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.