No. 38 Pit Crew wins Chicagoland

Chicago Win Gives Sadler's Pit Crew Third Victory in Last Four Races The pit crew for Elliott Sadler claimed the McDonald's Drive-Thru Pit Championship fueled by POWERade in Sunday's (July 11) Tropicana 400 at Chicagoland Speedway. It...

Chicago Win Gives Sadler's Pit Crew Third Victory in Last Four Races

The pit crew for Elliott Sadler claimed the McDonald's Drive-Thru Pit Championship fueled by POWERade in Sunday's (July 11) Tropicana 400 at Chicagoland Speedway.

It was the third time in the last four races that Sadler's No. 38 crew collected the first-place $20,000 prize. The other wins were in Michigan and Sonoma.

At the halfway point of the 36-race schedule, Sadler's pit crew remains a top contender for the McDonald's/POWERade season championship and the $200,000 bonus. The No. 38 crew is in second place, only nine points behind series leader - the No 8 crew for Dale Earnhardt Jr.

Sadler's M&M's Ford spent 190.811 seconds on pit road during the Tropicana 400. Tony Stewart's Home Depot Chevy was second with a time of 193.051. Third was Sterling Marlin's Coors Light Dodge at 212.097.

"My M&M's crew brings their "A" game every weekend to the track," said Sadler. "I cannot tell you how pumped up these guys are and how fast their stops are week in and week out. Track position is so important these days, and these guys know that. They are prepared, in great shape and have made it their mission to win the McDonald's/POWERade championship. We all win if they win the race off pit road every week. They are one of the reasons we have stayed in the top-10 in points for the entire season."

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 (July 11) Tropicana 400 at Chicagoland Speedway

                                Time                    Car#    Points
1.  Elliott Sadler Team         190.811 seconds         38      43
2.  Tony Stewart Team           193.051  "              20      42
3.  Sterling Marlin Team        212.097  "              40      41
4.  Casey Mears Team            268.292  "              41      40
5.  Michael Waltrip Team        268.910  "              15      39
6.  Kevin Harvick Team          274.225  "              29      38
7.  Jamie McMurray Team         283.781  "              42      37
8.  Dale Jarrett Team           292.195  "              88      36
9.  Bobby Labonte Team          314.281  "              18      35
10. Robby Gordon Team           325.688  "              31      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
Sonoma (6/27)           Elliott Sadler Team
Daytona (7/3)           Michael Waltrip Team
Chicago (7/11)          Elliott Sadler Team

Point Standings for NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Teams Participating in The McDonald's Drive-Thru Pit Championship fueled by POWERADE: Following Chicago (7/11); pit crew wins in parentheses

Pos.  Car# Pit Crew of                  Points  Prize Money
1     8    Dale Earnhardt Jr. Team (2)  666     40,000
2     38   Elliott Sadler Team (3)      657     60,000
3     20   Tony Stewart Team (2)        625     40,000
4     29   Kevin Harvick Team           623
5     97   Kurt Busch Team (2)          609     40,000
6     15   Michael Waltrip Team (2)     601     40,000
7     18   Bobby Labonte Team           591
8     88   Dale Jarrett Team            582
9     30   Dave Blaney Team             579
10    41   Casey Mears Team (1)         577     20,000
11    31   Robby Gordon Team (3)        574     60,000
12    42   Jamie McMurray Team (1)      573     20,000
13    40   Sterling Marlin Team (1)     572     20,000
14    21   Ricky Rudd Team              559
15    99   Jeff Burton Team             557
16    01   Joe Nemechek Team            546
17    16   Greg Biffle Team (1)         537     20,000
18    49   Ken Schrader Team            527
19    0    Ward Burton Team             514
20    43   Jeff Green Team              512
21    45   Kyle Petty Team              481
22    50   Derrike Cope Team            451
23    09   James Finch Team (owner)     300
24    198  Todd Bodine Team             239
25    02   Hermie Sadler Team           199
26    89   Morgan Shepherd Team         186
27    72   Kirk Shelmerdine Team        175
28    1    John Andretti Team           135
29    280  Andy Hillenburg Team         113
30    251  Kevin Lepage Team             86
31    194  Stanton Barrett Team          80
32    14   Larry Foyt Team               72
33    133  Kerry Earnhardt Team          54
34    91   Bill Elliott Team             52
35    7    Jim Smith Team (owner)        48

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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 , Kyle Petty , Ken Schrader , Kevin Harvick , Joe Nemechek , 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 , Elliott Sadler , Dave Blaney , Jim Smith