CHARLOTTE, N.C., May 28, 1999 - With a final drop of the jack, the No. 28 Texaco/Havoline Ford pit crew earned a $10,000 paycheck and an additional unexpected $5,000 bonus from driver Kenny Irwin last night at Speed Street. During the Second...
CHARLOTTE, N.C., May 28, 1999 - With a final drop of the jack, the No. 28 Texaco/Havoline Ford pit crew earned a $10,000 paycheck and an additional unexpected $5,000 bonus from driver Kenny Irwin last night at Speed Street. During the Second Annual Coca-Cola Racing Family Pit Crew Challenge, NASCAR's unsung heroes, pit crews, received their chance to shine in front of the more than 15,000 fans, and the 11 competing teams provided plenty of excitement for the crowd gathered to watch.
One of Speed Street's most popular events during Coca-Cola 600 race week, the Pit Crew Challenge invites the pit crews from each of The Coca-Cola Racing Family teams to compete for $10,000 awarded for the fastest pit stop on Speed Street. Each participating seven-member crew completed one stationary, four-tire stop, then raced across the finish line to stop the clock. The No. 28 team's winning time of 19.81 seconds was 2.31 seconds faster than the second-place Hot Wheels team. Dale Jarrett's No. 88 Quality Care Ford team placed third.
Caught up in the excitement of the event, Kenny Irwin sweetened the prize for his pit crew by pledging an additional $5,000 if they won.
"I hope this foreshadows what's to come in Sunday's race," said Irwin. "I wouldn't mind having the Texaco/Havoline team in the winner's circle twice in one weekend."
In addition to Irwin, Dale Jarrett, Steve Park and Kyle Petty were on hand to support their pit teams. The competitors included crew chiefs and pit members from the Coca-Cola Racing Family race teams, including: defending champion Steve Park's #1 Pennzoil crew; Dale Earnhardt's #3 GM Goodwrench crew; Ricky Rudd's #10 Tide crew; Jeremy Mayfield's #12 Mobil crew; Bobby Labonte's #18 Interstate Batteries crew; Jeff Burton's #99 Exide Batteries crew; Kyle Petty's #44 Hot Wheels crew; Kenny Irwin's #28 Texaco Havoline crew; Bill Elliott's #94 McDonald's crew; Dale Jarrett's #88 Quality Care crew; and Tony Stewart's #20 Home Depot crew.