No. 16 Pit Crew wins at Michigan II

Biffle's Pit Crew scores victory at Michigan Greg Biffle's pit crew captured its first win in the McDonald's Drive-Thru Pit Championship fueled by POWERade by scoring the victory in Sunday's (Aug. 17) race at Michigan International Speedway ...

Biffle's Pit Crew scores victory at Michigan

Greg Biffle's pit crew captured its first win in the McDonald's Drive-Thru Pit Championship fueled by POWERade by scoring the victory in Sunday's (Aug. 17) race at Michigan International Speedway (MIS).

The victory, worth $20,000, was the result of Biffle's No. 16 Grainger Ford spending the least amount of time on pit road during the 220-lap, 400-mile race at MIS. Biffle's car, owned by Roush Racing, was on pit road for 206.124 seconds.

The series point-leading pit crew - Michael Waltrip's team - finished second in Michigan (217.808) and Kurt Busch's team was third (228.306).

"The Grainger Team has been working around the clock to improve all aspects of our program, and it's nice to see that their hard work is paying off on the track and on pit road," said Biffle, who posted a fourth-place finish at Michigan. "They've done a great job all season and I'm really proud of their efforts.

"Everything came together for us in Michigan and everyone on the team stepped up to the plate. Our stops were awesome all day and we kept ourselves in position by making the right calls with adjustments, having solid pit strategy and of course having great pit stops. My hats off to the guys and they definitely deserve this award."

Biffle's over-the-wall crew consists of: Adam Emmert (front tire changer), John Gaynor (front tire carrier), Jeff Merkel (jackman), Mike Hillman (rear tire changer), T.J. Hamilton (rear tire carrier), Rodger Ueltschi (gasman) and Mike Abner (catch can). The team's crew chief is Randy Goss and Justin Hines handles the windshield duties.

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 and the checkered flag at the conclusion 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 team that records the most standing points during the season will receive a $200,000 bonus at the end of the year.

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 (Aug. 17) GFS Marketplace 400 at Michigan International Speedway

                                Time            Car #
1.  Greg Biffle Team            206.124 Seconds 16
2.  Michael Waltrip Team        217.808         15
3.  Kurt Busch Team             228.306         97
4.  Sterling Marlin Team        229.060         40
5.  Jerry Nadeau Team           239.926         01
6.  Robby Gordon Team           242.533         31
7.  Jeff Burton Team            243.414         99
8.  Jeff Green Team             246.213         1
9.  Dale Jarrett Team           246.443         88
10. Steve Park Team             25.250          30

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
N. 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

Point Standings For NASCAR Winston Cup Teams Participating In The McDonald's Drive-Thru Pit Championship fueled by POWERADE: (following Michigan 8/17/03; pit crew wins in parentheses)

Pos.    Car#      Pit Crew of                           Points
1       15        Michael Waltrip Team (3)              874
2        8        Dale Earnhardt Jr. Team (3)           779
3       97        Kurt Busch Team (1)                   773
4       31        Robby Gordon Team (2)                 767
5       18        Bobby Labonte Team (2)                757
6       40        Sterling Marlin Team (1)              740
7       38        Elliott Sadler Team (1)               720
8       16        Greg Biffle Team (1)                  709
9       77        Dave Blaney Team (1)                  705
10       9        Bill Elliott Team (3)                 700
11      42        Jamie McMurray Team                   685
12      20        Tony Stewart Team                     678
13      99        Jeff Burton Team                      673
T14     88        Dale Jarrett Team (1)                 672
T14      1        Jeff Green Team                       672
16      30        Steve Park Team (1)                   665
17      54        Todd Bodine Team (1)                  656
18      21        Ricky Rudd Team                       648
19       7        Jimmy Spencer Team                    642
20      41        Casey Mears Team                      638
21      01        Jerry Nadeau Team                     619
22      74        Tony Raines Team                      608
23      45        Kyle Petty Team                       590
24       0        Jason Leffler Team                    566
25      43        Christian Fittipaldi Team             549
26      49        Kenny Schrader Team                   524
27      14        Larry Foyt Team                       306
28      11        Brett Bodine Team                     144
29      09        Phoenix Racing                        122
30      37        Derrick Cope Team                     94
31      57        Kevin Lepage Team                     76
32      02        Hermie Sadler Team                    62
T33     66        Hideo Fukuyama Team                   46
T33     33        (Andy Petree car owner)               46
35     150        (A.J. Foyt Racing)                    43

*joined program at fifth race of season - Darlington, 3/16

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Series NASCAR Sprint Cup
Drivers Dale Earnhardt Jr. , Brett Bodine , Jeff Burton , Bill Elliott , Dale Jarrett , Bobby Labonte , Tony Stewart , Michael Waltrip , Todd Bodine , Steve Park , Jason Leffler , Kyle Petty , Jimmy Spencer , Greg Biffle , Jeff Green , Kevin Lepage , Sterling Marlin , Robby Gordon , Jerry Nadeau , Kurt Busch , Casey Mears , Christian Fittipaldi , Larry Foyt , Tony Raines , Jamie McMurray , Hermie Sadler , Derrick Cope , Andy Petree , Hideo Fukuyama , Elliott Sadler , Dave Blaney , A.J. Foyt
Teams Phoenix Racing