Talladega II: Pit Crew Challenge winner

Sauter's Team Earns First Pit Crew Challenge Win No. 70 crew becomes 14th team to win Checkers/Rally's Double Drive-Thru Challenge Johnny Sauter's over-the-wall crew earned its first Checkers/Rally's Double Drive-Thru Challenge win of the...

Sauter's Team Earns First Pit Crew Challenge Win
No. 70 crew becomes 14th team to win Checkers/Rally's Double Drive-Thru Challenge

Johnny Sauter's over-the-wall crew earned its first Checkers/Rally's Double Drive-Thru Challenge win of the season by taking top honors in Sunday's Nextel Cup race at Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway.

The victory makes Sauter's No. 70 team the 14th crew to win the weekly competition this year.

"The Team Yellow pit crew has been rock-solid all season and this week they finally got the recognition they deserve by winning the Checkers/Rally's Double Drive-Thru Challenge," said Sauter.bThis is pretty much the same Team Yellow crewthat won the overall challenge for our Busch Series teamlast season and they were performing at the Cup level then - so it's no surprise that they're getting their due in the Cup series as well. The pit road performance has been a key component of our success this season and I'm really happy to see them receive this award."

Checkers/Rally's will award Sauter's Haas CNC Racing crew with an $11,000 check for winning the weekly competition. An additional $111,150 prize will be presented to the over-the-wall crew with the most wins at the completion of the 36-race Nextel Cup schedule.

"Everyone on the Team Yellow crew works really hard and they deserve it,"said pit crew coach Wayne Holden. "They've been having quality pits stops all yearand were probably the fastest a lot of weeks. This weekthey were in a position to capitalize with a solid race run as well."

The No. 70 crew consists of: Mike Casto (jackman), Paul Chodora (front-tire carrier), Kelly Kellis (front-tire changer), Mike Morneau (rear-tire carrier), Daniel Smith (rear-tire changer), Derrick Jennings (gasman) and Todd Walters (catch can). The team's crew chief is Robert "Bootie" Barker.

Mark Martin's No. 01 crew and Jeff Gordon's No. 24 crew are currently tied for the lead in the season-long competition with four wins each.

To win, 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) Martin Team
*California (2/25) Martin Team
*Las Vegas (3/11) Martin Team
*Atlanta (3/18) Johnson Team
*Bristol (3/25) Hamlin Team
*Martinsville (4/1) Earnhardt Team
*Texas (4/15) Martin Team
*Phoenix (4/22) Hamlin Team
*Talladega (4/29) Kurt Busch Team
*Richmond (5/6) J. Gordon Team
Darlington (5/13) J. Gordon Team
Charlotte (5/27) Hamlin Team
Dover (6/4) Newman Team
Pocono (6/10) J. Gordon Team
Michigan (6/17) Kyle Busch Team
Infineon (6/24) Harvick Team
New Hamp. (7/1) Johnson Team
Daytona (7/7) Mears Team
Chicago (7/15) Harvick Team
Indianapolis (7/30) Sorenson Team
Pocono (8/5) Newman Team
Watkins Glen (8/12) Truex Team
Michigan (8/21) Kurt Busch Team
Bristol (8/25) Bowyer Team
California (9/3) Earnhardt Team
Richmond (9/8) J. Gordon Team
New Hamp. (9/16) Kyle Busch Team
Dover (9/23) Mears Team
Kansas (9/30) Earnhardt Team
Talladega (10/7) Sauter Team

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Truck Series Result -- Dover International Speedway

Todd Bodine's No. 30 over-the-wall crew took the Checkers/Rally's Double Drive-Thru Challenge win at Talladega Superspeedway on its way to a victory in Saturday's Craftsman Truck Series event. This is the second pit crew challenge win of the season for the team, which spent just 73.428 seconds on pit road.

-credit: Checkers Drive-In Restaurants, Inc.

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Series NASCAR Sprint Cup
Drivers Jeff Gordon , Todd Bodine , Kurt Busch , Johnny Sauter , Kyle Busch , Mark Martin