Atlanta: Pit Crew Challenge report

Stewart's Pit Crew Takes Top Honors in Atlanta Tony Stewart's pit crew captured the Checkers/Rally's Double Drive-Thru Challenge competition in Monday's rain-delayed NASCAR NEXTEL Cup race at Atlanta Motor Speedway. The Checkers/Rally's Double...

Stewart's Pit Crew Takes Top Honors in Atlanta

Tony Stewart's pit crew captured the Checkers/Rally's Double Drive-Thru Challenge competition in Monday's rain-delayed NASCAR NEXTEL Cup race at Atlanta Motor Speedway.

The Checkers/Rally's Double Drive-Thru Challenge is in its second season of rewarding pit crews, the unsung heroes in the Nextel Cup Series. The program awards $10,500 per week to the top pit crew. In addition, the pit crew with the most wins will be awarded a $105,000 bonus at the completion of the 2006-race schedule. Stewart's No. 20 Home Depot Chevrolet spent the least amount of time on pit road (322.141 seconds) during Monday's 500-mile race. The winning performance by the No. 20 crew lifted Stewart to a fifth-place finish.

"The entire team fought hard at Atlanta," said Stewart, the reigning Nextel Cup champion. "We worked on the Home Depot Chevrolet on just about every stop.The guys made all the right adjustments and got me great track position all day long. We had a top-10 car but scratched out a top-five thanks to the pit crew."

Stewart's over-the-wall crew consists of: Jason Lee (jackman), Tom Dean (front-tire carrier), Ira-Jo Hussey (front-tire changer), Jody Fortson (rear-tire carrier), Todd Foster (rear-tire changer), Jeff Patterson (gasman), Brian Larson (catch can) and Scott Geerts (windshield). The team's crew chief is Greg Zipadelli and the pit stop coordinator is Paul Alepa.

The No. 20 crew, part of the Joe Gibbs Racing stable, snapped a three-race win streak by Hendrick Motorsports teams. The first two Checkers/Rally's Double Drive-Thru Challenge wins of the season went to Jimmie Johnson's No. 48 crew. The round-three winner was the No. 5 crew for Kyle Busch.

2006 Nextel Cup Winners Checkers/Rally's Double Drive-Thru Challenge
Daytona (2/19) Jimmie Johnson Team
California (2/26) Jimmie Johnson Team
Las Vegas (3/12) Kyle Busch Team
Atlanta (3/20) Tony Stewart Team

Craftsman Truck and Busch Series Results -- Atlanta

The Checkers/Rally's Double Drive-Thru winners for Friday's NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race and Saturday's Busch Series race were David Reutiman's No. 17 truck team and Burney Lamar's No. 77 Busch team.

About Checkers Drive-In Restaurants, Inc.
Checkers Drive-In Restaurants, Inc. (www.checkers.com) is the largest double drive-thru restaurant chain in the United States. The Company develops, owns, operates and franchises quick-service Checkers and Rally's double drive-thru restaurants. In 2005,

Checkers/Rally's was awarded two of the industry's most coveted recognitions: Best Drive-Thru in America 2005 in the QSR Drive-Thru Study for Rally's, and Nation's Restaurant News Hot! Again Award for Checkers' sizzling business performance. Checkers/Rally's is the Official Burger and Drive-Thru Restaurant of NASCAR.

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Series NASCAR Sprint Cup
Drivers Tony Stewart , Jimmie Johnson , Burney Lamar , Kyle Busch , Jason Lee
Teams Hendrick Motorsports , Joe Gibbs Racing