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2009 NASCAR Sprint Pit Crew Challenge Fact Sheet

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One of the many highlight's during NASCAR All-Star Week in Charlotte, N.C. is the annual pit crew challenge. The defending championship pit crew from the No. 83 Red Bull team will be back in an effort to win two straight titles.

May 14, 2009
Fact Sheet

What: NASCAR Sprint Pit Crew Challenge presented by Craftsman
When: May 14, 2009 at 7 p.m. EDT; Seeding round begins at 4:30 p.m.
Location: Time Warner Cable Arena, Charlotte, N.C.
TV Broadcast: SPEED’s coverage on May 14 begins at 9 p.m.
Radio Broadcast: Sirius’ coverage begins at 7 p.m.

NASCAR Sprint Pit Crew Challenge
Event History

The inaugural NASCAR Sprint Pit Crew Challenge was held at the Charlotte Coliseum. The No. 9 Dodge Dealers/UAW Dodge pit crew beat the No. 42 Texaco Havoline Dodge team in the final round to take home the $70,000 prize. The team posted a time of 16.14 seconds for a four-tire change. (In 2005, the final round did not include the Craftsman Car Push.) The team consisted of Nick O’Dell (front-tire changer); Jason Gay (front-tire carrier); Kyle Turner (rear-tire changer); Eric Wakeland (rear-tire carrier); Brent Wentz (catch can); Todd Colburn (jack man); and Rodney Rhodes (gas man).

The event moved to Charlotte’s new Bobcats Arena. The No. 1 Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet pit crew beat the No. 9 Dodge Dealers Dodge team to earn the $70,100 prize with a time of 25.44 seconds for a four-tire change and the Craftsman Car Push. The team consisted of Dennis Terry (front-tire changer); Ryan Buscaglio (front-tire carrier); Greg Osborne (rear-tire changer); Mark Kennerly (rear-tire carrier); Will Gray (catch can); Jeff Kerr (jack man); and Bob Tracey (gas man).

In 2007, the event remained at the Charlotte Bobcats Arena and for the first time included a seeding round and a call-out round. The No. 12 Alltel Dodge pit crew beat the No. 43 Cheerios Dodge team in the final round to take home the $70,300 prize with a time of 24.66 seconds. The winning team consisted of Ben Brown (front-tire changer); Scott Reiniger (front-tire carrier); Joe Piette Jr. (rear-tire changer); Trent Cherry (rear-tire carrier); Britt Goodrich (jack man); George Whitley (gas man); and Brian White (catch can).

The fourth annual NASCAR Sprint Pit Crew Challenge was held at the newly-renamed Time Warner Cable Arena. The No. 83 Red Bull Racing team entered the competition as the 24th car to make the field by owner points and made quite a statement by beating the No. 11 FedEx Freight Toyota with a total time of 22.902 seconds, including the 40-yard Craftsman push. Earning the title and $70,100, the No. 83 Red Bull Racing Toyota also recorded an event record during the quarterfinals with a time of 22.655 seconds. Members of the winning team consisted of Brian Haaland (front-tire changer); Aaron Schields (front-tire carrier); Danny Kincaid (rear-tire changer); Jake Brzozowski (rear-tire carrier),; Mike Metcalf (catch can); Shaun Peet (jack man); and Doug Newell (gasman).

The NASCAR Sprint Pit Crew Challenge presented by Craftsman is scheduled for Thursday, May 14 at the Time Warner Cable Arena and remains the only NASCAR-sanctioned event held indoors.

Quick Facts
•In 2008, the No. 83 Red Bull Racing Toyota pit crew recorded an event record during the quarterfinals with a time of 22.655 seconds, which included a four-tire pit stop and 40-yard Craftsman push. The record formerly held by the No. 12 Alltel Dodge team was set in 2007 with a time of 23.35 seconds.
•Breaking down the No. 83 Red Bull Racing team’s winnings of $70,100, the team earned $3,060.87 per second or each member earned $437.27 per second.
•In four years, an average, winning individual time for each position is:
o Front-Tire Changer 14.65 seconds
o Front-Tire Carrier   14.65 seconds
o Rear-Tire Changer 14.46 seconds
o Rear-Tire Carrier    14.46 seconds
o Gas Man              12.41 seconds
o Catch-Can Man     12.41 seconds
o Jack Man              6.26 seconds
•With each individual winner earning $10,000, winnings per second approximately equate to:
o Front-Tire Changer 14.65 seconds $682.59 per second
o Front-Tire Carrier    14.65 seconds $682.59 per second
o Rear-Tire Changer  14.46 seconds $691.56 per second
o Rear-Tire Carrier    14.46 seconds $691.56 per second
o Gas Man               12.41 seconds $805.80 per second
o Catch-Can Man       12.41 seconds $805.80 per second
o Jack Man                6.26 seconds $1,597.44 per second
•In 2007, Daniel Rankin, rear-tire changer for the No. 43 Cheerios Dodge, set a record and earned the $10,000 individual rear-tire changer prize with a time of 13.85 seconds or $722.02 per second.
•Eric Wilson established a new record in the individual jack man competition in 2008 with a time of 5.431, 0.509 seconds faster than Mitch Lash in 2007 and 1.809 seconds faster than Kevin Pennell in 2005.
•Since 2004, the team Champions have been thirteenth or worse in NASCAR Sprint Cup Series point standings entering this event. Thus far, a top-10 Sprint Cup Series team in points entering this event has not won the NASCAR Sprint Pit Crew Challenge.
o 2005 No. 9 Dodge Dealers team    Point standings – 15
o 2006 No. 1 Bass Pro Shops team  Point standings – 22
o 2007 No. 12 Alltel team                 Point standings – 13
o 2008 No. 83 Red Bull Racing team Point standings – 17
•Only 13 teams have competed all four years (from 2005-2008) in the NASCAR Sprint Pit Crew Challenge (Nos. 2, 8, 9, 12, 16, 17, 20, 24, 26, 29, 31, 48 and 99). Of those 13, nine are qualified to participate in the fifth consecutive event (Not qualified as of April 21 – Nos. 8, 12, 20 and 26). 
•Only three pit crew members have earned back-to-back individual Champion titles in the four-year history of the event:
o Jeff Patterson, gasman, and Brian Larson, catch can for the No. 20 Home Depot Chevrolet, are the only individual Champions to win two years in a row. They had a winning time of 14.20 in 2006 and a winning time of 10.92 in 2007.
o Nick O’Dell, front-tire changer, took top honors in 2007 representing the No. 9 Dodge Dealers Dodge and then again in 2008 representing the No. 18 M&M’s Toyota. In 2007, O’Dell recorded a winning time of 15.18 seconds and improved that time in 2008 by 0.441 seconds with a time of 14.739 seconds.
•Manufacturer Breakdown
o In the event’s history, a Dodge has made it to the final round three of the four years with a win in 2005 and 2007.
o In 2008, Toyotas controlled the final round with the No. 11 FedEx Freight Toyota and No. 83 Red Bull Racing Toyota battling for the grand prize.
o Only one Chevrolet has reached the final round which was the No. 1 Bass Pro Chevrolet pit crew who captured 2006 Champion title.
o A Ford pit crew has not reached the final team round. However, in 2008, two members from the No. 17 DeWALT Ford pit crew won individual Champion honors (Dave Smith, rear-tire changer, and Jason Binger, rear-tire carrier).

NASCAR Sprint Pit Crew Challenge Event Record & 2008 Results
*Additional statistics are available. Please note all times are in seconds.


Name                Position               Year Team                               Time
Daniel Rankin    Rear-Tire Changer   2007 No. 43 Cheerios Dodge   13.85
Bryan Rockwell  Rear-Tire Carrier     2007 No. 43 Cheerios Dodge   13.85
Eric Wilson        Jackman               2008 No. 9 Budweiser Dodge   5.43
Caleb Hurd        Gas Man               2008 No. 24 Dupont Chevrolet   10.03
Jamie Frady      Catch Can             2008 No. 24 Dupont Chevrolet   10.03
Mike Trower       Front-Tire Changer 2005 No. 10 Valvoline Chevrolet 14.29
Shane Cook       Front-Tire Carrier   2005 No. 10 Valvoline Chevrolet 14.29

*Quickest overall time includes craftsman push

Team                          Year   Time   Round
No. 83 Red Bull Toyota 2008  22.655 Quarterfinals

Name               Position               Team                             Time
Nick O'Dell       Front-Tire Changer No. 18 M&M's Toyota     14.739
Brad Donaghy  Front-Tire Carrier    No. 18 M&M's Toyota     14.739
Dave Smith      Rear-Tire Changer  No. 17 DeWALT Ford      14.462
Jason Binger    Rear-Tire Carrier    No. 17 DeWALT Ford      14.462
Caleb Hurd       Gas                     No. 24 DuPont Chevrolet  10.031*
Jamie Frady     Catch Can            No. 24 DuPont Chevrolet  10.031*
Eric Wilson      Jackman              No. 9 Budweiser Dodge     5.431

2008 Champion No. 83 Red Bull Toyota

Crew Member     Position
Doug Newell       Gas Man      
Mike Metcalf      Catch Can   
Brian Haaland     Front-Tire Changer  
Aaron Schields   Front-Tire Carrier  
Danny Kincaid    Rear-Tire Changer  
Jake Brzozowski Rear-Tire Carrier       
Shaun Peet        Jack Man   

Round            Time
One               22.760
Two               22.572
Quarterfinals   22.655
Semifinals      22.865
Final              22.902       

2008 Runner-up No. 11 FedEx Freight Toyota

Crew Member         Position
Scott Wood            Gas Man
John Eicher            Catch Can
Mike Hicks             Front-Tire Changer
Brandon Pegram     Front-Tire Carrier
Jonathan Sherman  Rear-Tire Changer
Heath Cherry          Rear-Tire Carrier
Chris Anderson       Jack Man         

Round            Time
One               24.128
Two               23.319
Quarterfinals   22.96
Semifinals      22.955
Final              23.011

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