No. 8 Pit Crew finishes first at Pocono II

Pit Crew for Earnhardt Jr. wins in Pocono The pit crew for Dale Earnhardt Jr. won the McDonald's Drive-Thru Pit Championship fueled by POWERade at Sunday's (July 27) Pennsylvania 500 at Pocono Raceway. It was the third time this season the No.

Pit Crew for Earnhardt Jr. wins in Pocono

The pit crew for Dale Earnhardt Jr. won the McDonald's Drive-Thru Pit Championship fueled by POWERade at Sunday's (July 27) Pennsylvania 500 at Pocono Raceway.

It was the third time this season the No. 8 crew captured first-place honors. The team's other victories were at Las Vegas and Atlanta.

Earnhardt's pit crew remains in second place in the McDonald's Drive-Thru Pit Championship standings with 687 points, 73 behind Michael Waltrip's No. 15 pit crew. The season pit crew champion will receive a $200,000 bonus.

Earnhardt's pit crew captured the Pocono win and the $20,000 first-place prize as a result of the team's Budweiser Chevrolet spending the least amount of time on pit road - 240.801 seconds. Second was Sterling Marlin's No. 40 Coors Light Dodge (253.308) and third was Waltrip's NAPA Chevrolet (260.860).

"We've never been better on making the right calls and the right changes in the pits as we were today," said Earnhardt following the Pocono race. "The yellow flags helped us on gas mileage, but we had a great day in the pits."

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). The team's crew chief is Tony Eury and the car chief is Tony Eury Jr.

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 and the checkered flag at the conclusion 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 points for first place, descending in increments of one.

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 (July 27) Pennsylvania 500 at Pocono Raceway

1.  Dale Earnhardt Jr. Team     240.801 Seconds
2.  Sterling Marlin Team        253.308
3.  Michael Waltrip Team        260.860
4.  Todd Bodine Team            263.064
5.  Jimmy Spencer Team          283.327
6.  Dave Blaney Team            290.229
7.  Jeff Burton Team            290.347
8.  Tony Raines Team            324.483
9.  Dale Jarrett Team           326.682
10. Christian Fittipaldi Team   371.447

2003 Winners of The McDonald's Drive-Thru Pit Championship fueled by POWERADE:

Race                            Team Winner
Daytona (Feb. 16)               Michael Waltrip Team
Rockingham (Feb. 23)            Dave Blaney Team
Las Vegas (March 2)             Dale Earnhardt Jr. Team
Atlanta (March 9)               Dale Earnhardt Jr. Team
Darlington (March 16)           Jeff Green Team (Richard Childress Racing)
Bristol (March 23)              Bill Elliott Team
Texas (March 30)                Robby Gordon Team
Talladega (April 6)             Bill Elliott Team
Martinsville (April 13)         Bobby Labonte Team
California (April 27)           Bobby Labonte Team
Richmond (May 3)                Jeff Burton Team
Charlotte (May 25)              Dale Jarrett Team
Dover (June 1)                  Michael Waltrip Team
Pocono (June 8)                 Todd Bodine Team
Michigan (June 15)              Sterling Marlin Team
Sonoma (June 22)                Robby Gordon Team
Daytona (July 5)                Jeff Burton Team
Chicago (July 13)               Michael Waltrip Team
New Hampshire (July 20)         Bill Elliott Team
Pocono (July 27)                Dale Earnhardt Jr. Team

Point Standings For NASCAR Winston Cup Teams Participating In The McDonald's Drive-Thru Pit Championship fueled by POWERADE: (following Pocono 7/27/03; pit crew wins in parentheses)

Pos.    Car#      Pit Crew of                           Points
1       15        Michael Waltrip Team (3)              760
2        8        Dale Earnhardt Jr. Team (3)           687
3       31        Robby Gordon Team (2)                 652
4       18        Bobby Labonte Team (2)                640
5       40        Sterling Marlin Team (1)              626
6       97        Kurt Busch Team                       615
7       16        Greg Biffle Team                      601
8       38        Elliott Sadler Team                   597
9       77        Dave Blaney Team (1)                  577
10       9        Bill Elliott Team* (3)                557
11      42        Jamie McMurray Team                   554
12      99        Jeff Burton Team (2)                  542
13      30        Steve Park Team (1)                   533
14       1        Jeff Green Team                       529
T15     41        Casey Mears Team                      525
T15     88        Dale Jarrett Team (1)                 525
17      20        Tony Stewart Team                     523
18      54        Todd Bodine Team (1)                  520
19       7        Jimmy Spencer Team                    512
20      43        Christian Fittipaldi Team             506
21      21        Ricky Rudd Team                       504
22      45        Kyle Petty Team                       487
23      74        Tony Raines Team                      481
24      01        Jerry Nadeau Team                     478
25       0        (Gene Haas car owner)                 458
26      49        Kenny Schrader Team                   441
27      14        Larry Foyt Team                       221
28      11        Brett Bodine Team                     128
29      09        Phoenix Racing                         97
30      66        Hideo Fukuyama Team                    46
31      37        Derrike Cope Team                      28
32      02        Hermie Sadler Team                     28
33      57        (Edward Campbell car owner)            26
34     150        (A.J. Foyt car owner)                  25
35      33        (Andy Petree car owner)                22

*joined program at fifth race of season - Darlington, 3/16

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Dale Earnhardt Jr. , Brett Bodine , Jeff Burton , Derrike Cope , Bill Elliott , Dale Jarrett , Bobby Labonte , Tony Stewart , Michael Waltrip , Todd Bodine , Steve Park , Kyle Petty , Jimmy Spencer , Greg Biffle , Jeff Green , Sterling Marlin , Robby Gordon , Jerry Nadeau , Kurt Busch , Casey Mears , Christian Fittipaldi , Larry Foyt , Tony Raines , Jamie McMurray , Hermie Sadler , Andy Petree , Hideo Fukuyama , Elliott Sadler , Dave Blaney , Tony Eury Jr. , A.J. Foyt
Teams Richard Childress Racing , Phoenix Racing