No. 20 pit crew finishes first at Talladega II

Stewart's Pit Crew pockets victory in Talladega Tony Stewart's pit crew took first-place honors in the McDonald's Drive-Thru Pit Championship fueled by POWERade in Sunday's (Sept. 28) EA Sports 500 at Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway. It was the...

Stewart's Pit Crew pockets victory in Talladega

Tony Stewart's pit crew took first-place honors in the McDonald's Drive-Thru Pit Championship fueled by POWERade in Sunday's (Sept. 28) EA Sports 500 at Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway.

It was the first victory of the season for the No. 20 pit crew, which earned $20,000 for the win. Stewart's pit crew also became the 15th different winner of the season to capture the McDonald's Drive-Thru Pit Championship fueled by POWERade.

Stewart's Home Depot/Joe Gibbs Racing Chevrolet spent the least amount of time on pit road for participating teams in Talladega -- 238.941 seconds. Ken Schrader's No. 49 BAM Racing Dodge was second with a total pit-road time of 248.257. Third was Dave Blaney's Jasper Engines Dodge at 257.022.

"The crew did a great job on our last pit stop -- got us out first of the cars that pitted," said Stewart, who posted a third-place finish in Talladega. " We restarted 10th and got up to fourth or fifth -- something like that -- and just stayed around the top-10. Their performance gave us the track position we needed to make our run during those last four laps. They definitely deserved to have won the McDonald's/POWERade contest."

Stewart's over-the-wall crew consists of: Mike Lingerfelt (front tire changer), Tom Dean (front tire carrier), Todd Foster (rear tire changer), Jay Barry (rear tire carrier), Brian "Shaggy" Larson (catch can), Jeff "Gooch" Patterson (gas man), Chuck White (jackman) and Scott Geerts (windshield). The team's crew chief is Greg Zipadelli and the pit crew coach is Paul Alepa.

Waltrip's Crew Increases Point Lead; Kurt Busch's Team Moves Into Second... With a strong pit crew performance at Talladega (fourth), Michael Waltrip's team increased its lead in the season standings for the McDonald's Drive-Thru Pit Championship fueled by POWERade. Waltrip's team has 1028 points and leads by 44 over the No. 97 crew for Kurt Busch's team, which moved into second place following Talladega. Dale Earnhardt Jr's team dropped to third, 47 points behind the leader. The season pit crew champion will earn a $200,000 bonus.

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 (Sept. 28) EA Sports 500 at Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway

                                Time                            Car#
1.  Tony Stewart Team           238.941 seconds                 20
2.  Ken Schrader Team           248.257       "                 49
3.  Dave Blaney Team            257.022       "                 77
4.  Michael Waltrip Team        258.137       "                 15
5.  Dale Jarrett Team           263.663       "                 88
6.  Kurt Busch Team             266.154       "                 97
7.  Bobby Labonte Team          330.727       "                 18
8.  John Andretti Team          345.355       "                 90
9.  Jeff Green Team             386.799       "                 43
10. Jason Keller Team           408.368       "                  1

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

Point Standings For NASCAR Winston Cup Teams Participating in The McDonald's Drive-Thru Pit Championship fueled by POWERADE: (following Talladega 9/28/03; pit crew wins in parentheses)

Pos.  Car#   Pit Crew of                        Points  Prize Money
  1    15    Michael Waltrip Team (3)           1028       60,000
  2    97    Kurt Busch Team (2)                 984       40,000
  3     8    Dale Earnhardt Jr. Team (5)         981      100,000
  4    18    Bobby Labonte Team (2)              958       40,000
  5    31    Robby Gordon Team (2)               948       40,000
  6     9    Bill Elliott Team* (5)              915      100,000
  7    38    Elliott Sadler Team (1)             907       20,000
 T8    40    Sterling Marlin Team (1)            904       20,000
 T8    42    Jamie McMurray Team                 904
 10    16    Greg Biffle Team (1)                896       20,000
 11    20    Tony Stewart Team (1)               882       20,000
 12    77    Dave Blaney Team (1)                880       20,000
T13    88    Dale Jarrett Team (1)               860       20,000
T13     1    (DEI Team)                          860
 15    99    Jeff Burton (2)                     859       40,000
 16    21    Ricky Rudd Team                     840
 17    30    Steve Park Team (1)                 820       20,000
 18     7    Jimmy Spencer Team                  807
 19    01    Mike Skinner Team                   795
 20    41    Casey Mears Team                    794
 21    54    Todd Bodine Team (1)                785       20,000
 22    74    Tony Raines Team                    756
 23    45    Kyle Petty Team                     724
 24     0    Jason Leffler Team                  720
 25    49    Ken Schrader Team                   704
 26    43    (Petty Racing Team)                 698
 27    14    Larry Foyt Team                     323
 28    09    Mike Wallace Team                   194
 29    11    Brett Bodine Team                   144
 30    02    Hermie Sadler Team                  139
 31    37    Derrick Cope Team                    94
 32    57    Kevin Lepage Team                    76
 33   150    (A.J. Foyt Racing)                   64
 34    44    (Petty Racing Team)                  49

*joined program at fifth race of season -- Darlington, 3/16

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