Home Depot Darlington 2006 Team Report

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Round 11 of 36
Dodge Charger 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 Boniva 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 Brake Specialist: Jason Shapiro
Shock Specialists: Ronny Crooks and Dave Hansen Engineer: Adam Stevens

Chassis No. 126:
This car debuted in the spring race at Bristol Motor Speedway. It started from the pole after qualifying was rained-out, but kept its place at the front of the field when the race started. Chassis No. 126 led eight times for 245 laps before handling issues with 25 laps to go dropped it to 12th when the checkered flag waved. Prior to Bristol, Chassis No. 126 had never turned a wheel on a race track. Darlington will mark its second career start.
Year Event Start Finish Status/Laps Led Earnings
2006 Bristol (Spring) 1 12 Running 245 $168,886
Team History at Darlington Raceway
Year Event Start Finish Status/Laps Led Earnings
2005 Dodge Charger 500 15 10 Running/370 0 $131,586
2004 Carolina Dodge Dealers 400 8 17 Running/293 1 $101,118
2004 Mountain Dew Southern 500 6 17 Running/366 0 $109,678
2003 Carolina Dodge Dealers 400 28 10 Running/293 0 $103,158
2003 Mountain Dew Southern 500 20 12 Running/367 0 $109,503
2002 Carolina Dodge Dealers 400 36 36 Accident/225 7 $83,233
2002 Mountain Dew Southern 500 4 8 Running/367 0 $100,528
2001 %Carolina Dodge Dealers 400 14 16 Running/293 0 $53,735
2001 Pepsi Southern 500 33 4 Running/367 0 $93,900
2000 Mall.com 400 9 4 Running/293 0 $68,230
2000 *Pepsi Southern 500 29 9 Running/328 0 $55,735
1999 *TranSouth Financial 400 10 6 Running/164 0 $44,240
1999 *Pepsi Southern 500 19 12 Running/270 0 $46,620

* Race cut short due to weather.
% Qualifying canceled due to weather, starting position set via car owner points. ÿ Race length extended due to green-white-checker finish.

Notes of Interest

  • The Dodge Charger 500 will mark Stewart's 259th career NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series start and his 14th career Nextel Cup start at Darlington.
  • Stewart is currently second in the Nextel Cup point standings with 1,466 points, 55 markers behind series leader Jimmie Johnson. Stewart gained one point position after his sixth-place finish last Saturday night at Richmond. In his last eight races, Stewart has gained 20 spots and picked up 181 points on the championship point leader. At this point last year Stewart was seventh in the standings with 1,222 points, 297 markers behind series leader Johnson. Stewart has scored 244 more points this year than he did last year heading into the 11th race of the season. Last year, Stewart won the championship.
  • Stewart is second in miles led this season, pacing the field for 729.83 miles. Greg Biffle is first with 837.34 miles led and Matt Kenseth is third with 518.27 miles led. No other drivers have led more than 264 miles this season.
  • Stewart is the only driver to have led at least one lap in nine of the 10 races held this season. His total of 801 laps led is, by far, the most of any Nextel Cup driver. Greg Biffle is second in laps led with 609. As a result, Stewart has earned a total of 60 lap leader bonus points, the most of any Nextel Cup driver and 40 more than championship point leader Jimmie Johnson.
  • Stewart has the best average running position in the 10 races held this season. His 8.381 average is 2.929 points better than second-place Jimmie Johnson (11.310).
  • Stewart has recorded the fastest lap on the race track a total of 346 times in the 10 races held this season, 64 more times than second-place Greg Biffle (282 times).
  • Stewart is one of only two drivers to have run on the lead lap over 95 percent of the time in the 10 races held this season. Of the 3,283 total laps available, Stewart has competed on the lead lap 98.05 percent of the time (3,219 laps), best amongst Nextel Cup drivers. Dale Earnhardt Jr. has been on the lead lap 96.59 percent of the time (3,171 laps). The only other driver even close to Stewart and Earnhardt is Jeff Gordon, who has been on the lead lap 90.71 percent of the time (2,978 laps).
  • Stewart has the best driver rating 10 races into the season. His 112.8 rating is 6.9 points higher than second-place Matt Kenseth (105.9). 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 the second-fastest driver early in a run in the 10 races held this season. His season rank of 4.6 is 0.9 of a point below series leader Greg Biffle (3.7), the best amongst Nextel Cup drivers during the first 25 percent of laps in a pit window under green flag conditions. Kasey Kahne is third-best with a 7.8 rating, while Matt Kenseth is fourth-best with an 8.3 rating. Stewart's Joe Gibbs Racing teammate - Denny Hamlin - is fifth-best with an 8.6 rating.
  • Stewart's best finish at Darlington is fourth (twice - Spring 2000 and Fall 2001).
  • Stewart has two top-fives and seven top-10s in his 13 career starts at Darlington, with the most recent one being a 10th place effort in last year's race.
  • Stewart had never led a lap at Darlington until the 2002 spring race, where he led a total of seven laps before a spinning Buckshot Jones collected Stewart coming off turn two on lap 226. Stewart was then T-boned by the Dodge of Jimmy Spencer, a hit that sent Stewart to the hospital for overnight observation.
  • The 2002 spring race was the only Darlington race where Stewart posted a DNF (Did Not Finish).
  • Home Depot store #4015, located in Sherwood, Ore., will be represented on the lower rear quarterpanel of the #20 Home Depot Chevrolet during the Dodge Charger 500. Store #4015 was judged to be the outstanding store of the past week, thereby earning its place on the #20 Joe Gibbs Racing machine.
  • Stewart will make a return to the NASCAR Busch Series on Friday night driving the #33 Dollar General Chevrolet for Kevin Harvick Inc., in the Diamond Hill Plywood 200. It will be Stewart's third career Busch Series start at Darlington. His best and most recent Darlington result came in 1998 when Stewart started 27th and finished 16th in a Joe Gibbs Racing-prepared Pontiac. The Diamond Hill Plywood 200 will also mark Stewart's fourth race as part of his 11-race Busch Series schedule for 2006. Stewart has a total of two wins, four poles, 13 top-fives and 14 top-10s in 56 Busch Series starts.
    • 3 starts for Kevin Harvick in 2006 (won at Daytona; 12th at Las Vegas; DNF at Talladega)
    • 11 starts for Kevin Harvick in 2005 (1 win - Daytona; 2 poles - California & Watkins Glen; 2nd at Atlanta; 4th at Watkins Glen; 5th at Phoenix; 15th at Spring Richmond; 23rd at Indianapolis; 5 DNFs - California, Texas, Talladega, Charlotte and Richmond)
    • 1 start for Joe Gibbs in 2005 (crashed while contending for the lead at Fall Charlotte)
    • 1 start for Richard Childress in 2004 (2nd at Spring California)
    • 1 start for Dale Earnhardt Jr. in 2004 (led a race-high 105 laps at Kansas but crashed while leading last lap - finished 25th)
    • 2 starts for Kevin Harvick in 2004 (5th at Spring Charlotte and 11th at Atlanta)
    • 1 start for Dale Earnhardt Jr. in 2003 (led a race-high 46 laps at Michigan but finished 11th when rain cut race short)
    • 22 starts for Joe Gibbs in 1998 (2 poles - Spring and Fall Rockingham; 5 top-five finishes)
    • 5 starts for Joe Gibbs in 1997 (1 top-five - 3rd at Fall Charlotte; two top-10s - Fall Charlotte and Fall Rockingham)
    • 9 starts for Harry Ranier in 1996 (best start and finish were at Spring Bristol, 7th and 16th, respectively)
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