No. 15 pit crew wins Phoenix

Waltrip's Pit Crew Wins In Phoenix Increases Points Lead For $200,000 Bonus Michael Waltrip's No. 15 pit crew rebounded Sunday in Phoenix, claiming the top prize and an important 43 points in the inaugural McDonald's Drive-Thru Pit Championship...

Waltrip's Pit Crew Wins In Phoenix
Increases Points Lead For $200,000 Bonus

Michael Waltrip's No. 15 pit crew rebounded Sunday in Phoenix, claiming the top prize and an important 43 points in the inaugural McDonald's Drive-Thru Pit Championship fueled by POWERade.

In the chase for the $200,000 bonus that goes to the season champion, Waltrip's pit crew has a 22-point lead over its DEI teammate -- the No. 8 crew for Dale Earnhardt Jr. There are two races remaining -- Rockingham (Nov. 9) and Homestead-Miami (Nov. 16).

Waltrip's NAPA pit crew, which has five McDonald's/POWERade victories and $100,000 in prize money to date, has led the championship since the season-opening Daytona 500.

"The NAPA boys stepped it up in Phoenix," said crew chief Richard "Slugger" Labbe. "The first stop was 12.82 seconds and we gained six positions - a great indication for what the day was going to be like. Their success is a direct result of the training by Walt Smith (DEI pit crew trainer). The No. 15 team and the No. 8 team are running first and second in the McDonald's/POWERade competition - what a testament to Walt and the preparation he makes."

Waltrip's NAPA Chevrolet spent the least amount of time on pit road at Phoenix International Raceway -- 159.435 seconds. Jamie McMurray's Havoline Dodge was second at 162.096. Ricky Rudd's Motorcraft Ford was third (165.198) and Earnhardt's Budweiser Chevy was fourth (172.933).

The over-the-wall pit crew for Waltrip's team consists of: Brian Chase (jackman), Jeff Opal (gasman), Chris Crumley (front tire changer), Greg Osborne (rear tire changer), Shawn Ward (front tire carrier), Chad Walter (rear tire carrier) and Pete Rondeau (catch can).

How it Works
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. 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 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 (Nov. 2) race at Phoenix International Raceway

                                  Time                        Car#      Points
1. Michael Waltrip Team           159.435 seconds             15        43
2. Jamie McMurray Team            162.096       "             42        42
3. Ricky Rudd Team                165.198       "             21        41
4. Dale Earnhardt Jr. Team        172.933       "              8        40
5. Kurt Busch Team                205.354       "             97        39
6. Dale Jarrett. Team             210.877       "             88        38
7. John Andretti Team             212.917       "              1        37
8. Sterling Marlin Team           233.225       "             40        36
9. Todd Bodine Team               299.426       "             54        35
10. Dave Blaney Team              301.861       "             77        34

2003 Winners of The McDonald's Drive-Thru Pit Championship fueled by POWERade:

Daytona (2/16)          Michael Waltrip Team
Rockingham (2/23)       Dave Blaney Team
Las Vegas (3/2)         Dale Earnhardt Jr. Team
Atlanta (3/9)           Dale Earnhardt Jr. Team
Darlington (3/16)       Jeff Green Team (RCR)
Bristol (3/23)          Bill Elliott Team
Texas (3/30)            Robby Gordon Team
Talladega (4/6)         Bill Elliott Team
Martinsville (4/13)     Bobby Labonte Team
California (4/27)       Bobby Labonte Team
Richmond (5/3)          Jeff Burton Team
Charlotte (5/25)        Dale Jarrett Team
Dover (6/1)             Michael Waltrip Team
Pocono (6/8)            Todd Bodine Team
Michigan (6/15)         Sterling Marlin Team
Sonoma (6/22)           Robby Gordon Team
Daytona (7/5)           Jeff Burton Team
Chicago (7/13)          Michael Waltrip Team
New Hampshire (7/20)    Bill Elliott Team
Pocono (7/27)           Dale Earnhardt Jr. Team
Indianapolis (8/3)      Kurt Busch Team
Watkins Glen (8/10)     Elliott Sadler Team
Michigan (8/17)         Greg Biffle Team
Bristol (8/23)          Kurt Busch Team
Darlington (8/31)       Bill Elliott Team
Richmond (9/6)          Dale Earnhardt Jr. Team
N. Hampshire (9/14)     Dale Earnhardt Jr. Team
Dover (9/21)            Bill Elliott Team
Talladega (9/29)        Tony Stewart Team
Kansas (Oct. 5)         Bobby Labonte Team
Charlotte (Oct. 11)     Bill Elliott Team
Martinsville (Oct. 19)  Michael Waltrip Team
Atlanta (Oct. 27)       Bill Elliott Team
Phoenix (Nov. 2)        Michael Waltrip Team

Point Standings For NASCAR Winston Cup Teams Participating in The McDonald's Drive-Thru Pit Championship fueled by POWERADE: (following Phoenix 11/2/03; pit crew wins in parentheses)

Pos.  Car# Pit Crew of                  Points  Prize Money
1     15   Michael Waltrip Team (5)     1194    100,000
2     8    Dale Earnhardt Jr. Team (5)  1172    100,000
3     97   Kurt Busch Team (2)          1122     40,000
4     18   Bobby Labonte Team (3)       1121     60,000
5     9    Bill Elliott Team (7)        1105    140,000
6     31   Robby Gordon Team (2)        1086     40,000
7     42   Jamie McMurray Team          1073
8     20   Tony Stewart Team (1)        1066     20,000
9     40   Sterling Marlin Team (1)     1053     20,000
10    16   Greg Biffle Team (1)         1035     20,000
11    38   Elliott Sadler Team (1)      1032     20,000
11    99   Jeff Burton (2)              1032     40,000
13    88   Dale Jarrett Team (1)        1027     20,000
14    1    John Andretti Team           1018
15    21   Ricky Rudd Team              1008
16    77   Dave Blaney Team (1)         1007     20,000
17    30   Steve Park Team (1)           955     20,000
18    7    Jimmy Spencer Team            939
19    01   Joe Nemechek Team             936
20    54   Todd Bodine Team (1)          916     20,000
21    41   Casey Mears Team              914
22    74   Tony Raines Team              900
23    0    Ward Burton Team              870
24    45   Kyle Petty Team               855
25    49   Ken Schrader Team             830
26    43   Jeff Green Team               801
27    14   Larry Foyt Team               350
28    09   Mike Wallace Team             242
29    02   Hermie Sadler Team            180
30    11   Brett Bodine Team             144
31    37   Derrick Cope Team             129
32    44   Christian Fittipaldi Team      80
33    57   Kevin Lepage Team              76
34    150  (A.J. Foyt Racing)             64

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Dale Earnhardt Jr. , John Andretti , Brett Bodine , Jeff Burton , Ward Burton , Derrike Cope , Bill Elliott , Dale Jarrett , Bobby Labonte , Tony Stewart , Michael Waltrip , Todd Bodine , Steve Park , Kyle Petty , Ken Schrader , Jimmy Spencer , Joe Nemechek , Greg Biffle , Jeff Green , Kevin Lepage , Sterling Marlin , Robby Gordon , Mike Wallace , Kurt Busch , Casey Mears , Christian Fittipaldi , Larry Foyt , Tony Raines , Jamie McMurray , Hermie Sadler , Elliott Sadler , Dave Blaney , A.J. Foyt