Johnson's Team Earns Pit Crew Challenge Win at Infineon No. 48 Team Extends Lead in Season Long Competition Jimmie Johnson's team extended its lead in the season-long CheckersÂ®/Rally'sÂ® Double Drive-Thru Challenge by ...
Johnson's Team Earns Pit Crew Challenge Win at Infineon
No. 48 Team Extends Lead in Season Long Competition
Jimmie Johnson's team extended its lead in the season-long Checkers®/Rally's® Double Drive-Thru Challenge by winning the award in Sunday's Dodge/ Save Mart 350 at Infineon Raceway in Sonoma, Calif.
The victory was the fourth of the season for the No. 48 Lowe's pit crew. They also picked up wins at Daytona, California, and Charlotte. Tony Stewart's, Elliott Sadler's and Kyle Busch's crews are tied for second place with two wins each.
"There are a few things that make my job easier," said No. 48 crew chief Chad Knaus. "One of them is knowing that when we bring the car into the pits, there is a real possibility that we will gain some spots on the track. The guys work hard and it shows. They deserve to be recognized for what they accomplish on a weekly basis."
Johnson's team will be awarded the weekly $10,500 prize. An additional $105,000 will be presented to the pit crew with the most wins at the completion of the 36-race schedule.
Johnson's over-the-wall crew, which spent only 109.657 seconds on pit road during the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup event, includes: Chris Anderson (jackman), Art Simmons (front-tire carrier), Mike Trower (front-tire changer), Ron Malec (rear-tire carrier), Tim Ladyga (rear-tire changer), Rich Gutierrez (gasman), Mike Knauer (catch can) and Sean Kerlin (eighth-man).
"We congratulate Jimmie's team on its fourth Checkers/Rally's Double Drive- Thru Challenge win of the season," said Rich Turer, Vice President of Marketing, Checkers Drive-In Restaurants, Inc. "Everyone at Checkers/Rally's understands that it takes speed, accuracy and consistency to be successful. It's the same for the NASCAR pit crews and we commend the No. 48 Hendrick Motorsports team for an outstanding effort in Sonoma."
The Checkers/Rally's Double Drive-Thru Challenge is in its second season with the Nextel Cup Series.
2006 Nextel Cup Winners Checkers/Rally's Double Drive-Thru Challenge
Daytona (2/19) Jimmie Johnson Team
California (2/26) Jimmie Johnson Team
Las Vegas (3/12) Kyle Busch Team
Atlanta (3/20) Tony Stewart Team
Bristol (3/26) Tony Stewart Team
Martinsville (4/2) Elliott Sadler Team
Texas (4/9) Denny Hamlin Team
Phoenix (4/23) Clint Bowyer Team
Talladega (5/1) Elliott Sadler Team
Richmond (5/6) Kevin Harvick Team
Darlington (5/13) Kyle Busch Team
Charlotte (5/28) Jimmie Johnson Team
Dover (6/4) Jeff Burton Team
Pocono (6/11) Kurt Busch Team
Michigan (6/18) Brian Vickers Team
Infineon (6/25) Jimmie Johnson Team
Busch Series Result - Milwaukee
The Checkers/Rally's Double Drive-Thru winner for Saturday night's NASCAR Busch Series race at The Milwaukee Mile was Johnny Sauter's No. 00 crew, which spent 101.563 seconds on pit road. It was the sixth pit crew win of the season for Sauter's team.
NASCAR Truck Series Result - Milwaukee
The Checkers/Rally's Double Drive-Thru winner for Friday's NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race at Michigan International Speedway was Ron Hornaday Jr.'s No. 33 crew, which spent 51.525 seconds on pit road.