Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Tissot Pit Road Award - Martinsville

"Johnson's Crew Claims Tissot Pit Road Award in Martinsville: Jimmie Johnson's crew took top honors at Martinsville Speedway, winning the Tissot Pit Road Precision Award in Sunday's Sprint Cup race. It was the fourth Tissot win of the season for the #48 crew, which has played a key role in Johnson's dominating performance in the first six Chase races, including his runner-up finish at Martinsville. Johnson's #48 Lowe's Chevy spent the least amount of time on pit road (329.445 seconds) during the TUMS Fast Relief 500. Johnson's over-the-wall crew consists of: Mike Lingerfelt (front-tire changer), Art Simmons (front-tire carrier), Jon Lucas (rear-tire changer), Andy Brown (rear-tire carrier), Kenneth Purcell (jackman), Rich Gutierrez (gasman), Mike Knauer (catch can) and Ron Malec (eighth man). The team's crew chief is Chad Knaus. Johnson's crew along with the crews of Greg Biffle and Jeff Gordon are in a close competition for the Tissot season title with four races remaining. Biffle's crew leads with six wins, Gordon's crew is second with five wins and Johnson's crew is in third with four wins."
Congrats, guys!  Keep up the good work. And good luck at Talladega next week ('cause you're gonna need it)! I have mixed feelings about Dega. On one hand, I love it because it's always exciting as heck (sometimes a little too exciting, like in April), but on the other, ugh, you never know who's going to be left at the end.  Hopefully Jimmie and Tony will get through okay...I'd really just be happy with a top 15 finish for either of them, to be honest.

And this is totally off-topic, but I really hope this is the end of Carl's acrobatics streak...I don't know how much more of that I can take before I have a heart attack!  I hope Brad can keep his shirt on this time, but considering all the similar moves he's made since that little trick he pulled in April, I have to say I'm a little worried.  Hopefully he'll cool it since he's on everybody's list after last week's Nationwide race.

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