Robby Gordon's Pit Crew wins for second time after outstanding performance in Sonoma Call it a double win for the No. 31 Cingular Wireless team during Sunday's (June 22) Dodge/Save Mart 350 NASCAR Winston Cup race at Infineon Raceway in Sonoma,...
Robby Gordon's Pit Crew wins for second time after outstanding performance in Sonoma
Call it a double win for the No. 31 Cingular Wireless team during Sunday's (June 22) Dodge/Save Mart 350 NASCAR Winston Cup race at Infineon Raceway in Sonoma, Calif.
Team driver Robby Gordon won the race on the twisting 11-turn road course and his pit crew won the McDonald's Drive-Thru Pit Championship fueled by POWERADE.
"It took the entire Cingular Wireless team to win at Sonoma and the pit crew played a huge role in our victory," said Gordon. "Pit strategy and pit stops are huge at Sonoma and the guys came through for me when it counted. They've been awesome all year long and they were really on top of their game Sunday. They helped pull the Cingular car into Victory Lane."
Thanks to fast and accurate work by the Cingular Wireless pit crew, Gordon's car, owned by Richard Childress Racing, spent the least amount of time of pit road during Sunday's 110-lap race on the 1.949-mile road course. The total pit road elapsed time for the No. 31 Chevrolet was 104.101 seconds.
Finishing second was the yellow No. 1 Pennzoil Chevrolet, driven by Ron Fellows, with a time of 107.361. Michael Waltrip's NAPA Chevrolet was third at 108.861.
It was the second time this season that Gordon's pit crew collected the $20,000 first-place check for winning the McDonald's Drive-Thru Pit Championship fueled by POWERADE. The team also won at Texas Motor Speedway (March 30).
Gordon's over-the-wall crew consists of: Josh Yost (jackman), Shane Westerberg (front-tire changer), Mike Barry (front-tire carrier), Ron Otto (rear-tire changer), Jason Fowler (rear-tire carrier) Larry Hartle (gasman) and Rich Burgess (catch can). The team's crew chief is Kevin Hamlin.
The No. 31 Cingular Wireless team is in third place in the McDonald's/POWERADE season pit crew standings. Michael Waltrip's pit crew continues to lead in the point standings and Dale Earnhardt Jr's team is second.
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 points for first place, descending in increments of one. The season champion of the McDonald's Drive-Thru Pit Championship fueled by POWERADE will receive a $200,000 bonus.
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 (June 22) Dodge/Save Mart 350 at Infineon Raceway
1. Robby Gordon Team 104.101 seconds 2. Jeff Green Team 107.361 (Ron Fellows drove in Sonoma) 3. Michael Waltrip Team 108.861 4. Jerry Nadeau Team 111.141 (Boris Said drove in Sonoma) 5. Bill Elliott Team 112.457 6. Elliott Sadler Team 116.581 7. Sterling Marlin Team 156.095 8. Jamie McMurray Team 164.438 9. Toddy Bodine Team 172.354 10. Dale Earnhardt Jr. Team 195.212
Top 10 Point Leaders McDonald's Drive-Thru Pit Championship fueled by POWERADE (following Sonoma 6/22/03)
Pos. Car# Team Points 1 15 Michael Waltrip Team 598 2 8 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Team 548 3 31 Robby Gordon Team 529 4 18 Bobby Labonte Team 523 5 40 Sterling Marlin Team 510 6 97 Kurt Busch Team 502 7 16 Greg Biffle Team 473 8 38 Elliott Sadler Team 468 9 42 Jamie McMurray Team 450 10 77 Dave Blaney Team 444
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 (with Richard Childress Racing) Bristol (March 23) Bill Elliott Team Texas (March 30) Robby Gordon Team Talladega (April 6) Bill Elliott Team Martinsville (April 13) Bobby Labonte Team California (April 27) Bobby Labonte Team Richmond (May 3) Jeff Burton Team Charlotte (May 25) Dale Jarrett Team Dover (June 1) Michael Waltrip Team Pocono (June 8) Todd Bodine Team Michigan (June 15) Sterling Marlin Team Sonoma (June 22) Robby Gordon Team