Mears Team Wins Dover Challenge

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Casey Mears’ No. 25 over-the-wall crew earned the Checkers/Rally’s Double Drive-Thru Challenge win in Sunday’s NEXTEL Cup race at Dover International Speedway.

By spending 315.217 seconds on pit road, the National Guard/GMAC crew took top honors in the weekly competition for the second time this season.

“Everyone on our No. 25 National Guard/GMAC Chevrolet team did a great job at Dover, and the pit crew deserves this award because their efforts kept us in the hunt all day,” said crew chief Darian Grubb. “Casey got into the tight Dover pit boxes the best he possibly could each time we came in, which helped the crew maintain their timing and allowed them to show the skills they’ve been honing all season.”

The crew, out of the Hendrick Motorsports stable, will be presented with an $11,000 check by Checkers/Rally’s for winning the weekly challenge. An additional $111,150 prize will be presented to the over-the-wall crew with the most wins at the completion of the 36-race NEXTEL Cup schedule.

Mears’ No. 25 crew includes: Jason Hunt (jackman), Ben Fischbeck (front-tire carrier), Tony Hamm (front-tire changer), Matt Myers (rear-tire carrier), Chuck Efaw (rear-tire changer), Chris Fasulka (gasman), Chris Hamilton (catch can) and Jim Jenkins (eighth-man). The team’s pit crew coach is Mark Mauldin.

Mark Martin’s No. 01 crew and Jeff Gordon’s No. 24 crew are currently tied for the lead in the season-long Checkers/Rally’s Double Drive-Thru Challenge standings, with four wins each.

To win, teams are required to finish on the lead lap while spending the least amount of time on pit road. Checkers/Rally’s is in its third season as title sponsor for the Pit Crew Challenge.

Busch Series Result – Dover International Speedway

The No. 7 crew of Kenny Wallace spent the least amount of time on pit road (140.689 seconds) at Dover International Speedway, picking up its second Busch Series Checkers/Rally’s Double Drive-Thru Challenge of the year.

Truck Series Result – Las Vegas Motor Speedway

Johnny Benson’s No. 23 over-the-wall crew grabbed the Checkers/Rally’s Double Drive-Thru Challenge win during Saturday night’s event at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. The crew spent 94.184 seconds on pit road during the Craftsman Truck Series event.

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