Local Sonic teams could enter bowl finals

Ever wondered which Sonic Drive-In has the most knowledgeable employees?


Well, here's your chance to find out.

More than 2,600 Sonic locations nationwide have been competing in a knowledge bowl and the crews from Evans and Thomson are among 48 remaining, and they will compete again Tuesday.

The winners of the Dr. Pepper Sonic Games' Traveling Knowledge Bowl get an all-expense-paid trip to Las Vegas.

During each Knowledge Bowl challenge, six crew members are asked a series of questions relating to the operational procedures specific to their position at the drive-in.

"It's just a way to get the whole crew involved in providing great customer service," Thomson Sonic general manager Mark Pendlebury said. "It makes everyone feel important because we have a goal to work for besides serving food so it gives everyone a satisfaction and we've achieved something that's hard to achieve."

The Knowledge Bowl has existed for 17 years, but Pendlebury said that this is the best that his crew has ever fared.

"We've never made it to the top 48 and we're planning on going all the way to finals," he said. "And I think (the customers) notice that we've got a little extra pep in our step and we're a little extra-motivated."

Each correct answer moves the crew one step closer to the Final 12 competition in Las Vegas on Oct. 3.

Tuesday's bowl will be played at the Holiday Inn in Grovetown. The Sonic crew from Evans will compete in the morning, the Thomson team in the afternoon.

"It's a way for Sonic to get their employees sort of motivated to be a good Sonic," company spokesperson Helen Mubarak said. "The whole point of it is to deem the best Sonic Drive-In in the nation and it's sort of just an employee engagement."

The Oklahoma City-based company runs more than 3,500 drive-in restaurants in the U.S.