Jim Long Wins "IRWIN Crew Chief of the Week" honors

Sawing through adversity, No. 5 Crew Chief Jim Long takes home IRWIN Crew Chief of the week honors. VERNON HILLS, Ill., April 10, 2002 - This week, the No. 5 Kellogg's Chevrolet team posted its best effort of the 2002 season, both at the ...

Sawing through adversity, No. 5 Crew Chief Jim Long takes home IRWIN Crew Chief of the week honors.

VERNON HILLS, Ill., April 10, 2002 - This week, the No. 5 Kellogg's Chevrolet team posted its best effort of the 2002 season, both at the finish line and in the pits. As a result, team crew chief Jim Long takes home this week's "IRWIN Rough to the Finish" award for the team's efforts at the Samsung/RadioShack 500 in Fort Worth, Texas.

During Monday's rain-delayed race, Terry Labonte was able to rally from one lap down on two different occasions to finish 10th place, posting his first Top-10 finish of the year and gaining two spots in the series point standings. Labonte, who started 27th, advanced as high as fourth place, largely due to a series of lightning-fast pit stops. Under the watchful eye of Long, the pit crew's efforts helped the two-time champion hold his track position on the 1.5-mile oval notorious for its one-lane racing groove and stingy with its lead changes.

"We had to fight through some adversity several times during the race," said Long. "We knew we had a strong car, but the breaks just didn't go our way this week. I'm excited that we finished as high as we did, especially for Terry with Texas being his home state. It gives us the confidence boost we need moving forward with the rest of the season. Terry did a heck of a job battling today, and my hat's off to him and this whole crew for their efforts."

Each week throughout the 2002 NASCAR Winston Cup season, IRWIN, makers of professional power tool accessories like MARATHON PLUS saw blades and SPEEDBOR flat bits, is partnering with Performance Racing Network to honor the crew chief who had the toughest day in the pits, but still managed to help his team to a strong finish.

The IRWIN Rough to the Finish Award includes an assortment of tools for the crew chief and a $250 check donated to the Connie Parsons Memorial Fund in the racing team's name. The year-end winner of the crew chief points standings will win a $5,000 check donated to the Fund. Race fans wanting to make a contribution to the Fund may do so by sending it to The Connie Parsons Memorial Fund, PO Box 443, Ellerbee, NC 28338.

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Terry Labonte