No. 9 pit crew finishes first at Charlotte II

Elliott's pit crew is awesome again; captures record sixth victory with strong performance in Charlotte. Bill Elliott's No. 9 pit crew became the first six-time winner of the McDonald's Drive-Thru Pit Championship fueled by POWERade with ...

Elliott's pit crew is awesome again; captures record sixth victory with strong performance in Charlotte.

Bill Elliott's No. 9 pit crew became the first six-time winner of the McDonald's Drive-Thru Pit Championship fueled by POWERade with its narrow victory in Saturday night's (Oct. 11) NASCAR Winston Cup race at Lowe's Motor Speedway in Charlotte.

The six McDonald's/POWERade victories also put Elliott's crew on top of the prize money list with a season total of $120,000. In the overall point standings, Elliott's pit crew is ranked sixth.

Michael Waltrip's No. 15 crew, which finished second to Elliott's team in Charlotte, continues its season points lead in the McDonald's Drive-Thru Pit Championship. Waltrip's team has 1089 points, 37 more than the second-place crew for Dale Earnhardt Jr. The season pit crew champion will earn a $200,000 bonus.

Elliott's Dodge edged Waltrip's Chevrolet for least amount of time spent on pit road during Saturday's UAW-GM Quality 500. The No. 9 Dodge, owned by Evernham Motorsports, was clocked with a pit road time of 216.244 seconds. The time for Waltrip's NAPA Chevy was 216.573. Earnhardt Jr's Chevy was third with 220.870.

"This is great, we're jelling and knew we had a good race in Charlotte," said Greg Miller, pit crew coach for the No. 9 team. "The McDonald's/POWERade championship means a lot to the crew. It's kind of our way of gaining the hidden respect. The guys really look forward to this every week and it makes everybody want to be at their best."

Elliott's over-the-wall crew consists of: Todd Colburn (jackman), Nick Bailey (front tire carrier), Jim Pohlman (front tire changer), Eric Wakeland (rear tire carrier), Joe Kruschek (rear tire changer), Rodney Rhodes (gasman) and Steve Lawrence (catch can). The team's crew chief is Mike Ford.

How it Works

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. 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 Saturday's (Oct. 11) UAW-GM Quality 500 at Lowe's Motor Speedway

Time Car # Points

1. Bill Elliott Team 216.244 seconds 43 2. Michael Waltrip Team 216.573 " 15 42 3. Dale Earnhardt Jr. Team 220.870 " 8 41 4. Jamie McMurray Team 221.746 " 42 40 5. Bobby Labonte Team 223.353 " 18 39 6. Tony Stewart Team 223.459 " 20 38 7. Jimmy Spencer Team 259.994 " 7 37 8. Jeff Green Team 262.722 " 43 36 9. Jeff Burton Team 271.611 " 99 35 10. Dave Blaney Team 297.512 " 77 34

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 (9/14) Dale Earnhardt Jr. Team Dover (9/21) Bill Elliott Team Talladega (9/29) Tony Stewart Team Kansas (Oct. 5) Bobby Labonte Team Charlotte (Oct. 11) Bill Elliott Team

Point Standings For NASCAR Winston Cup Teams Participating In The McDonald's Drive-Thru Pit Championship fueled by POWERADE: (following Charlotte 10/11/03; pit crew wins in parentheses)

Pos. Car # Pit Crew of Points Prize Money 1 15 Michael Waltrip Team (3) 1089 60,000 2 8 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Team (5) 1052 100,000 3 18 Bobby Labonte Team (3) 1040 60,000 4 97 Kurt Busch Team (2) 1022 40,000 5 31 Robby Gordon Team (2) 1003 40,000 6 9 Bill Elliott Team (6) 998 120,000 T7 40 Sterling Marlin Team (1) 977 20,000 T7 42 Jamie McMurray Team 977 9 20 Tony Stewart Team (1) 962 20,000 10 16 Greg Biffle Team (1) 946 20,000 11 38 Elliott Sadler Team (1) 942 20,000 12 77 Dave Blaney Team (1) 930 20,000 13 99 Jeff Burton (2) 929 40,000 14 88 Dale Jarrett Team (1) 928 20,000 15 1 John Andretti Team 911 16 21 Ricky Rudd Team 907 17 30 Steve Park Team (1) 878 20,000 18 7 Jimmy Spencer Team 870 19 54 Todd Bodine Team (1) 846 20,000 20 01 Mike Skinner Team 844 21 41 Casey Mears Team 840 22 74 Tony Raines Team 810 23 0 Jason Leffler Team 784 24 45 Kyle Petty Team 771 25 43 Jeff Green Team 754 26 49 Ken Schrader Team 733 27 14 Larry Foyt Team 323 28 09 Mike Wallace Team 216 29 11 Brett Bodine Team 144 30 02 Hermie Sadler Team 39 31 37 Derrick Cope Team 4 32 44 Christian Fittipaldi Team 80 33 57 Kevin Lepage Team 6 34 150 (A.J. Foyt Racing) 64

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Series Monster Energy NASCAR Cup
Drivers Dale Earnhardt Jr. , John Andretti , Brett Bodine , Jeff Burton , Bill Elliott , Dale Jarrett , Bobby Labonte , Tony Stewart , Michael Waltrip , Todd Bodine , Steve Park , Jason Leffler , Mike Skinner , Kyle Petty , Ken Schrader , Jimmy Spencer , Greg Biffle , Jeff Green , Kevin Lepage , Sterling Marlin , Robby Gordon , Mike Wallace , Kurt Busch , Casey Mears , Christian Fittipaldi , Larry Foyt , Tony Raines , Jamie McMurray , Hermie Sadler , Derrick Cope , Elliott Sadler , Dave Blaney , A.J. Foyt