SADLER'S TEAM CAPTURES PIT CREW WIN IN MARTINSVILLE Elliott Sadler's M&M's pit crew claimed its first win of the season in the weekly Checkers0x00ae / Rally's0x00ae Double Drive-Thru Challenge competition, helping boost the Robert Yates Racing...
SADLER'S TEAM CAPTURES PIT CREW WIN IN MARTINSVILLE
Elliott Sadler's M&M's pit crew claimed its first win of the season in the weekly Checkers0x00ae / Rally's0x00ae Double Drive-Thru Challenge competition, helping boost the Robert Yates Racing driver to a sixth-place finish in Sunday's (April 2) Nextel Cup race at Martinsville Speedway.
"I'm so proud of my guys," offered Sadler. "Martinsville is the toughest pit road we visit during the season. It is just so tight to maneuver. I think track position is the key to being successful at Martinsville. It is a tough place to pass and I think we picked up spots every time we came on to pit road."
Sadler's over-the-wall team edged out other participating crews by spending the least amount of time in the pits during the DIRECTV 500. Sadler's No. 38 Ford spent 279.774 seconds on pit lane.
"You've got to have good pit stops and my guys were definitely on it on Sunday," continued Sadler, whose crew earned $10,500 for the win. "This M&M's team needed a good run. I think we are definitely back on track."
Sadler's over-the-wall crew consists of: Rodney Fetters (jackman), Ryan McCray (front-tire carrier), Mike Lingerfelt (front-tire changer), Lance Hanna (rear-tire carrier), Dave Smith (rear-tire changer), Brian Dunaway (gasman), Frankie Good (catch can) and Toby Mellott (windshield). The team's crew chief is Tommy Baldwin Jr. and the pit crew coach is Andy Ward.
After the sixth race of the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup season, Jimmie Johnson's and Tony Stewart's pit crew are tied in the Checkers/Rally's Double Drive-Thru Challenge standings with two victories each. The season champion will receive a $105,000 bonus.
The Checkers/Rally's Double Drive-Thru Challengeis 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
Craftsman Truck Series Results- Martinsville
The Checkers/Rally's Double Drive-Thru winner for Saturday's NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race at Martinsville wasthe pit crew for David Starr's team. The No. 11 over-the-wall team helped lift Starr to his first win of the season.