Talladega: Pit Crew Challenge winner

Vickers' Team Earns Pit Crew Win at Talladega It was a double victory for Brian Vickers' No. 25 team Sunday at Talladega Superspeedway. Not only did the Hendrick Motorsports driver capture his first career Nextel Cup victory, the No. 25 ...

Vickers' Team Earns Pit Crew Win at Talladega

It was a double victory for Brian Vickers' No. 25 team Sunday at Talladega Superspeedway. Not only did the Hendrick Motorsports driver capture his first career Nextel Cup victory, the No. 25 over-the-wall crew also claimed its second win of the season in the weekly Checkers/Rally's Double Drive-Thru Challenge.

Vickers' GMAC Chevrolet spent the least amount of time on pit road (247.112 seconds) to take top honors during the 188-lap, 500-mile race.J

"Having good pit stops at superspeedways are important because you always try to maintain contact with those cars you pit with in order to have a drafting partner when you leave," said crew chief Lance McGrew. "I'm really proud of the guys on the GMAC Racing team for their efforts on Sunday.Over the past several weeks, they've turned it up a notch which has helped us get some good finishes."

The No. 25 pit crew will be awarded with the weekly $10,500 prize. In addition, Checkers/Rally's will also present the crew with the most victories at the completion of the 36-race schedule with a $100,500 bonus.

Vickers' over-the-wall crew is made up of: Mike Moore (jackman), Jake Brzozowski (front-tire carrier), Tony Hamm (front-tire changer), Matt Myers (rear-tire carrier), Jeff Fabian (rear-tire changer), Chris Fasulka (gasman), Chris Hamilton (catch can) and Jim Jenkins (windshield). The pit crew coach is Mark Mauldin.

With six races remaining on the NEXTEL Cup Schedule, the pit crews of Jimmie Johnson, Kyle Busch and Tony Stewart lead the standings with four wins each.

The Checkers/Rally's Double Drive-Thru Challengeis in its second season with the Nextel Cup Series.

<pre> 2006 Nextel Cup Winners Checkers/Rally's Double Drive-Thru Challenge

Daytona (2/19)          Jimmie Johnson Team
California (2/26)       Jimmie Johnson Team
Las Vegas (3/12)        Kyle Busch Team
Atlanta (3/20)          Tony Stewart Team
Bristol (3/26)          Tony Stewart Team
Martinsville (4/2)      Elliott Sadler Team
Texas (4/9)             Denny Hamlin Team
Phoenix (4/23)          Clint Bowyer Team
Talladega (5/1)         David Gilliland Team
Richmond (5/6)          Kevin Harvick Team
Darlington (5/13)       Kyle Busch Team
Charlotte (5/28)        Jimmie Johnson Team
Dover (6/4)             Jeff Burton Team
Pocono (6/11)           Kurt Busch Team
Michigan (6/18)         Brian Vickers Team
Infineon (6/25)         Jimmie Johnson Team
Daytona (7/1)           Tony Stewart Team
Chicago (7/9)           Kevin Harvick Team
New Hamp. (7/16)        Kyle Busch Team
Pocono (7/23)           Jeff Gordon Team
Indianapolis (8/6)      Kyle Busch Team
Watkins Glen (8/13)     Clint Bowyer Team
Michigan (8/20)         Joe Nemechek Team
Bristol (8/26)          Jeff Gordon Team
California (9/3)        Clint Bowyer Team
Richmond (9/9)          Ken Schrader Team
New Hamp. (9/17)        Jeff Burton Team
Dover (9/24)            Kurt Busch Team
Kansas (10/1)           Tony Stewart Team
Talladega (10/8)        Brian Vickers Team

Checkers/Rally's Double Drive-Thru Challenge Nextel Cup Standings (Following Talladega, Oct. 8)

Pos    Car No.  Pit Crew                Wins  Prize Money
T1      48      Jimmie Johnson Team     4    42,000
T1       5      Kyle Busch Team         4    42,000
T1      20      Tony Stewart Team       4    42,000
4       07      Clint Bowyer Team       3    31,500
T5      38      David Gilliland Team    2    21,000
T5      29      Kevin Harvick Team      2    21,000
T5      24      Jeff Gordon Team        2    21,000
T5      31      Jeff Burton Team        2    21,000
T5       2      Kurt Busch Team         2    21,000
T5      25      Brian Vickers Team      2    21,000
T11     11      Denny Hamlin Team       1    10,500
T11     01      Joe Nemechek Team       1    10,500
T11     21      Ken Schrader Team       1    10,500

Note: To date, Checkers/Rally's has paid out $315,000 in NEXTEL Cup Series prize money during this season.

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Truck Series Result -- Talladega

Erik Darnell's No. 99 over-the-wall crew picked up the Checkers/Rally's Double Drive-Thru Challenge win for the second time this season in Saturday's NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series event at Talladega Superspeedway. The crew spent 95.723 seconds on pit road.

-credit: c/r

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Jeff Burton , Jeff Gordon , Tony Stewart , Ken Schrader , Kevin Harvick , Joe Nemechek , Kurt Busch , Jimmie Johnson , Brian Vickers , Clint Bowyer , David Gilliland , Elliott Sadler , Denny Hamlin , Erik Darnell , Kyle Busch
Teams Hendrick Motorsports