Phoenix: Pit Crew Challenge winner

Hamlin's Team Captures Pit Crew Competition in Phoenix No. 11 team scores second Checkers/Rally's Double Drive-Thru Challenge win of season Denny Hamlin's over-the-wall crew took top honors in the Checkers/Rally's Double Drive-Thru Challenge...

Hamlin's Team Captures Pit Crew Competition in Phoenix

No. 11 team scores second Checkers/Rally's Double Drive-Thru Challenge win of season

Denny Hamlin's over-the-wall crew took top honors in the Checkers/Rally's Double Drive-Thru Challenge during Saturday night's Nextel Cup event at Phoenix International Raceway.

Out of the Joe Gibbs Racing stable, the No. 11 FedEx team spent the least amount of time on pit road (217.339 seconds), lifting its driver to a third-place finish.

"The FedEx over-the-wall guys were really good tonight," said Hamlin. "They worked hard, were quick all race and certainly stepped up their game. It's frustrating not to leave Phoenix with a win after having such a good car and a good effort on pit road but the breaks just didn't go our way."

The No. 11 crew includes: Chris Webb (jackman), Chad Edwards (front-tire carrier), Donnie Brown (front-tire changer), Heath Cherry (rear-tire carrier), Dennis Terry (rear-tire changer), Scott Wood (gasman), John Eicher (catch can), Bobby "Spike" Christenson (windshield) and John Furino (pit support). The team's crew chief is Mike Ford and the pit crew coordinator is Paul Alepa.

Checkers/Rally's will award Hamlin's crew a cash prize of $11,000 for winning the weekly competition. An additional $111,150 will be presented to the pit crew with the most Double Drive-Thru Challenge wins at the completion of the 36-race Nextel Cup schedule.

With two wins this season, Hamlin's crew is currently second in the year-long Checkers/Rally's Double Drive-Thru Challenge standings. Ginn Racing's No. 01 U.S. Army team leads the competition with four wins.

To win the Checkers/Rally's Double Drive-Thru Challenge, teams are required to finish on the lead lap while spending the least amount of time on pit road. Checkers/Rally's is in its third season as title sponsor for the pit crew challenge.

2007 Checkers/Rally's Double Drive-Thru Challenge Winners -- Nextel Cup Series

* Daytona (2/18) Mark Martin Team
* California (2/25) Mark Martin Team
* Las Vegas (3/11) Mark Martin Team
* Atlanta (3/18) Jimmie Johnson Team
* Bristol (3/25) Denny Hamlin Team
* Martinsville (4/1) Dale Earnhardt Jr. Team
* Texas (4/15) Mark Martin Team
* Phoenix (4/22) Denny Hamlin Team

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Busch Series Result -- Phoenix International Raceway

The No. 4 crew of Regan Smith won its second Checkers/Rally's Double Drive-Thru Challenge of the season by taking top honors in the Busch Series event (April 21) at Phoenix International Raceway. The team spent 140.420 seconds on pit road during the Bashas' Supermarkets 200.

-credit: checkers/rallys

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Series NASCAR Sprint Cup
Drivers Dale Earnhardt Jr. , Jimmie Johnson , Regan Smith , Denny Hamlin , Mark Martin
Teams Joe Gibbs Racing