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How to Become a NASCAR Tractor Trailer Car Hauler Driver

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Bright colors, loud engines and thrilling competition help NASCAR remain one of the most popular spectator sports in the United States. But there would be no cars on the track without the unsung heroes of any NASCAR team--the car hauler drivers. These hardworking professionals spend long hours delivering cars from the race shop to the track.

Obtain a Commercial Driver's License (CDL). This special license is required by many states to drive a tractor trailer.

Relocate to the Charlotte, North Carolina, area. Most NASCAR teams are based there.

Contact race teams about open positions for car hauler drivers. Hauler drivers are employed by each race team, not by NASCAR. Race-themed job boards may also post positions.

Take a different job on a race team to get your foot in the door. This is often the best way to break into NASCAR, and car hauler drivers often hold other positions on the team.

Demonstrate a good work ethic and a team attitude. Car hauler drivers often have many responsibilities beyond driving the truck, including grocery shopping and stocking parts.

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Jobs as a car hauler driver might be hard to come by. Each team usually has only one regular driver, though they may use two for cross-country trips. NASCAR sanctions several race series, not just the high-profile Sprint Cup division. Teams in other divisions need hauler drivers, too.

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