HAMLIN'S TEAM TAKES PIT CREW HONORS IN TEXAS Denny Hamlin's pit crew became the fifth team of the season to secure the weekly CheckersÂ®/Rally'sÂ® Double Drive-Thru Challenge competition by spending the least amount of time on...
HAMLIN'S TEAM TAKES PIT CREW HONORS IN TEXAS
Denny Hamlin's pit crew became the fifth team of the season to secure the weekly Checkers®/Rally's® Double Drive-Thru Challenge competition by spending the least amount of time on pit road in Sunday's NASCAR NEXTEL Cup race at Texas Motor Speedway.
"The No. 11 FedEx Racing crew was unbelievable and those guys deserve all the credit in the world for the finish we had," said Hamlin, who posted a career best fourth-place result. "From the start of the race they were pulling off quick stops and making good changes. It seemed that every time we needed a lift the guys stepped it up."
Hamlin's pit crew, part of the Joe Gibbs Racing stable, spent 253.611 seconds on pit lane during the Samsung/RadioShack 500. The team earned $10,500 for the win.
The No. 11 over-the-wall team consists of: Chris Webb (jackman), Blake Haughland (front-tire carrier), Donnie Brown (front-tire changer), Heath Cherry (rear-tire carrier), Barry Cook (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.
Along with the No. 11 team win, the pit crews of Kyle Busch and Elliott Sadler have one win apiece in the Checkers/Rally's Double Drive-Thru Challenge, while Jimmie Johnson's and Tony Stewart's pit crews are tied for first in the standings with two victories each. The season champion will receive a $105,000 bonus.
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
Busch Series Results- Texas
The Checkers/Rally's Double Drive-Thru winner for Saturday's NASCAR Busch Series race at Texas Motor Speedway was Johnny Sauter's No. 00 pit crew with a time of 117.836 seconds on pit road.