Tony Stewart crew wins Daytona pit competition

Pit crew for Tony Stewart grabs top honors at Daytona. Tony Stewart's No. 20 Home Depot pit crew captured first-place honors at the Daytona 500, the opening race for the 2004 McDonald's Drive-Thru Pit Championship fueled by POWERade. The ...

Pit crew for Tony Stewart grabs top honors at Daytona.

Tony Stewart's No. 20 Home Depot pit crew captured first-place honors at the Daytona 500, the opening race for the 2004 McDonald's Drive-Thru Pit Championship fueled by POWERade.

The McDonald's/POWERade championship is in its second season of rewarding the pit crews, the unsung heroes in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series.

The program will award $20,000 per week to the top participating pit crew. In addition, results will be tabulated throughout the season to determine the program's championship crew, which will take home a $200,000 bonus at the completion of the 36-race schedule.

The No. 20 crew, which is part of the Joe Gibbs Racing stable, edged the reigning McDonald's/POWERade champion 0x2022 the No. 8 pit crew for Dale Earnhardt Jr.

Though Stewart finished second to Earnhardt in Sunday's season-opening race at Daytona International Speedway, the No. 20 pit crew performed flawlessly in the pits.

The Home Depot Chevy registered the least amount of time on pit road during the 500-mile race 0x2022 216.397 seconds. Earnhardt's car was in the pits for a total of 223.435 seconds. Third was Elliott's Sadler's No. 38 Ford with a time of 227.944.

"Our pit stops at Daytona were awesome," said Stewart. "Every one of them was perfect and quick. And that's important at Daytona, because one slow stop there can really mess up your day. Everyone on the Home Depot team has a lot to be proud of."

Stewart's over-the-wall crew consists of: Chuck White (jackman), Tom Dean (front tire carrier), Mike Lingerfelt (front tire changer), Jay Barry (rear tire carrier), Todd Foster (rear tire changer), Jeff "Gooch" Patterson (gasman) and Brian Larson (catch can). The team's crew chief is Greg Zipadelli and the pit stop coordinator is Paul Alepa.

<pre> Top 10 Pit Crews For Participating Teams In Sunday's (Feb. 15)

Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway

Time Car No Points 1. Tony Stewart Team 216.397 seconds 20 43 2. Dale Earnhardt Jr. Team 223.435 " 8 42 3. Elliott Sadler Team 227.944 " 38 41 4. Ricky Rudd Team 231.104 " 21 40 5. Greg Biffle Team 248.101 " 16 39 6. Kevin Harvick Team 258.136 " 29 38 7. Dave Blaney Team 263.551 " 23 37 8. Joe Nemechek Team 263.867 " 01 36 9. Kyle Petty Team 315.525 " 45 35 10. Ward Burton Team 338.297 " 0 34

Point Standings For NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Teams Participating In The McDonald's Drive-Thru Pit Championship fueled by POWERADE: (following Daytona 02/15/04; pit crew wins in parentheses)

Pos.     Car #        Pit Crew of                 Points      Prize Money
1          20         Tony Stewart Team (1)       43           20,000
2          8          Dale Earnhardt Jr. Team     42
3          38         Elliott Sadler Team         41
4          21         Ricky Rudd Team             40
5          16         Greg Biffle Team            39
6          29         Kevin Harvick Team          38
7          23         Dave Blaney Team            37
8          01         Joe Nemechek Team           36
9          45         Kyle Petty Team             35
10         0          Ward Burton Team            34
11         33         Mike Skinner Team           33
12         41         Casey Mears Team            32
13         97         Kurt Busch Team             31
14         7          Jimmy Spencer Team          30
15         1          John Andretti Team          29
16         88         Dale Jarrett Team           28
17         30         Johnny Sauter Team          27
18         18         Bobby Labonte Team          26
19         19         Jeremy Mayfield Team        25
20         14         Larry Foyt Team             24
21         09         Johnny Benson Team          23
22         50         Derrike Cope Team           22
23         43         Jeff Green Team             21
24         40         Sterling Marlin Team        20
25         31         Robby Gordon Team           19
26         42         Jamie McMurray Team         18
27         15         Michael Waltrip Team        17
28         49         Ken Schrader Team           16
29         9          Kasey Kahne Team            15
30         99         Jeff Burton Team            14

The point distribution per race is: 43 points for first place, descending in increments of one

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Dale Earnhardt Jr. , John Andretti , Jeff Burton , Ward Burton , Derrike Cope , Dale Jarrett , Bobby Labonte , Jeremy Mayfield , Tony Stewart , Michael Waltrip , Mike Skinner , Kyle Petty , Ken Schrader , Jimmy Spencer , Kevin Harvick , Joe Nemechek , Greg Biffle , Jeff Green , Sterling Marlin , Robby Gordon , Kurt Busch , Casey Mears , Johnny Benson , Larry Foyt , Jamie McMurray , Johnny Sauter , Kasey Kahne , Mike Ling , Elliott Sadler , Dave Blaney
Teams Joe Gibbs Racing