No, 15 finished first at Martinsvilles II

Waltrip's pit crew wins in Martinsville; closing in on season championship. The pit crew for Michael Waltrip's team moved one step closer to claiming the inaugural McDonald's Drive-Thru Pit Championship fueled by POWERade and the $200,000 bonus...

Waltrip's pit crew wins in Martinsville; closing in on season championship.

The pit crew for Michael Waltrip's team moved one step closer to claiming the inaugural McDonald's Drive-Thru Pit Championship fueled by POWERade and the $200,000 bonus that goes to the season champion.

The No. 15 crew, which has led in the point standings the entire season, captured its fourth McDonald's/POWERade win of the year with a resounding victory in Sunday's (Oct. 19) 500-lap event at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway.

The victory, worth $20,000, lifted the No. 15 crew's season prize money total to $80,000.

With four NASCAR Winston Cup races remaining, Waltrip's pit crew holds a 38- point lead over DEI teammate - the No. 8 crew for Dale Earnhardt Jr.

"It's getting personal here - a downright grudge match between the No. 15 and the No. 8 teams," said DEI pit crew coach Walt Smith. "Both teams are really fired up about the McDonald's/POWERade championship. I tell the (No.) 15 team to stay focused and then go over to the (No.) 8 team and tell them don't give up - you're not out of the championship. This program is great for everyone. The drivers are even talking about it during the race."

By winning in Martinsville, Waltrip's team gained only one point on Earnhardt's team, which finished second. Waltrip's NAPA Chevrolet spent the least amount of time on pit road - 229.765 seconds. Earnhardt's Chevy was clocked at 283.984. Tony's Stewart's team finished third with a time of 291.004.

The over-the-wall pit crew for Waltrip's team consists of: Brian Chase (jackman), Jeff Opal (gasman), Chris Crumley (front tire changer), Greg Osborne (rear tire changer), Shawn Ward (front tire carrier), Chad Walter (rear tire carrier) and Pete Rondeau (catch can). The team's crew chief is Richard "Slugger" Labbe.

How it Works

During each 2003 NASCAR Winston Cup points event, the participating team whose car spends the least amount of aggregate time off the race track will be named the weekly winner of the McDonald's Drive-Thru Pit Championship fueled by POWERADE, provided the team's driver takes the green flag at the beginning of the event. A timing line at the entrance and exit of pit road triggers the car's transponder and records the total time spent off the race track.

The point distribution per race is: 43 for first place, descending in increments of one.

The McDonald's Drive-Thru Pit Championship fueled by POWERADE is the largest monetary contingency program in NASCAR history.

<pre> Top 10 Pit Crews For Participating Teams In Sunday's (Oct. 19) race at Martinsville Speedway

                                  Time                       Car #      Points
1. Michael Waltrip Team           229.765 seconds             15        43
2. Dale Earnhardt Jr. Team        283.984       "              8        42
3. Tony Stewart Team              291.004       "             20        41
4. Ken Schrader Team              331.307       "             49        40
5. Jeff Burton Team               335.296       "             99        39
6. Ricky Rudd Team                337.588       "             21        38
7. Steve Park Team                349.188       "             30        37
8. Bill Elliott Team              349.318       "              9        36
9. Greg Biffle Team               399.368       "             16        35
10. Elliott Sadler Team           433.274       "             38        34

2003 Winners of The McDonald's Drive-Thru Pit Championship fueled by POWERade:

Daytona (2/16)          Michael Waltrip Team
Rockingham (2/23)       Dave Blaney Team
Las Vegas (3/2)         Dale Earnhardt Jr. Team
Atlanta (3/9)           Dale Earnhardt Jr. Team
Darlington (3/16)       Jeff Green Team (RCR)
Bristol (3/23)          Bill Elliott Team
Texas (3/30)            Robby Gordon Team
Talladega (4/6)         Bill Elliott Team
Martinsville (4/13)     Bobby Labonte Team
California (4/27)       Bobby Labonte Team
Richmond (5/3)          Jeff Burton Team
Charlotte (5/25)        Dale Jarrett Team
Dover (6/1)             Michael Waltrip Team
Pocono (6/8)            Todd Bodine Team
Michigan (6/15)         Sterling Marlin Team
Sonoma (6/22)           Robby Gordon Team
Daytona (7/5)           Jeff Burton Team
Chicago (7/13)          Michael Waltrip Team
New Hampshire (7/20)    Bill Elliott Team
Pocono (7/27)           Dale Earnhardt Jr. Team
Indianapolis (8/3)      Kurt Busch Team
Watkins Glen (8/10)     Elliott Sadler Team
Michigan (8/17)         Greg Biffle Team
Bristol (8/23)          Kurt Busch Team
Darlington (8/31)       Bill Elliott Team
Richmond (9/6)          Dale Earnhardt Jr. Team
N. Hampshire (9/14)     Dale Earnhardt Jr. Team
Dover (9/21)            Bill Elliott Team
Talladega (9/29)        Tony Stewart Team
Kansas (Oct. 5)         Bobby Labonte Team
Charlotte (Oct. 11)     Bill Elliott Team
Martinsville (Oct. 19)  Michael Waltrip Team

Point Standings For NASCAR Winston Cup Teams Participating In The McDonald's Drive-Thru Pit Championship fueled by POWERADE: (following Martinsville 10/19/03; pit crew wins in parentheses)

Pos. Car Pit Crew of Points Prize Money 1 15 Michael Waltrip Team (4) 1132 80,000 2 8 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Team (5) 1094 100,000 3 18 Bobby Labonte Team (3) 1058 60,000 4 97 Kurt Busch Team (2) 1042 40,000 5 9 Bill Elliott Team (6) 1034 120,000 6 31 Robby Gordon Team (2) 1025 40,000 T7 20 Tony Stewart Team (1) 1003 20,000 T7 42 Jamie McMurray Team 1003 9 40 Sterling Marlin Team (1) 993 20,000 10 16 Greg Biffle Team (1) 981 20,000 11 38 Elliott Sadler Team (1) 976 20,000 12 99 Jeff Burton (2) 968 40,000 13 88 Dale Jarrett Team (1) 960 20,000 14 77 Dave Blaney Team (1) 953 20,000 15 21 Ricky Rudd Team 945 16 1 John Andretti Team 942 17 30 Steve Park Team (1) 915 20,000 18 7 Jimmy Spencer Team 891 19 01 (U.S. Army/MB2 Team) 873 20 41 Casey Mears Team 868 21 54 Todd Bodine Team (1) 865 20,000 22 74 Tony Raines Team 840 23 0 (Haas CNC Racing) 817 24 45 Kyle Petty Team 796 25 43 Jeff Green Team 781 26 49 Ken Schrader Team 773 27 14 Larry Foyt Team 323 28 09 Mike Wallace Team 216 29 02 Hermie Sadler Team 163 30 11 Brett Bodine Team 144 31 37 Derrick Cope Team 111 32 44 Christian Fittipaldi Team 80 33 57 Kevin Lepage Team 76 34 150 (A.J. Foyt Racing) 64

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Series Monster Energy NASCAR Cup
Drivers Dale Earnhardt Jr. , John Andretti , Brett Bodine , Jeff Burton , Bill Elliott , Dale Jarrett , Bobby Labonte , Tony Stewart , Michael Waltrip , Todd Bodine , Steve Park , Kyle Petty , Ken Schrader , Jimmy Spencer , Greg Biffle , Jeff Green , Kevin Lepage , Sterling Marlin , Robby Gordon , Mike Wallace , Kurt Busch , Casey Mears , Christian Fittipaldi , Larry Foyt , Tony Raines , Jamie McMurray , Hermie Sadler , Derrick Cope , Elliott Sadler , Dave Blaney , A.J. Foyt