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Round 5 of 36
Carolina Dodge Dealers 400 - Darlington

Car No.: 20 — Joe Gibbs Racing Home Depot Chevrolet Monte Carlo
Primary Team Members
Driver: Tony Stewart Crew Chief: Greg Zipadelli
Car Chief: Scott Diehl (pronounced "Deal") Engine Builder: Mark Cronquist
Roger Purcell
Engine Specialist: Jarrad Egert (pronounced "Egg-ert") Spotter: Mark Robertson

Over-The-Wall Crew Members
Gas Man: Jeff "Gooch" Patterson Front Tire Changer: Mike Lingerfelt
Catch Can: Brian "Shaggy" Larson Front Tire Carrier: Tom Dean
Windshield: Scott Geerts (pronounced "Gurtz") Rear Tire Changer: Todd Foster
Jackman: Chuck White Rear Tire Carrier: Jay Barry

Other Crew Members
Truck Drivers: Scott "Scooter" Crowell Danny "Gumby" Hiedtke (pronounced "Hide-key")
Tire Specialist: Jerold Shires and Bill Byrne Brake Specialist: Jason Shapiro
Shock Specialist: Ronny Crooks and Dave Hansen Engineer: Dave Rogers

Car History - Chassis No. 65
This car debuted last spring at Rockingham, where it ran as high as fifth before logging a 20th place finish. It scored its only top-10 finish a few weeks later at Darlington. The night race at Bristol marked its most recent start, where it finished 23rd.
Year Event Start Finish Status/Laps Laps Led Earnings
2003 Bristol (Spring) 10 26 Accident/487 0 $111,518

Team History at Darlington Raceway
Year Event Start Finish Status/Laps Led Earnings
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.

Notes of Interest

  • The Carolina Dodge Dealers 400 will mark Stewart's 181st career NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series start and his 11th career Nextel Cup start at Darlington.
  • Stewart's best finish at Darlington is fourth (twice - Spring 2000 and Fall 2001).
  • Stewart has two top-fives and six top-10s in his 10 career starts at Darlington, including a 10th place effort in last year's Carolina Dodge Dealers 400. Of those six top-10 finishes, three have come in his last five appearances.
  • 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). In all of his other Darlington races, Stewart's lap completion rate is 100 percent.
  • Deja  vu all over again - Stewart is currently second in the Nextel Cup point standings with 591 points, 82 markers behind series leader Matt Kenseth. At this point last year Stewart was second in the standings with 569 points, 49 markers behind series leader Matt Kenseth. Stewart has scored 22 more points this year than he did last year heading into the fifth race of the season.
  • Stewart is one of only five drivers who have been ranked in the top-10 in points through the first four races of 2004. The other four drivers are Matt Kenseth, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Jeff Gordon and Elliott Sadler.
  • Home Depot store #2203, located in Overland Park, Kan., will be represented on the lower rear quarterpanel of the #20 Home Depot Chevrolet during the Carolina Dodge Dealers 400. Store #2203 was judged to be the outstanding store of the past week, thereby earning its place on the orange and black Joe Gibbs Racing machine.
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