Larry McReynolds: Biography
One of NASCAR’s most successful and recognized crew chiefs, Larry McReynolds, has over 30 years of racing experience under his cap, and has literally seen and done it all. His NASCAR career began in 1975. McReynolds worked his way up the ladder and took his first crew chief job in 1985. Three years later he earned his first Cup win at Watkins Glen with Ricky Rudd behind the wheel. In 1991, McReynolds teamed with owner Robert Yates and driver Davey Allison to win 11 races and three pole positions, establishing himself as one of the elite crew chiefs in NASCAR.
With Davey Allison behind the wheel of the famous #28 Texaco Ford they won back to back Winston All-Star races in 1991 and 1992. McReynolds won his first Daytona 500 in 1992 with Davey Allison behind the wheel as well. In 1993 McReynolds teamed with Ernie Irvan to win five pole positions. After joining Richard Childress racing in 1997, McReynolds captured a second Daytona victory when he helped NASCAR legend Dale Earnhardt capture the one missing jewel from his champion’s crown. McReynolds served as a NASCAR Winston Cup crew chief from 1985-2000, amassing 23 Winston Cup wins, 21 poles, 122 top five finishes and 209 top ten finishes in 457 starts.
His success and thorough approach to his crew chief responsibilities earned him selection to the Copenhagen/Skoal All-Pro Team for five straight years (1991-1995), an all-star who's who of crew members. McReynolds-led teams have finished in the Top 10 in the Winston Cup point standings six times and finished in the Top five three of those times.
At the end of the 2000 NASCAR season, McReynolds made the hard decision to leave the Richard Childress owned #31 Lowe's Chevrolet and ventured into the Fox Sports broadcast booth with Mike Joy and three time Winston Cup champion Darrell Waltrip to form the Emmy Award-winning NASCAR on FOX broadcast team. Offering keen insight into the complicated inner-workings of race teams’, including pit crew details, car descriptions and particulars of the driver/crew chief relationship, McReynolds was an instant success during the 2001 premiere season, which was his first, spent behind the camera full-time. Upon teaming with Joy and Waltrip, their consistently strong performance prompted The New York Times to write, “Every TV motorsports race team should be measured against FOX’s Mike Joy, Darrell Waltrip and Larry McReynolds for pure intensity.” McReynolds also serves as an analyst for NASCAR coverage on SPEED, and TNT. In addition to his television broadcasts Larry in his fifth year at MRN Radio, with co-host Steve Post, to bring the “NASCAR Performance Show” to the air on Wednesday evenings at 7:00pm EST.
McReynolds was born on January 10, 1959, in Birmingham, Alabama. He currently resides in Mooresville, NC, with his wife Linda, daughters Brooke and Kendall, and son Brandon.