No 17 enters Charlotte Pit Crew Challenge

No. 17 DEWALT Team to Compete in Pit Crew Challenge RICHMOND, VA (May 13, 2005) -- The No. 17 DEWALT crew will test their skills against other top teams in the NASCAR Nextel Cup Series in the inaugural NASCAR Nextel Pit Crew Challenge presented by...

No. 17 DEWALT Team to Compete in Pit Crew Challenge RICHMOND, VA (May 13, 2005) -- The No. 17 DEWALT crew will test their skills against other top teams in the NASCAR Nextel Cup Series in the inaugural NASCAR Nextel Pit Crew Challenge presented by Motorola, Thursday, May 19, at 7:00 p.m. at the Charlotte Coliseum. A combined purse of more than $250,000 in guaranteed cash and prizes will be up for grabs to individual and team winners.

The No. 17 team, winners of the 2001 and 2002 Cup Series pit crew competitions, will bring its' seven over-the-wall guys to the Charlotte Coliseum next week to go head to head with their counterparts across the series. Handling fuel will be gas man, Benjy Grubbs, and catch can man, Dave McDonald. Benjy is from Richmond, Virginia, and has been with the No. 17 team for five years. Dave is from Clinton, Michigan, and this is his first year with the team.

At the front of the car will be front tire carrier, Chris Brook, and front tire changer, Justin Nottestad. Chris is originally from Davie, Florida, and has worked with the No. 17 team for three years. Justin is from Cambridge, Wisconsin, and has been with the team for five years. At the rear of the car will be rear tire carrier, Zak Yarnot, and rear tire changer, Jeremy West. Jeremy is from Los Angeles, California, and is beginning his third year with the DEWALT team. Zak is from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and has been with the team for one year.

Finally, handling the jack is Russ Strupp, a native of Wisconsin, who has been with Matt Kenseth and Robbie Reiser since Kenseth was a Busch Series regular. There will be an individual championship at stake for each of the crew member positions, as well as an overall team championship. Tickets are available to the event for $10.00 and, for those unable to make it to the competition, the pit crew challenge will be made into a one-hour show that will air on FX leading into the NASCAR Nextel All-Star Challenge coverage on Saturday, May 21.

About his team, driver Matt Kenseth says, "I'm fortunate to have such a great group of guys behind me every weekend. These guys work so hard week in and week out, having little time at home or with their families. They truly are the unsung heroes of our sport. With this competition, fans across the country will have an opportunity to watch and appreciate the skill of these guys that go over-the-wall each weekend. They can really make a difference on race day, earning me positions off of pit road as a result of a quick stop. I wish them the best of luck, and I, personally, am looking forward to watching them compete."

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Matt Kenseth