No. 31 Pit Crew finishes first in Texas

Robby Gordon's Pit Crew finishes first in Texas. The crew of Robby Gordon's No. 31 Cingular Wireless Chevrolet was the Round 7 winner of the McDonald's Drive-Thru Pit Championship fueled by POWERade during Sunday's (March 30) NASCAR Winston Cup...

Robby Gordon's Pit Crew finishes first in Texas.

The crew of Robby Gordon's No. 31 Cingular Wireless Chevrolet was the Round 7 winner of the McDonald's Drive-Thru Pit Championship fueled by POWERade during Sunday's (March 30) NASCAR Winston Cup race - Samsung/RadioShack 500 at Texas Motor Speedway.

Gordon's team, owned by Richard Childress Racing, was declared the winner and the recipient of the $20,000 first prize money for spending the least amount of time (202 seconds) on pit road. Coming in second was another Richard Childress Racing entry - the No. 30 crew of Jeff Green's AOL Chevrolet. Green's car had a total time of 234 seconds on pit road.

The win lifted Gordon's team into third place in the season point standings for the McDonald's Drive-Thru Pit Championship fueled by POWERade.

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), Phil Gould (rear-tire carrier, who was filling in for the injured Jason Fowler), Larry Hartle (gasman) and Rich Burgess (catch can). The team's crew chief is Kevin Hamlin.

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, a team 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 (March 30) Samsung/RadioShack 500 at Texas Motor Speedway.

1.  Robby Gordon        202 seconds
2.  Jeff Green          234
3.  Dale Earnhardt Jr.  238
4.  John Andretti       251
5.  Jamie McMurray      262
6.  Jerry Nadeau        270
7.  Michael Waltrip     309
8.  Todd Bodine         342
9.  Jack Sprague        372
10. Kurt Busch          379

2003 Winners of The McDonald's Drive-Thru Pit Championship fueled by POWERade: Michael Waltrip team Daytona (Feb. 16) Dave Blaney team Rockingham (Feb. 23) Dale Earnhardt Jr. team Las Vegas (March 2) Dale Earnhardt Jr. team Atlanta (March 9) Jeff Green team Darlington (March 16) Bill Elliott team Bristol (March 23) Robby Gordon team Texas (March 30)

Top 10 Point Leaders McDonald's Drive-Thru Pit Championship fueled by POWERade: (following Texas race - 3/30/03)

1. Michael Waltrip team         254 points
2. Dale Earnhardt Jr. team      244
3. Robby Gordon team            237
4. Jeff Green team              226
5. Casey Mears team             212
6. Greg Biffle team             204
7. Steve Park team              199
8. Ricky Rudd team              195
9. Kurt Busch team              193
10. Dale Jarrett team           190

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Series Monster Energy NASCAR Cup
Drivers Dale Earnhardt Jr. , John Andretti , Bill Elliott , Dale Jarrett , Michael Waltrip , Todd Bodine , Steve Park , Greg Biffle , Jeff Green , Robby Gordon , Jerry Nadeau , Kurt Busch , Casey Mears , Jack Sprague , Jamie McMurray , Dave Blaney , Kevin Hamlin
Teams Richard Childress Racing