ROCKINGHAM, NC (November 3, 2001) -- Matt Kenseth's crew has sparkled on pit road all season long. Today in Rockingham, they made it official. With a time of 17.695 seconds, the DEWALT crew set a world record and made it two years in a row for the...
ROCKINGHAM, NC (November 3, 2001) -- Matt Kenseth's crew has sparkled on pit road all season long. Today in Rockingham, they made it official. With a time of 17.695 seconds, the DEWALT crew set a world record and made it two years in a row for the Roush Racing stable to hold the World Championship Pit Crew title.
The team competed eighth out of the top-25 teams eligible. They had a flawless stop, but had to wait a little longer than the rest of the teams for Kenseth to bring the Ford to pit road. The cars started on the backstretch and when Kenseth attempted to fire up the No. 17 car, it would not start. There was either not enough 76 Fuel in the tank, or there was no fuel pressure. Roush engine man, Jeff Paxton, ran to the backstretch to assist, as NASCAR put the 17 team on the five minute clock. Kenseth headed for pit road four minutes and 30 seconds later. The rest, is history.
"These guys deserve this," said proud crew chief Robbie Reiser in victory lane. "I am so glad they won it, because we work hard all week long to make pit stops perfect. I'm just so happy for them, this is theirs. I preach 'no mistake racing' and this just drives that home."
"The DEWALT crew has been awesome all year," said Matt Kenseth. '"They have been there for me in the pits, and this is their day. They can take the credit for this one all by themselves. They deserve it."
When asked about the delay before the pit stop, Kenseth joked, "These guys work so hard, we thought they needed an extra four and a half minutes to rest up before the pit stop. I think it worked."
The team won $31,000 and the bragging rights to the World Champion Pit Crew title for the year to come.