No. 40 pit crew wins Homestead, No. 8 takes championship

Dale Jr's Pit Crew To Collect $200,000 Bonus for Winning McDonald's Drive- Thru Pit Championship fueled by POWERade Sterling Marlin's Crew Takes Homestead Victory Dale Earnhardt Jr's pit crew made a late-season charge to capture the ...

Dale Jr's Pit Crew To Collect $200,000 Bonus for Winning McDonald's Drive- Thru Pit Championship fueled by POWERade
Sterling Marlin's Crew Takes Homestead Victory

Dale Earnhardt Jr's pit crew made a late-season charge to capture the 2003 McDonald's Drive-Thru Pit Championship fueled by POWERade.

For winning the championship, Earnhardt's pit crew will collect a $200,000 bonus. The check presentation will take place Dec. 5 in New York during the NASCAR Winston Cup Awards Banquet at the Waldorf-Astoria.

With five McDonald's/POWERade race victories that paid $20,000 each, Earnhardt's pit crew earned a total of $300,000 in the season-long championship.

Earnhardt's crew edged Michael Waltrip's pit crew to claim the inaugural championship that recognized and honored the unsung heroes in the NASCAR Winston Cup Series. Earnhardt's team collected 1,243 points while Waltrip's team totaled 1,230.

The two DEI crews waged an impressive battle with both teams entering last week's season finale in Homestead, Fla. tied in points.

"At the first of the year when we found out about the McDonald's/POWERade program, everybody got pumped up and had something to shoot for," said Tony Eury, crew for Earnhardt's team. "We never dreamed that it was going to come down to a battle with our own teammate. Both teams put a lot effort into this and it was sure nice of McDonald's and POWERade to recognize their efforts. We are proud to be the first champions of the program."

Earnhardt's over-the-wall crew consists of: Jeff Clark (gasman), Kevin Pennell (jackman), Phil Drye (front tire changer), Danny Earnhardt (front tire carrier), Jay Guarneri (rear tire changer), Troy Prince (rear tire carrier), Bill Snyder (catch can). Assisting Eury with the crew chief duties is the team's car chief Tony Eury Jr. Walt Smith is the pit crew coach at DEI.

In Sunday's Ford 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway, Sterling Marlin's pit crew won the McDonald's/POWERade championship.

Marlin's No. 40 Dodge spent the least amount of time on pit road - 220.757 seconds. Bill Elliott's Dodge was second at 229.941and Jamie McMurray's Dodge was third at 246.539.

Marlin's over-the-wall pit crew consists of: Steven Wolfe (front tire changer), Trent Davis (front tire carrier), Mike Atwell (rear tire changer), Tim Shore (rear tire carrier), Greg Pasi (jackman), Jerry Schweitz (gasman) and Rick Reling (catch can). The crew chief is Lee McCall and the team trainer is Al Shuford.

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 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 (Nov. 16) Ford 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway

                                Time                    Car#    Points
1.   Sterling Marling Team      220.757 Seconds         40      43
2.   Bill Elliott Team          229.941  "               9      42
3.   Jamie McMurray Team        246.539  "              42      41
4.   Jimmy Spencer Team         277.703  "               7      40
5.   Tony Raines Team           281.623  "              74      39
6.   Todd Bodine Team           295.509  "              54      38
7.   Elliott Sadler Team        297.153  "              38      37
8.   Steve Park Team            300.765  "              30      36
9.   Ron Hornaday Team          314.303  "              90      35
10.  Bobby Labonte Team         338.205  "              18      34
(14. Dale Earnhardt Jr. Team    394.822  "               8      30)
(27. Michael Waltrip            9,377.860 (DNF)         15      17)

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
Kansas (Oct. 5)         Bobby Labonte Team
Charlotte (Oct. 11)     Bill Elliott Team
Martinsville (Oct. 19)  Michael Waltrip Team
Atlanta (Oct. 27)       Bill Elliott Team
Phoenix (Nov. 2)        Michael Waltrip Team
Rockingham (Nov. 9)     Bill Elliott Team
Homestead (Nov. 16)     Sterling Marlin

Final 2003 Point Standings For NASCAR Winston Cup Teams Participating in The McDonald's Drive-Thru Pit Championship fueled by POWERADE:

Pos. Car#   Pit Crew of                 Points  Prize Money
1     8     Dale Earnhardt Team (5)     1243    300,000*
2     15    Michael Waltrip Team (5)    1230    100,000
3     18    Bobby Labonte Team (3)      1197     60,000
4     9     Bill Elliott Team (8)       1190    160,000
5     97    Kurt Busch Team (2)         1169     40,000
6     31    Robby Gordon Team (2)       1148     40,000
7     42    Jamie McMurray Team         1135
T8    40    Sterling Marlin Team (2)    1129     40,000
T8    20    Tony Stewart Team (1)       1129     20,000
10    38    Elliott Sadler Team (1)     1098     20,000
11    99    Jeff Burton Team (2)        1091     40,000
12    16    Greg Biffle Team (1)        1081     20,000
13    88    Dale Jarrett Team (1)       1078     20,000
14    77    Dave Blaney Team (1)        1075     20,000
15    1     John Andretti Team          1061
16    21    Ricky Rudd Team             1050
17    30    Steve Park Team (1)         1027     20,000
18    7     Jimmy Spencer Team          1011
19    01   Joe Nemechek Team             997
20    54   Todd Bodine Team (1)          984     20,000
21    74   Tony Raines Team              977
22    41   Casey Mears Team              964
23    0    Ward Burton Team              933
24    45   Kyle Petty Team               855
25    43   Jeff Green Team               853
26    49   Ken Schrader Team             852
27    14   Larry Foyt Team               405
28    09   Mike Wallace Team             242
29    02   Hermie Sadler Team            200
30    37   Derrick Cope Team             146
31    11   Brett Bodine Team             144
32    44   Christian Fittipaldi Team      80
33    57   Kevin Lepage Team              76
34    90   (Donlavey Racing)              71
35    150  (A.J. Foyt Racing)             64

*includes $200,000 championship bonus

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