“My family has always been into racing. My brother and uncle got me into the sport,” Justin Nottestad said. Nottestad went to school and grew up a quarter of a mile from NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Matt Kenseth. He started helping him with his race cars at the age of 13 and traveled with him on the ARTGO series tour and to many local racetracks until he started racing himself at the age of 16. Nottestad followed Kenseth’s career as he went into the Nationwide Series (then known as the Busch Series) and always stayed in contact with him asking for a job on one of his teams. Nottestad’s break came when Kenseth met his wife’s sister at a wedding. “He wanted to meet my sister-in-law and I made a deal with him that if he got me a job, I would introduce him as a joke,” Nottestad said. “He got me a job, married my sister-in-law and that’s when my career took off.”
Nottestad moved to North Carolina in March of 2000 to work for Kenseth and crew chief Robbie Reiser on their NASCAR Sprint Cup Series program as a fabricator. He has been with the No. 17 team his entire career. Nottestad worked his way from fabricator, to suspension mechanic, to shop foreman. He has been over the wall for 12 years, carried tires for two years and has been changing tires for 10 years.
Nottestad enjoys restoring muscle cars and tractors, hunting, fishing, and sports. He is married to his bride Julie and has two kids; Sam (10) and Audra (7) and they have a dog named Baxter. Their hometown is Cambridge, Wis., but they currently reside in Mooresville, N.C.