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Round 3 of 36
UAW-DaimlerChrysler 400
Las Vegas

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
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: Chuck White Rear Tire Carrier: Jody Fortson

Other Crew Members
Truck Drivers: Scott "Scooter" Crowell Frank Hodel
Tire Specialists: Jerold Shires and Bill Byrne Brake Specialist: Jason Shapiro
Shock Specialist: Ronny Crooks and Dave Hansen Engineer: Adam Stevens

Car History - Chassis No. 88
This car debuted at Las Vegas in 2004, where it led four times for 45 laps en route to a strong third-place finish after testing there Jan. 27-28. It tested March 23-24 at the 1.33-mile Nashville Superspeedway in preparation for its second career start at Texas, where it finished a respectable eighth. Its third career start came in the non-points All-Star race at Charlotte, where it led twice for 16 laps to win the first segment before finishing second in the second segment and third in the final segment. Michigan marked Chassis No. 88's fourth career start, where it finished a solid ninth.
Year Event Start Finish Status/Laps Laps Led Earnings
2004 Las Vegas 19 3 Running/267 45 $219,603
2004 Texas 17 8 Running/334 0 $156,453
2004 NEXTEL All-Star Challenge 5 3 Running/90 16 $216,200
2004 Michigan (Fall) 4 9 Running/200 0 $112,493

Team history at Las Vegas Motor Speedway
Year Event Start Finish Status/Laps Led Earnings
2004 UAW-DaimlerChrysler 400 19 3 Running/267 45 $219,603
2003 UAW-DaimlerChrysler 400 8 5 Running/267 0 $162,753
2002 UAW-DaimlerChrysler 400 15 5 Running/267 76 $153,953
2001 UAW-DaimlerChrysler 400 5 12 Running/267 4 $86,875
2000 *CarsDirect.com 400 16 2 Running/148 0 $221,250
1999 Las Vegas 400 20 36 Running/184 0 $46,200

* Race cut short due to weather.

Notes of Interest

  • The UAW-DaimlerChrysler 400 will mark Stewart's 215th career NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series start and his seventh at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
  • Stewart's best Nextel Cup result at Las Vegas came in the rain-shortened race in 2000, where he finished second to winner Jeff Burton. In the three most recent Nextel Cup races at Las Vegas, Stewart has finished within the top-five - fifth in 2002, fifth in 2003 and second in 2004 - while leading a total of 121 laps out of an available 801 laps (15 percent).
  • Stewart has won at Las Vegas, just not at the 1.5-mile oval. It came in November of 2002, when he swept the USAC Sprint/Midget doubleheader at the Las Vegas Bullring. It was the first single night USAC sweep for Stewart on pavement.
  • Stewart is currently tied with Rusty Wallace for seventh in the Nextel Cup point standings with 268 points. Stewart is 72 markers behind series leader Kurt Busch as a result of his 17th place finish Feb. 27 at California. He trails second-place Jimmie Johnson by 67 points, third-place Mark Martin by 33 points, fourth-place Carl Edwards by 19 points, fifth-place Greg Biffle by five points and sixth-place Elliott Sadler by four points. Stewart holds an eight-point advantage over ninth-place Sterling Marlin and a 10-point lead over 10th place Jeff Gordon. At this point last year Stewart was sixth in the standings with 265 points, 75 markers behind series leader Dale Earnhardt Jr. Stewart has scored three more points this year than he did last year heading into the third race of the season.
  • The #20 team tested at Las Vegas Motor Speedway Feb. 2-3, and in further preparation for the UAW-DaimlerChrysler 400, tested at Kentucky Speedway March 8.
  • Home Depot store #201, located in Port Charlotte, Fla., and store #6802, located in Lewisville, Texas, will be represented on the lower rear quarterpanel of the #20 Home Depot Chevrolet during the UAW-DaimlerChrysler 400. Store #201 and #6802 were judged to be the outstanding stores of the past two weeks, thereby earning their place on the #20 Joe Gibbs Racing machine.
  • Stewart's World of Outlaws team with driver Danny Lasoski will be competing at The Dirt Track during the UAW-DaimlerChrysler 400 weekend, where Lasoski is a three-time feature winner. Lasoski won the series championship in 2001 and finished second in 2002, 2003 and 2004 to 19-time champion Steve Kinser.
  • On Sat., March 5 The Home Depot offered a free NASCAR-themed Kids Workshop at all of its Home Depot stores in the United States. From 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., more than 170,000 children, aged 5-12, received the satisfaction of building their own wooden model race car with expert advice from knowledgeable Home Depot associates at the company's U.S.-based stores. The Home Depot provided the complimentary car kits, tools and expertise to build the models, along with a kid-size orange Home Depot apron and pin for the children to take home. And at select store locations, the special NASCAR-themed Kids Workshop also featured an appearance by a full-size replica of the #20 Home Depot Chevrolet Monte Carlo Tony Stewart uses to compete in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series. An award-winning program that The Home Depot has offered since 1997, Kids Workshops are free, how-to clinics designed for children ages 5-12, available on the first Saturday of each month at all Home Depot stores. Children, accompanied by an adult, use their skills to create objects that can be used in and around their homes or communities.
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