Most of NASCAR’s postseason awards are handed out to drivers, but their pit crew members also get some recognition.
The folks at pittalks.com have conducted a poll of Sprint Cup pit crews to determine the top crew members at each position. Only the pit crews for the 16 teams that qualified for the Chase for the Sprint Cup were eligible this year after all teams had been in the first three years of the poll, which the site said included 1,730 votes.
Here are the results:
Jack Man – Nate Bolling, No. 11 of Denny Hamlin; Ray Gallahan, No. 22 of Joey Logano; Braxton Brannon, No. 2 of Brad Keselowski.
Rear Tire Carrier – Matt Ver Meer, No. 19 of Carl Edwards; Heath Cherry, No. 11 of Denny Hamlin; Kenny Barber, No. 18 of Kyle Busch.
Gas Man – Kellen Mills, No. 22 of Joey Logano; Justin White, No. 4 of Kevin Harvick; Caleb Hurd, No. 11 of Denny Hamlin.
Crew Coach – Trent Cherry, Team Penske; Mike Lepp, Joe Gibbs Racing; Joe Piette, Stewart-Haas Racing.
Best Overall Crew (pit crew vote) – Denny Hamlin’s No. 11 crew
Best Overall Crew (crew chief vote) – Kurt Busch‘s No. 41 crew