Jarrett's Pit Crew wins McDonald's Drive-Thru Pit Championship in Charlotte The pit crew for Dale Jarrett's No. 88 UPS Ford captured the $20,000 first-place prize by winning the McDonald's Drive-Thru Pit Championship fueled by POWERADE at the ...
Jarrett's Pit Crew wins McDonald's Drive-Thru Pit Championship in Charlotte
The pit crew for Dale Jarrett's No. 88 UPS Ford captured the $20,000 first-place prize by winning the McDonald's Drive-Thru Pit Championship fueled by POWERADE at the recent Coca-Cola 600 at Lowe's Motor Speedway in Charlotte.
Jarrett's ninth-place finish at the 1.5-mile speedway was paved by the excellent performance of his over-the-wall pit crew for its fast and accurate performance during the rain-shortened race.
The UPS/Robert Yates Racing Ford spent the least amount of time on pit road - 286 seconds, three seconds fewer than the pit crew of Michael Waltrip's team, which leads in the overall McDonald's Drive-Thru Pit Championship point standings. Sterling Marlin's pit crew came in third - spending 290 seconds on pit road.
"This is really great that our pit crew is being recognized by McDonald's and POWERADE," said Shawn Parker, crew chief for the No. 88 UPS team. "Everyone knows how important pit stops are to the overall performance of the team and I think our pit crew's performance is going to be particularly important when we're talking about getting the #88 UPS team turned around and back to where we are a contender for the win week-in and week-out.
"Our pit crew was really key in Sunday's night's race. We were a lap down when that last pit stop took place and the UPS pit crew beat everyone else out of the pits before the rain came. We were 11th before that pit stop and came out 9th after the stop so it was really important in getting us a top-10 finish."
The over-the-wall pit crew for the No. 88 team consists of John Bryan (jackman), Barry Price (gasman), Rick Coulson (catch can), Mike Trower (front tire changer), Darren Jolly (front tire carrier), Jason Sheets (rear tire changer) and Jeff Knight (rear tire carrier).
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 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.
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 night's (May 25) Coca-Cola 600
1. Dale Jarrett Team 286 seconds 2. Michael Waltrip Team 289 3. Sterling Marlin Team 290 4. Dave Blaney Team 296 5. Jeff Green Team 297 6. Bobby Labonte Team 298 7. Jimmy Spencer Team 327 8. Todd Bodine Team 344 9. Kurt Busch Team 374 10. Bill Elliott Team 376
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
Top 10 Point Leaders McDonald's Drive-Thru Pit Championship fueled by POWERADE (following Charlotte, 5/25/03)
Pos. Car# Team Points 1 15 Michael Waltrip Team 441 2 8 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Team 405 3 31 Robby Gordon Team 393 4 97 Kurt Busch Team 379 5 18 Bobby Labonte Team 375 6 16 Greg Biffle Team 371 7 40 Sterling Marlin Team 369 8 38 Elliott Sadler Team 332 8 77 Dave Blaney Team 332 10 30 Steve Park Team 327