Dan Oswalt Racing Captures Round Three of Snap-onÂ® Pit Crew Challenge: Kasey Kahne Racing Wins Overall Title Las Vegas, NV--Oct. 27, 2006-- Rod Henderson was a little bit worried Friday heading into the final round of the Snap-onÂ® Pit Crew ...
Dan Oswalt Racing Captures Round Three of Snap-on® Pit Crew Challenge: Kasey Kahne Racing Wins Overall Title
Las Vegas, NV--Oct. 27, 2006-- Rod Henderson was a little bit worried Friday heading into the final round of the Snap-on® Pit Crew Challenge at The Dirt Track @ Las Vegas Motor Speedway, and he had good reason to be. After all, the Dan Oswalt Racing team has not had to change a single motor at the track all season, through 68 total race events.
After completing the motor change in an astounding 6 minutes and 23 seconds, the team led by Rod, the crew chief, along with his son Justin the driver, and Chris Timmerman picked up the $600 for the round win, and also secured a second place finish in the overall standings, which net them another $1,500.
"We enjoyed the competition, it was a good time," Rod Henderson said. "We have to thank Snap-on® and everyone for putting this on. The main thing is that everyone had fun."
The competition began with each of the six cars being fired to make sure the machine was race ready. Then after everyone had time to warm their motor, they were shut off and the competition began. Once all the teams were completed with the motor change, the cars were fired again to make sure they were still in race ready condition.
"We've never had to change a motor on race night, and that is why were not all that good at it," said a humbled Rod Henderson, who also builds the engines for the team. "We practiced it one time on Thursday, but we have never had to it at the race track. This is all new to us."
While it may have been new to them, Henderson and the team had a very specific plan laid out, and each of the three crew members knew exactly what their tasks were when the competition began.
"The time could have been a little better," said a smiling Rod Henderson. "When the car got in there, one of my jobs was to move the wing back before takings the rear motor plate bolts off, and I didn't get the wing back far enough. One of the J-bars got hooked on the wing and we had to let the motor back down. Otherwise, we would have been way better yet."
A runner-up place finish in the first round at Princeton (Minn.) Speedway, along with a third place at Skagit (Wash.) Speedway had the D1 team solidly in second heading into the finale. When the final numbers were tallied up, they came just a few second short of the overall title.
"We really would have liked to have won the overall title, but we came up short by four seconds and that's how it goes," said a proud Henderson.
Finishing second in round three was the Kasey Kahne Racing team, with a time of 6 minutes and 38 seconds. TMAC Motorsports Inc., the winners of the second round finished third, with the Terry Hannagan Racing team in fourth.
Combined with a win in the first round, and a second place finish in round two, the runner-up finish on Friday was enough to capture the title for the Kasey Kahne Racing team led by crew chief Willie Kahne, along with Justin Adams and Kevin Cardoza.
"We're very proud to have won it," said Willie Kahne of the three race competition.
After receiving the $3,000 for the title, the team took home a combined $4,000 for their efforts, and was able to walk with their heads held high in the pit area, knowing they competed with some of the hardest working and most dedicated crews in all of racing.
"We do have some bragging rights with the win," commented Kahne. "Next year, we are not going to be able to say that we are a first-year beginner team. We're going to be out there like everyone else. We're happy with how everything has went. We have the bragging rights and all that."
While the competitor in Kahne wanted to win every single round of the Snap-on® Pit Crew Challenge, he could not have been more pleased with the performance of the team, which is competing full-time on the road with the World of Outlaws Sprint Series for the very first time.
They look to carry that momentum onto the race track to finish up the 2006 season and prepare for 2007. The team has seven wins so far on the season with driver Joey Saldana, including the Kings Royal at Eldora Speedway which was worth $50,000 to the team, and is third in the championship points with one night of racing left.
"I feel like we have the best team out here and we have the best driver out here," said Kahne. "I feel like we need to start showing a bit more, and today was a good start."
The TMAC Motorsports Inc. finished third overall, with the Terry Hannagan Racing team in fourth, and the Titan Racing USA team rounding out the Top-Five.
Snap-on®, which provided impact wrenches for all the teams to use, rewarded the top three teams at each stage with $600 to the winning team, $200 to the second-place team and $120 to third place. The top three teams with the lowest overall accumulated time also will receive honors and rewards. The champion will pocket $3,000 with second place picking up $1,500 and third place collecting $600.
<pre> Snap-on® Pit Crew Challenge Round 3 Results
Team (Driver) Time Earnings 1. Dan Oswalt Racing (Justin Henderson) 383.35 seconds $600 2. Kasey Kahne Racing (Joey Saldana) 398.79 seconds $200 3. TMAC Motorsports Inc. (Terry McCarl) 409.13 seconds $120 4. Terry Hannagan Racing (Randy Hannagan) 525.85 seconds 5. Titan Racing USA (Daryn Pittman) 782.78 seconds 6. Karavan/Dollansky Racing (Craig Dollansky) 844.33 seconds
Snap-on® Pit Crew Challenge Overall Standings
Team (Driver) Time Earnings 1. Kasey Kahne Racing (Joey Saldana) 615.535 seconds $4,000 2. Dan Oswalt Racing (Justin Henderson) 619.129 seconds $2,420 3. TMAC Motorsports Inc. (Terry McCarl) 661.462 seconds $1,320 4. Terry Hannagan Racing (Randy Hannagan) 781.341 seconds 5. Titan Racing USA (Daryn Pittman) 1100.205 seconds 6. Karavan/Dollansky Racing (Craig Dollansky) 1131.583.seconds