Atlanta: Pit Crew Challenge winner

Johnson's No. 48 Crew Earns Pit Crew Challenge Win in Atlanta Performance Lifts Team to Victory in Nextel Cup Event Jimmie Johnson's No. 48 pit crew earned its first Checkers/Rally's Double Drive-Thru Challenge win of the season by spending the...

Johnson's No. 48 Crew Earns Pit Crew Challenge Win in Atlanta
Performance Lifts Team to Victory in Nextel Cup Event

Jimmie Johnson's No. 48 pit crew earned its first Checkers/Rally's Double Drive-Thru Challenge win of the season by spending the least amount of time on pit road during Sunday's (March 18) Nextel Cup race at Atlanta Motor Speedway, helping lift its driver to a victory in the Kobalt Tools 500.

Johnson's over-the-wall crew is the reigning Checkers/Rally's Double-Drive Thru Challenge champion, having earned five pit crew wins in 2006.

"I couldn't be more proud of our guys," said Johnson, whose team spent 323.450 seconds on pit road. "They worked hard all weekend and it showed on Sunday when their strong, consistent pit stops helped us win the race."

Checkers/Rally's awards the winning Nextel Cup pit crew each week with a cash prize of $11,000. An additional $111,150 will be presented to the pit crew with the most wins at the completion of the 36-race Nextel Cup schedule.

The No. 48 Lowe's over-the-wall crew includes: Chris Anderson (jackman), Art Simmons (front-tire carrier), Mike Trower (front-tire changer), Ron Malec (rear-tire carrier), Tim Ladyga (rear-tire changer), Rich Gutierrez (gasman), Mike Knauer (catch can) and Sean Kerlin (eighth-man). The team's pit crew coach is Matt Clark and the crew chief is Chad Knaus.

To win the Checkers/Rally's Double Drive-Thru Challenge, teams are required to finish on the lead lap while spending the least amount of time on pit road. Checkers/Rally's is in its third season as title sponsor for the pit crew challenge.

2007 Checkers/Rally's Double Drive-Thru Challenge Winners -- Nextel Cup Series

Daytona (2/18)          Mark Martin Team

California (2/25) Mark Martin Team
Las Vegas (3/11) Mark Martin Team
Atlanta (3/18) Jimmie Johnson Team

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Busch Series Result -- Atlanta Motor Speedway

Mike Wallace's No. 7 crew scored its first Checkers/Rally's Double Drive-Thru Challenge win by taking top honors at Atlanta Motor Speedway. The team spent the least amount of time on pit road -- 189.705 seconds.

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Craftsman Truck Series Result--Atlanta Motor Speedway

The No. 21 pit crew of Kelly Bires earned the Craftsman Truck Series Checkers/Rally's Double Drive-Thru Challenge win at Atlanta Motor Speedway. The team spent 138.698 seconds on pit road.

-credit: nascar

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Series Monster Energy NASCAR Cup
Drivers Mike Wallace , Jimmie Johnson , Chad Knaus , Kelly Bires , Chris Anderson , Mark Martin