Lowes Team Takes Lead In Pit Crew Challenge

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Jimmie Johnson’s over-the-wall crew took over sole possession of first place in the Checkers/Rally’s Double Drive-Thru Challenge competition by taking top honors in Sunday’s NEXTEL Cup event at Atlanta Motor Speedway.

It was the fifth pit crew win of the season for Johnson’s team and it broke a three-way tie with Tony Stewart’s and Kyle Busch’s crews.

"Performing under pressure is part of professional sports and the No. 48 Lowe’s pit crew has shown their ability to perform on a weekly basis," said crew chief Chad Knaus. "The guys work extremely hard behind the scenes to be the best at their job. To be recognized five times this season for their efforts is extremely rewarding for everyone on the 48 team."

Johnson’s crew, which spent 316.721 seconds on pit road, will earn $10,500 for the weekly honor and is one step closer to the $105,000 bonus Checkers/Rally’s will present to the crew with the most wins at the completion of the 36-race schedule.

Johnson’s No. 46 over-the-wall crew, which spent only 109.657 seconds on Atlanta’s pit road includes: Chris Anderson (jackman), Art Simmons (front-tire carrier), Mike Trower (front-tire changer), Ron Malec (rear-tire carrier), Tim Ladyga (rear-tire changer), Rich Gutierrez (gasman), Mike Knauer (catch can) and Sean Kerlin (eighth-man).

Johnson, who turned in a strong second-place showing in Sunday’s Bass Pro Shops 500, is currently second in the Chase for the NEXTEL Cup driver standings, just 26 points behind leader Matt Kenseth. There are three races remaining.

Busch Series Result – Memphis
Johnny Sauter’s No. 00 over-the-wall crew continued to dominate the Checkers/Rally’s Double Drive-Thru Challenge in the Busch Series by earning its 10th win of the season at Memphis Motorsports Park. The crew, which spent 179.242 seconds on pit road, has already clinched the season-long competition.

Craftsman Truck Series Result – Atlanta
The No. 10 over-the-wall crew of Terry Cook picked up the win in the weekly Checkers/Rally’s Double Drive-Thru Challenge in Saturday’s NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series event at Atlanta Motor Speedway. The team spent 92.996 seconds on pit road.

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