Originally posted on FOX Sports  |  Last updated 5/18/12
Bragging rights were on the line for Sprint Cup crews Thursday night in the eighth annual NASCAR Pit Crew Challenge. After 24 teams squared off through four skills stations for jackmen, gasmen, front-tire changers and carriers, rear-tire changers and carriers and a group push to the finish line, it came down to a final-round rematch between Denny Hamlin's two-time defending champ No. 11 crew and Jimmie Johnson's No. 48 team -- with Johnson's crew winning its first challenge crown. Before the final battle, Hamlin offered his team simple advice: "Kick ass!" Johnson echoed the sentiments. The teams then faced off, with the No. 48 Lowe's crew extinguishing the No. 11 Fed Ex squad's attempt at a third challenge title with a winning margin of 0.294 seconds after a 22.239-second effort in the finale. "In this discipline, the athleticism and the training really pays off," Johnson said. "We made a big effort to get full-fledged athletes that did nothing but work on their pit stops and d...
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