Tuesday, May 12, 2009

May 14th SPEED Channel UPDATE

On Thursday, May 14th at 8 p.m. ET tune into SPEED Channel to see Dave Despain, MWR's own pit coach Greg Miller and the No. 00 Aaron's Dream Machine Toyota team participate in an All-Star Special.

Despain dissects the anatomy of a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series pit crew with Miller and provides his own unique insight from Michael Waltrip Racing's pit stop area in Cornelius N.C.

Following at 9 p.m. ET, watch the No. 00 Aaron's Dream Machine Michael Waltrip Racing team and the No. 47 Toyota team sponsored by Little Debbie, Kingsford, Clorox and Bush's Best Baked Beans fielded by JTG-Daugherty Racing compete to be the fastest pit crew to win a $100,000 prize in the 2009 NASCAR Sprint Pit Crew Challenge presented by Craftsman from the Time Warner Cable Arena.

Pit Crew Challenge format remains same for 2009

HARRISBURG, N.C. -- The 2009 NASCAR Sprint Pit Crew Challenge presented by Craftsman, an event that features competition between the series' top pit crews, is scheduled for 7 p.m. ET May 14 at the Time Warner Cable Arena. Tickets start at $15 and can be purchased online at www.pitcrewchallenge.com or by calling Ticketmaster at (800) 495-2295. SPEED's broadcast of the event begins at 9 p.m.
Returning for its fifth consecutive year, the Pit Crew Challenge is the only indoor event sanctioned by NASCAR and is one of the highlights of the week leading up to the 25th running of the All-Star Race on May 16 at Lowe's Motor Speedway.


All teams qualified for the All-Star Race, which includes Cup Series race winners from 2008 and 2009, All-Star Race winners of the past 10 years and Cup Series champions of the past 10 years who are active drivers and have competed in at least one Cup Series event during the 2008 or 2009 season. Also eligible is the 2008 Pit Crew Challenge winner. If there are no new event winners, the remaining unfilled positions will become available to the car owners ranked highest in the 2009 Cup Series owner point standings as of May 13 who are not otherwise eligible for this event.

The format for this year's event remains the same as a year ago.

Competition Format
  • Teams are seeded for the NASCAR Sprint Pit Crew Challenge based on the following:
  • Seeding will be determined by the 2009 Cup Series car owner point standings as of May 13.
  • The top-eight teams in Cup Series owner points will receive a bye into the second round of the competition.
  • The remaining eligible teams will be ranked in order of Cup Series owner points seeded as Nos. 9-24 and will compete in a head-to-head format in the first round of the Pit Crew Challenge.
Competition Rounds

Seeding Round -- The seeding round will be held at 4:30 p.m. Featuring the top-eight teams in Cup Series owner points, teams will compete in four head-to-head runs with the quickest time receiving the top, overall seed for the Pit Crew Challenge. The remaining seven teams in the seeding round will be seeded Nos. 2-8 in order of their times (quickest to slowest).

Round One -- All teams seeded Nos. 9-24 compete in a head-to-head, single-elimination format with the eight winning teams advancing to the second round of competition.

Additionally, the fastest crew member at each station will be crowned as the individual champion in the following categories: front-tire changer and carrier, rear-tire changer and carrier, jack man and gas man, and catch-can man. Each of the winning individual crew members will receive a $10,000 prize. Teams competing in the seeding round and first round will have individual skills' times count toward the individual skills' titles.

Round Two -- The eight winning teams from round one advance to challenge the teams seeded Nos. 1-8. Eight heat winners advance to round three (Quarterfinals).


"Name Your Opponent Round" -- The highest-remaining team advancing into round three may choose its opponent from any of the other seven teams advancing into round three. The selection process will continue with the next, highest-remaining, non-selected team until the round three line up (four total) is set.

The head-to-head competition continues with the same format as round two. Four heat winners advance to round four (Semifinals).

The winning teams from round four compete head to head with the two winners advancing to the championship round.

The winning teams from round four compete head to head with the winner crowned the Pit Crew Challenge champion.

In the event of a tie in any of the rounds, the car owner who is ranked higher in the current owner point standings as of May 13.

The finishing order of the Pit Crew Challenge determines the order of pit selection for the race that each competing team is eligible for -- The Sprint Showdown or the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race.

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