No. 9 pit crew finishes first at Dover II

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No. 9 pit crew finishes first at Dover II
Sep 25, 2003, 2:25 AM

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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