NO. 11 FEDEX TOYOTA REPEAT WINNER IN NASCAR SPRINT PIT CREW CHALLENGE
[media-credit name=”Brad Keppel” align=”alignright” width=”225″][/media-credit]CHARLOTTE, N.C. (May 19, 2011) – The No. 11 FedEx Toyota pit crew captured the 2011 NASCAR Sprint Pit Crew ChallengeTM presented by Craftsman team champion title, defending the team’s title from 2010, by defeating the No. 48 Lowe’s Chevrolet pit crew with a time of 22.298 seconds.
The No. 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 No. 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 No. 14 team set a new individual record with a time of 5.071; Rick Pigeon and Ryan Flores of the No. 14 team set a new individual gas men record with a time of 8.652; Jason Pulver and Austin Craven of the No. 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 No. 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: No. 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.) Individual Champions 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