Watkins Glen: Pit Crew Challenge winner

Truex's Team Tallies Pit Crew Challenge Win at Watkins Glen No. 1 team earns first Checkers/Rally's Double Drive-Thru Challenge victory of season Martin Truex's No. 1 over-the-wall crew tallied its first Checkers/Rally's Double Drive-Thru ...

Truex's Team Tallies Pit Crew Challenge Win at Watkins Glen

No. 1 team earns first Checkers/Rally's Double Drive-Thru Challenge victory of season

Martin Truex's No. 1 over-the-wall crew tallied its first Checkers/Rally's Double Drive-Thru Challenge win of the season by spending the least amount of time on pit road during Sunday's road-course event at Watkins Glen International.

The Bass Pro Shops team, out of the Dale Earnhardt Inc. stable, spent 87.729 seconds on pit road during the 90-lap race at the 2.45-mile track.

"This is a different team from last year's pit crew and they've really begun to mesh in the last few weeks," said Walt Smith, pit crew coordinator for Dale Earnhardt Inc. "When we put the final piece in the puzzle a couple of months ago, the results started to show. The performance they gave on pit road in Watkins Glen was a showcase of what's been coming over the past weeks."

"These guys have really started to gel and, fortunately for us, they're starting to gel at the right time with the Chase coming up. I couldn't be happier about their performance," Smith added.

Truex's over-the-wall crew will be presented with an $11,000 check by Checkers/Rally's for winning the weekly challenge. An additional $111,150 prize will be presented to the pit crew with the most wins at the completion of the 36-race Nextel Cup schedule.

The No. 1 crew includes: Jeff Kerr (jackman), Ryan Buscaglio (front-tire carrier), Dave Collin (front-tire changer), Mark Kennerly (rear-tire carrier), Coleman Dollarhide (rear-tire changer), Preston Cordell (gasman), Mark Purvis (catch can) and Haskell Lavalette (eighth-man). Cherry and Bob Pressley are the pit crew coaches. The crew chief is Kevin Manion.

Mark Martin's/Regan Smith's No. 01 crew leads the season-long Checkers/Rally's Double Drive-Thru Challenge standings with four wins.

To win, teams are required to finish on the lead lap while spending the least amount of time on pit road. Checkers/Rally's is in its third season as title sponsor for the Pit Crew Challenge.

2007 Checkers/Rally's Double Drive-Thru Challenge Winners -- Nextel Cup Series

Daytona (2/18) Martin Team
California (2/25) Martin Team
Las Vegas (3/11) Martin Team
Atlanta (3/18) Johnson Team
Bristol (3/25) Hamlin Team
Martinsville (4/1) Earnhardt Team
Texas (4/15) Martin Team
Phoenix (4/22) Hamlin Team
Talladega (4/29) Busch Team
Richmond (5/6) Gordon Team
Darlington (5/13) Gordon Team
Charlotte (5/27) Hamlin Team
Dover (6/4) Newman Team
Pocono (6/10) Gordon Team
Michigan (6/17) Kyle Busch Team
Infineon (6/24) Harvick Team
New Hampshire (7/1)Johnson Team
Daytona (7/7) Mears Team
Chicago (7/15) Harvick Team
Indianapolis (7/30) Sorenson Team
Pocono (8/5) Newman Team
Watkins Glen (8/12) Truex Team

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Busch Series Result -- Watkins Glen International

The No. 15 over-the-wall crew of Paul Menard earned its third Checkers/Rally's Double Drive-Thru Challenge win of the season in Saturday's Busch Series event at Watkins Glen International, moving the team to a tie for second in the season long standings. Marcos Ambrose's team also has three wins. The team spent just 81.461 seconds on pit road.

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Truck Series Result -- Nashville Superspeedway

David Starr's No. 10 team picked up its first Checkers/Rally's Double Drive-Thru win of the season when it spent the least amount of time on pit road during Saturday's Craftsman Truck Series event at Nashville Superspeedway. The over-the-wall crew visited pit road for a total of 82.541 seconds.

-credit: www.checkers.com

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Dale Earnhardt , David Starr , Martin Truex Jr. , Paul Menard , Regan Smith , Kyle Busch , Mark Martin