USAR: Pit Crew Challenge 2006 winning team

East Coast Motorsports Wins BFGoodrich Tires Pit Crew Challenge Lakeland, Fla.-Clay Rogers will be crowned the Hooters Pro Cup Series Champion later tonight, but his pit crew took their title a little earlier. Prior to the start of the Robert...

East Coast Motorsports Wins BFGoodrich Tires Pit Crew Challenge

Lakeland, Fla.-Clay Rogers will be crowned the Hooters Pro Cup Series Champion later tonight, but his pit crew took their title a little earlier.

Prior to the start of the Robert H. Brooks Memorial Hooters 300, the East Coast Motorsports crew won the BFGoodrich Tires Pit Crew Challenge at USA Int'l Speedway.

Rogers' crew turned in a time of 23.227 seconds to best the Dale Jr.-owned JR Motorsports team, who turned in a time of 23.578 seconds, for the $3,000 prize.

"That's the reason we've won a lot of the races we've won this year is because of our pit crew," said Blake Bainbridge, Rogers' crew chief. "These guys are so dedicated, and they're just like racers. They want to do good at it, and they want to move up."

The East Coast Motorsports team also moved into the record book.

The 23.227-second stop was the fastest stop ever turned in during the five-year history of the competition-even with a two-second penalty for a loose lug nut.

"These guys are the reason this car runs good, so I'm glad they got to showcase their talents," said Rogers, driver of the No. 44s Automotive Development Group Ford. "To win it with a loose lug nut just shows how strong of a stop that was. Under race conditions, that would have been a 15-second stop."

Randy Humphrey Racing finished the contest in third with a time of 24.512 seconds.

-credit: usar

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Series Stock car
Drivers Clay Rogers
Teams JR Motorsports