Showing posts with label Pit Crew Challenge. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Pit Crew Challenge. Show all posts

Saturday, May 19, 2012

2012 Pit Crew Challenge Photo Gallery

After attending the 2012 Pit Crew Challenge at the Time Warner Center, here are a few photos from the event.

Friday, May 18, 2012

No. 48 team reigns supreme

The No. 48 MyLowes team went wild on stage after winning the 2012 Pit Crew Challenge.
Credit: Streeter Lecka/Getty Images for NASCAR

The No. 48 team has done it again, they have dethroned another champion. This time it's not Jimmie Johnson in the limelight, but instead his crew, the focus of last evening's Pit Crew Challenge at the Time Warner Cable Arena in Charlotte. Johnson's only role: cheerleader and now the holder of the credit card for the victory celebration.

The No 48 team is impressive week in and week out under the leadership of crew chief Chad Knaus, but training for the challenge is a whole other pit stop. Teams work for weeks, training on their maneuvers for their specific event and the additional factor of the 40-yard push.

This event is unique compared to a standard pit stop where the team works together. At the pit crew challenge, each member competes on a car specifically doing their job, then rushing to push their team car in the dash to the finish line.

The No. 48 team, led by coach Greg Morin, won with a time of 22.239 seconds and had steadily increased their speed all evening, starting the first round with a 23-second run.

The team:

TJ Ford - Jack Man
Brandon Harder - Gas Man
Dave Collins - Front Tire Changer
RJ Barnette - Front Tire Carrier
Calvin Teague - Rear Tire Changer
Matt Tyrrell - Rear Tire Carrier

After the competition, Johnson and his team joined the media for questions.

RJ Barnette spoke on the rematch of the 48 and 11 teams from the 2011 pit crew challenge. "When it came down to us and the 11 team, there was no way they were going to beat us. We've came too far, we've grew together as a team. It's an amazing group of guys who sacrifice everything when we are together. It's a real honor to be up here."

TJ Ford chimed in, "Coach Morin sent us a picture of the finish from last year. It was the 11 car beating us by a couple strides. He said if this wasn't enough, I don't know what is. I know for the last couple weeks, that has been replaying through my mind and these guys up here, that was some pretty good motivation."

That was the motivation the No. 48 crew needed to keep the No. 11 team from pulling off the three-peat.  The team also is awarded their choice of pit stalls for Saturday's All-Star Race.

The event brought out not only the crews, but the drivers to support their teams; spotted were Tony Stewart, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Carl Edwards, Ryan Newman, Joey Logano and many more. Drivers cheered on their teams from a different view for one night, having no say on the outcome of the event although Brad Keselowski and David Ragan did steer their rides during the push.

Penalties plagued many top teams as the the pressure of the event focused solely on their performance weighed heavily.

Thursday, May 19, 2011

No. 11 Pit Crew Wins Second Consecutive Sprint Pit Crew Challenge

Credit: John Harrelson/Getty Images for NASCAR
On Thursday night, the pit crew of the No. 11 FedEx Racing Toyota for Joe Gibbs Racing defended their 2010 title by defeating the No. 48 Lowe’s Racing Chevrolet for Hendrick Motorsports. This marks the first time that a team has won back-to-back Pit Crew Challenge events. Driver Denny Hamlin was on hand for the event, cheering on his team for their second consecutive victory in the Sprint Pit Crew Challenge.

“We’ve got a really good athletic group of guys, obviously,” said Hamlin. “We have some really strong jack man and catch can guys. That’s kind of the key to the push of this thing is to have really strong guys in those positions. It’s just really amazing with the consistency that they had. If you look at all their times, it’s there within a tenth of a second. So they did a great job.”

The No. 11 crew defeated the No. 88 Hendrick Motorsports crew to advance to the finals. The win gives the team a chance at the first pit stall at the exit to pit road, a strategy that could prove to be helpful in a late race pitstop.
Credit: Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images for NASCAR

The crew consists of Nate Bolling (jack man), Scott Wood (gas man), Justin White (second gas man), Nick Krizmanich (front tire changer), Brandon Pegram (front tire carrier), Mike Hicks (rear tire changer), and Heath Cherry (rear tire carrier). Jessica Torok was behind the wheel. 

The winners of the individual positions came from two separate teams. The No. 14 team—driven by Tony Stewart—saw their jack man Mike Casto and gas men Rick Pigeon and Ryan Flores each set a new individual record at 5.071 sec and 8.652 sec, respectively. The No. 33 team driven by Clint Bowyer had their front tire changer Jason Pulver and carrier Austin Craven set an individual record at 13.901 sec while rear tire changer Dustin Necaise and carrier Matt Kreuter set their own individual records at 13.846 sec.

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Tickets for NASCAR Sprint Pit Crew Challenge on Sale

Family-Friendly, Pit Crew Skills Competition Showcases Best on Pit Road

HARRISBURG, N.C. - Tickets for the 2011 NASCAR Sprint Pit Crew ChallengeTM presented by Craftsman, featuring a family-friendly, pit-crew competition between the top-24 NASCAR Sprint Cup SeriesTM pit crews, are on sale as of March 23. Tickets may be purchased online at or by calling Time Warner Cable Arena box office at (800) 745-3000 with prices starting at $15. Tickets for children two to 12 cost $7.50 each.

The NASCAR Sprint Pit Crew Challenge presented by Craftsman will take place Thursday, May 19, at 7 p.m. EDT at Time Warner Cable Arena and will air on SPEED at 8 p.m. EDT that evening.

“Each year we see the competition increase for the NASCAR Sprint Pit Crew Challenge presented by Craftsman, both in the individual skills and team competition,” said Robin Pemberton, vice president of competition for NASCAR. “The pit crews look forward to this event and put forth their best effort to prove who the best on pit road really is. The added value for the teams also is having first pit selection for the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race.”

Kicking off NASCAR Sprint All-Star WeekTM will be the third annual NASCAR Rev’d Up, a free concert and festival featuring top musical talent and interactive displays held in downtown Charlotte, N.C., on May 18.

The NASCAR Sprint Pit Crew Challenge presented by Craftsman, now in its seventh year of competition and produced by JHE Production Group Inc., is the signature lead-in event to the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race Saturday, May 21 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

To qualify for the NASCAR Sprint Pit Crew Challenge presented by Craftsman, teams must be eligible for the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race or be the 2010 NASCAR Sprint Pit Crew Challenge Champion. NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race eligibility includes all NASCAR Sprint Cup race winners from 2010 and 2011, NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race winners from the past 10 years and NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Champions from the past 10 years who are active drivers and have competed in at least one series event during the 2010 or 2011 season. Remaining unfilled positions will become available to the car owners ranked highest in the 2011 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series owner point standings as of May 17.

The following teams are currently eligible: No. 00 Aaron’s Dream Machine Toyota, No. 1 Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet, No. 4 Red Bull Racing Toyota, No. 5 Chevrolet, No. 11 FedEx Toyota, No. 14 Office Depot Chevrolet, No. 16 3M Ford, No. 17 Crown Royal Ford, No. 18 M&M’s Toyota, No. 21 Motorcraft/Quick Lane Ford, No. 22 Shell-Pennzoil Dodge, No. 24 Drive to End Hunger Chevrolet, No. 29 Budweiser Chevrolet,  No. 33 Cheerios/Hamburger Helper Chevrolet, No. 39 US Army Chevrolet, No. 42 Target Chevrolet, No. 48 Lowe’s Chevrolet, and No. 99 Aflac Ford.

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