Pit crew competition at Martinsville Speedway

Martinsville, VA (September 19, 2000) --- Taco Bell's Pit Crew Competition returns this Sunday before the start of the Taco Bell 300 NASCAR Late Model Stock race at Martinsville Speedway. The Pit Crew Competition, which has become...

Martinsville, VA (September 19, 2000) --- Taco Bell's Pit Crew Competition returns this Sunday before the start of the Taco Bell 300 NASCAR Late Model Stock race at Martinsville Speedway. The Pit Crew Competition, which has become a fan favorite, will start at 11:55 a.m. on Sunday before the green flag falls on the Taco Bell 300 at 12:30 p.m. The Taco Bell Pit Crew Competition winner receives the coveted Pit Crew trophy, $100 in Taco Bucks and $100 in cash. Each of Saturday's top-20 qualifying teams will compete. Cathie Carter, marketing director for Tacoma, Inc. which sponsors the Taco Bell 300, said a prerequisite for team participants should be "they love to eat!" Crew participants will be asked to take a designated seat at a table on the start/finish line. Each team will be given a Taco Bell® Mucho Grande Combo which includes a random choice of 10 Crunchy or Soft Tacos or Bean Burritos, plus a Mexican Pizza, plus a Nachos Bellgrande. At the sound of the bell, each team is given three minutes to consume as much of the Mucho Grande Combo as possible. One crew member will begin, eat as much as fast as possible, and then hand off to a fellow crew member to do the same until the meal is finished or time has elapsed. Pepsi will provide a two-liter Pepsi to each participant to help wash down the meal. The first team to consume the Mucho Grande Combo prior to the end of the three minute time period will be declared winner. If the Mucho Grande Combo is not consumed by the end of the three minute time period, the team who has consumed the most of the Mucho Grande Combo, based on weight of remaining debris, will be declared the winner. In the event of a tie, a run-off will take place for a period of one minute. Eric Hockett of Thomasville, NC is the defending champion of the competition. Only the fastest 20 cars will nail down starting positions in the 1 p.m. qualifying this Saturday for the Taco Bell 300. The other 22 starters will be decided in four 25-lap qualifying races to begin the $91,095 Taco Bell 300 at 12:30 p.m. on Sunday, September 24. After the starting lineup is set, the 200-lap feature will get underway. The race will be stopped at 100 laps with the leader receiving $5,000 and a trophy from BB&T, and a number of the leading cars will be inverted. At lap 190, the race will be put under caution with the leaders lined up single file for ten green flag laps to the finish. Tickets for the Taco Bell 300 are unreserved and are $20.00 for adults and $5.00 for children ages 6-12. Excellent reserved seats still are available in the towers and concrete areas for the NAPA AutoCare 500 NASCAR Winston Cup race on Sunday, October 1 from $40-$45. They may be ordered by calling toll free at (877) 722-3849 or 540-956-3151. Tickets also may be ordered online at www.martinsvillespeedway.com.

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