#12 ALLTEL Team with driver Ryan Newman was awarded $10,000 for winning the Checkers®/Rally's® Double Drive-Thru Challenge for the fifth time this season at the GFS Marketplace 400® at Michigan International Speedway on Aug. 21with a pit-road-service time of 369.364 seconds, breaking a three-way tie for the coveted $100,000 grand prize.
"Our #12 ALLTEL pit crew continues to perform at a very high level. It's great to have a sponsor like Checkers/Rally's recognize the guys in the pits for the hard work they do for each race," says driver Ryan Newman. "Having already earned $50,000 with our five Checkers/Rally's Double Drive-Thru Challenge wins, our crew is looking forward to staying ahead of the pack and taking home the $100,000 grand prize."
Twenty-three races into the 2005 NASCAR® NEXTEL® Cup Series season, Newman's team has also captured the Checkers/Rally's Double Drive-Thru Challenge at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Phoenix International Raceway, Darlington Raceway, and Infineon Raceway.
As the Official Burger and Drive-Thru Restaurant of NASCAR, Checkers/Rally's recognizes the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series team with the best pit road performance each week with a $10,000 prize. At the end of the season, Checkers/Rally's will award the $100,000 grand prize to the team that garners the most Checkers/Rally's Double Drive-Thru Challenge wins throughout the race season. Checkers/Rally's Double Drive-Thru Challenge offers one of the richest weekly contingency awards in NASCAR. The Double Drive-Thru Challenge focuses on the team element of the race that is integral to successful performances each week.
Checkers/Rally's Double Drive-Thru Challenge takes place at all 36 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series point races. To win, teams must finish on the lead lap while spending the least amount of time in pit lane. The multi-year NASCAR and International Speedway Corporation sponsorships are contracted through Checkers/Rally's NPF, Inc.