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Allgaier struggles on pit road continue
Justin Allgaier goes over his pit box line and then damages a tire, adding to his bad luck today at Indianapolis Motor Speedway
Jackman takes a huge hit on pit road
Justin Allgaier slides into crewmember Kyle Tudor entering his pit stall. Tudor was medically cleared to continue his duties.
Crew Call: Kissin' the bricks with Kasey Kahne's No. 5 team
Go inside Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Victory Lane with Jonathan Merryman as he goes 1-on-1 with Kasey Kahne's race-winning crew .
Inside Access Miss Sprint Cup: #17 Pit Crew
Miss Sprint Cup Kim Coon follows the No. 17 crew as they compete in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Pit Crew Challenge .
GarageCam: Drivers hope to kiss the bricks
Drivers gear up to conquer Indianapolis Motor Speedway in hopes of kissing the bricks on Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series GarageCam with host Matthew Dillner.
Crew Call: No. 11 team gets win No. 1 at New Hampshire
Go inside Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series victory lane at New Hampshire Motor Speedway with the race winning crew of Denny Hamlin.
Part 3: Pit crew strengths and weaknesses for Chase
RELATED: Part 1 " Part 2 MORE: Meet the 16 Chase crew chiefs This is the third in a series of four pit crew analysis pieces NASCAR.com will roll out this week as we preview the 2015 Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup . For more pit crew news provided by PitTalks.com come back throughout the Chase. Team Penske No. 2 Ford for Brad Keselowski Pit Coach: Trent Cherry Front Changer: Hunter Masling Front Carrier: Jeremy Ogles Jackman: Braxton Brannon Rear Changer: Dwayne Ogles Rear Carrier: Tyler Mitchell Gas Man: Nick Hensley Strength: This is the same group that pitted BK last year in the Chase and it has lots of talent. The team was part of six wins last year and one so far this year. Pitting a winning car is something this crew is used to doing. Weakness: This team has shown both signs of greatness and struggle all year. If it can improve on consistency it can be a scary team to pit against. Furniture Row Racing No. 78 Chevrolet for Martin Truex Jr . Pit Crew : 78 Pit Coach: Walt Smith Front Changer: Dave Collins Front Carrier: Craig Curione Jackman: Carey Wimbish Rear Changer: Kyle Turner Rear Carrier: Adam Mosher Gas Man: Brian Dheel Strength: They have a cool nickname: "Box-spring bandits." On a more serious note, this team is loaded with veterans and has perhaps the most experience of any crew in the Chase. Weakness: This crew has been all over the place this year. It is a good crew when things are right but keeping it right is a challenge . Earlier in the year the team made a change at rear changer but that didn't last long. A few weeks later it was back to the original crew . There's enough veteran talent that if the team can keep up with its driver, it has a chance to run deep in the Chase. Joe Gibbs Racing No. 11 Toyota for Denny Hamlin Pit Coach: Mike Lepp Front Changer: Dustin Necaise Front Carrier: Brandon Pegram Jackman: Nate Bolling Rear Changer: Mike Hicks Rear Carrier: Heath Cherry Gas Man: Caleb Hurd Strength: This crew is solid at every position and works great under pressure. There has been a lot of talk about this team over the year and rightfully so. The team was instrumental in JGR winning the All-Star race has put its driver in position to win multiple times this year. Look for this to be one of the crews to beat come Chase time. Weakness: As good as this group is there have been races where consistency has been an issue. This team gets up for the big stops better than any team out there but sometimes relies on the Money Stop. Keeping jack man Nate Bolling healthy is also a major concern. Nate is coming off a very bad injury in the offseason and is a major contributor to the success. Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates No. 1 Chevrolet for Jamie McMurray Pit Coach: Shaun Peet Front Changer: Danny Kincaid Front Carrier: Ben Fetzer Jackman: Shane Wilson Rear Changer: Kenyatta Houston Rear Carrier: Art Simmons Gas Man: Mike Metcalf Strength: This crew has been one of the best surprises of the year. It has been very good as of late and the chemistry within this group is strong. It's a group of talent that was put together this year by first-year coach Shaun Peet, and it's working. Weakness: This team has zero wins this year and hasn't found itself pitting under winning pressure for most of the year. In order to compete in the Chase the team will have to thrive under pressure situations. For more pit crew news, visit PitTalks.com
Keselowski has trouble on pit road
Brad Keselowski's No. 22 team stumbles on pit road during his final pit stop of the NASCAR XFINITY Series race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.
Pit road contact leads to cut tire, hard hit for Erik Jones
A cut tire stemming from contact on pit road sends Erik Jones into the wall on Lap 40 of the Overton's 301 and brings an early end to the rookie's day.
Find the best hotels for your first (or 15th) NASCAR race in Charlotte
MORE: Learn more about Hotels for Hope There's simply no replacement for experiencing a NASCAR race in person. There's nothing like watching dozens of big stars in race cars ripping around the speedway, daring to reach the 200 mph mark, that offers the noise, sights, smells and that unmistakable feeling deep in your bones you're witnessing something larger than life. This is the time to book your flights and hotels to make your NASCAR trip a reality. First stop: Charlotte, North Carolina. Long revered as the International Gateway to the South and nicknamed the Queen City, you may know Charlotte as the home of NASCAR. Even though the official headquarters are in Daytona Beach, Florida, North Carolina is where most of the stock car teams and drivers are based. With famous names like Dale Earnhardt, Richard Petty, Rick Hendrick and Junior Johnson associated with this town, Charlotte is a sure bet to get your NASCAR fix and enjoy world-famous barbecue, endless craft beer, a lively nightlife and all-around fun for everyone. For seasoned fans or those just curious to check out their first event, the May 20 Monster Energy NASCAR All-Star Race, the May 28 Coca-Cola 600, or the Oct 7 Bank of America 500 offer plenty of opportunities to fully immerse yourself in this larger-than-life sport. For the full NASCAR experience, take a couple of extra days to explore the city like a true Charlottean. Here's our list of Charlotte's tried and true venues, plus trendy new favorites for your visit to CLT. UPTOWN First things first: in Charlotte, downtown is called "Uptown." The one place that no stock car fan should pass up here is the NASCAR Hall of Fame . Longtime race devotees and first-timers alike are invited to step in and share the rich history and heritage of this sport. You'll be taken behind the scenes through decades of champion race teams, can test your skills at the pit crew challenge , feel what it's like to climb up a banked oval track and bask in the glory of NASCAR's Hall of Honor. And, yes, there are plenty of souvenirs -- no excuses not to gear up for race weekend! You'll probably be thirsty after drooling over four floors of racing memorabilia, and the Hall of Fame's Uptown location is convenient to dozens of Charlotte's best bars and restaurants. Try a Stoke Fashioned cocktail at Stoke at the Charlotte Marriott Center City before trying a made-from-scratch meal burnished in their wood-fired oven. Local beer lovers know to visit The Cellar at Duckworth's , with its speakeasy vibe, over 300 unique brews and an excellent bourbon selection. See if you can score a tour of the vintage cellar, housing rare and coveted craft beers. If your kids are the ones who've worked up an appetite, grab a sandwich in the NASCAR Hall of Fame's Pit Stop Cafe , or head over to the RedEye Diner at the EpiCentre Mall, 7th Street Public Market, or Amélie's French Bakery -- home to a must-try salted caramel brownie and other treats featured in the first installment of "The Hunger Games." Where to stay: Hotels near the NASCAR Hall of Fame, Uptown Charlotte, NC: These hotels are walking distance from the Hall of Fame and close to Bank of America Stadium, Spectrum Center, the trendy 7th Street Public Market, EpiCentre, several museums, and so much more. The nearby LYNX Blue Line and and CityLYNX Gold Line make it easy to get around town. Courtyard by Marriott Charlotte City Center " $125/night " 12.4 miles from Charlotte Motor Speedway aloft Charlotte Uptown at the Epicentre " $150/night " 12.3 miles from Charlotte Motor Speedway The Westin Charlotte " $129/night " 12.7 miles from Charlotte Motor Speedway See more race-day Hotels close to the NASCAR Hall of Fame at nascar.com/hotels CHARLOTTE MOTOR SPEEDWAY A legendary track in the heart of NASCAR country, this beacon draws thousands of race fans to immerse themselves in the soul of the sport. Charlotte Motor Speedway has plenty of food and drink options on site, like Bojangles' Famous Chicken and Biscuits -- some people swear they've dreamt about that Chicken Biscuit Sandwich. As always, you can bring your own food and beverages if you want -- just make sure your cooler is the correct size. Where to stay: Hotels near Charlotte Motor Speedway: Embassy Suites by Hilton Charlotte-Concord-Golf Resort & Spa " $254/night " 1.1 miles from Charlotte Motor Speedway Great Wolf Lodge Concord Charlotte " $365/night " 1.8 miles from Charlotte Motor Speedway Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Charlotte-Concord-I-85 " $229/night " 1.7 miles from Charlotte Motor Speedway Courtyard Marriott Concord " $209/night " 1.3 miles from Charlotte Motor Speedway See more race-day Hotels close to Charlotte Motor Speedway at nascar.com/hotels SOUTH END, LOSO, AIRPORT Art galleries, breweries, and food trucks come together to blend old industrial Charlotte with a heaping dose of tastemakers' charm -- you'll find all of that, and more, just 3 miles south of Uptown and 7 miles from the airport. In South End , browse the creative works at local faves Ciel Gallery, Dilworth Artisan Station and the Charlotte Art League. Ready to skip right to the meat? Stop at Mac's Speed Shop for true Carolina barbecue. A lively mix of bikers, beer drinkers and brisket lovers head to Mac's for traditional barbecue and sides like mac 'n' cheese, baked beans, and cheddar grits, all washed down with local craft brews or southern sweet tea. Head two miles farther south and you'll find yourself in one of Charlotte's hottest "drinking districts:" Lower South End (but you can call it " LoSo" if you want to feel like an insider). First stop? The Olde Mecklenburg Brewery . Their traditional beer hall, classically-made German brews, live music and sprawling outdoor area makes it an easy option for groups and families. Some refer to it as a theme park for adults, but with better food -- order yourself a Currywürst, Short Rib Brisket Burger or a soft German pretzel. If you’re on the hunt for even more libations, you'll want to stop at LoSo's Sugar Creek Brewing Company, the Broken Spoke , and Good Road Cider Works . Charlotte's LYNX Blue Line light rail runs through South End and LoSo, making your journey to and from Uptown nearly as quick as a NASCAR pit stop. Where to stay: Hotels near Charlotte Douglas International Airport: Homewood Suites by Hilton Charlotte Airport " $110/night " 2.0 miles from CLT Fairfield Inn & Suites Charlotte Airport " $99/night " 2.1 miles from CLT Super 8 Charlotte Downtown Area " $70/night " 3.4 miles from CLT Search for more race-day Hotels near the Charlotte Douglas International Airport/South End/LoSo at nascar.com/hotels There you have it: your insider's guide to where to eat, drink and take in Charlotte like a local. This fast-growing city is changing all the time, so explore the area on your own and create new memories, NASCAR style. And, now you have a new tool to help you out. At Raceday Hotels by Hotels for Hope at nascar.com/hotels , you can search by price, location, landmark, and see reviews and photos of hotels close to Charlotte Motor Speedway. See you at the track! All rates were accurate at time of writing, based on a 5/26-29 stay. Prices subject to change, so book soon.