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Round 17 of 36
Pepsi 400
Daytona

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 and 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 Specialists: Jerold Shires and Bill Byrne Brake Specialist: Jason Shapiro
Shock Specialist: Ronny Crooks and Dave Hansen Engineer: Dave Rogers

Car History - Chassis No. 73
This car debuted in 2003 at the Budweiser Shootout in Daytona after testing there Jan. 7-9. It served as a backup throughout the rest of the 2003 season before getting the call to start its first point-paying race this year at the spring Talladega race. There, it led three times for six laps and was in contention for the win before a late race spin relegated it to a 22nd place finish. The July race at Daytona marks its third career start.
Year Event Start Finish Status/Laps Laps Led Earnings
2004 Talladega (Spring) 37 22 Running/188 6 $114,353
2003 Budweiser Shootout — Daytona 12 15 Running/70 0 $33,700
Team History at Daytona International Speedway
Year Event Start Finish Status/Laps Led Earnings
2004 Daytona 500 5 2 Running/200 98 $1,055,553
2003 *Daytona 500 8 7 Running/109 6 $310,804
2003 Pepsi 400 13 21 Running/160 0 $114,128
2002 Daytona 500 6 43 Engine/2 0 $162,065
2002 Pepsi 400 29 39 Handling/160 0 $102,038
2001 Daytona 500 24 36 Accident/173 0 $113,700
2001 Pepsi 400 36 26 Running/160 0 $67,325
2000 Daytona 500 7 17 Running/200 0 $116,875
2000 Pepsi 400 7 6 Running/160 1 $71,425
1999 Daytona 500 2 20 Running/181 0 $102,204
1999 Pepsi 400 6 6 Running/160 0 $52,475

* Race cut short due to weather.

Notes of Interest

  • The Pepsi 400 will mark Stewart's 193rd career NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series start and his 12th career, point-paying Nextel Cup start at Daytona.
  • Stewart's best Daytona finish is second, which he earned in this year's Daytona 500. It was his first and only top-five finish in 11 point-paying races at Daytona. Stewart has three other top-10 results in point-paying races at Daytona.
  • Stewart has led a total of 105 laps in the 11 point-paying races he has entered at Daytona. Ninety-eight of those laps came during this year's Daytona 500.
  • In non point-paying races at Daytona (Budweiser Shootout and Gatorade Twin 125s), Stewart has two Budweiser Shootout wins, eight top-fives and has led a total of 74 laps.
  • Stewart won the 2002 IROC race at Daytona.
  • Stewart is currently sixth in the Nextel Cup point standings with 2,043 points, 332 markers behind series leader Jimmie Johnson. Stewart dropped one position in the championship point standings as a result of his 15th place finish at Sonoma and being docked 25 points by NASCAR for a post-race incident with Brian Vickers. He trails fifth-place Elliott Sadler by 24 points and fourth-place Jeff Gordon by 80 points. Stewart holds a 25-point advantage over seventh-place Bobby Labonte - his teammate at Joe Gibbs Racing - and a 50-point lead over eighth-place Kurt Busch. At this point last year Stewart was 11th in the standings with 1,849 points, 547 markers behind series leader Matt Kenseth. Stewart has scored 194 more points this year than he did last year heading into the 17th race of the season.
  • Sixteen races into 2004, Stewart is third in bonus points earned with a total of 65. Leading all Nextel Cup drivers in bonus points is Jeff Gordon with 75. Jimmie Johnson follows Gordon in second with 70 bonus points. Dale Earnhardt Jr., is fourth with 60 bonus points. Ryan Newman is fifth with 55 bonus points. (Bonus points are awarded only for laps led. Five points are given for leading a lap, while another five points are given for leading the most laps. — Ed.)
  • Stewart is one of only four drivers who have been ranked in the top-10 in points through the first 16 races of 2004. The other three drivers are Matt Kenseth, Dale Earnhardt Jr., and Elliott Sadler.
  • Home Depot store #4920, located in Green Bay, Wis., will be represented on the lower rear quarterpanel of the #20 Home Depot Chevrolet during the Pepsi 400. Store #4920 was judged to be the outstanding store of the past week, thereby earning its place on the #20 Joe Gibbs Racing machine.
  • For the Pepsi 400 Stewart's #20 Home Depot Chevrolet will swap its traditional orange and black colors for Coca-Cola red as part of a promotion launching Coca-Cola's new C2 low-carb soft drink. Joining Stewart in the promotion with specially painted Coca-Cola C2 cars of their own will be Bill Elliott, Ricky Rudd, Kurt Busch, Greg Biffle, Jeff Burton, John Andretti and Kevin Harvick.
  • Stewart will compete for Howard-Boss Motorsports in a Pontiac Crawford in Thursday night's Paul Revere 250 as part of the Rolex Sports Car Series. His co-driver will be veteran road racer Andy Wallace. Stewart competed for Howard-Boss Motorsports earlier this year during the Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona, where he and co-drivers Dale Earnhardt Jr., and Wallace led 355 of 526 laps to hold a commanding five-lap advantage before mechanical problems less than 20 minutes short of the finish ended their shot at victory.
  • The Home Depot is NASCAR's Home Improvement Warehouse

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