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Hamlin’s Crew Repeats In Challenge

Info Manager | , RacinToday.com Friday, May 20 2011

The pit crew of Denny Hamlin celebrates a repeat victory in the NASCAR Pit Crew Challenge Thursday night in Charlotte. (RacinToday/HHP photo by Harold Hinson)

The No. 11 FedEx Toyota pit crew of Denny Hamlin captured the 2011 Sprint NASCAR Sprint Pit Crew Challenge presented by Craftsman team champion title, defending the team’s title from 2010.

The Joe Gibbs Racing crew beat the No. 48 Lowe’s Chevrolet pit crew of Jimmie Johnson in the final with a time of 22.298 seconds.

The Hendrick Motorsports No. 48 crew finished second with a time of 22.714 seconds.

A new team event record was set in the quarterfinal round by the No. 14 Office Depot Chevrolet pit crew with a time of 21.472 seconds.

The individual skills winners broke the previous records in each category:

– Mike Casto, jack man of the No. 14 team of Tony Stewart set a new individual record with a time of 5.071.

The crews of Denny Hamlin and Jimmie Johnson make a push for the championship. (RacinToday/HHP photo by Harold Hinson)

– Rick Pigeon and Ryan Flores of the No. 14 team set a new individual gas men record with a time of 8.652.

– Jason Pulver and Austin Craven of the No. 33 team of Clint Bowyer set a new individual front-tire changer/carrier record with a time of 13.901.

– Dustin Necaise and Matt Kreuter of the No. 33 team  of Bowyer set a new individual rear-tire changer/carrier record with a time of 13.846 seconds.

Pulver is a two-time individual champion, securing his first win in 2006. Rear-tire changer Necaise and rear-tire carrier Kreuter are back-to-back individual champions from 2010.

“It was a great night for our guys on the No. 33 Cheerios/Hamburger Helper team tonight,” said Richard Childress RAcing director of human performance Matt Clark. “We really wanted to get another team championship banner to hang up at the shop, but their individual performances tonight showcased their hard work and dedication they put in each and every day. I couldn’t be more proud.”

“Man, what a great night for all of the crew guys and their families,” said Bowyer, driver RCR’s No. 33 Cheerios/Hamburger Helper Chevrolet. “I always tell everyone that I have the best pit crew in the business and these guys proved me right once again tonight. I am just really proud of them. They deserve this recognition.”

The NASCAR Sprint Pit Crew Challenge presented by Craftsman is a fan-friendly event that featured competition between the series’ top-24 pit crews and is the only indoor event sanctioned by NASCAR.

Info Manager | , RacinToday.com Friday, May 20 2011
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