Earnhardt's Team Collects Pit Crew Win at Kansas No. 8 crew earns third Checkers/Rally's Double Drive-Thru Challenge of the season Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s No. 8 crew collected the Checkers/Rally's Double Drive-Thru Challenge win in...
Earnhardt's Team Collects Pit Crew Win at Kansas
No. 8 crew earns third Checkers/Rally's Double Drive-Thru Challenge of the season
Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s No. 8 crew collected the Checkers/Rally's Double Drive-Thru Challenge win in Sunday's Nextel Cup race at Kansas Speedway. It was the third win of the season for Earnhard't over-the-wall crew.
On its way to a 10th-place finish, the Budweiser crew spent 230.576 seconds on pit road during the rain-shortened 210-lap event.
"We really struggled for a large part of the day, but as usual Tony (Eury Jr., crew chief) and the guys made some pretty drastic changes to the car and we were finally able to run on the pace with anybody on the track," said Earnhardt. "It was even more critical with the rain delays and the constantly changing conditions. I know I can rely on my guys every week to pour their guts out every single race."
The win moves Earnhardt's crew to a tie with Denny Hamlin's No. 11 team for second place in the season long standings. Mark Martin's No. 01 crew and Jeff Gordon's No. 24 crew are currently tied for the lead with four wins each.
Checkers/Rally's will present the Dale Earnhardt Inc. team with an $11,000 check for winning the weekly competition. An additional $111,150 prize will be presented to the over-the-wall crew with the most wins at the completion of the 36-race Nextel Cup schedule.
The No. 8 crew consists of: Brian "Hootie" Chase (jackman), Shawn Ward (front-tire carrier), D.J. Copp (front-tire changer), Erik Wakeland (rear-tire carrier), Greg Burkhart (rear-tire changer), Jeff Clark (gasman), Craig Lund (catch can) and Jay Guarneri (windshield). The team's pit crew coordinator is Walt Smith.
To win, teams are required to finish on the lead lap while spending the least amount of time on pit road. Checkers/Rally's is in its third season as title sponsor for the Pit Crew Challenge.
2007 Checkers/Rally's Double Drive-Thru Challenge Winners -- Nextel Cup Series
*Daytona (2/18) Martin Team
*California (2/25) Martin Team
*Las Vegas (3/11) Martin Team
*Atlanta (3/18) Johnson Team
*Bristol (3/25) Hamlin Team
*Martinsville (4/1) Earnhardt Team
*Texas (4/15) Martin Team
*Phoenix (4/22) Hamlin Team
*Talladega (4/29) Kurt Busch Team
*Richmond (5/6) J. Gordon Team
*Darlington (5/13) J. Gordon Team
*Charlotte (5/27) Hamlin Team
*Dover (6/4) Newman Team
*Pocono (6/10) J. Gordon Team
*Michigan (6/17) Kyle Busch Team
*Infineon (6/24) Harvick Team
*New Hamp. (7/1) Johnson Team
*Daytona (7/7) Mears Team
*Chicago (7/15) Harvick Team
*Indianapolis (7/30) Sorenson Team
*Pocono (8/5) Newman Team
*Watkins Glen (8/12) Truex Team
*Michigan (8/21) Kurt Busch Team
*Bristol (8/25) Bowyer Team
*California (9/3) Earnhardt Team
*Richmond (9/8) J. Gordon Team
*New Hamp. (9/16) Kyle Busch Team
*Dover (9/23) Mears Team
*Kansas (9/30) Earnhardt Team
Busch Series Result -- Dover International Speedway
Stephen Leicht's No. 90 crew grabbed its third Checkers/Rally's Double Drive-Thru Challenge win of the year in Saturday's Busch Series event at Kansas Speedway. The crew spent 163.931 seconds on pit road on its way to a 19th-place result.
-credit: Checkers Drive-In Restaurants, Inc.