Martin's Crew Captures Tissot Pit Road Award in Texas Mark Martin's No. 5 crew claimed the Tissot Pit Road Precision Award in Sunday's (Nov. 7) Sprint Cup race at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth. It was the first pit road win of the...
Martin's Crew Captures Tissot Pit Road Award in Texas
Mark Martin's No. 5 crew claimed the Tissot Pit Road Precision Award in Sunday's (Nov. 7) Sprint Cup race at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth.
It was the first pit road win of the season for the No. 5 crew and the 17th different Tissot winner of the 2010 season.
Martin's No. 5 CARQUEST/GoDaddy.com Chevrolet spent the least amount of time on pit road -- 305.658 seconds -- during the AAA Texas 500. The quick work by Martin's crew helped the veteran driver post a third-place finish.
The No. 5 over-the-wall crew consists of: Kyle Turner (front-tire changer), JD Holcomb (front-tire carrier), Josh Kirk (rear-tire changer), Dion Williams (rear-tire carrier), Bailey Walker (jackman), Brad Pickens (gasman) and Travis Gordon (catch can). The crew chief is Alan Gustafson and the pit crew coaches are Mark Mauldin, Walt Smith and Matt Skeen.
"The No. 5 pit crew had a very solid week in Texas," said Mauldin. "The team performed above expectations. We had been trying some new things in practice. We implemented them during the race and the guys were very solid with everything we did. We did have one slower pit stop, which really wasn't all that slow, but we backed that up with another 12 second stop. We were very happy with their performance and hope it continues in Phoenix."
Four teams are currently tied for first place in the Tissot season standings. The leaders are the crews for Matt Kenseth, Jeff Gordon, Kyle Busch and Jamie McMurray with each team scoring four pit road wins. Clint Bowyer's crew is one behind with three wins.
The Tissot season championship crew will receive a $105,000 bonus plus Tissot watches for the over-the-wall crew members and driver. Tissot has already paid out $170,000 in prize money with $5,000 going to the weekly-winning crew.
In the event there is a tie at the end of the season for the Tissot Pit Road Precision Award championship, the tie breaker goes to the team whose driver finishes the highest in the Sprint Cup point standings.