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4 Tires & Fuel: The Pit Crew Report - Number 24 Crew Dominates at Charlotte

NASCAR Cup pit crews had a long day at Charlotte Motor Speedway this week as they contested the Coca-Cola 600.


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Welcome to the first edition of 4 Tires & Fuel: The Pit Crew Report. We'll be digging into the action on pit lane and examining which crews performed the best and what pit stalls benefited their drivers the most.

NASCAR Cup pit crews had a long day at Charlotte Motor Speedway this week as they contested the Coca-Cola 600, with the number 24 pit crew of William Byron coming out on top with an average pit stop time of 10.01 seconds.

Top NASCAR Cup Series pit crews are incredibly consistent as the Top 10 ranking at Charlotte shows a spread of only one second on average from first to tenth.

Car NumberAverage TimeTeam
Hendrick Motorsports
Joe Gibbs Racing
Penske Racing
Hendrick Motorsports
23XI Racing
Hendrick Motorsports
Joe Gibbs Racing
RFK Racing
RFK Racing

There were 32 pit stops completed at Charlotte that were below the 10-second mark and unsurprisingly, the number 24 pit crew of William Byron topped that list as well bringing the fastest pit stop of the Coca-Cola 600 at 9.383 seconds. The number 54 pit crew of Ty Gibbs wasn't far behind either with Joe Gibbs Racing and Hendrick Motorsports combining to take 9 of the 10 fastest pit stops of the day. Stewart-Haas Racing makes an appearance in sixth with a pit stop time of 9.609 seconds.

Car NumberDriverTimeTeam
24William Byron9.383Hendrick Motorsports
54Ty Gibbs #9.443Joe Gibbs Racing
24William Byron9.504Hendrick Motorsports
24William Byron9.541Hendrick Motorsports
5Kyle Larson9.576Hendrick Motorsports
4Kevin Harvick9.609Stewart-Haas Racing
54Ty Gibbs #9.609Joe Gibbs Racing
54Ty Gibbs #9.643Joe Gibbs Racing
9Chase Elliott9.643Hendrick Motorsports
54Ty Gibbs #9.676Joe Gibbs Racing

The number 24 pit crew of William Byron gets the honors of being the top pit crew of the Coca-Cola 600 and in addition to pitting that 600 mile Cup Series race, they kept working into the night and pitted the number 8 car of Josh Berry in the Xfinity Series race on the same day. The members of the number 24 Hendrick Motorsports pit crew at the Coca-Cola 600 were as follows:

PositionCrew Member
Front ChangerJeff Cordero
Tire CarrierRyan Patton
Rear ChangerOrane Ossowski
JackSpencer Bishop
FuelerLandon Walker

In addition to having a fast pit crew, you also need a driver that can enter and exit pit lane quickly and most Cup Series drivers are very good about entering and exiting pit lane so pit stall selection plays a huge part when pit stops and driver time on pit lane are so close. The first pit stall at Charlotte Motor Speedway is quite a bit ahead of the rest as William Byron had an advantage of 0.45 over the second fastest time on pit lane of Brad Keselowski who was in the pit stall immediately behind him. Having an opening going into a pit stall or exiting a pit stall also played a huge advantage as only one driver in the top 10 had no openings on either side of his pit stall. The Top 10 driver times on pit lane ended up as follows:

DriverAvg. Time on Pit LanePit StallOpen InOpen Out
William Byron23.861NY
Brad Keselowski24.312NN
Kyle Busch24.3415NY
Chase Elliott24.3936NY
Tyler Reddick24.5024YN
Chris Buescher24.5141YN
Chase Briscoe24.603YN
Kyle Larson24.627YN
Ricky Stenhouse Jr.24.6422NY
Ryan Blaney24.6626NY

The action on pit lane at Charlotte Motor Speedway was exciting and shows just how close the talent is when it comes to the top pit crews and top drivers in the Cup Series as averages on pit lane are often only counted in the tenths of seconds and often come down to hundredths.

Methodology: Pit stops are pulled from NASCAR data and filtered to only show pit stops that included four tire changes that lasted between 8 seconds and 25 seconds in order to exclude pit stops that involve extenuating circumstances.

-Photo credit: Hendrick Motorsports