CHARLOTTE, N.C. (November 20, 2010) - The pit crew of the No. 29 Shell Pennzoil Chevroletfor Kevin Harvick and Richard Childress Racing has earned fourth-quarter honors in the 2010 Mechanix Wear Most Valuable Pit Crew Award competition while on their way to a chance of winning the Sprint Cup.
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.
The award is part of the NASCAR Prize Money and Decal Program, also referred to as the contingency program, which provide teams prize money and weekly awards based on performance in several categories. 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.
Created nine years ago, the Mechanix Wear Most Valuable Pit Crew Award it is one of the most sought-after titles for pit crews.
"Pit crews in NASCAR have to put their hands to some pretty tough conditions," said Ted Abdon, Director of Racing for Mechanix Wear. "We look at the changes in the cars and the pit stops, and create products that make them safer on the job and help them do it more effectively. We've worked hard to reward them for being the best in their sport."
This year, Harvick and the No. 29 team had three wins, 15 top-fives and 25 top-10's. While Harvick is turning fast laps behind the wheel, crew chief Gil Martin over-the-wall gang has been on their game as well, performing consistent, quick pit stops all year.
"This pit crew is one of the best crews around," said Martin. "Without them, we can't get the No. 29 back and forth onto the track smoothly. Their attention to detail and hard work make our job easier."
Members of the No. 29 Shell Pennzoil pit crew include: Dail Long (Front Tire Changer), Terry Spaulding (Front Tire Carrier), Jonathon Billy (Rear Tire Changer), Erik Pringle (Rear Tire Carrier), Carey Wimbish (Jackman), Mike Morrison (Fueler), and Phil Gould (Catch Can Man). The team's pit crew coach is Gil Martin.
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