By Toby Christie (Originally appeared on RubbingsRacing.com)
There’s no denying that Denny Hamlin has been on a hot streak as of late, well Wednesday his pit crew kept the momentum going. The No. 11 FedEx team was able to beat out Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s team in the semi-finals, to give them a shot against last year’s pit crew challenge champions.
Of course the team who won the event last season is Jeff Burton’s No. 31 Caterpillar team. Hamlin’s team was able to get their car across the finish line in 23.132 seconds, which was just enough to beat the Richard Childress Racing team.
The pit crew challenge is one of the most unique events in all sports, as it is very different from the usual everyday pitstop. These crewmen get to showcase their athletic abilities, by performing their individual job on a pitstop and then finish by pushing the car the rest of the way across the finish line. It takes extreme strength, and conditioning to win this event, however the winning Gas Man Scott Woods said that he could do push the car all day long.
No team has ever won this event twice, something that Jeff Burton’s team was looking to do in this event.
Congratulations to the No. 11 team, not only did the team earn $70,650 but they also now have the first selection of pit stalls for the All-Star race as a result of their victory. Below are the names of the men who got the job done.
Gas Man: Scott Woods
Catch-Can Man: John Eicher
Front Tire Changer: Mike Hicks
Front Tire Carrier: Brandon Pegram
Rear Tire Changer: Jon Sherman
Rear Tire Carrier: Heath Cherry
Jack Man: Nate Bolling.