Drive-Thru Challenge: Phoenix

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Clint Bowyer’s pit crew captured the Checkers/Rally’s Double Drive-Thru Challenge competition in Saturday night’s race at Phoenix International Raceway, helping propel its rookie driver to a NEXTEL Cup career-high fifth-place finish.

The program awards $10,500 per week to the pit crew of the car spending the least amount of time on pit road. In addition, the pit crew with the most wins will be awarded a $105,000 bonus at the completion of the 36-race schedule.

“The guys did a good job on pit road,” said Gil Martin, crew chief of Bowyer’s No. 07 Chevrolet. “They stayed in sync pretty well and Clint did a good job getting on and off pit road. The guys were consistent and we did what we needed to do. They beat everybody off of pit road towards the end of the race, so that shows how well they kept their composure. All-in-all, it was a very good night.”

Bowyer’s Jack Daniel’s machine spent 266.258 seconds on pit road during the 312-lap race.

Bowyer’s over-the-wall crew consists of: Carey Wimbish (jackman), Dail Long (front-tire carrier), Shane Westerberg (front-tire changer), Dustin Stanley (rear-tire carrier), Tommy Wallace (rear-tire changer), Ron Liddell (gasman), Clint Almquist (catch can) and Troy Welty (windshield). The team’s pit stop coordinator is Corinne Mauldin.

Bowyer’s crew, part of the Richard Childress Racing stable, becomes the sixth different team to win the Checkers/Rally’s weekly competition. Pit crews for Jimmie Johnson, Kyle Busch, Tony Stewart, Elliott Sadler, and Denny Hamlin have also scored wins.

The Checkers/Rally's Double Drive-Thru Challenge is in its second season with the NEXTEL Cup Series.

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