Pit Crew Challenge adds skill element

Checkers/Rally's To Sponsor Skill Element in the NASCAR NEXTEL Pit Crew Challenge TAMPA, FL (Mayw, 2007) -- Checkers/Rally's, the OfficialBurger and Drive-Thru Restaurant of NASCAR, will sponsor the rear-tire changer and rear-tire carrierpit box...

Checkers/Rally's To Sponsor Skill Element in the NASCAR NEXTEL Pit Crew Challenge

TAMPA, FL (Mayw, 2007) -- Checkers/Rally's, the OfficialBurger and Drive-Thru Restaurant of NASCAR, will sponsor the rear-tire changer and rear-tire carrierpit box as part of the individual skill element that will take place in the NASCAR NEXTEL Pit Crew Challenge, May 16 in Charlotte at theBobcats Arena.

In the Checkers/Rally's pit box, tire changers and tire carriers will work together to simulate race-day conditions by replacing the rear tires. Competitors will use their own air guns, and a five-second penalty will be assessed for any lug nuts not passing a 20-pound torque test.

"We are thrilled to be part of the annual NASCAR NEXTEL Pit Crew Challenge," said Jason Wonderly, Sports Marketing Manager at Checkers Drive-In Restaurants. "As in our restaurants, it's the behind-the-scene workerswho make the difference, and that's whyCheckers/Rally's has been a strong proponent of recognizing and honoring crew members -- the unsung heroes in motorsports."

Checkers/Rally's is currently in its third season of sponsoring the Double Drive-Thru Challenge, a weekly pit crew competition in NASCAR's three professional series -- Nextel Cup, Busch and Craftsman Truck.

"We welcome Checkers/Rally's as a sponsor and its continuation of supporting and recognizing the hard-working crew members,"said Robin Pemberton, NASCAR's Vice President of Competition.

The NASCAR NEXTEL Pit Crew Challenge, which will be broadcast on SPEED, will consist of 24 Nextel Cup teams. The competition is a prelude to the May 19th Nextel All-Star Challenge race at Lowe's Motor Speedway in Concord, N.C.

-credit: www.pitcrewchallenge.com.

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