Round three Pit Crew Challenge preview

Round Three of Snap-On® Pit Crew Challenge Set for October 27 at The Dirt Track @ Las Vegas Motor Speedway With two rounds in the books, it all comes down to one final showdown on Friday October 27 at 2 p.m. in the pit area at The Dirt Track @...

Round Three of Snap-On® Pit Crew Challenge Set for October 27 at The Dirt Track @ Las Vegas Motor Speedway

With two rounds in the books, it all comes down to one final showdown on Friday October 27 at 2 p.m. in the pit area at The Dirt Track @ Las Vegas Motor Speedway to crown the champion of the Snap-on® Pit Crew Challenge for the dedicated crew members of the World of Outlaws Sprint Series.

The final round will have the crews completing a full motor change, which they usually finish in an amazing 15 minutes or less.

The first round saw the Kasey Kahne Racing team led by crew chief Willie Kahne along with Justin Adams and Kevin Cardoza picked up the win at Princeton (Minn.) Speedway over the Dan Oswalt team by just under two seconds. To earn that win, Kahne and his crew changed a front end against the ticking clock in just over two minutes.

The second round at Skagit (Wash.) Speedway found the TMAC Motorsports Inc. crew led by crew chief Steve Fitzpatrick along with Russ Hall and Adam Stull, at the head of the field as they were the quickest to change two rear tires, two rear shocks, and two rear radius rods.

The Kasey Kahne Racing crew that has wrenched Joey Saldana to seven World of Outlaws Sprint Series A-Feature wins, this season, including a $50,000 triumph at the Kings Royal at Eldora Speedway, holds the overall advantage in the standings of the three race competition over the Dan Oswalt team, heading into the finale on Friday, with $3,000 on the line.

"It's been a lot of fun doing the Snap-on® Pit Crew Challenge," said Willie Kahne, cousin of NASCAR star Kasey Kahne. "It gives us something to shoot for. We've been doing pretty well at it, and it gives us something to enjoy, even if we have a bad race on the track."

While hard work and preparation are major keys to winning the Snap-on® Pit Crew Challenge, luck also plays into the equation a little bit, and there is no place better to have luck on your side than in Las Vegas.

"You're going to have to get a little creative with some things," explained Kahne. "Just like on the front axle change, putting the coils on is what I think won that for us. We saw (Justin) Henderson's team do it and that is what won that deal for us. We just basically got the luck of the draw and went after them and saw it, and learned from it."

Another key to being fast in the Snap-on® Pit Crew Challenge is to not make mistakes that have to be corrected, because that would take up valuable seconds as the clock continues to tick. The Kahne team believes that they have made a minimal number of mistakes in the first two rounds and look to carry that streak into the final round.

"In round two, with the rear tires and shocks, I think we were more creative and more organized than everybody else in that one," said Kahne. "I think that is what helped us there, and we didn't have many mistakes. We finished second, but still had a good enough (elapsed) time to lead the deal."

With the championship on the line, as well as prize money for the top-three finishing teams in the round, as well as overall, the crews know that the pressure will be on them to make sure that every bolt is tight when they are finished so they do not incur any penalties.

"With the motor change, there are a lot of different ways you can speed things up if you do them right," said Kahne. "I don't know how creative everyone else will get with it, but we will do a few things. We'll try to be fundamentally strong and not make too many mistakes."

Just as they gain momentum every time that Saldana heads to victory lane on the track, the crew is also looking to head into the off-season with momentum off the track with a strong showing in the finale of the Snap-on® Pit Crew Challenge, knowing that all of their hard work that they have put in all season long.

"The money on the line is good, and that is probably the biggest motivation," Willie Kahne said. "The bragging rights are great too. Anything that you do, you want to be good at it."

The Dan Oswalt team consisting of driver Justin Henderson, his crew chief/father Rod, and Chris Timmerman finished second in round one and backed that up with a very solid third-place finish in round two, to put them solidly in the runner-up spot heading into the finale at The Dirt Track @ Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

The Jeremy Campbell Motorsports team is third in the overall standings, and working with driver Jeremy Campbell for round three will be two new crew members, crew chief Kevin Loveys and Mike Kruchka, who both hail from Hamilton, Ontario, Canada.

After their win in round two, the TMAC Motorsports team is fourth in the overall standings, with the Terry Hannagan Racing team rounding out the top-five.

The competition will begin at 2 p.m. on Friday October 27, and all fans are welcome to attend and see the skill and determination of the hardest working crews in racing, as they complete a full motor change in an amazing 15 minutes.

Snap-on®, which provided impact wrenches for all the teams to use, is rewarding 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 Overall Standings

Team (Driver)                                    Time                    Earnings
1. Kasey Kahne Racing (Joey Saldana)             216.745 seconds         $800
2. Dan Oswalt Racing (Justin Henderson)          235.779 seconds         $320
3. Jeremy Campbell Motorsports (Jeremy Campbell) 251.389 seconds         $120
4. TMAC Motorsports Inc. (Terry McCarl)          252.332 seconds         $600
5. Terry Hannagan Racing (Randy Hannagan)        255.491 seconds
6. Schatz Motorsports (Donny Schatz)             281.64 seconds
7. Karavan/Dollansky Racing (Craig Dollansky)    287.253 seconds
8. Titan Racing USA (Daryn Pittman)              317.425 seconds

-credit: woo

Write a comment
Show comments
About this article
Series World of Outlaws
Drivers Kasey Kahne , Donny Schatz , Justin Adams , Craig Dollansky , Daryn Pittman , Joey Saldana , Randy Hannagan , Kevin Love