Home Depot Bristol Spring 2006 Team Report

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Round 5 of 36
Food City 500

Car No.: 20 — Joe Gibbs Racing Home Depot Chevrolet Monte Carlo SS
Teammates: Denny Hamlin in the #11 FedEx Chevrolet and J.J. Yeley in the #18 Interstate Batteries Chevrolet

Primary Team Members
Driver: Tony Stewart Crew Chief: Greg Zipadelli
Car Chief: Jason Shapiro Engine Builder: Mark Cronquist
Engine Specialist: Jarrad Egert (pronounced "Egg-ert") Spotter: Mark Robertson

Over-The-Wall Crew Members
Gas Man: Jeff "Gooch" Patterson Front Tire Changer: Ira-Jo Hussey
Catch Can: Brian "Shaggy" Larson Front Tire Carrier: Tom Dean
Windshield: Scott Geerts (pronounced "Gurtz") Rear Tire Changer: Todd Foster
Jackman: Jason Lee Rear Tire Carrier: Jody Fortson

Other Crew Members
Truck Drivers: Scott "Scooter" Crowell Brent Swim
Tire Specialists: Jerold Shires and Bill Byrne
Shock Specialist: Ronny Crooks and Dave Hansen Engineer: Adam Stevens

Car History - Chassis No. 126
This is a brand new race car. Friday's practice session at Bristol will be the first time it turns a wheel on a race track.

Team History at Bristol Motor Speedway
Year Event Start Finish Status/Laps Led Earnings
2005 Food City 500 11 3 Running/500 0 $151,986
2005 Sharpie 500 17 8 Running/500 0 $146,086
2004 Food City 500 12 24 Running/498 25 $115,518
2004 Sharpie 500 6 19 Running/497 0 $121,528
2003 Food City 500 10 26 Accident/487 0 $111,518
2003 Sharpie 500 18 23 Running/494 0 $119,138
2002 *Food City 500 13 15 Running/500 74 $103,043
2002 Sharpie 500 26 24 Running/497 0 $103,788
2001 Food City 500 37 25 Running/500 0 $64,820
2001 Sharpie 500 18 1 Running/500 71 $189,415
2000 Food City 500 19 42 Overheating/73 0 $45,525
2000 goracing.com 500 6 2 Running/500 133 $92,540
1999 Food City 500 4 15 Running/498 55 $48,505
1999 Goody's 500 1 5 Running/500 225 $64,915

* Race was finished by Todd Bodine, who took over for Stewart in a relief role on lap 367.

Notes of Interest

  • The Food City 500 will mark Stewart's 253rd career NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series start and his 15th career Nextel Cup start at Bristol.
  • Stewart is currently 12th in the Nextel Cup point standings with 464 points, 226 markers behind series leader Jimmie Johnson. Stewart picked up seven point positions after finishing fifth last Sunday at Atlanta. At this point last year Stewart was seventh in the standings with 514 points, 166 markers behind series leader Johnson. Stewart has scored 50 fewer points this year than he did last year heading into the fifth race of the season.
  • Stewart is third in miles led this season as he has paced the field for 264 miles. Greg Biffle is first with 544.62 miles led and his Roush Racing teammate Matt Kenseth is second with 369 miles led. Trailing Stewart is another Roush driver - Mark Martin with 135 miles led. Kasey Kahne stands fifth with 132 miles led. No other drivers have led more than 82 laps this season.
  • Stewart and Greg Biffle are the only drivers to have led at least one lap in each of the four races this season.
  • Stewart's average running position in the four races run this season is 9.774, good for sixth overall amongst Nextel Cup drivers. Jimmie Johnson ranks first with an average running position of 5.719.
  • Stewart has the third best driver's rating four races into the season. His 107.1 rating is seven points lower than that of Jimmie Johnson, whose 114.1 rating ranks best amongst Nextel Cup drivers. The driver rating is a formula consisting of wins, finishes, top-15s, average running position while on lead lap, average speed under green, fastest lap, laps led and lead lap finishes.
  • Stewart is tied with Greg Biffle as the fastest driver early in a run in the four races held this season. Their season rank of 4.0 is, by far, the best amongst Nextel Cup drivers during the first 25 percent of laps in a pit window under green flag conditions. Kasey Kahne is next best with an 8.0 rating.
  • Stewart earned his 12th career Nextel Cup win in the 2001 Bristol night race. He now has 24 wins to his resume, with the last one coming 18 races ago at Watkins Glen. (Stewart has led a total of 807 laps since that win.)
  • In addition to his win at the 2001 Bristol night race, Stewart finished second in the 2000 night race and fifth in the 1999 night race. In those three races he led a total of 429 laps, or 28.6 percent of the 1,500 laps available.
  • Stewart has led a total of 583 laps out of a possible 7,000 laps at Bristol. Stewart has paced the field at Bristol eight percent of the time since his first start at the 1999 spring race.
  • Stewart led 74 laps in the 2002 spring race at Bristol before pain from injuries sustained in an accident the week earlier at Darlington prompted Stewart to hand over the driving duties to Todd Bodine on lap 367. Bodine finished 15th in the relief role.
  • Stewart scored his second career Nextel Cup pole at Bristol during his rookie year in August of 1999. He now has 10 poles to his resume, with the last one coming eight races ago at Martinsville.
  • After enduring six straight finishes of 15th or worse since winning the 2001 Bristol night race, Stewart finished third in last year's spring race and eighth in last year's night race to notch a career total of four top-fives and five top-10s at Bristol.
  • Home Depot store #2915, located in Picayune, Miss., will be represented on the lower rear quarterpanel of the #20 Home Depot Chevrolet during the Food City 500. Store #2915 was judged to be the outstanding store of the past week, thereby earning its place on the #20 Joe Gibbs Racing machine.
  • Home Depot Corporate Notes:

  • The Home Depot ushered in the spring season on Monday with a national countdown celebration and parade in Spring, Texas, where the Company unveiled and showcased its new products for the 2006 spring season as well as its 2006 official flower of spring - VIVA! SunPatiens. The festivities included a parade through Spring, Texas, featuring a marching band, lawn mowers, tractors, a synchronized "grill" team and two-time and reigning NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series champion Tony Stewart's #20 Home Depot Chevrolet. Olympic silver medalists - bobsledders Valerie Fleming and Shauna Rohbock - who are part of The Home Depot's Olympic Job Opportunity Program and work in the garden department at The Home Depot in Park City, Utah, served as the grand marshals.
  • The Home Depot received the 2006 Partner of the Year Award from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy on Tuesday for its accomplishments and leadership in the ENERGY STAR program. The Home Depot was selected among thousands of organizations because of its leadership in reducing greenhouse gas emissions through the marketing and promotion of energy-efficient solutions. The energy-efficient products sold and promoted by The Home Depot not only help conserve natural resources and prevent gas emissions, but they also save customers money. In fact, by choosing ENERGY STAR appliances, a typical household can cut its energy bills by up to 30 percent, or about $400 a year.
  • - The Home Depot is NASCAR's Home Improvement Warehouse -

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