No. 9 pit crew finishes first at Dover II

Elliott's Pit Crew grabs fifth win of season Bill Elliott's No. 9 pit crew notched its fifth victory in the McDonald's Drive-Thru Pit Championship fueled by POWERade by edging Elliott Sadler's team in Sunday's MBNA America 400 at Dover (Del.)...

Elliott's Pit Crew grabs fifth win of season

Bill Elliott's No. 9 pit crew notched its fifth victory in the McDonald's Drive-Thru Pit Championship fueled by POWERade by edging Elliott Sadler's team in Sunday's MBNA America 400 at Dover (Del.) International Speedway.

The No. 9 pit crew became the second team to capture five McDonald's/POWERade wins and season prize money of $100,000 ($20,000 for each win). The crew for Dale Earnhardt Jr. also has five victories.

The four other first-place finishes for Elliott's crew were at: Bristol (March), Talladega (April), New Hampshire (July) and Darlington (August).

Elliott's No. 9 Evernham Motorsports Dodge spent the least amount of time on pit road for participating teams during the Dover race - 197.400 seconds. Sadler's No. 38 M&Ms Ford was a close second with a total pit road time of 197.728. Third was Jeff Burton's Citgo Ford at 230.933.

"The guys certainly earned it this week," said Elliott. "They were on their game. We gained several positions on pit road, not just once but throughout the day. I am proud of them."

Elliott's over-the-wall crew consists of: Todd Colburn (jackman), Nick Bailey (front tire carrier), Jim Pohlman (front tire changer), Eric Wakeland (rear tire carrier), Joe Kruschek (rear tire changer), Rodney Rhodes (gasman) and Steve Lawrence (catch can). The team's crew chief is Mike Ford and the pit crew coach is Greg Miller.

Waltrip's Team Continues To Lead

Though Michael Waltrip's No. 15 Chevrolet had an early exit in the Dover race, the team hardly lost any ground in the McDonald's Drive-Thru Pit Championship fueled by POWERade point standings. The team's closest challenger - the No. 8 Budweiser Chevrolet team for Dale Earnhardt Jr. - also posted a DNF. Waltrip's pit crew has a 32-point lead over Earnhardt's crew. Kurt Busch's team is third - 42 points behind. The season pit crew champion will earn a $200,000 bonus.

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 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 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 (Sept. 21) MBNA America 400 at Dover International Speedway

                             Time                       Car#
1. Bill Elliott Team         197.400 seconds             9
2. Elliott Sadler Team       197.728                    38
3. Jeff Burton Team          230.933                    99
4. Robby Gordon Team         240.638                    31
5. Tony Stewart Team         244.501                    20
6. Jamie McMurray Team       247.664                    42
7. Jimmy Spencer Team        252.668                     7
8. Jeff Green Team           265.780                    43
9. Dale Jarrett Team         270.627                    88
10. Ricky Rudd Team          277.058                    21

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 (9/15)     Dale Earnhardt Jr. Team
Dover (9/21)            Bill Elliott Team

Point Standings For NASCAR Winston Cup Teams Participating in The McDonald's Drive-Thru Pit Championship fueled by POWERADE: (following Dover 9/21/03; pit crew wins in parentheses)

Pos.  Car#      Pit Crew of                     Points  Prize Money
 1    15        Michael Waltrip Team (3)        988     60,000
 2     8        Dale Earnhardt Jr. Team (5)     956     100,000
 3    97        Kurt Busch Team (2)             946     40,000
 4    18        Bobby Labonte Team (2)          921     40,000
 5    31        Robby Gordon Team (2)           918     40,000
 6    40        Sterling Marlin Team (1)        885     20,000
 T7    9        Bill Elliott Team (5)           883     100,000
 T7   38        Elliott Sadler Team (1)         883     20,000
 9    42        Jamie McMurray Team             873
10    16        Greg Biffle Team (1)            869     20,000
T11   20        Tony Stewart Team               839
T11   77        Dave Blaney Team (1)            839     20,000
13    99        Jeff Burton (2)                 837     40,000
14     1        John Andretti Team              826
15    88        Dale Jarrett Team (1)           821     20,000
16    30        Steve Park Team (1)             820     20,000
17    21        Ricky Rudd Team                 819
18     7        Jimmy Spencer Team              789
19    54        Todd Bodine Team (1)            785     20,000
20    41        Casey Mears Team                774
21    01        Mike Skinner Team               769
22    74        Tony Raines Team                733
23    45        Kyle Petty Team                 724
24     0        Jason Leffler Team              720
25    43        (Petty Racing)                  663
26    49        Ken Schrader Team               662
27    14        Larry Foyt Team                 306
28    09        Mike Wallace Team               161
29    11        Brett Bodine Team               144
30    02        Hermie Sadler Team              139
31    37        Derrick Cope Team                94
32    57        Kevin Lepage Team                76
33   150        A.J. Foyt Racing                 64
T34   66        Hideo Fukuyama Team              46
T34   33        (Andy Petree car owner)          46

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

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Dale Earnhardt Jr. , John Andretti , Brett Bodine , Jeff Burton , Derrike Cope , Bill Elliott , Dale Jarrett , Bobby Labonte , Tony Stewart , Michael Waltrip , Todd Bodine , Steve Park , Jason Leffler , Mike Skinner , Kyle Petty , Ken Schrader , Jimmy Spencer , Greg Biffle , Jeff Green , Kevin Lepage , Sterling Marlin , Robby Gordon , Mike Wallace , Kurt Busch , Casey Mears , Larry Foyt , Tony Raines , Jamie McMurray , Hermie Sadler , Andy Petree , Hideo Fukuyama , Elliott Sadler , Dave Blaney , A.J. Foyt