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2011 Championship "Tire Specialist" award announced: Champion Tire & Wheel has announced the recipient of the 2011 Sprint Cup "Consistently Smooth" award is Stewart-Haas Racing's, Aaron Kuehn. The award recognizes the skill and effort of the team's tire specialist in overseeing the #14 teams' tire and wheel program. The tire specialist is an important piece in the performance formula for a championship effort as it requires managing a program of over 2,500 tires and wheels throughout the full Sprint Cup season. When the call for a pit stop comes, the efforts to find the right combination of tires, wheels, and air pressure is critical in the overall handling and performance of the race car. The lead crystal trophy will be presented to Kuehn at the team's shop in Charlotte, NC with Owner/Driver -Tony Stewart, Vice President of Competition - Matt Borland, and Crew Chief - Darian Grubb. In addition to the Sprint Cup series recipients, Champion Tire and Wheel will also present Roush-Fenway Racing's Kevin Kramzer, the Championship tire specialists award for the Ricky Stenhouse driven Nationwide Series team, and Dustin Keath, the tire specialist for Richard Childress Racing and the Austin Dillon driven Camping World Truck Series Championship effort.(Champion Tire and Wheel PR) (12-1-2011)
Darian Grubb Named Wypall Wipers Crew Chief of Year: Darian Grubb, who has guided driver #14-Tony Stewart to four victories and a second-place standing in NASCAR's Chase for the Sprint Cup Series Championship, was named as the Wypall Wipers Crew Chief of the Year during a ceremony held at Phoenix International Raceway. In one of the closest battles in the history of the award, Grubb, crew chief for the #14 Office Depot/Mobil 1 Chevy of Stewart-Haas Racing, captured four Wypall Wipers Crew Chief of the Race awards (which were presented after each 2011 Sprint Cup Series race as part of the Wypall Crew Chief Challenge). There was a four-way tie for second with three weekly awards: 2010 Wypall Wipers Crew Chief of the Year Gil Martin (#29 of Kevin Harvick), Alan Gustafson (#24 of Jeff Gordon), Jimmy Fennig (#17 of Matt Kenseth) and Paul Wolfe (#2 of Brad Keselowski). Prior to the start of Sunday's Sprint Cup Series race at Phoenix, Grubb was presented a check for $10,000.00 on behalf of Wypall Wipers, proud sponsor of Saturday's Nationwide Series race - the Wypall 200.(Wypall WIpers/HB&M Sports)(11-14-2011)
#11 FedEx Toyota Team Repeat Sprint Pit Crew Challenge Winner: The #11 FedEx Toyota pit crew captured the 2011 NASCAR Sprint Pit Crew Challenge presented by Craftsman team champion title, defending the team’s title from 2010, by defeating the #48 Lowe’s Chevrolet pit crew with a time of 22.298 seconds.
The #48 Lowe’s Chevrolet pit crew finished second with a time of 22.714 seconds. A new team event record was set in the quarterfinal round by the #14 Office Depot Chevrolet pit crew with a time of 21.472 seconds.
The individual skills winners broke the previous records in each category. Mike Casto, jack man of the #14 team set a new individual record with a time of 5.071; Rick Pigeon and Ryan Flores of the #14 team set a new individual gas men record with a time of 8.652; Jason Pulver and Austin Craven of the #33 team set a new individual front-tire changer/carrier record with a time of 13.901; and Dustin Necaise and Matt Kreuter of the #33 team set a new individual rear-tire changer/carrier record with a time of 13.846 seconds. Pulver is a two-time individual champion, securing his first win in 2006. Rear-tire changer Necaise and rear-tire carrier Kreuter are back-to-back individual champions from 2010.
The NASCAR Sprint Pit Crew Challenge presented by Craftsman is a fan-friendly event that featured competition between the series’ top-24 pit crews and is the only indoor event sanctioned by NASCAR.
Team Champion: #11 FedEx Toyota Jack Man Nate Bolling (Swanton, Ohio)
Gas Man Scott Wood (Liberty, S.C.)
Second Gas Man Justin White (Lynnville, Tenn.)
Front-Tire Changer Nick Krizmanich (Kenosha, Wis.)
Front-Tire Carrier Brandon Pegram (Statesville, N.C.)
Rear-Tire Changer Mike Hicks (Salisbury, N.C.)
Rear-Tire Carrier Heath Cherry (Belmont, N.C.)
Skill Car # Name Time
Jack Man 14 Mike Casto (Proctor, W.V.) 5.071
Gas Man 14 Rick Pigeon (Fairfax, Vt.) 8.652
Second Gas Man 14 Ryan Flores (Point Pleasant, Nev.) 8.652
Front-Tire Changer 33 Jason Pulver (Tucson, Ariz.) 13.901
Front-Tire Carrier 33 Austin Craven (High Point, N.C.) 13.901
Rear-Tire Changer 33 Dustin Necaise (Gulfport, Miss.) 13.846
Rear-Tire Carrier 33 Matt Kreuter (Zanesville, Ohio) 13.846
(Sprint Pit Crew Challenge)(5-19-2011)
Hamlin's team repeats as Pit Crew Challenge champ: Denny Hamlin's #11 team successfully defended its title in NASCAR's Pit Crew Challenge on Thursday night, edging Jimmie Johnson's #48 team in the final round. Hamlin's seven-member team changed four tires, put in gas and pushed the car 40 yards in 22.298 seconds without collecting a penalty to earn $70,675. The crew now gets to select its pit stall Saturday for the All-Star race. Hamlin's experienced team was quicker pushing the car down the simulated pit road to deny Johnson's team. The five-time defending Sprint Cup series championship team was seeking its first victory in this event. Hamlin's team, which became the first repeat champion in the competition's seven seasons, included gas man Scott Wood; catch-can man Justin White; front tire changer Nick Krizmanich and carrier Brandon Pegram; rear tire changer Mike Hicks and carrier Heath Cherry; and jack man Nate Bolling. Teams still used a catch-can man even though NASCAR eliminated the position this season when it moved to a self-venting fueling system.
Clint Bowyer's #33 team and Tony Stewart's #14 crew combined to split all the individual awards - and rewrite the record book. They set event records based on their times in the seeding and opening rounds to collect $10,000 each.
But the #14 crew had 10 seconds worth of penalties in the semifinals to wipe out a victory and give Johnson's team its first spot in the final. Hamlin's team edged Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s #88 crew in the semifinals, silencing much of the pro-Earnhardt crowd as the driver watched from the arena floor.
The event at Time Warner Cable Arena included the top 24 crews in the Sprint Cup standings, with the top eight getting a bye into the second round. Teams faced each other in head-to-head, single-elimination stops that looked much different from pit stops during races. There were eight identically marked cars, four on each side of the arena floor. Teams simultaneously changed tires on two cars, filled the gas tank with water on another and a jack man lifted both sides of the fourth car. The jack men then ran to the teams' regular cars, lined up side-by-side at the corner of the arena floor, and pushed them to the finish as teammates joined to help after their tasks.
Teams received time penalties for loose lug nuts, spilled gas and other infractions. There were two 5-second penalties for spilled fuel that ended the #14 team's chances. A loose lug nut turned a victory into defeat in the first round for Mark Martin's team.
#33's rear tire changer Dustin Necaise - who said he'll use the money to help pay for his wedding later this summer - and Matt Kreuter defended their title from last year in 13.846 seconds. "I think it's definitely guys getting used to this setup," Necaise said in explaining the record times. "Guys maybe practicing a little more because now there's more emphasis on it. Every year you try to go out and do one step better than last year."
The #33's front tire changers Jason Pulver and Austin Craven won in 13.901 seconds. The #14's gas men Rick Pigeon and Jeff Patterson (8.652 seconds) and jack man Mike Casto (5.071 seconds) were also victorious.
The two teams then faced off in the second round, with Stewart's team cruising to a win. Another intriguing matchup had Kurt Busch's team knocking off brother and top-seed Kyle Busch's crew in the second round. NASCAR's only sanctioned, indoor pit crew competition kicked off a busy 11-day stretch in the Charlotte area that includes Saturday's All-Star race, the Hall of Fame induction ceremony Monday and the Coca-Cola 600 on May 29.(Associated Press)(5-19-2011)
NASCAR Sprint Pit Crew Challenge Entry List: The 2011 NASCAR Sprint Pit Crew Challenge presented by Craftsman® will feature the top-24 NASCAR Sprint Cup SeriesTM pit crews in a head-to-head competition at 7:00pm/et Thursday, May 19 at Time Warner Cable Arena. Tickets start at $15 and can be purchased online at www.pitcrewchallenge.com or by calling Time Warner Cable Arena box office at (800) 745-3000. SPEED’s broadcast of the event begins at 8:00pm/et. Eligible teams include all teams qualified for the 2011 NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race and the 2010 NASCAR Sprint Pit Crew Challenge presented by Craftsman winning team. The remaining unfilled positions became available to the car owners ranked highest in the 2011 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series owner point standings as of May 18, 2011, who were not otherwise eligible for this event.
The official entry list for the event is outlined below:
· #00 Aaron’s Dream Machine Toyota
· #1 Bass Pro Shops Chevy
· #4 Red Bull Racing Toyota
· #5 GoDaddy.com Chevy
· #9 DeWALT Ford
· #11 FedEx Toyota
· #14 Office Depot/Old Spice Chevy
· #16 3M Ford
· #17 Crown Royal Ford
· #18 M&M’s Toyota
· #21 Motorcraft/Quick Lane Ford
· #22 Shell-Pennzoil Dodge
· #24 Drive to End Hunger Chevy
· #27 CertainTeed/Menards Chevy
· #29 Budweiser Chevy
· #33 Cheerios/Hamburger Helper Chevy
· #39 US Army Chevy
· #42 Target Chevy
· #43 Best Buy Ford
· #48 Lowe’s Chevy
· #56 NAPA Chevy
· #78 Furniture Row Racing Chevy
· #88 National Guard/AMP Chevy
· #99 AFLAC Ford
(Sprint Pit Crew Challenge), see pit crew list [for teams info has been found] on my 2011 Pit Crew Chart.(5-18-2011)
Teams are seeded for the 2011 NASCAR Sprint Pit Crew Challenge based on the following:
- Seeding will be determined by the 2011 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series owner point standings (as of May 18, 2011).
- The top-eight teams in NASCAR Sprint 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 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series owner points as seeds #9-24 and will compete in a head-to-head format in the first round of the NASCAR Sprint Pit Crew Challenge.
- Seeding Round: The seeding round will be held at 4:30 p.m. Featuring the top-eight teams in NASCAR Sprint Cup Series owner points, teams will compete in four head-to-head runs with the quickest time receiving the top, overall seed for the NASCAR Sprint 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.
o 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 second gas 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.
- Round Three Quarterfinals: The head-to-head competition continues with the same format as round two. Four heat winners advance to round four.
- Round Four Semifinals: The winning teams from round four compete head to head with the two winners advancing to the championship round.
- Round Five Finals: The winning teams from round four compete head to head with the winner crowned as the 2011 NASCAR Sprint Pit Crew Challenge Champion.
- Note: In the event of a tie in any of the rounds, the car owner who is ranked higher in the current 2011 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series owner point standings as of May 18, 2011, will prevail.
- The finishing order of the 2011 NASCAR Sprint Pit Crew Challenge presented by Craftsman determines the order of pit selection for the race that each competing team is eligible for - Sprint Showdown or NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race.(5-8-2011)
Pit Crew Challenge tickets on sale: Tickets for the 2011 NASCAR Sprint Pit Crew Challenge presented by Craftsman, featuring a family-friendly, pit-crew competition between the top-24 Sprint Cup Series pit crews, go on sale Wednesday. Tickets may be purchased online at www.pitcrewchallenge.com or by calling the Time Warner Cable Arena box office at (800) 745-3000 with prices starting at $15. Tickets for children two to 12 cost $7.50 each. The NASCAR Sprint Pit Crew Challenge will take place Thursday, May 19 at 7 p.m. ET at Time Warner Cable Arena and will air on SPEED at 8 p.m. ET that evening. To qualify for the NASCAR Sprint Pit Crew Challenge, teams must be eligible for the All-Star Race or be the 2010 NASCAR Sprint Pit Crew Challenge champion. All-Star Race eligibility includes all Cup race winners from 2010 and 2011, All-Star Race winners from the past 10 years and Cup Series champions from the past 10 years who are active drivers and have competed in at least one series event during the 2010 or 2011 season. Remaining unfilled positions will become available to the car owners ranked highest in the 2011 Cup Series owner point standings as of May 17. The following teams are currently eligible: #00 Toyota, #1 Chevy, #4 Toyota, #5 Chevy, #11 Toyota, #14 Chevy, #16 Ford, #17 Ford, #18 Toyota, #21 Ford, #22 Dodge, #24 Chevy, #29 Chevy, #33 Chevy, #39 Chevy, #42 Chevy, #48 Chevy, and #99 Ford.(ASPIRE Communications)(3-23-2011)
NASCAR Sprint Pit Crew Challenge set for May 19th: The 2011 NASCAR Sprint Pit Crew Challenge presented by Craftsman, a fan-friendly, pit-crew competition featuring the top-24 NASCAR Sprint Cup SeriesTM pit crews, is scheduled for Thursday, May 19, 2011, at Time Warner Cable Arena.
The NASCAR Sprint Pit Crew Challenge presented by Craftsman will begin at 7:00pm/et and also will air on SPEED at 9:00pm/et that evening. Entering its seventh year, the competition is the signature lead-in event to the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race Saturday, May 21 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
As the title sponsor of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and NASCAR Sprint Pit Crew Challenge presented by Craftsman, Sprint has been an integral part of the growth and the development of the event since its inception in 2005. Presenting sponsor Craftsman has been a long-time sponsor in the sport providing reliable tools for NASCAR, auto mechanics and do-it-yourself car enthusiasts.
To qualify for the NASCAR Sprint Pit Crew Challenge presented by Craftsman, teams must be eligible for the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race or be the 2010 NASCAR Sprint Pit Crew Challenge Champion. NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race eligibility includes all NASCAR Sprint Cup race winners from 2010 and 2011, NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race winners from the past 10 years and NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Champions from the past 10 years who are active drivers and have competed in at least one series event during the 2010 or 2011 season. Remaining unfilled positions will become available to the car owners ranked highest in the 2011 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series owner point standings as of May 17.
The following teams are currently eligible: #00 Aaron’s Dream Machine Toyota, #1 Bass Pro Shops Chevy, #4 Red Bull Racing Toyota, #5 GoDaddy.com Chevy, #11 FedEx Toyota, #14 Office Depot Chevy, #16 3M Ford, #17 Crown Royal Ford, #18 M&M’s Toyota, #22 Shell-Pennzoil Dodge, #24 Drive to End Hunger Chevy, #29 Budweiser Chevy, #33 Cheerios/Hamburger Helper Chevy, #39 US Army Chevy, #42 Target Chevy, #48 Lowe’s Chevy, and #99 Aflac Ford. For more information, visit pitcrewchallenge.com.(2-15-2011)
#99 Team Claim 2011 Mechanix Wear Most Valuable Pit Crew: There's no insurance for good finishes like a great pit crew. And the pit crew for the #99 AFLAC Ford Fusion of Carl Edwards did just that – delivering the best average finish of 4.9 for the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup and Edwards' second place finish in the final standings. That hard work, flawless performance and strong motivation earned them the Mechanix Wear Most Valuable Pit Crew for 2011 and a $100,000 bonus. The Mechanix Wear Most Valuable Pit Crew Award, which is determined by a vote of each team's crew chief, is given quarterly to the top-performing pit crew in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. The four quarterly winners are eligible for the year-end Mechanix Wear Most Valuable Pit Crew Award presented during Champion's Week in Las Vegas – and the $100,000 grand prize. This year celebrates the 10th annual Mechanix Wear Most Valuable Pit Crew Championship – the only authentic competition voted on by crew chiefs – as well as the safety innovator's 20th year in the sport. Mechanix Wear, the #1 glove in racing, is the Official Glove of NASCAR® used by nearly all pit crew members in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.
That's why Mechanix Wear is proud to announce that the #99 AFLAC pit crew from Roush Fenway Racing is the winner of the Mechanix Wear Most Valuable Pit Crew Award for the 2011 season. The #99 AFLAC pit crew was selected for its fast pit stops, flawless performance and incredible effort over the 38-race season. The team also won the Mechanix Wear Most Valuable Pit Crew Award for the fourth quarter. The #99 AFLAC pit crew joined Edwards in Las Vegas as part of their award to be honored at the annual NASCAR Sprint Cup celebration, where they took home the Mechanix Wear Most Valuable Pit Crew trophy and the $100,000 grand prize.
Members of the #99 pit crew include.
· Gas man - Joe Karasinski, Spotswood, N.J.
· Rear tire carrier - Jody Fortson, China Grove, N.C.
· Rear tire changer - Dwayne Ogles, Hoover, Ala.
· Jack man - Dennis Killian, Wentzville, Mo.
· Front tire carrier - Alan Troutman, China Grove, N.C.
· Front tire changer - Kale Uphoff, McFarland, Wis.
· Pit crew coach - Andy Ward, Kannapolis, N.C.
· Trainer -- Les Ebert
(Mechanix Wear/Victory Management Group)(12-3-2011)
#17 crew voted 3rd Qtr Mechanix Wear Most Valuable Pit Crew: The pit crew of the #17 Crown Royal Ford of Matt Kenseth and Roush Fenway Racing has earned third-quarter honors in the 2011 Mechanix Wear Most Valuable Pit Crew Award competition, taking home the $5,000 quarterly prize – a reward certainly worth a toast or two. The Mechanix Wear Most Valuable Pit Crew Award, which is determined by a vote of each team's crew chief, is given quarterly to the top-performing pit crew in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. The four quarterly winners are eligible for the year-end Mechanix Wear Most Valuable Pit Crew Award presented during Champion's Week in Las Vegas – and the $100,000 grand prize.
This year celebrates the 10th annual Mechanix Wear Most Valuable Pit Crew Championship – the only authentic competition voted on by crew chiefs – as well as the safety innovator's 20th year in the sport. Mechanix Wear, the #1 glove in racing, is the Official Glove of NASCAR used by nearly all pit crew members in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.
"These guys were essential to us making the Chase for the Championship," said Kenseth. "They've kept us in the hunt every week so far, and we're looking forward to more fast, solid pit stops in the next five weeks. The #17 Crown Royal team has done a great job week in and week out on pit road and it's great to see them get credit for their hard work."
So far, Kenseth and the #17 team have two wins, nine top-fives and 17 top-10s. As Kenseth continues to perform well on the track, Jimmy Fennig, crew chief on the #17 Ford, continues to maintain that same level of performance by keeping the pit crew at the top of its game. "When you get into the Chase, the pressure on the pit crew gets intense," said Fennig. "Every stop can contribute to winning or losing the championship. These guys have worked so hard all year, and continue to perform at an incredible level throughout the Chase."
Members of the #17 pit crew include:
Jack man -- Cameron Cobb; Front tire changer -- Justin Nottestad; Front tire carrier -- Joe Crossen; Gas man -- Shawn Ward; Rear tire carrier -- Ryan McCray; Rear tire changer -- Jon Moore. "A quick grip and a strong hand are crucial to any pit stop in any of the NASCAR racing series," said Ted Abdon, Director of Racing for Mechanix Wear. "The right kind of glove not only aids with this but works as a tool to keep the pit crews safer and more efficient. We continue to strive to produce the best product available to ensure they can continue to be the best."(Mechanix Wear)(10-20-2011)
#29 Pit Crew wins 2nd quarter award: For their outstanding efforts on pit road during the second quarter of the 2011 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season, the #29 Budweiser Chevy over-the-wall team for Kevin Harvick and Richard Childress Racing has earned second-quarter honors in the 2011 Mechanix Wear Most Valuable Pit Crew Award competition. The team had one win (Charlotte) and four top-10 finishes during that time period. The Mechanix Wear Most Valuable Pit Crew Award, which is determined by a vote of each team's crew chief, is given quarterly to the top-performing pit crew in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. The four quarterly winners are eligible for the year-end Mechanix Wear Most Valuable Pit Crew Award presented during NASCAR Champion's Week in Las Vegas. This year, Harvick, crew chief Gil Martin and the #29 team have posted three wins, six top-fives and 10 top-ten finishes and currently sit fourth in NASCAR Sprint Cup Series points standings. "The pit crew has been a vital part of the success for the 29 team this season," said Martin. "These guys put so much effort in during their training each week and it shows on race day. They have done a tremendous job on pit road and it's nice to see their performance recognized by others in the sport."
The award is part of the NASCAR Prize Money and Decal Program, also referred to as the contingency program, which provides teams prize money and weekly awards based on performance in several categories. Mechanix Wear, the No. 1 glove in racing, is the Official Glove of NASCAR used by nearly all pit crew members for 20 years in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.
Members of the #29 pit crew include: Kyle Turner (front-tire changer), J.D. Holcomb (front-tire carrier), Zach Price (rear-tire changer), Bob Dowens (rear-tire carrier), Eric Wilson (jackman), Mike Morrison (gasman), Mike Scearce (7th Man/Windshield). The team's pit crew coach is Matt Clark. The #29 pit crew will be presented the second-quarter Mechanix Wear Most Valuable Pit Crew Award during pre-race ceremonies before the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Michigan International Speedway on August 21.(NASCAR)(7-27-2011)
#18 Over-the-Wall Team Voted First Quarter Mechanix Wear Most Valuable Pit Crew: The pit crew of the #18 M&M’s Toyota for Kyle Busch and Joe Gibbs Racing has earned first-quarter honors in the 2011 Mechanix Wear Most Valuable Pit Crew Award competition, taking home the $5,000 quarterly prize. The Mechanix Wear Most Valuable Pit Crew Award, which is determined by a vote of each team’s crew chief, is given quarterly to the top-performing pit crew in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. The four quarterly winners are eligible for the year-end Mechanix Wear Most Valuable Pit Crew Award presented during Champion’s Week in Las Vegas – and the $100,000 grand prize. “I think that our M&M’s/Interstate Batteries team is the best week in and week out on pit road. It’s great to see them get the credit they deserve,” said Kyle Busch. “I say it every week – those guys win me a lot of races and get me a lot of good finishes. A big thanks to Mechanix Wear for honoring all of their hard work.” So far, Busch and the #18 team have two wins, five top-fives and six top-10s. As Busch continues to perform well on the track, Dave Rogers, crew chief on the #18 Toyota, continues to maintain that same level of performance by keeping the pit crew at the top of its game. Members of the #18 M&M’s pit crew include: Nick Odell (Front Tire Changer), Brad Donaghy (Front Tire Carrier), Jake Seminara (Rear Tire Changer), Kenny Barber (Rear Tire Carrier), Jeff Fender (Jackman), and Dan Bajek (Fueler). The team’s pit crew coach is Dave Rogers.(Mechanix Wear/VMG)(5-18-2011)
Mechanix Wear donates gloves to Red Cross for Japan relief efforts: As relief efforts continue in the wake of the earthquake and tsunami that have rocked Japan, Los Angeles-based Mechanix Wear Inc. is sending help to the Red Cross relief workers – in the form of 8,400 pairs of high-performance Mechanix Wear work gloves. Mechanix Wear and their long-time glove manufacturing partner, Hyun Jin Corp., are working together with their Japan based synthetic leather supplier, Kuraray Co. Ltd., to deliver the gloves.(Mechanix Wear)(3-19-2011)
2011 Pilot Flying J Truck Driver Challenge: Welcome to the 2011 Pilot Flying J Truck Driver Challenge. It's just about time to again kickoff a new season and test the skills of the Sprint Cup race teams, Goodyear and Champion Tire and Wheel truck drivers. The truck driver Challenge is a safety initiative of Pilot and Flying J travel centers to promote safety within the trucking industry. To make signing up for the Challenge easy they are having having a dinner to enjoy fellowship, answer questions and make announcements in Daytona. The dinner starts at 7:00pm, Wednesday February 16th at the Daytona 500 Club Lounge/Second Floor. More info at pilottruckchallenge.com.(2-14-2011)
Yates / ECR engines honored: MAHLE Clevite Inc. recently announced the 2011 MAHLE Engine Builders of the Year for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, Nationwide Series and Camping World Truck Series. The Engine Builder of the Year award is presented to the top engine builder in each of the NASCAR series who has accumulated the most MAHLE Clevite points based on qualifying, laps led and finishing position.
Doug Yates of Roush Yates Engines was awarded the 2011 MAHLE Engine Builder of the Year title for both the Sprint Cup Series and the Nationwide Series. The award for the Sprint Cup Series was based on the outstanding performance of the #99 Aflac Ford Fusion, driven by Carl Edwards who completed the 2011 season without a single DNF and won three poles. The award for the Nationwide Series stemmed from his work on the #60 Ford Fusion, also driven by Carl Edwards. "It is a great honor to receive the MAHLE Clevite Engine Builder of the Year award, and to receive recognition for our work in both the Sprint Cup Series and Nationwide Series makes me especially proud of what we've accomplished this year," said Yates. "Many thanks to MAHLE Clevite for consistently providing unprecedented technical support and quality products that continue to out-perform year-in and year-out."
Earnhardt Childress Racing Engines (ECR) was awarded the MAHLE Clevite Engine Builder of the Year for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series based on the performance of the #2 Bad Boy Buggies Chevy driven by Clint Bowyer. Kevin Harvick, driver of the #29 Budeweiser Chevy accepted the award on behalf of Earnhardt Childress Racing.(MAHLE Clevite)(12-9-2011)
MAHLE Clevite to Present Engine Builder Award In Pre-Race: MAHLE Clevite Inc. will show its appreciation to our country's military by having 11 Marines as the company's guests this weekend for the Toyota/Save Mart 350 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Infineon Raceway in Sonoma, CA. The Marines from the 23rd Marine Regiment are based out of nearby San Bruno, CA. They will be treated to a "behind the scenes" tour of the pits and garage area on race day, meet with various NASCAR personalities, and will be in Victory Lane at the race's conclusion for photographs with the winning driver and team.
Two of the Marines - Major Nathan Fenell from Colorado and Master Sergeant Shawn Stringham from Wyoming - will have a special duty during driver introductions, and will present the $5,000 check for the MAHLE Engine Builder of the Race to #11-Denny Hamlin who will accept on behalf of the Joe Gibbs Racing Engine Shop.
MAHLE Clevite is a longtime NASCAR Partner and sponsors the MAHLE Clevite Engine Builder of the Year Award, which hands out $100,000 at season's end. As part of the program, a weekly check of $5,000 is given away in pre-race ceremonies at each Sprint Cup Series race. Joining Fenell and Stringham are: Chief Hospital Corpsmen Kevin Avila (California) and Raul Valdez (California); Sergeants Harry Taylay (Missouri), Misael Garcia (California), Victor Perez (California), Timothy Hallisy (California), Jonathan Morris (Oregon), Robert Burke (Delaware); and Corporal Rory Roberts (California). MAHLE Clevite's dedication to the military parallels Infineon Raceway, which has programs "Tickets For Troops" and the "Sonoma Salutes Our Troops," both putting the Armed Forces front-and-center at all of its motorsports events.(MAHLE PR)(6-25-2011)
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