Gordon's Rainbow Warriors capture another Tissot Pit Crew Award
Jeff Gordon’s crew claimed the Tissot Pit Road Precision Award in Saturday night’s (July 3) Sprint Cup race at Daytona International Speedway.
It was the second straight win and fourth overall for the No. 24 crew, which has a two-race lead in the Tissot standings at the halfway point of the season. The pit crews for Martin Truex Jr. and Matt Kenseth are tied for second with two wins each.
Gordon’s No. 24 DuPont Chevrolet spent the least amount of time on pit road – 217.313 seconds – during the Coke Zero 400. The pit road effort helped Gordon to a third-place finish.
Gordon’s team edged out Clint Bowyer’s No. 33 Cheerios crew (218.668 seconds). Coming in third was Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s No. 88 National Guard crew (225.687).
"I'm glad the DuPont crew is getting the recognition they deserve," said crew chief Steve Letarte. "They are one of the pieces necessary to win races, and they have been consistent all year long."
Gordon’s over-the-wall crew consists of: Clay Robinson (front-tire changer), Mike Houston (front-tire carrier), Joe Slingerland (rear-tire changer), Matt Ver Meer (rear-tire carrier), Jeff Cook (jackman), Caleb Hurd (gasman), Jamie Frady (catch can), Colin Fambrough (back-up tire changer) and Andy Kruep (eighth man). The team’s pit crew coach is Greg Morin.
The winning pit crew in each Sprint Cup race will earn $5,000 and a Tissot V8 Quartz Chronograph watch. The team with the most Tissot Pit Road Precision Award wins at the completion of the 36-race schedule will receive a $105,000 bonus plus Tissot watches for the over-the-wall crew members and driver.
Tissot has been the official watch and timekeeper of NASCAR since 2006. The company is also the official timekeeper for a number of other sports, including the MotoGP World Championship, the Ice Hockey World Championship and the Cycling World Championship.
2010 Tissot Pit Road Precision Award Standings
Pos Team No. Pit Crew For Wins Prize Money
1 24 Jeff Gordon 4 $20,000
T2 56 Martin Truex Jr. 2 10,000
T2 17 Matt Kenseth 2 10,000
T4 42 Juan Pablo Montoya 1 5,000
T4 12 Brad Keselowski 1 5,000
T4 33 Clint Bowyer 1 5,000
T4 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. 1 5,000
T4 00 David Reutimann 1 5,000
T4 39 Ryan Newman 1 5,000
T4 1 Jamie McMurray 1 5,000
T4 18 Kyle Busch 1 5,000
T4 2 Kurt Busch 1 5,000
T4 26 Boris Said 1 5,000
2010 Tissot Pit Road Precision Award Winners
Daytona, 2/14 Juan Pablo Montoya Team
Fontana, 2/21 Jeff Gordon Team
Las Vegas, 2/28 Martin Truex Jr. Team
Atlanta, 3/7 Martin Truex Jr. Team
Bristol, 3/21 Brad Keselowski Team
Martinsville, 3/29 Clint Bowyer Team
Phoenix, 4/10 Matt Kenseth Team
Texas, 4/19 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Team
Talladega 4/25 David Reutimann Team
Richmond, 5/1 Ryan Newman Team
Darlington, 5/8 Jamie McMurray Team
Dover, 5/16 Matt Kenseth Team
Charlotte, 5/30 Jeff Gordon Team
Pocono, 6/6 Kyle Busch Team
Michigan, 6/13 Kurt Busch Team
Sonoma, 6/20 Boris Said Team
Loudon, 6/27 Jeff Gordon Team
Daytona, 7/3 Jeff Gordon Team