NASCAR: Kim Burton Pilots Caterpillar Chevy to Victory

David YeazellSenior Analyst IMay 14, 2009

Kim Burton drove her husband's No. 31 Caterpillar Chevy to victory in tonight's Pit Crew Challenge presented by Craftsman.

The night wasn't without its problems though.

In the quarterfinal round, Burton seemed to have trouble getting the car stopped after crossing the finish line. The car continued on into the staging area and was finally stopped by the crew just short of "bumping" into things.

Burton said she tried and tried pushing on the brake, and even turning the wheels. For some reason the car wouldn't stop.

It wasn't an easy night for the crew either.

Crossing the finish line a full second and a half after the No. 42 Target Chevrolet, it seemed their night was done. A new life was born when a five-second jack man penalty was assessed against the Target team.

In the very next round, it seemed like a re-run of an old movie. Again crossing the finish line second, this time to the No. 99 Aflac Ford, it was certainly the end of the night.

Again, a three-second penalty to the rear tire changer would once again breath new life.

Could it possibly happen a third time?

Racing in the semi finals against the No. 11 Fed Ex Toyota, the No. 31 again crossed the finish line second, by only two-tenths of a second.

Luck was on Burton's side though, the No. 11, piloted by Denny Hamlin, became the third victor to succumb to a penalty against the No. 31 and was eliminated.

Racing against the No. 43 Air Force Dodge in the final, Burton didn't seem to have much to worry about right from the start.

Pulling off a perfect stop with no penalties, Burton's team would push her down the 40-yard track with an impressive two-second advantage at the line.

Congratulations to the No. 31 Caterpillar Chevy for winning this year's Pit Crew Challenge and taking home the $70,000 first-place prize.