No. 38 Pit Crew wins at Michigan

Sadler's Crew Grabs First Win of Season with Michigan Victory Elliott Sadler's pit crew captured its first victory of the season in the McDonald's Drive-Thru Pit Championship fueled by POWERade with an impressive performance in Sunday's DHL 400...

Sadler's Crew Grabs First Win of Season with Michigan Victory

Elliott Sadler's pit crew captured its first victory of the season in the McDonald's Drive-Thru Pit Championship fueled by POWERade with an impressive performance in Sunday's DHL 400 at Michigan International Speedway.

With Sadler's No. 38 crew winning the $20,000 weekly prize, there have been 10 different pit crew winning teams in the first 15 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup races of the season.

In the McDonald's/POWERade standings, Sadler's crew closed the gap with the first-place team of Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s No. 8 crew. Earnhardt's pit crew has a slim 28-point lead over Sadler's crew in the chase for the $200,000 that will be awarded to the season champion.

The No. 38 pit crew scored a narrow victory in Michigan over its Robert Yates Racing teammate - the No. 88 crew for Dale Jarrett. Sadler's M&M's Ford spent the least amount of time on pit road - 192.295 seconds. Jarrett's UPS Ford was right behind with a time of 192.498. Kevin Harvick's No. 29 GM Goodwrench Chevy was third at 202.837.

"My pit crew deserves this," said Sadler. "Eddie D'Hondt recruited all of these guys over the off season and we have just meshed together. I never had a crew so good - and never had a team so pumped up and wanting to win. Every time I come to pit road I'm confident they are going to give me good track position. These guys deserve the recognition because they work their tails off - not only last weekend but all season long. Those guys are awesome and I'm real proud of them."

Sadler's over-the-wall crew consists of: Darryl Lockyer (front-tire changer), Kevin Hall (front-tire carrier), Dave Smith (rear-tire changer/car chief), Lance Hanna (rear-tire carrier) Rodney Fetters (jackman), Preston Cordell (gas man) and Jay Thompson (catch can). The team's crew chief is Todd Parrott.

<pre> Top 10 Pit Crews For Participating Teams in Sunday's (June 20) DHL 400 at Michigan International Speedway

                                  Time                          Car#    Points
1. Elliott Sadler Team            192.295 seconds               38      43
2. Dale Jarrett Team              192.498      "                88      42
3. Kevin Harvick Team             202.837      "                29      41
4. Michael Waltrip Team           237.883      "                15      40
5. Sterling Marlin Team           242.268      "                40      39
6. Ricky Rudd Team                282.812      "                21      38
7. Kurt Busch Team                314.124      "                97      37
8. Jeff Green Team                321.217      "                43      36
9. Dave Blaney Team               344.074      "                30      35
10. Bobby Labonte Team            344.473      "                18      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
Darlington (3/21)       Greg Biffle Team
Bristol (3/28)          Sterling Marlin Team
Texas (4/4)             Michael Waltrip Team
Martinsville (4/18)     Kurt Busch Team
Talladega (4/25)        Robby Gordon Team
California (5/2)        Robby Gordon Team
Richmond (5/15)         Dale Earnhardt Jr. Team
Charlotte (May 30)      Jamie McMurray Team
Dover (6/6)             Tony Stewart Team
Pocono (6/13)           Casey Mears Team
Michigan (6/20)         Elliott Sadler Team

Point Standings For NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Teams Participating in The McDonald's Drive-Thru Pit Championship fueled by POWERADE: Following Michigan (6/20); pit crew wins in parentheses

Pos.  Car# Pit Crew of                  Points  Prize Money
1     8    Dale Earnhardt Jr. Team (2)  575     40,000
2     38   Elliott Sadler Team (1)      547     20,000
3     97   Kurt Busch Team (2)          532     40,000
4     20   Tony Stewart Team (2)        519     40,000
5     29   Kevin Harvick Team           515
6     18   Bobby Labonte Team           499
7     88   Dale Jarrett Team            484
8     30   Richard Childress Racing     481
9     31   Robby Gordon Team (3)        480     60,000
10    15   Michael Waltrip Team (1)     478     20,000
11    42   Jamie McMurray Team (1)      477     20,000
12    21   Ricky Rudd Team              472
13    40   Sterling Marlin Team (1)     470     20,000
14    99   Jeff Burton Team             466
15    41   Casey Mears Team (1)         460     20,000
16    01   Joe Nemechek Team            456
T-17  16   Greg Biffle Team (1)         443     20,000
T-17  49   Ken Schrader Team            443
19    0    Ward Burton Team             438
20    43   Jeff Green Team              435
21    45   Kyle Petty Team              398
22    50   Derrike Cope Team            393
23    09   James Finch Team (owner)     264
24    198  Todd Bodine Team             195
25    89   Morgan Shepherd Team         186
26    02   Hermie Sadler Team           180
27    72   Kirk Shelmerdine Team        175
28    280  Andy Hillenburg Team         113
29    1    John Andretti Team            89
30    194  Stanton Barrett Team          80
31    14   Larry Foyt Team               72
32    251  Kevin Lepage Team             69
33    91   Bill Elliott Team             52
34    7    Jim Smith Team (owner)        48
35    23   Bill Davis Racing             37
36    33   Mike Skinner Team             33
37    133  Kerry Earnhardt Team          23
38    100  Kenny Wallace Team            20
39    146  Carl Long Team                18
39    84   Kyle Busch Team               16

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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 , Kevin Harvick , Joe Nemechek , Kenny Wallace , Greg Biffle , Jeff Green , Kevin Lepage , Sterling Marlin , Robby Gordon , Kurt Busch , Casey Mears , Larry Foyt , Jamie McMurray , Andy Hillenburg , Kerry Earnhardt , Hermie Sadler , Kirk Shelmerdine , Stanton Barrett , Morgan Shepherd , Carl Long , Elliott Sadler , Dave Blaney , Jim Smith , Kyle Busch
Teams Richard Childress Racing , Bill Davis Racing , Yates Racing