No 41 pit crew wins in Pocono

Mears' Pit Crew Collects Pocono Win; No. 8 Crew Extends Points Lead The pit crew for Casey Mears, which has been close many times in the McDonald's Drive-Thru Pit Championship fueled by POWERade, can now lay claim to winning the weekly contest...

Mears' Pit Crew Collects Pocono Win; No. 8 Crew Extends Points Lead

The pit crew for Casey Mears, which has been close many times in the McDonald's Drive-Thru Pit Championship fueled by POWERade, can now lay claim to winning the weekly contest with a solid effort in Sunday's Pocono 500 at Pocono Raceway.

The victory, worth $20,000, was the third of the season for the Chip Ganassi Racing stable. Mears' teammates -- the No. 40 team for Sterling Marlin and the No. 42 team for Jamie McMurray -- also scored pit crew victories with Marlin's crew winning in Bristol and McMurray's in Charlotte.

Mears' crew gained five spots in the McDonald's/POWERade standings, moving from 17th into a tie for 12th. The No. 8 crew for Dale Earnhardt Jr. continues in first place with a 38-point margin over Elliott Sadler's team. In the first 14 races of 2003, the No. 8 crew has garnered two wins, nine top fives and 13 top 10s. The season champion receives a $200,000 bonus.

Mears' No. 41 Target Dodge spent the least amount of time on pit road in Pocono -- 233.419 seconds. Busch's Irwin Ford followed with a time of 260.402. Earnhardt's Budweiser Chevy was third at 304.851.

"I am really proud of the guys," said Jimmy Elledge, crew chief for the 41 team. "Pit stops have never been our suit, but the Target guys have been working really hard during the week. This just proves that their hard work is paying off and we are getting the results that we've been striving for over the past year."

Mears' over-the-wall crew consists of: Dave Gebhardt (front-tire changer), Marty Forcier (front-tire carrier), Jason Sheets (rear-tire changer), Scott Myers (rear-tire carrier), Rick Reling (jackman), Les Huntley (gas man), Todd Anderson (catch can).

Top 10 Pit Crews For Participating Teams in Sunday's (June 13)

Pocono 500 at Pocono Raceway <pre> Time Car # Points 1. Casey Mears Team 233.419 Seconds 41 43 2. Kurt Busch Team 260.402 " 97 42 3. Dale Earnhardt Jr. Team 304.851 " 8 41 4. Greg Biffle Team 322.525 " 16 40 5. Kevin Harvick Team 368.898 " 29 39 6. Jamie McMurray Team 399.015 " 42 38 7. Robby Gordon Team 420.433 " 31 37 8. Elliott Sadler Team 421.381 " 38 36 9. P.J. Jones Team 486.316 " 50 35 10. Jeff Green Team 503.346 " 43 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

Point Standings For NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Teams Participating In The McDonald's Drive-Thru Pit Championship fueled by POWERADE: Following Pocono (6/13); pit crew wins in parentheses

Pos. Car #   Pit Crew of                        Points  Prize Money
1     8     Dale Earnhardt Jr. Team (2)         542     40,000
2     38    Elliott Sadler Team                 504
3     97    Kurt Busch Team (2)                 495     40,000
4     20    Tony Stewart Team (2)               489     40,000
5     29    Kevin Harvick Team                  474
6     18    Bobby Labonte Team                  465
T-7   42    Jamie McMurray Team (1)             456     20,000
T-7   31    Robby Gordon Team (3)               456     60,000
9     30    Richard Childress Racing            446
10    88    Dale Jarrett Team                   442
11    15    Michael Waltrip Team (1)            438     20,000
T-12  41    Casey Mears Team (1)                434     20,000
T-12  21    Ricky Rudd Team                     434
T-12  99    Jeff Burton Team                    434
15    01    Joe Nemechek Team                   433
16    40    Sterling Marlin Team (1)            431     20,000
17    49    Ken Schrader Team                   423
18    16    Greg Biffle Team (1)                415     20,000
19    0     Ward Burton Team                    413
20    43    Jeff Green Team                     399
21    45    Kyle Petty Team                     369
22    50    Derrike Cope Team                   362
23    09    James Finch Team (owner)            264
24    198   Todd Bodine Team                    168
25    89    Morgan Shepherd Team                167
26    02    Hermie Sadler Team                  163
27    72    Kirk Shelmerdine Team               159
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    91    Bill Elliott Team                    52
33    7     Jim Smith Team (owner)               48
34    23    Bill Davis Racing                    37
35    33    Mike Skinner Team                    33
36    133   Kerry Earnhardt Team                 23
37    100   Kenny Wallace Team                   20
38    146   Carl Long Team                       18
39    84    Kyle Busch Team                      16

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