Behind every great driver is a great team. The crew members that put in countless hours at the shop and at the track sometimes do not receive the recognition deserved for a job well done. The combination of a great driver and a great crew is the recipe for making great things happen on the track.
That’s why the team at PitBoxes.com, who specialize in fabricating a high quality line of standard and custom pit boxes, is proud to honor a monthly “Pit Crew of the Month” from the short track ranks of America on Speed51.com. Each month, an esteemed panel of short track industy insiders will vote on which pit crew helped lead their driver to success on the track. The pit crew with the most votes will then be the “PitBoxes.com Pit Crew of the Month” and will receive a $100 product certificate to use at PitBoxes.com. At the end of the 2016 season, the pit crew that received the most votes throughout the season will then be the “PitBoxes.com Pit Crew of the Year” and will be awarded a $1,000 product certificate to PitBoxes.com. For more on PitBoxes.com visit their website today.
This edition of the “PitBoxes.com Pit Crew of the Month” for the month of September goes to……
Pro Late Models
Coming into an event it is always on the crews to help a driver get the best setup possible off the trailer so it can be fine-tuned during the practice session. The No. 18 Ronnie Sanders owned Pro Late Model team did not have that option leading into the Hunt for the Bear 150 at Montgomery Motor Speedway (AL) as Roderick was racing Super Late Models in Pensacola, FL during practice and qualifying the day before.
After starting in the back on race day, the team’s results showed as Roderick charged all the way up to the top five early on. But Murphy’s Law had one final curveball to throw.
Electrical issues causing a skip in the engine forced Roderick to pit road for the crew to look the 18 over. The team found a connection issue with the ignition box and sent Roderick back out. His second charge brought him all the way to the front in the second half of the race, but when the engine started skipping again, Roderick took matters into his own hands, literally.
Under caution, Roderick loosened the belts and wiggled the ignition wires to the box. Facing possible electrocution, he managed to get the wires into position enough until the last lap when the skip returned. By then, things were well in hand as Roderick crossed the line for the race win.
For tremendous car setup, creative improvising, and fortitude under pressure, the Ronnie Sanders No. 18 team has been named September’s PitBoxes.com Pit Crew of the Month.