The No. 99 Office Depot Ford over-the-wall team from Roush Fenway Racing has earned third-quarter honors in the 2008 Mechanix Wear Most Valuable Pit Crew Award competition. The No. 99 crew is the third team to qualify for the 2008 Mechanix Wear Most Valuable Pit Crew Award title.
The Mechanix Wear Most Valuable Pit Crew Award is given quarterly throughout the NASCAR Sprint Cup season. At the end of each quarter, the winning pit crew is determined by a vote of each team's crew chief. The four quarterly winners are eligible for the year-end Mechanix Wear Most Valuable Pit Crew Award and a check for $100,000. The presentation will be made at the 2008 NASCAR National Motorsports Press Association Myers Brothers Media Luncheon in New York City in December.
During the nine-race third quarter that started at Daytona in July and ended at Richmond, the No. 99 Office Depot Ford, driven by Carl Edwards, visited victory lane three times, was second twice and recorded seven top-10 finishes. While Edwards was getting the job done on the track and perfecting his signature back flip off the car following a victory, crew chief Bob Osborne's over-the-wall gang was performing flawlessly on pit road.
"The No. 99 crew has been doing an outstanding job all year,” said Andrew Carter, pit crew coach for the team. “They are putting in a lot of extra work and it is really starting to show up at the race track. The guys are very dedicated and one of the hardest working pit crews I have had the privilege to coach. They have overcome some big obstacles together this year, and they are peaking at just the right time in the season. They are showing everyone that they are one of the best teams on pit road."
Three drivers dominated the nine races during the quarter. In addition to Edwards, Kyle Busch and Jimmie Johnson also won three events. Busch's No. 18 M&M's team was the first quarter winner while the No. 9 Budweiser team claimed second-quarter honors.
“The performance of the No. 99 Office Depot pit crew was outstanding,” said Ted Abdon, Mechanix Wear director of racing. “Winning at the NASCAR Sprint Cup level requires a flawless team effort and the Office Depot over-the-wall crew answered the call and helped Carl Edwards score more points than any other driver during those nine races. Mechanix Wear is proud to honor this outstanding team as a Most Valuable Pit Crew Award finalist.”
Edwards accumulated 1,409 points during the quarter while Busch had 1,382 and Johnson 1,356.
2008 Quarterly Winners
Quarter Crew Team
1st No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing
2nd No. 9 Gillett Evernham
3rd No. 99 Roush Fenway Racing