No. 8 pit crew finishes first at Loudon II

Dale Jr's Pit Crew Wins Again; No. 8 Crew Becomes First Five-Time Winner The pit crew for Dale Earnhardt Jr. is making a charge in the McDonald's Drive-Thru Pit Championship fueled by POWERade. The No. 8 crew has now scored back-to-back wins...

Dale Jr's Pit Crew Wins Again; No. 8 Crew Becomes First Five-Time Winner

The pit crew for Dale Earnhardt Jr. is making a charge in the McDonald's Drive-Thru Pit Championship fueled by POWERade.

The No. 8 crew has now scored back-to-back wins with the latest coming in Sunday's Sylvania 300 at New Hampshire International Speedway in Loudon. The victory gave Earnhardt's crew its fifth McDonald's/POWERade victory of the season, the most of any team participating in the inaugural championship.

The five victories, worth $100,000 ($20,000 for each win), has put the No. 8 crew in a contending position for the season championship and the $200,000 bonus.

Earnhardt's crew remains in second place, but the gap is closing against its DEI teammate -- the No. 15 crew for Michael Waltrip. With nine races remaining, the No. 8 crew is 36 points behind Waltrip's crew. Three weeks ago following the Bristol race, Earnhardt's crew trailed Waltrip's crew by 72 points.

"It's getting really tense over here at DEI," said Walt Smith, pit crew coach for the DEI teams. "We all get along here at DEI, but there's also a rivalry, trying to out-do each other. This is a fabulous deal that McDonald's and POWERade have put together. Our teams are really into it. The money that is being put out means a ton to these guys. It's huge -- $20,000 each week plus the big $200,000 bonus at the end of the year. I don't have to get them pumped up for this deal."

In Sunday's (Sept. 14) Sylvania 300, Earnhardt's Budweiser Chevrolet spent the least amount of time on pit road for participating teams -- 118.175 seconds. Second was Bill Elliott's Dodge -- 134.352 and third was John Andretti's Pennzoil/DEI Chevrolet -- 135.759.

Earnhardt's over-the-wall crew consists of: Jeff Clark (gasman), Kevin Pennell (jackman), Phil Drye (front tire changer), Danny Earnhardt (front tire carrier), Jay Guarneri (rear tire changer), Troy Prince (rear tire carrier), Bill Snyder (catch can). The team's crew chief is Tony Eury and the car chief is Tony Eury Jr.

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 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 (Sept. 15) Sylvania 300 at New Hampshire International Speedway

                                Time                    Car#
1.  Dale Earnhardt Jr. Team     118.175 seconds          8
2.  Bill Elliott Team           134.352                  9
3.  John Andretti Team          135.759                  1
4.  Jamie McMurray Team         136.993                 42
5.  Ricky Rudd Team             141.356                 21
6.  Kurt Busch Team             148.101                 97
7.  Elliott Sadler Team         155.398                 38
8.  Casey Mears Team            172.111                 41
9.  Jason Leffler Team          184.704                  0
10. Steve Park Team             189.650                 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
New 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
Bristol (8/23)          Kurt Busch Team
Darlington (8/31)       Bill Elliott Team
Richmond (9/6)          Dale Earnhardt Jr. Team
N. Hampshire (9/15)     Dale Earnhardt Jr. Team

Point Standings For NASCAR Winston Cup Teams Participating In The McDonald's Drive-Thru Pit Championship fueled by POWERADE: (following New Hampshire 9/14/03; pit crew wins in parentheses)

Note: Due to technical difficulties, the standings were not available.

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Series Monster Energy NASCAR Cup
Drivers Dale Earnhardt Jr. , John Andretti , Jeff Burton , Bill Elliott , Dale Jarrett , Bobby Labonte , Michael Waltrip , Todd Bodine , Steve Park , Jason Leffler , Greg Biffle , Jeff Green , Sterling Marlin , Robby Gordon , Kurt Busch , Casey Mears , Jamie McMurray , Elliott Sadler , Dave Blaney , Tony Eury Jr.