for kicker Shayne Graham.

Best Virginia Tech memory: “Hands down, it has to be the West Virginia
game in 1999. We had that opportunity at Miami the year before and didn’t make
it. Up to that point, we hadn’t hit a game-winner in four years. To have that
feeling on the field is pretty euphoric.”

Last time back on campus: The Maryland game during the 2008 season.
“Coach Foster and Coach (John) Ballein are big racing fans. I keep in touch
with them. I usually catch one game a year there, usually the Thursday night
game because of my weekend schedule.”

Teammates you stay in touch with the most: “Still Shayne. We don’t talk
as much as we used to, but we still talk a lot. Thanks to things like Facebook,
I’ve been able to get back in touch with more of them.”

Life in NASCAR

Caleb Hurd is the best. He has the ring, the trophy and the check to prove
it. His hope is that he can continue with the bragging rights beyond this week.

The best what, you ask? The best gas man in NASCAR’s Sprint Cup series,
that’s what. It’s an honor that brings great pride to Hurd, the former Virginia
Tech special teams standout.

“I have a lot of rings from racing and football,” Hurd said.
“They all mean something to me. That ring is by far my favorite. It’s the
only one I’ve earned on my own.”

By day, Hurd is an engineer for Hendrick Motorsports. He’s part of a team
that works long hours trying to figure out ways to get the cars of Jeff Gordon
and Jimmie Johnson to go a smidge faster.

He’s also part of Gordon’s race-day pit crew, a