Charlotte: Pit Crew Challenge winning team

JIMMIE JOHNSON'S CREW SCORES WIN IN CHARLOTTE NO. 48 TEAM TAKES OVER LEAD IN PIT CREW CHALLENGE STANDINGS Jimmie Johnson's over-the-wall crew took the lead in the season-long Checkers® / Rally's® Double Drive-Thru Challenge by tallying its...

JIMMIE JOHNSON'S CREW SCORES WIN IN CHARLOTTE

NO. 48 TEAM TAKES OVER LEAD IN PIT CREW CHALLENGE STANDINGS

Jimmie Johnson's over-the-wall crew took the lead in the season-long Checkers® / Rally's® Double Drive-Thru Challenge by tallying its third win of the season in Sunday's Coca-Cola 600 at Lowe's Motor Speedway.

Johnson's crew spent 558.658 seconds on pit road during the NASCAR® NEXTEL Cup event, helping boost its driver to a second-place finish in the circuit's longest race of the season.

"The No. 48 Lowe's Chevrolet pit crew has been solid all season," said pit crew coach Matt Clark. "With the hard tires and small fuel cells at Lowe's Motor Speedway, we knew we would have a high number of pit stops. The crew did a great job handling the various adjustments over the course of the race. Their quick work in the pits contributed to the team's second-place finish."

Johnson's over-the-wall crew, part of the Hendrick Motorsports family, consists of: 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).

The No. 48 team, guided by crew chief Chad Knaus, also picked up pit crew challenge wins at Daytona International Speedway and California Speedway in February.

Johnson's crew, which will be awarded the weekly $10,500 prize, is vying for the $105,000 bonus that will be presented by Checkers/Rally's to the team with the most wins at the completion of the 36-race schedule.

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

Busch Series Results - Charlotte
The Checkers/Rally's Double Drive-Thru winner for Saturday's NASCAR Busch Series race at Lowe's Motor Speedway was Johnny Sauter's No. 00 crew, which spent 125.592 seconds on pit road. It was the fifth pit crew win of the season for Sauter's team.

NASCAR Truck Series Results - Mansfield, Ohio
The Checkers/Rally's Double Drive-Thru winner for Saturday's NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race at Mansfield Motorsports Speedway was Joey Miller's No. 12 crew, which spent 48.200 seconds on pit road.

-www.checkers.com

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Tony Stewart , Kevin Harvick , Jimmie Johnson , Johnny Sauter , Clint Bowyer , Elliott Sadler , Denny Hamlin , Chad Knaus , Chris Anderson , Kyle Busch
Teams Hendrick Motorsports