NASCAR: The 5 Best Pit Crews in Sprint Cup Today

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NASCAR: The 5 Best Pit Crews in Sprint Cup Today
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Even though they made a costly mistake in the season finale, Jimmie Johnson's team won this year's Sprint Pit Crew Challenge.

To make a championship-caliber team, you start with an outstanding driver, pair him with an experienced and tactically strong crew chief, then add perhaps the most important part of all: a great pit crew.

A driver can have all the talent in the world, but if the guy atop the pit box does a bad job in terms of strategy, or assembles a pit crew that is slow or error-prone, that driver's chances for success are greatly diminished.

Some pit crew members are virtual stars themselves, often hired away for significantly higher salaries by teams that want the best of the best at their respective positions, be it a tire changer, tire carrier, jack man or gas man.

Looking at the five teams we've picked as the best in the business, several common threads stand out: precision, speed, training, physical ability, dexterity and lack of errors.

By the way, there is no ranking in our five picks. One crew is just as good as the next in our eyes. If you disagree with some of our picks, let's hear your choices, and explain your reasoning.

Let's get started.

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