Pit crews are arguably the most important part of any Sprint Cup race team.
You can have a driver with the greatest talent in the world, but if he doesn’t have a crack pit crew to get him on and off pit road quickly, that driver’s talent will typically go for naught.
But at the same time, while pit crews are so important, the members of those teams usually toil in relative obscurity and anonymity when it comes to attention and notoriety.
That’s why PitTalks.com takes it upon itself every year to honor the top pit crews. To its credit, PitTalks.com only takes votes from pit crew members only, so that this is a true representative selection process of the best of the best, as judged by their peers.
After a month of voting and more than 350 ballots cast by pit crew members on all Sprint Cup teams, the web site announced the results Thursday.
Not surprising, given their performance on pit road all season, the majority of individual winners came from the No. 11 pit crew of Denny Hamlin and Joe Gibbs Racing, which was also named top pit crew collectively of 2014.
Here are the top pit crew members at their respective positions and their teams:
Gas Man: Justin White, No. 14 (Tony Stewart)
Jack Man: Nate Bolling, No. 11 (Denny Hamlin)
Front Tire Changer: Dustin Necaise, No. 11 (Denny Hamlin)
Front Tire Carrier: Kevin Harris, No. 88 (Dale Earnhardt Jr.)
Rear Tire Changer: Mike Hicks, No. 11 (Denny Hamlin)
Rear Tire Carrier: Heath Cherry, No. 11 (Denny Hamlin)
Pit Coach of the year: Mike Lepp, Joe Gibbs Racing
Pit Crew of the Year:
- 1st place – No. 11 car (Denny Hamlin/Joe Gibbs Racing).
- 2nd place – No. 24 car (Jeff Gordon/Hendrick Motorsports).
- 3rd lace – No. 22 car (Joey Logano/Team Penske)
- Honorable Mention: (tie) No. 20 car (Matt Kenseth/Joe Gibbs Racing and No 88 car (Dale Earnhardt Jr./Hendrick Motorsports).
Congratulations to all the winners.
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