No. 99 Pit Crew finishes first at July Daytona

Jeff Burton's team claims Pit Crew win in Daytona The pit crew for Jeff Burton's No. 99 Citgo Ford joined a growing list of multiple winners of the McDonald's Drive-Thru Pit Championship fueled by POWERADE after claiming top honors in last...

Jeff Burton's team claims Pit Crew win in Daytona

The pit crew for Jeff Burton's No. 99 Citgo Ford joined a growing list of multiple winners of the McDonald's Drive-Thru Pit Championship fueled by POWERADE after claiming top honors in last week's NASCAR Winston Cup race at Daytona International Speedway.

The No. 99 crew, which also collected the $20,000 first-place prize at the May 3 Richmond race, became the sixth team to win the McDonald's Drive-Thru Pit Championship twice during the first 17 point races of the season.

The other two-time winners are: Michael Waltrip's Team, Dale Earnhardt Jr's Team, Bobby Labonte's Team, Robby Gordon's Team and Bill Elliott's Team.

The fast and accurate performance by the No. 99 crew was key in Burton's second-place finish in Daytona. Burton's car spent 132.222 seconds on pit road. Elliott Sadler's M&M's Ford was second (132.659) and Earnhardt Jr's Chevrolet was third (134.002).

"I am so proud of this team," said Burton. "Every member has given 110% all year and that's what this team is all about."

The No. 99 pit crew consists of Donnie Brown (front tire changer), Ryan Buscaglio (front tire carrier), Richard Boyles (rear tire changer), Chip Goode (rear tire carrier), Joe "Haas" Karasinski (gasman), Eric Slade (catch can) and David Cox (jackman). The windshield/drink person is Jason Myers and the crew chief is Paul Andrews.

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 season champion of the McDonald's Drive-Thru Pit Championship fueled by POWERADE will receive a $200,000 bonus.

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 5) 400-mile race at Daytona International Speedway 1. Jeff Burton Team 132.222 seconds 2. Elliott Sadler Team 132.659 3. Dale Earnhardt Jr. Team 134.002 4. Michael Waltrip Team 138.776 5. Bill Elliott Team 154.093 6. Bobby Labonte Team 157.495 7. Tony Stewart Team 157.868 8. Dale Jarrett Team 163.328 9. Jimmy Spencer Team 167.208 10. Kyle Petty Team 172.366

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

Point Standings For NASCAR Winston Cup Teams Participating in The McDonald's Drive-Thru Pit Championship fueled by POWERADE: (following Daytona, 7/5/03; pit crew wins in parentheses) Pos. Car# Pit Crew of Points 1 15 Michael Waltrip Team (2) 638 2 8 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Team (2) 589 3 18 Bobby Labonte Team (2) 561 4 31 Robby Gordon Team (2) 548 5 40 Sterling Marlin Team (1) 537 6 97 Kurt Busch Team 525 7 38 Elliott Sadler Team 510 8 16 Greg Biffle Team 506 9 42 Jamie McMurray Team 472 10 77 Dave Blaney Team (1) 468 11 9 Bill Elliott Team (2) 456 12 41 Casey Mears Team 450 13 30 Steve Park Team (1) 439 14 20 Tony Stewart Team 438 15 1 Jeff Green Team 436 16 99 Jeff Burton Team (2) 434 17 54 Todd Bodine Team (1) 429 18 88 Dale Jarrett Team (1) 421 19 43 Christian Fittipaldi Team 417 20 21 Ricky Rudd Team 416 21 45 Kyle Petty Team 415 22 01 Jerry Nadeau Team 409 23 7 Jimmy Spencer Team 407 24 0 Jack Sprague Team 401 25 74 Tony Raines Team 374 26 49 Kenny Schrader Team 362 27 14 Larry Foyt Team 204 28 11 Brett Bodine Team 128 29 09 Phoenix Racing 97 30 66 Hideo Fukuyama Team 46 T31 37 Derrike Cope Team 28 T31 02 Hermie Sadler Team 28 33 57 (Edward Campbell car owner 26 34 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 , 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 , Jack Sprague , Jamie McMurray , Hermie Sadler , Andy Petree , Hideo Fukuyama , Elliott Sadler , Dave Blaney , David Cox
Teams Richard Childress Racing , Phoenix Racing