They suggested that Ford might find Evernham another assignment outside of NASCAR's top division (Winston Cup, now Sprint Cup).
Jeff Gordon had just become a Ford driver and he had mentioned that he would like to work with Evernham again.
These methods led to the car spending less time in the pits, gaining spots on the race track.
Evernham is credited with changing the expected duration of a 4-tire pit stop from over 20 seconds to less than 15.
Instead of full-time mechanics acting as part-time pit crews, Evernham created a group of specialists (often former athletes) who would train to perfect their assigned task (tire changing, tire carrying, jacking up the car, etc...).
Much like professional sports teams, Evernham incorporated choreography, put his crew members through strength and agility training, and analyzed pit stops on film between races to point out spots where his crew excelled or could improve.
"But Ford paid my salary to go and work for Bill Davis, because Jeff wanted me there so bad." Evernham remained the crew chief for Gordon after he moved up into the Winston Cup (now Sprint Cup) for Hendrick Motorsports from the final race of the 1992 season to 1999.In 1997, Crocker began running Mini Sprints at Whip City Speedway in Westfield, MA.She became the youngest driver and the first female to win a race at the track.The two had worked briefly together in 1990, when Evernham had worked on some chassis setups for Gordon's Pontiac team.Evernham thought back to that brief time with Gordon, remembering, "From the first day we ever worked together, boom! We had fun, we did good, he was what I wanted, and I was what he wanted." Gordon's owner, Bill Davis Racing, did not want to hire Evernham for their NASCAR Busch Series team.
She also became the first World of Outlaws driver to win a feature race that year in Tulare, California.