Waltrip's Pit Crew expands lead following win in Dover By winning the Dover Winston Cup round of the McDonald's Drive-Thru Pit Championship fueled by POWERade, the pit crew for Michael Waltrip's team expanded its points lead for the inaugural ...
Waltrip's Pit Crew expands lead following win in Dover
By winning the Dover Winston Cup round of the McDonald's Drive-Thru Pit Championship fueled by POWERade, the pit crew for Michael Waltrip's team expanded its points lead for the inaugural NASCAR championship, which pays $20,000 to the winning pit crew at each race and $200,000 to the pit crew that accrues the most points during the 36-race season.
Sunday's (June 1) performance was the second pit crew win of the season for Waltrip's team, which won the opening round of the McDonald's Drive-Thru Pit Championship -- Feb. 16 at Daytona International Speedway. After 13 point races, Waltrip's crew holds a 43-point lead over the crew of Dale Earnhardt Jr.
Waltrip's pit crew claimed the Dover victory due to its car - the No. 15 NAPA Chevrolet - spending the least amount of time on pit road. The total time for Waltrip's car on pit road was 284 seconds, two fewer than the second-place Citgo Ford of Jeff Burton.
Coming in third was the pit crew of Bobby Labonte, whose Interstate Batteries Chevrolet was clocked with 290 seconds on pit road.
During each 2003 NASCAR Winston Cup points event, the participating team whose car spends the least amount of aggregate time off the race track will be named the weekly winner of the McDonald's Drive-Thru Pit Championship fueled by POWERADE, provided the team's driver takes the green flag at the beginning of the event and the checkered flag at the conclusion of the event. A timing line at the entrance and exit of pit road triggers the car's transponder and records the total time spent off the race track.
The point distribution per race is: 43 points for first place, descending in increments of one.
The McDonald's Drive-Thru Pit Championship fueled by POWERADE is the largest monetary contingency program in NASCAR history. <pre> Top 10 Pit Crews For Participating Teams In Sunday's (June 1) Armed Forces Family 400 at Dover
1. Michael Waltrip Team 284 seconds 2. Jeff Burton Team 286 3. Bobby Labonte Team 290 4. Bill Elliott Team 322 5. Mike Wallace Team* 332 6. Jamie McMurray Team 337 7. Robby Gordon Team 345 8. Dale Earnhardt Jr. Team 359 9. Tony Stewart Team 370 10. Todd Bodine Team 385
*substituting for the injured Jerry Nadeau
2003 Winners of The McDonald's Drive-Thru Pit Championship fueled by POWERADE
Race Team Winner Daytona (Feb. 16) Michael Waltrip Team Rockingham (Feb. 23) Dave Blaney Team Las Vegas (March 2) Dale Earnhardt Jr. Team Atlanta (March 9) Dale Earnhardt Jr. Team Darlington (March 16) Jeff Green Team (with Richard Childress Racing) Bristol (March 23) Bill Elliott Team Texas (March 30) Robby Gordon Team Talladega (April 6) Bill Elliott Team Martinsville (April 13) Bobby Labonte Team California (April 27) Bobby Labonte Team Richmond (May 3) Jeff Burton Team Charlotte (May 25) Dale Jarrett Team Dover (June 1) Michael Waltrip Team
Top 10 Point Leaders McDonald's Drive-Thru Pit Championship fueled by POWERADE (following Dover, 6/1/03)
Pos. Car# Team Points 1 15 Michael Waltrip Team 484 2 8 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Team 441 3 31 Robby Gordon Team 430 4 18 Bobby Labonte Team 416 5 97 Kurt Busch Team 409 6 16 Greg Biffle Team 398 7 40 Sterling Marlin Team 390 8 77 Dave Blaney Team 365 9 42 Jamie McMurray Team 357 10 38 Elliott Sadler Team 355