No. 97 Pit Crew wins in Las Vegas

Las Vegas Pit Crew Win Goes To Kurt Busch's Team; Sadler's Crew Moves into First Place Three races, three different winners and three different point leaders. That's how the McDonald's Drive-Thru Pit Championship fueled by POWERade has fared...

Las Vegas Pit Crew Win Goes To Kurt Busch's Team; Sadler's Crew Moves into First Place

Three races, three different winners and three different point leaders.

That's how the McDonald's Drive-Thru Pit Championship fueled by POWERade has fared at the first three NASCAR NEXTEL Cup events of the 2004 season.

The latest McDonald's/POWERade winner to claim the $20,000 weekly prize is Kurt Busch's pit crew, which had the best performance for participating teams in Sunday's UAW-DaimlerChrysler 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

The victory by Busch's crew follows wins by Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s crew in Rockingham and Tony Stewart's crew in Daytona.

The victory lifted Busch's pit crew into third place in the overall McDonald's/POWERade standings with 113 points. Elliott Sadler's No. 38 crew leads the chase for the $200,000 season-ending bonus with 118 points. Stewart's crew is second with 115 points.

Busch's No. 97 IRWIN Industrial Tools Ford spent the least amount of time on pit road in Las Vegas -- 267.302 seconds. Bobby Labonte's Chevrolet was a close second with a time of 267.465. Sadler's Ford was clocked at 269.395 to finish third.

"These guys have done a great job in all three races this year," said Jimmy Fennig, crew chief for the No. 97 team. "On Sunday we were a little too aggressive on our set-up and we were making some pretty significant adjustments to the car every time we came into the pits.

"So to win the McDonald's/POWERade championship says a lot about how great these IRWIN guys have been. We came in six times and picked up a couple of spots on three of those stops. We were consistent on our times and that's our goal for the year."

Busch's over-the-wall crew consists of: Scott Ward (front tire changer), Mark Full (front tire carrier), Kevin Gilman (rear tire changer), Jason Binger (rear tire carrier), Doug Newell (gasman), Scott Radel (jackman) and Jim Gaudette (catch can).

<pre> Top 10 Pit Crews For Participating Teams In Sunday's (March 7) UAW-DaimlerChrysler 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway

    Team                        Time               Car#   Points
1.  Kurt Busch Team             267.302 seconds    97     43
2.  Bobby Labonte Team          267.465  "         18     42
3.  Elliott Sadler Team         269.395  "         38     41
4.  Tony Stewart Team           271.509   "        20     40
5.  Kasey Kahne Team            273.983   "         9     39
6.  Casey Mears Team            277.482   "        41     38
7.  Dale Jarrett Team           278.284   "        88     37
8.  Johnny Sauter Team          282.096   "        30     36
9.  Jeff Burton Team            291.057   "        99     35
10. Kevin Harvick Team          311.181   "        29     34

2004 Winners of The McDonald's Drive-Thru Pit Championship fueled by POWERade:

Event                   Team
Daytona (2/15)          Tony Stewart Team
Rockingham (2/22)       Dale Earnhardt Jr. Team
Las Vegas (3/7)         Kurt Busch Team

Point Standings for NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Teams Participating in The McDonald's Drive-Thru Pit Championship fueled by POWERADE: (following Las Vegas (3/7); pit crew wins in parentheses)

Pos.    Car#    Pit Crew of                     Points  Prize Money
1       38      Elliott Sadler Team             118
2       20      Tony Stewart Team (1)           115     20,000
3       97      Kurt Busch Team (1)             113     20,000
4       29      Kevin Harvick Team              110
T5       8      Dale Earnhardt Jr. Team (1)     106     20,000
T5      21      Ricky Rudd Team                 106
7       41      Casey Mears Team                103
8       30      Johnny Sauter Team              100
9       18      Bobby Labonte Team               99
10      01      Joe Nemechek Team                96
11       0      Ward Burton Team                 93
12      40      Sterling Marlin Team             90
13       9      Kasey Kahne Team                 89
T-14    19      Jeremy Mayfield Team             86
T-14    42      Jamie McMurray Team              86
16      45      Kyle Petty Team                  82
17      88      Dale Jarrett Team                81
18      16      Greg Biffle Team                 80
19      99      Jeff Burton Team                 69
20      50      Derrike Cope Team                67
21      43      Jeff Green Team                  66
22      09      Johnny Benson Team               66
23      49      Ken Schrader Team                64
24      31      Robby Gordon Team                62
25       1      John Andretti Team               59
26      15      Michael Waltrip Team             57
27      14      Larry Foyt Team                  47
28      23      Dave Blaney Team                 37
29      33      Mike Skinner Team                33
30      91      Bill Elliott Team                31
31       7      Jimmy Spencer Team               30
32      72      Kirk Shelmerdine Team            29
33     280      Andy Hillenburg Team             28
T-34   146      Carl Long Team                   18
T-34    02      Carl Long/Hermie Sadler Team     18

</pre> How it Works
During each 2004 NASCAR NEXTEL 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.

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Series Monster Energy NASCAR Cup
Drivers Dale Earnhardt Jr. , John Andretti , Jeff Burton , Ward Burton , Derrike Cope , Bill Elliott , Dale Jarrett , Bobby Labonte , Jeremy Mayfield , Tony Stewart , Michael Waltrip , Mike Skinner , Kyle Petty , Ken Schrader , Jimmy Spencer , Kevin Harvick , Joe Nemechek , Greg Biffle , Jeff Green , Sterling Marlin , Robby Gordon , Kurt Busch , Casey Mears , Johnny Benson , Larry Foyt , Jamie McMurray , Andy Hillenburg , Hermie Sadler , Kirk Shelmerdine , Johnny Sauter , Kasey Kahne , Carl Long , Elliott Sadler , Dave Blaney