Drive-Thru Challenge: Darlington
May 16, 2006 | 9:10 A.M. EST
Busch’s crew, which spent 350.021 seconds on pit road during the NEXTEL Cup event, is now in a four-way tie for first place in the season-long competition. The crews of Tony Stewart, Elliott Sadler and Jimmie Johnson also have two wins each.
“My pit crew has been getting the job done on pit road,” said Busch, who posted a seventh-place finish in Darlington. “We never lost a spot in Darlington, and they got me two or three with each pit. These guys don’t have the ‘flash’ that some of the guys on pit road do, but they are earning the respect they need and I hope that this keeps going for the rest of the year. “
Busch’s No. 5 Kellogg’s Chevrolet team consists of: Rick Pigeon (jackman), Jeremy “JD” Holcomb (front-tire carrier), DJ Richardson (front-tire changer), Jason Jones (rear-tire carrier), Josh Kirk (rear-tire changer), Brad Pickens (gasman), Jason Dalrymple (catch can), and Whit Satterwhite (eighth-man). The team’s crew chief is Alan Gustafson and the pit crew coach is Mark Mauldin.
Busch’s over-the-wall crew, part of the Hendrick Motorsports stable, will be awarded the weekly $10,500 prize. A bonus of $105,000 will be presented by Checkers/Rally’s to the team with the most wins at the completion of the 36-race schedule.
The Checkers/Rally's Double Drive-Thru Challenge is in its second season with the NEXTEL Cup Series.