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NASCAR’s Pit Crew Challenge axed per lack of sponsorship

Apr 10, 2013, 5:00 PM EDT

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NASCAR’s All-Star Pit Crew Challenge has been axed for 2013 due to a lack of sponsorship.

The precursor to the qualifying session for the Sprint All-Star Race began in 2005. Craftsman and Sprint served as the event sponsors, but Sprint reallocated its resources to the Daytona preseason race, the Sprint Unlimited, starting this year.

Pit crews serviced cars out on an arena floor and advanced through stages of competition until the finals. It set the order for pit stall selection for the All-Star Race.

NASCAR spokesman Kerry Tharp told the Sporting News he hopes the event will go on just a one-year hiatus and return as early as 2014.

  1. techmeister1 - Apr 11, 2013 at 11:57 PM

    I’ve never found this farcical event worth watching. I admire the heroic efforts by the pit crews but this made for TV foolishness even is just as ignorant as the non-reality shows produced for the braindead and marketed as “reality”.

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