A.P. PERFORMANCE TEAM STARTS OFF WINNING WEEKEND WITH MCDONALD'S PIT STOP CHAMPIONSHIP PENDLETON, Ind. -- Tim Sauter, co-crew chiefs Mike Chaffee and Jim Ellison and the A.P. Performance Racing crew performed a two tire stop in just over 12 ...
A.P. PERFORMANCE TEAM STARTS OFF WINNING WEEKEND WITH MCDONALD'S PIT STOP CHAMPIONSHIP
PENDLETON, Ind. -- Tim Sauter, co-crew chiefs Mike Chaffee and Jim Ellison and the A.P. Performance Racing crew performed a two tire stop in just over 12 seconds, capturing first place in the championship round of the McDonald's Drive-Thru Challenge ASA Nat ional Pit Stop Championship at Orange County Speedway October 2.
The team, in addition to capturing the pit stop championship, walked away from Rougemont, North Carolina with the 1999 ASA National Championship in the Build A Mold Chevrolet.
"I am happily surprised," said Sauter. "With the pressure of the National Championship, we really never practiced pit stops. But the guys went out there with nothing to lose and pulled it off. Ultimately that is what it is all about. I am really happy for them."
The win earned the team $3,900, plus a $100 gift certificate from McDonald's.
The Hodges Motorsports team, with driver Rick Beebe, captured second place, finishing their stop in 12.431 seconds. The team was awarded $1,400 and a $100 McDonald's gift certificate for their efforts.
Third-place honors, along with $900 and a McDonald's gift certificate, went to the Herzog Motor Sports crew of Jimmie Johnson. The team completed the stop in 12.598 seconds. The A.P. Performance Racing crew of Alec Pinsonneault came in fourth with a time of 12.815. They received $650 for their effort.
The Automotive Promotions team, which won all three preliminary rounds, finished fifth with a time of 12.975 seconds.
Other teams who qualified for the final round and competed were Mike Miller's Miller Motorsports team, Rick Johnson's Herzog Motor Sports team, the LaFavre Racing team of Mike Garvey, and the Go Go Parts Motorsports team with rookie Tristan Dupuis.