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4 Tires & Fuel: Cream Rises to Top as Crews Crank Out Record-Breaking Stops

As a brand-new crop of record-breaking pit stops are unleashed, the cream continues to rise to the top when it comes to pit crews in the NASCAR Cup Series.


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After leaving the Pit Crew Challenge at North Wilkesboro Speedway, the crews must have picked up some additional motivation, putting down some of the fastest times all year in the Coca-Cola 600.

The No. 9 Hendrick Motorsports crew set a four-tire change record last month of 8.49 seconds, but this weekend at Charlotte, the team set a new record, improving by an entire tenth of a second.

Before Charlotte, the No. 9 squad held that record on their own, but this time around they're going to be sharing with a handful of crews, as the No. 22 Team Penske (Joey Logano), No. 48 Hendrick Motorsports (Alex Bowman), No. 71 Spire Motorsports (Zane Smith) and the No. 99 Trackhouse Racing (Daniel Suarez) crews were all able to match that 8.39 four-tire change time.

19Hendrick Motorsports8.39
122Team Penske8.39
148Hendrick Motorsports8.39
171Spire Motorsports8.39
199Trackhouse Racing8.39
24Stewart-Haas Racing8.40
224Hendrick Motorsports8.40
36RFK Racing8.57
311Joe Gibbs Racing8.57
416Kaulig Racing8.59
42323XI Racing8.59
434Front Row Motorsports8.59

This weekend, seven different crews were able to smash that previous record, as the No. 4 Stewart-Haas Racing (Josh Berry) and No. 24 Hendrick Motorsports (William Byron) crews were able to set times of 8.40 seconds.

The pit stops at Charlotte were so fast, that the third fastest pit stop on the previous record-breaking chart wouldn't even make it onto this list. That shows the improvement of the pit crews, as teams like Kaulig Racing, 23XI Racing, and Front Row Motorsports now make appearances alongside the powerhouses of Hendrick and Gibbs.

In fact, in the rain-shortened event at Charlotte, 25 of the 40 pit crews were able to complete a stop below the nine-second threshold.

9Hendrick Motorsports8.39
22Team Penske8.39
48Hendrick Motorsports8.39
71Spire Motorsports8.39
99Trackhouse Racing8.39
4Stewart-Haas Racing8.4
24Hendrick Motorsports8.4
6RFK Racing8.57
11Joe Gibbs Racing8.57
16Kaulig Racing8.59
2323XI Racing8.59
34Front Row Motorsports8.59
54Joe Gibbs Racing8.78
1Trackhouse Racing8.79
5Hendrick Motorsports8.79
8Richard Childress Racing8.79
10Stewart-Haas Racing8.79
12Team Penske8.79
20Joe Gibbs Racing8.79
2Team Penske8.99
7Spire Motorsports8.99
42Legacy Motor Club8.99
43Legacy Motor Club8.99
4523XI Racing8.99
51Rick Ware Racing8.99

Completing a single pit stop in a fast manner is impressive on its own, but being consistently fast is what puts your driver at the front of the pack. Once again, the No. 9 Hendrick Motorsports crew impressed with a median four-tire stop of 8.59 seconds, with the No. 99 Trackhouse Racing crew not far behind at 8.60 seconds.

9Hendrick Motorsports8.59
99Trackhouse Racing8.60
2323XI Racing8.80
20Joe Gibbs Racing8.89
54Joe Gibbs Racing8.89
24Hendrick Motorsports8.99
48Hendrick Motorsports8.99
6RFK Racing8.99
16Kaulig Racing9.18
1Trackhouse Racing9.19

Those median four-tire change times are impressive, but when it came down to scoring the victory, the No. 20 Joe Gibbs Racing team was able to keep Christopher Bell out front, as demonstrated by an 8.96-second average across their six pit stops.

Other elite pit crews like their teammates on the No. 11, and those working on the No. 9 and No. 24 crews for Hendrick Motorsports were all hovering around the nine-second average.

While the No. 11 Joe Gibbs Racing crew was on a roll to start the season, as the season progresses, we're seeing veteran crews like the No. 20 and No. 24 once again finding their way back to the top.

Leaving Charlotte, a new mark has been set with the 8.39-second four-tire change. Who will be the next crew to knock hundredths of a second off that record-breaking time?