Roswell, Ga. (September 28, 2010) – Todd Berrier, crew chief for the No. 31 Caterpillar Chevrolet driven by Jeff Burton, and WYPALL Wipers’ crew chief representative has been named the WYPALL Wipers Crew Chief of the Race following Sunday’s AAA 400 at Dover International Raceway, the famed “Monster Mile”.
Despite starting from the back of the pack in 27th, Burton never fell below that mark, due to consistent pit stops by the Berrier-led team; working his way up through the field, into the top 20 by lap 50 and into the top 15 by lap 146.
Following a series of long green-flag runs during the second half of the 400-lap event, Berrier’s crew performed a flawless pit stop on lap 188 shooting him out in eighth for the restart on lap 193.
This momentum stayed with Burton as he moved into the top five 16 laps later, eventually moving into second on lap 345 and with his eyes on the prize. The final pit stop came with just 38 laps remaining and with the help from Berrier and crew, Burton never looked back, settling for a runner-up finish.
“My guys did a great job of adjusting to the track and getting the car better at the right time,” said Burton. “At about halfway and through the next to the last run, my car just got really happy and took off. We then became a contender. I’m just proud of the Cat Racing team for being right at the right time.”
“Berrier played the key role getting Jeff in the right position,” said WYPALL Wipers crew chief representative Jeff Hammond. “Burton passed more cars and because of a great car, finished where he did.”
WYPALL* Wipers Crew Chief Results
Marcos Ambrose and the No. 47 Bush’s Baked Beans Toyota Camry, led by Frank Kerr took off from the 23rd position and after fighting an ill-handling car all day, finished 20th.
“We were running lap times as fast as the leader, but the problem was that we were pinned a lap down and never had a caution fall our way to get back onto the lead lap,” said Ambrose. “We had a car capable of finishing in the top 10.”
WYPALL* Wipers Crew Chief Team
Berrier, Kerr and Hammond, along with representatives from the WYPALL Wipers brand, serve as the panel for the WYPALL Wipers Crew Chief Challenge and vote for the weekly crew chief winners. In addition to the $500 check, the winning crew chief will receive signage to announce the win on their pit box the following week. The crew chief with the most weekly wins will be honored as the WYPALL Wipers Crew Chief of the Year and will be presented a $20,000 check at season’s end.
Former winners of the WYPALL Wipers Crew Chief Challenge include Tony Eury, Sr. (Dale Earnhardt, Jr.), Robbie Reiser (Matt Kenseth), Doug Richert (Greg Biffle), Mike Ford (Denny Hamlin) and Chad Knaus (Johnson).
About WYPALL Wipers
WYPALL is a brand of Kimberly-Clark Professional. Since 2004, WYPALL Wipers has been affiliated with some of racing’s top teams. Offering heavy-duty to versatile light-duty towels, WYPALL Wipers provide race teams with a number of products that demonstrate strength and durability. Defeating the toughest of challenges, from absorbing tough grease and oil to wiping down windshields without leaving residue behind, WYPALL Wipers continue to offer performance and versatility.
The WYPALL Wipers Crew Chief Challenge will continue throughout the 2010 season and spotlight the men behind the machines. For more information, log onto www.wypall.com.