Kenseth and his "Killer Bees"

INTRODUCING THE KILLER BEES Meet the pit crew for Matt Kenseth and the No. 17 DEWALT Ford Fusion team CONCORD, N.C. - Held in high regard by their fellow competitors, the seven over-the-wall members of the No. 17 DEWALT Ford Fusion team are ...

INTRODUCING THE KILLER BEES
Meet the pit crew for Matt Kenseth and the No. 17 DEWALT Ford Fusion team

CONCORD, N.C. - Held in high regard by their fellow competitors, the seven over-the-wall members of the No. 17 DEWALT Ford Fusion team are consistently one of, if not the best pit crew in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series. Dressed in yellow and black and known for their relentless and superior efforts week in and week out on pit road, the aptly named "Killer Bees" have won two National Pit Crew Championships (2001 & 2002), in addition to their 2003 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Championship.

Wednesday night, they will be looking to add another as the NASCAR NEXTEL Pit Crew Challenge takes place at Bobcat Arena in Charlotte, N.C. The competition will air on FX, Saturday, May 20 as the lead-in to the NASCAR NEXTEL All-Star Challenge.

"The Pit Crew Championship is something my guys take a lot of pride in," said Robbie Reiser, crew chief and mastermind behind the Killer Bees. "They work extremely hard every week on pit road and really do a great job for us. It's nice that NEXTEL has made this event even bigger than before. It gives these guys the spotlight they deserve for at least one evening."

"I'm not sure where I'd be without them," said Matt Kenseth. "Those guys are the best on pit road. It seems like every week we pick up several spots in the pits because of those guys, and when we get out front, they keep us out front. I really can't say enough about them. They're the best at what they do, and I'm thankful they're on my side. I think they'll do a good job Wednesday, even though the competition is a little different than the actual pit stops on race day."

THE SWARM

RUSS STRUPP - Jackman
Home: Allenton, Wis.
Age: 43 Height: 5'7 Weight: 195
Years over the wall: 13 - Began in 1994, Reiser Enterprises in the NBS
Years with No. 17 team: Eight - ORIGINAL MEMBER - Began in 1999

JUSTIN NOTTESTAD - Front Tire Changer
Home: Cambridge, Wis.
Age: 29 Height: 5'11 Weight: 180
Years over the wall: Six - Began, Roush Racing's No. 17 NNCS team
Years with No. 17 team: Six - Began in 2001

CHRIS BROOK - Front Tire Carrier
Home: Davie, Fla.
Age: 35 Height: 6'0 Weight: 265
Years over the wall: Seven - Began in 2000, Sonntag Racing in NCTS
Years with No. 17 team: Four - Began in 2003

JEREMY WEST - Rear Tire Changer
Home: Los Angeles, Calif.
Age: 28 Height: 5'10 Weight: 170
Years over the wall: 12 - Began in 1995, Butch Gilliland in Winston West Series
Years with No. 17 team: Four - Began in 2003

GREG EBERT - Gasman
Home: Marshall, Wis.
Age: 28 Height: 5'9 Weight: 215
Years over the wall: Six - Began in 2001, Roush Racing's No. 50 NCTS team
Years with No. 17 team: Two - Began in 2005

DAVE MCDONALD - Catch Can Man
Home: Clinton, Mich.
Age: 37 Height: 6'1 Weight: 200
Years over the wall: Three - Began in 2002, Ganassi Racing's No. 41 NNCS team
Years with No. 17 team: Two - Began in 2005

ZAK YARNOT - Rear Tire Carrier
Home: Pittsburgh, Pa.
Age: 27 Height: 5'9 Weight: 160
Years over the wall: Four - Began in 2003, Team Rensi Motorsports' No. 25 NBS team
Years with No. 17 team: Two - Began in 2005

KILLER BEES
By the Numbers

197     Average weight

65 Gross positions gained during competitive four tires & fuel pit stops in 2006
51 Total years of experience over the wall
32.42 Average age; Eldest Strupp, 43; Youngest Yarnot, 27
13.67 Average time on competitive four tires & fuel pit stops in 2006 (66 total)
11.98 Fastest four tires & fuel pit stop to date in 2006 (Texas)
7 "Killer Bee Kids," with one more on the way
5'10 Average height
3 "Cheese Heads," a.k.a. Wisconsin natives: Ebert (Marshall), Nottestad (Cambridge), Strupp (Allenton)
2 Remaining crew members from 2001 & 2002 Pit Crew Championship teams; Nottestad & Strupp
1 Kenseth relative; Brother In-Law Nottestad (Married to Katie Kenseth's sister, Julie)

-Roush Racing

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Matt Kenseth , Katie Kenseth
Teams Chip Ganassi Racing