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Waltrip's Pit Crew Takes Daytona Win The pit crew for Michael Waltrip captured the McDonald's Drive-Thru Pit Championship fueled by POWERade in Saturday night's NASCAR NEXTEL Cup race at Daytona International Speedway. It was the second...

Waltrip's Pit Crew Takes Daytona Win

The pit crew for Michael Waltrip captured the McDonald's Drive-Thru Pit Championship fueled by POWERade in Saturday night's NASCAR NEXTEL Cup race at Daytona International Speedway.

It was the second time this season that Waltrip's No. 15 crew claimed the $20,000 first-place prize. The crew's other victory was at Texas Motor Speedway in April.

The Daytona victory lifted Waltrip's pit crew into sixth place in the McDonald's/POWERade standings with 562 points.

Waltrip's DEI teammate, the pit crew for Dale Earnhardt Jr., continues to lead the competition with 638 points. Elliott Sadler's pit crew is second with 614 points and Kurt Busch's crew remains in third with 588. A $200,000 bonus awaits the season champion.

During Saturday night's 400-mile event in Daytona, Waltrip's NAPA Chevrolet logged the least amount of time on pit road 0x2022 175.899 seconds. Coming in second was Ricky Rudd's Motorcraft Ford with a time of 178.633. Third was Dave Blaney's AOL Chevy at 180.120.

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 Tom Vigue (catch can). The team's crew chief is Richard "Slugger" Labbe and the pit crew coach is Walt Smith.

<pre> Top 10 Pit Crews For Participating Teams in Saturday's race (July 3) at Daytona International Speedway

                                Time                    Car#    Points
1. Michael Waltrip Team         175.899 seconds         15      43
2. Ricky Rudd Team              178.633 "               21      42
3. Dave Blaney Team             180.120 "               30      41
4. Robby Gordon Team            180.151 "               31      40
5. Kevin Harvick Team           187.422 "               29      39
6. Tony Stewart Team            190.590 "               20      38
7. Casey Mears Team             192.285 "               41      37
8. Dale Earnhardt Jr. Team      193.776 "                8      36
9. Kurt Busch Team              197.562 "               97      35
10. Bobby Labonte Team          198.584 "               18      34

2004 Winners of The McDonald's Drive-Thru Pit Championship fueled by POWERade:

Daytona (2/15)          Tony Stewart Team
Rockingham (2/22)       Dale Earnhardt Jr. Team
Las Vegas (3/7)         Kurt Busch Team
Atlanta (3/14)          Robby Gordon Team
Darlington (3/21)       Greg Biffle Team
Bristol (3/28)          Sterling Marlin Team
Texas (4/4)             Michael Waltrip Team
Martinsville (4/18)     Kurt Busch Team
Talladega (4/25)        Robby Gordon Team
California (5/2)        Robby Gordon Team
Richmond (5/15)         Dale Earnhardt Jr. Team
Charlotte (May 30)      Jamie McMurray Team
Dover (6/6)             Tony Stewart Team
Pocono (6/13)           Casey Mears Team
Michigan (6/20)         Elliott Sadler Team
Sonona (6/27)           Elliott Sadler Team
Daytona (7/3)           Michael Waltrip Team

Point Standings for NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Teams Participating in The McDonald's Drive-Thru Pit Championship fueled by POWERADE: Following Daytona (7/3); pit crew wins in parentheses

Pos.  Car# Pit Crew of                  Points  Prize Money
1      8   Dale Earnhardt Jr. Team (2)  638     40,000
2     38   Elliott Sadler Team (2)      614     40,000
3     97   Kurt Busch Team (2)          588     40,000
4     29   Kevin Harvick Team           585
5     20   Tony Stewart Team (2)        583     40,000
6     15   Michael Waltrip Team (2)     562     40,000
7     18   Bobby Labonte Team           556
8     30   Dave Blaney Team             554
9     88   Dale Jarrett Team            546
10    31   Robby Gordon Team (3)        540     60,000
11    41   Casey Mears Team (1)         537     20,000
T-12  21   Ricky Rudd Team              536
T-12  42   Jamie McMurray Team (1)      536     20,000
14    99   Jeff Burton Team             535
15    40   Sterling Marlin Team (1)     531     20,000
16    01   Joe Nemechek Team            514
17    16   Greg Biffle Team (1)         507     20,000
18    49   Ken Schrader Team            500
19    43   Jeff Green Team              486
20     0   Ward Burton Team             483
21    45   Kyle Petty Team              448
22    50   Derrike Cope Team            431
23    09   James Finch Team (owner)     282
24   198   Larry Gunselman Team         239
25    89   Morgan Shepherd Team         186
26    02   Hermie Sadler Team           180
27    72   Kirk Shelmerdine Team        175
28   280   Andy Hillenburg Team         113
29     1   John Andretti Team           106
30   194   Stanton Barrett Team          80
31    14   Larry Foyt Team               72
32   251   Kevin Lepage Team             69
33    91   Bill Elliott Team             52
34     7   Jim Smith Team (owner)        48
35    23   Bill Davis Racing             37

</pre> How it Works During each 2004 NASCAR NEXTEL 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.

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Series Monster Energy NASCAR Cup
Drivers Dale Earnhardt Jr. , John Andretti , Jeff Burton , Ward Burton , Derrike Cope , Bill Elliott , Dale Jarrett , Bobby Labonte , Tony Stewart , Michael Waltrip , Kyle Petty , Ken Schrader , Kevin Harvick , Joe Nemechek , Greg Biffle , Jeff Green , Kevin Lepage , Sterling Marlin , Robby Gordon , Kurt Busch , Casey Mears , Larry Foyt , Larry Gunselman , Jamie McMurray , Andy Hillenburg , Hermie Sadler , Kirk Shelmerdine , Stanton Barrett , Morgan Shepherd , Elliott Sadler , Dave Blaney , Jim Smith
Teams Bill Davis Racing