Getting to know Bart Apple, interior mechanic on the No. 48 Lowe's Chevrolet
CONCORD, N.C. - As interior mechanic for the No. 48 Lowe’s Chevrolet, Bart Apple does everything from preparing Jimmie Johnson’s helmet to providing the driver with a drink during a NASCAR Sprint Cup event. Meet Bart Apple:
Full name: Bartholomew Walker Apple
Hometown: Baltimore, Ohio.
Education: Liberty Union High School in Baltimore, Ohio.
Team/job duties: Interior mechanic for the No. 48 Lowe’s team in the shop and at the track.
Time at current job: Two years.
Years in racing: Seven years.
First racing job: Kevin Harvick Inc. I was the tire specialist and interior mechanic on the No. 33 (NASCAR) Nationwide Series team.
First job overall: My uncle’s contracting company, T.J. Young Contractors.
If I wasn’t in racing I would: Own a tree removal business.
Best racing memory: Winning the 2010 NASCAR Sprint Cup championship with Jimmie Johnson and the No. 48 Lowe’s team.
Favorite track: Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Favorite Hendrick Motorsports win: Winning at Texas Motor Speedway in 2009 with Jeff Gordon and the No. 24 team.
Hobbies outside of racing: My old go-karts, spending time with friends, family and mostly with my wife, Gigi.
Favorite sport other than racing: NCAA football and NFL. My favorite teams are the Ohio State Buckeyes and the Cleveland Browns.
On an offweekend you can find me: At home, in Ohio or on a weekend trip to the mountains or beach with my wife.
Pet: Roo, a three-pound Chihuahua. She is totally crazy and thinks she’s the biggest dog around.
Favorite movie: “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation.”
Favorite book: John Grisham’s “The Rainmaker.”
Favorite music: 70s and 80s classic rock.
Best concert you’ve ever been to: AC/DC, I sat in the fourth row.
What you’ll find on my iPod: I have 2,500-plus songs on my iPod with 60s, 70s, 80s rock and classic country.
Favorite phone app: The Flashlight.
My current cars are: a 1991 Chevy S10 and a 1995 Chevy K2500 4x4.
Dream car: 1955 Chevy Nomad.
If I could meet anyone, I’d meet: Vince Lombardi.
Favorite food: Bacon.
If I ran NASCAR, I’d: Shorten the schedule.
One thing most people don’t know about me: I’ve known my wife since I was seven.
Before the race, I always: Eat something.
During a pit stop, I’m thinking: About what I have to do - catch a tire or give Jimmie a drink.
I knew I wanted a job in NASCAR when: When I raced and worked on my go-kart at the age of 11.
Favorite Hendrick Motorsports paint scheme: Any one with champagne on it.