Pitting For Pride
Believe it or not, there is an event in Nextel Cup that has nothing to do with owner points, qualifying speeds or the go-or-go-home bubble — and we’re in it. Red Bull Racing’s No. 83 crew takes to the floor of Charlotte Bobcats Arena for Wednesday night’s Nextel Pit Crew Challenge. For those of you that have no clue, here are 10 reasons to get one and get your butt there.
1. The men servicing the No. 83 are Aaron Schields (front carrier), Phillip Norris (front changer), Eric Groen (rear carrier), Dustin Necaise (rear changer), Shaun Peet (jack man), Doug Newell (gas mas) and Mike Metcalf (catch can).
2. There is some serious loot on the line. The championship team earns more than $70,000.
3. These guys have a whole hell of a lot of responsibility, and only 15 seconds to do their job.
4. Pride means a ton when there are no points on the line.
5. It ain’t on TV, live anyway. You'll have to wait until 12:30 p.m. Eastern on Saturday to watch it on Speed Channel.
6. It’s a good reason to paint uptown Charlotte on a Wednesday night.
7. The best at each over-the-wall position is recognized with a 10-G bonus.
8. Nowhere else is there a racing-related activity going on. The 83’s go in the Winston — err, All-Star Challenge — isn’t until Saturday night.
9. Tickets are only $15, and a slice of the pie goes to the NASCAR Foundation.
10. Leave the house for once.