Mark Curry and his good hands crew of Michael Umscheid (impact wrench), Kevin Schoener (tire carrier) and Bryan Meredeth (Jack-man) shattered the former track record of 36.932 seconds and set a new POWDERDEMON.com Pit Crew Challenge record with a blistering time of 34.408 seconds to capturing the title of fastest crew in the Texas Super Racing Series at the 2004 Space City 125.
Powertrain Development & Performance Transmissions (PowerDemon.Com) posted a $500 cash bonus to the team that performs the quickest pit stop. “We are doing this because we wanted to give something extra,” said Robert Vining owner of Power Demon.Com. “We also posted awards for the top 3 finishers in the race. We wanted to recognize these crews for all their hard work.”
As the pit trio flew around the Curry machine they decided to use a rear jack point in an effort to pick up some valuable time. By the time jack-man Meredeth had finished his third pump Umscheid had the right rear off and was waiting as Schoener slapped the new rubber on the car. Five quick hits by Umscheld on the lugs and then it was all up to Curry to complete the hot lap.
“The lap was easy,” said Curry about his part of the challenge. “Those guys did all the work. I wasn’t ready for it to come down when it did because it was so fast.” Curry battled through a shift problem between second and third gear coming out of the pits after the tire change. Once the car was in third Curry found the groove along the back straight and powered out of turn four to take the checkered flag.