No. 31 Pit Crew wins in Atlanta

Robby Gordon'S Pit Crew Pockets Win In Atlanta; Stewart's crew takes over first in point standings The No. 31 pit crew for Robby Gordon squeaked by Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s crew to capture the McDonald's Drive-Thru Pit Championship fueled by...

Robby Gordon'S Pit Crew Pockets Win In Atlanta; Stewart's crew takes over first in point standings

The No. 31 pit crew for Robby Gordon squeaked by Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s crew to capture the McDonald's Drive-Thru Pit Championship fueled by POWERade in Sunday's (March 14) 500-mile NASCAR NEXTEL Cup race at Atlanta Motor Speedway.

While Gordon's crew grabbed the $20,000 weekly prize, the pit crew for Tony Stewart moved into first place with 154 points. Kurt Busch's crew stands second, one point behind at 153. Earnhardt's crew, the reigning McDonald's/POWERade champion, is third with 148 points.

Last week's point leader - Elliott Sadler's crew - dropped to fourth with 143 points.

Though Earnhardt's No. 8 Chevrolet found its way to winner's circle in Atlanta, it was Gordon's Cingular Wireless Chevy that spent the least amount of time on pit road. Gordon's pit road time of 281.691 seconds was just over a second quicker than Earnhardt's time of 282.864. Jeff Burton's Ford was third at 284.833.

"The guys work hard at the shop and at the track," said Chris Andrews, crew chief of the No. 31 Cingular Wireless Chevrolet. "Between working on cars, spending time in the gym and at pit stop practice, they've managed to bang out 13 to 14-second, and sometimes even 12-second stops every weekend.

"We made seven stops Sunday and gained track position every time we came down pit lane. Our over-the-wall crew is a competitive group of guys. I don't think this will be the last time I will be asked to comment about their performance this year for the McDonald's/POWERade championship."

Gordon's over-the-wall crew consists of: Ira-Jo Hussey (front-tire changer), Kevin Nervegna (front-tire carrier), Timmy Ladyga (rear-tire changer), Matt Kreuter (rear-tire carrier), Ron Liddell (gasman), Mike Moore (jackman) and Coy Hedrick (catch can).

<pre> Top 10 Pit Crews For Participating Teams in Sunday's (March 14) Golden Corral 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway

Time Car # Points

1. Robby Gordon Team 281.691 seconds 31 43 2. Dale Earnhardt Jr. Team 282.864 " 8 42 3. Jeff Burton Team 284.833 " 99 41 4. Kurt Busch Team 285.817 " 97 40 5 Tony Stewart Team 287.484 " 20 39 6. Dale Jarrett Team 288.504 " 88 38 7. Bobby Labonte Team 289.636 " 18 37 8. Sterling Marlin Team 290.534 " 40 36 9. Joe Nemechek Team 291.774 " 01 35 10. Johnny Sauter Team 293.136 " 30 34

2004 Winners of The McDonald's Drive-Thru Pit Championship fueled by POWERade:

Daytona (2/15) Tony Stewart Team Rockingham (2/22) Dale Earnhardt Jr. Team Las Vegas (3/7) Kurt Busch Team Atlanta (3/14) Robby Gordon Team

Point Standings For NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Teams Participating In The McDonald's Drive-Thru Pit Championship fueled by POWERADE: Following Atlanta (3/14); pit crew wins in parentheses

Pos. Car # Pit Crew of Points Prize Money 1 20 Tony Stewart Team (1) 154 20,000 2 97 Kurt Busch Team (1) 153 20,000 3 8 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Team (1) 148 20,000 4 38 Elliott Sadler Team 143 5 29 Kevin Harvick Team 138 6 18 Bobby Labonte Team 136 7 21 Ricky Rudd Team 135 8 30 Johnny Sauter Team 134 9 01 Joe Nemechek Team 131 10 41 Casey Mears Team 127 11 40 Sterling Marlin Team 126 12 0 Ward Burton Team 120 13 88 Dale Jarrett Team 119 T-14 45 Kyle Petty Team 113 T-14 16 Greg Biffle Team 113 16 99 Jeff Burton Team 110 17 42 Jamie McMurray Team 109 18 31 Robby Gordon Team (1) 105 20,000 19 43 Jeff Green Team 98 20 49 Ken Schrader Team 90 21 50 Derrike Cope Team 89 22 15 Michael Waltrip Team 87 23 09 Johnny Benson Team 83 24 1 John Andretti Team 59 25 72 Kirk Shelmerdine Team 49 26 14 Larry Foyt Team 47 27 280 Andy Hillenburg Team 46 28 02 Carl Long/Hermie Sadler Team 39 29 23 Dave Blaney Team 37 30 33 Mike Skinner Team 33 31 91 Bill Elliott Team 31 32 7 Jimmy Spencer Team 30 33 198 Todd Bodine Team 19 34 146 Carl Long Team 18 35 84 Kyle Busch Team 16 36 89 Morgan Shepherd Team 1 5 </pre>

How it Works

During each 2004 NASCAR NEXTEL 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.

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Dale Earnhardt Jr. , John Andretti , Jeff Burton , Ward Burton , Derrike Cope , Bill Elliott , Dale Jarrett , Bobby Labonte , Tony Stewart , Michael Waltrip , Todd Bodine , Mike Skinner , Kyle Petty , Ken Schrader , Jimmy Spencer , Kevin Harvick , Joe Nemechek , Greg Biffle , Jeff Green , Sterling Marlin , Robby Gordon , Kurt Busch , Casey Mears , Johnny Benson , Larry Foyt , Jamie McMurray , Andy Hillenburg , Hermie Sadler , Kirk Shelmerdine , Johnny Sauter , Morgan Shepherd , Carl Long , Elliott Sadler , Dave Blaney , Kyle Busch