No. 18 Pit Crew finishes first in Martinsville

Tiebreaker gives Bobby Labonte's Pit Crew first place prize in Martinsville. The Virginia 500 at Martinsville Speedway (April 13) marked the first time a tiebreaker criteria was needed to determine the race winner of the McDonald's Drive-Thru...

Tiebreaker gives Bobby Labonte's Pit Crew first place prize in Martinsville.

The Virginia 500 at Martinsville Speedway (April 13) marked the first time a tiebreaker criteria was needed to determine the race winner of the McDonald's Drive-Thru Pit Championship fueled by POWERade.

Bobby Labonte's and Elliott Sadler's pit crews tied for top honors with each team's car spending 292 seconds on pit road - the least amount of time for participating teams of the McDonald's Drive-Thru Pit Championship.

Labonte's pit crew was named the winner and recipient of the $20,000 first-place check by virtue of having a higher finishing position in the race. Labonte's Joe Gibbs Racing Interstate Batteries Chevrolet finished second while Sadler's Robert Yates M&M's Ford was fifth.

Labonte's over-the-wall crew consists of: Jason Lee (jackman), Todd Meredith (front tire carrier), Mark Armstrong (front tire changer), Alan Copley (rear tire carrier), Barry Cook (rear tire changer), Jim Gilbert (gasman) and Donnie Ratledge Jr. (catch can). Michael McSwain is the team's crew chief and the car chief is Scott Zipadelli. The windshield duties are handled by Adam von Olhausen.

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 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 team that records the most standing points during the season will receive a $200,000 bonus at the end of the year. The point distribution per race is: 43 points for first place, descending in increments of one. In order to obtain points at each race, the team's driver must take the opening green flag and the closing checkered flag.

The McDonald's Drive-Thru Pit Championship fueled by POWERADE is the largest monetary contingency program in NASCAR history and the first to reward pit crews for performance at each race.

<pre> Top 10 Pit Crews for Participating Teams in Sunday's (April 13) Virginia 500 at Martinsville Speedway

1.  Bobby Labonte Team          292 seconds
2.  Elliott  Sadler Team        292
3.  Tony Stewart Team           299
4.  Dale Earnhardt Jr. Team     304
5.  Ken Schrader Team           313
6.  Sterling Marlin Team        341
7.  Kurt Busch Team             342
8.  Michael Waltrip Team        348
9.  Jimmy Spencer Team          350
10. Greg Biffle Team            351

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

Race                                    Team Winner
Daytona (Feb. 16)                       Michael Waltrip Team
Rockingham (Feb. 23)                    Dave Blaney Team
Las Vegas (March 2)                     Dale Earnhardt Jr. Team
Atlanta (March 9)                       Dale Earnhardt Jr. Team
Darlington (March 16)                   Jeff Green Team
Bristol (March 23)                      Bill Elliott Team
Texas (March 30)                        Robby Gordon Team
Talladega (April 6)                     Bill Elliott Team
Martinsville (April 13)                 Bobby Labonte Team

Top 10 Point Leaders McDonald's Drive-Thru Pit Championship fueled by POWERADE (following Martinsville race, 4/13/03)

Pos.     Car #    Team                          Points
1        15       Michael Waltrip Team          325
2         8       Dale Earnhardt Jr. Team       317
3        31       Robby Gordon Team             303
4        30       Jeff Green Team               277
5        16       Greg Biffle Team              268
6        97       Kurt Busch                    267
7         1       Steve Park Team               262
8        88       Dale Jarrett Team             262
9        18       Bobby Labonte Team            254
10       38       Elliott Sadler Team           253

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Series Monster Energy NASCAR Cup
Drivers Dale Earnhardt Jr. , Bill Elliott , Dale Jarrett , Bobby Labonte , Tony Stewart , Michael Waltrip , Steve Park , Ken Schrader , Jimmy Spencer , Greg Biffle , Jeff Green , Sterling Marlin , Robby Gordon , Kurt Busch , Robert Yates , Elliott Sadler , Dave Blaney , Jason Lee
Teams Joe Gibbs Racing