The daunting pit crew combine

Think the NFL's version in Indy is pressure-packed? Check out Hendrick's take.

Originally Published: February 9, 2011
By Ryan McGee | ESPN The Magazine

HENDRICK MOTORSPORTS hasn't won 10 NASCAR Sprint Cup titles and five in a row by standing pat, especially when it comes to pit stop efficiency. "One or two-tenths of a ­second lost on Pit Lane can mean dozens of ­positions lost on the racetrack," says team owner Rick Hendrick. "It doesn't take a genius to figure out there's an advantage there."

For years Hendrick's team has accelerated that advantage by stealing pages from the NFL's handbook. Led by former Stanford offensive ...

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