Meet The Host
Hal Shaffer, an Alabama native and lifelong outdoorsman, has lived a life of adventure from an early age. He took his first buck at age 13, and has been hopelessly hooked on the outdoors ever since. With NASCAR pit crew experience under his belt, Shaffer shares his cohost's love of NASCAR and all-things-racing. A veteran of both outdoor television and radio, Shaffer is a seasoned professional who knows how to entertain and educate fans and consistently delivers high-quality programming week in and week out. Shaffer began his entertainment career doing radio ads for a Chevy dealer and parlayed that into Carolina Outdoors as his first stint in hunting TV. In his first episode, he hosted football legend, Dan Marino as a guest.
His personality is infectious and is only overshadowed by his love of the outdoors. Shaffer pursues whitetail, elk, mule deer waterfowl, turkey and other game with equal passion. While he chases this wide variety of game, Shaffer is a diehard bear hunter and holds the pending world record black bear. An adept marksman and skilled gunsmith, Shaffer knows his way around a rifle and has perfected what he calls the "Golden Trigger TKO" - the taking of a trophy-class animal with a clean, one-shot kill.
Best known for his many impressive accomplishments in the world of NASCAR, Greg "Zippy" Zipadelli has notched two NASCAR Sprint Cup Championships (2002 and 2005) and 33 total wins in the upper echelon of NASCAR racing. A seasoned pro who has considerable experience managing some of NASCAR's top teams and drivers, Zipadelli is the Competition Director for Stewart-Haas Racing, where he manages the racing operations of the #14 Chevrolet driven by Tony Stewart, the #39 Chevrolet driven by Ryan Newman and the #10 Chevrolet driven by Danica Patrick. He is also Crew Chief of the #10 GoDaddy.com Chevrolet driven by Danica Patrick.
While he plans to continue his racing career, Zipadelli has decided to shift his focus and pursue another interest ... his love of the great outdoors. His passion for the outdoors is renowned, and he's as comfortable in the whitetail or turkey woods as he is on the NASCAR track. A dedicated father of three and a decorated outdoorsman who's logged countless miles pursuing his passion, Zipadelli is excited to use Drop Zone as a platform to share his love of hunting, and as a means to educate and entertain viewers and teach kids about the outdoors. Zipadelli brings a passion and desire to excel that has earned him the respect of his peers and fans - both in the woods and on the track.