Daytona II: Pit Crew Challenge winner

Mears' Team Captures First Pit Crew Challenge Win No. 25 crew earns Checkers/Rally's Double Drive-Thru Challenge victory in Daytona Casey Mears' over-the-wall crew captured its first Checkers/Rally's Double Drive-Thru Challenge win of the ...

Mears' Team Captures First Pit Crew Challenge Win

No. 25 crew earns Checkers/Rally's Double Drive-Thru Challenge victory in Daytona

Casey Mears' over-the-wall crew captured its first Checkers/Rally's Double Drive-Thru Challenge win of the season by taking top honors in Saturday night's NASCAR NEXTEL Cup race atJDaytona International Speedway.

The No. 25 National Guard/GMAC team spent 132.049 seconds on pit lane. The crew will be awarded $11,000 by Checkers/Rally's for winning the weekly competition.

"Our No. 25 National Guard/GMAC pit crew gets the job done week in and week out, and it's great to see them recognized for their efforts as winners of the Checkers/Rally's Double Driver-Thru Challenge," said Mears. "They are very deserving of this award and hopefully we can win a few more this year, too."

Mears' crew is the 10th different team to win the pit crew competition this season.

The No. 25 Hendrick Motorsports team is made up of: Jason Hunt (jackman), Ben Fischbeck (front-tire carrier), Tony Hamm (front-tire changer), Matt Myers (rear-tire carrier), Chuck Efaw (rear-tire changer), Chris Fasulka (gasman), Chris Hamilton (catch can) and Jim Jenkins (eighth-man). The team's pit crew coach is Mark Mauldin.

At the halfway mark of the 2007 Nextel Cup season, Mark Martin's/Regan Smith's No. 01 crew leads the season-long Checkers/Rally's Double Drive-Thru Challenge standings with four wins. Jeff Gordon's and Denny Hamlin's crews are second with three wins each. An $111,150 prize will be presented to the pit crew team with the most wins at the completion of the 36-race Nextel Cup schedule.

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 Winner as of 2007-07-10

* 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
* Bristol (3/25) Denny Hamlin Team
* Martinsville (4/1) Dale Earnhardt Jr. Team
* Texas (4/15) Mark Martin Team
* Phoenix (4/22) Denny Hamlin Team
* Talladega (4/29) Kurt Busch Team
* Richmond (5/6) Jeff Gordon Team
* Darlington (5/13) Jeff Gordon Team
* Charlotte (5/27) Denny Hamlin Team
* Dover (6/4) Ryan Newman Team
* Pocono (6/10) Jeff Gordon Team
* Michigan (6/17) Kyle Busch Team
* Infineon (6/24) Kevin Harvick Team
* New Hampshire (7/1) Jimmie Johnson Team
* Daytona (7/7) Casey Mears Team

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Busch Series Result -- Daytona International Speedway
The No. 38 crew of Jason Leffler grabbed its second Busch Series Checkers/Rally's Double Drive-Thru Challenge win in Saturday's rain-delayed event at Daytona International Speedway. The team spent 112.818 seconds on pit road.

-credit: Checkers Drive-In Restaurants, Inc.


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Series NASCAR Sprint Cup
Drivers Dale Earnhardt Jr. , Jeff Gordon , Jason Leffler , Kevin Harvick , Kurt Busch , Ryan Newman , Casey Mears , Jimmie Johnson , Regan Smith , Denny Hamlin , Kyle Busch , Mark Martin
Teams Hendrick Motorsports