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Round 21 of 36
Allstate 400 at the Brickyard
Indianapolis

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 Imitrex® (sumatriptan succinate) 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
Pit Support: Jerry Cook, Alan Copley, Byron Goggin and Jim Williams

Team History at Indianapolis Motor Speedway
Year Event Start Finish Status/Laps Led Earnings
2005 Allstate 400 at The Brickyard 22 1 Running/160 44 $554,661
x2004 Brickyard 400 24 5 Running/161 0 $247,278
2003 Brickyard 400 15 12 Running/160 60 $224,728
2002 Brickyard 400 1 12 Running/160 43 $185,953
2001 Brickyard 400 9 17 Running/160 3 $119,060
2000 Brickyard 400 18 5 Running/160 0 $189,475
1999 Brickyard 400 11 7 Running/160 0 $162,635

x Race length extended due to green-white-checker finish.
Tony Stewart's Indianapolis 500 History
Year Event Start Finish Status/Laps Led Earnings
2001 Indianapolis 500 7 6 Running/200 13 $218,850
1999 Indianapolis 500 24 9 Running/196 0 $186,670
1998 Indianapolis 500 4 33 Engine/22 1 $220,250
1997 Indianapolis 500 2 5 Running/200 64 $345,056
1996 Indianapolis 500 1 24 Engine/82 44 $222,053

Tony Stewart's Indianapolis IROC History
Year Event Start Finish Status/Laps Led Earnings
2002 IROC XXVI 10 11 Running/40 0 N/A
2001 IROC XXV 4 2 Running/40 8 N/A
2000 IROC XXIV 10 3 Running/40 0 N/A

Car History - Chassis No. 122
This car had been the team's workhorse until May of this year. It debuted Feb. 26 at California Speedway, qualifying 12th and leading twice for 28 laps before a late race engine failure relegated it to a 43rd place finish. Prior to California, its only track time had been at Las Vegas during January testing. It returned to Las Vegas for the UAW-DaimlerChrysler 400, where it qualified a strong second and led six times for 54 laps before a flat right rear tire relegated it to a 21st place finish. The spring Texas race marked Chassis No. 122's third career start - one that finally secured a solid race run with a solid finish. There, Chassis No. 122 came from 40th in the field to lead twice for a race-high 99 laps before finishing third - Stewart's best career Nextel Cup result at Texas. After that Texas race, it participated in a Goodyear tire test April 25-26 at Indianapolis and in an open test at Charlotte May 1-2. But in its next outing at Charlotte for the Coca-Cola 600, a cut right front tire on lap 32 sent Chassis No. 122 into the turn one wall and Stewart to the hospital with a fractured right scapula. With a new front clip and bodywork, Chassis No. 122 returns to action this weekend at Indianapolis.
Year Event Start Finish Status/Laps Laps Led Earnings
2006 California (Spring) 12 43 Engine/214 28 $119,453
2006 Las Vegas 2 21 Running/270 54 $130,036
2006 Texas (Spring) 40 3 Running/334 99 $286,286
2006 Charlotte (Spring) 32 42 Accident/32 0 $135,456

Notes of Interest

  • The Allstate 400 at the Brickyard will mark Stewart's 269th career NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series start and his eighth career Nextel Cup start at Indianapolis.
  • Stewart is currently 10th in the Nextel Cup point standings with 2,477 points, 35 points behind ninth-place Jeff Gordon and 462 markers behind series leader Jimmie Johnson. Stewart gained one point position after his seventh-place finish July 23 at Pocono. At this point last year Stewart was second in the standings with 2,733 points, 66 markers behind series leader Johnson. Stewart has scored 256 fewer points this year than he did last year heading into the 21st race of the season. Last year, Stewart won the championship.
  • Stewart is second in miles led this season, pacing the field for 992.95 miles. Greg Biffle is first with 1,237.51 miles led. Matt Kenseth is third with 868.20 miles led. Stewart's Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Denny Hamlin is fourth with 726.61 miles led. Jeff Gordon is fifth with 585.011 miles led. Kasey Kahne is sixth with 560.91 miles led. No other drivers have led more than 334 miles this season.
  • Stewart has led at least one lap in 14 of the 20 races held this season. Stewart's total of 923 laps led is the most of all drivers. Greg Biffle trails Stewart with a total of 872 laps led. Matt Kenseth is third in laps led with 640. No other drivers have led more than 369 laps. As a result, Stewart has earned a total of 90 lap leader bonus points, the second-most of any Nextel Cup driver and 55 more than championship point leader Jimmie Johnson.
  • Stewart has the eighth best average running position (13.888) in the 20 races held this season. Jeff Gordon leads this category with an average running position of 10.547, just 3.341 positions better than Stewart.
  • Stewart has recorded the fastest lap on the race track a total of 395 times in the 20 races held this season, second only to Greg Biffle who has recorded the fastest lap 459 times.
  • Stewart has the fourth-best driver rating 20 races into the season. His 98.6 rating is 0.3 of a point higher than fifth-place Jeff Gordon (98.3) and 2.9 points lower than third-place Jimmie Johnson (101.5). Greg Biffle leads this category with a 103.0 driver rating. Matt Kenseth is second with 102.9 driver rating. 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 20 races held this season. His season rank of 6.8 is 1.1 points below series leader Greg Biffle (5.7), the best among Nextel Cup drivers during the first 25 percent of laps in a pit window under green flag conditions. Stewart's Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Denny Hamlin is third with an 8.1 rating, while Jimmie Johnson and Jeff Burton are tied for fourth with an 8.7 rating. Jeff Gordon is fifth with an 8.8 rating.
  • Stewart has raced Nextel Cup cars (7x), Indy cars (5x) and IROC cars (3x) to earn a total of 15 Indianapolis starts.
  • Stewart has led a total of 280 laps in his 15 Indianapolis starts (12.5 percent of a possible 2,241 laps). One hundred and fifty laps have been led in a Nextel Cup car to place Stewart fourth in laps led at Indianapolis among Nextel Cup drivers, while 122 laps have been led in an Indy car and eight laps have been led in an IROC car.
  • Prior to last year's win in the Allstate 400 at the Brickyard, Stewart's best Nextel Cup finish at Indy had been fifth (2004 & 2000), which was also his best IRL IndyCar Series finish at Indy (1997). His best IROC finish at Indy is second (2001). Stewart's average Nextel Cup finish at Indy is 8.4.
  • Stewart won his sixth career Nextel Cup pole for the 2002 Brickyard 400, and in doing so, became the first driver to have started from the pole and lead the first lap in both the Indianapolis 500 (1996) and the Brickyard 400. Stewart's average speed for his Indianapolis 500 pole was 233.100 mph, while his Brickyard 400 pole came at an average speed of 182.960 mph - a difference of over 50 mph.
  • Stewart currently has 10 poles to his Nextel Cup resume, with the last one coming 24 races ago at Martinsville.
  • Stewart grew up 45 minutes from Indianapolis in the towns of Rushville and Columbus.
  • The #20 Home Depot Racing Team tested at Indianapolis July 10-12.
  • Home Depot store No. 4114, located in Upper Darby, Pa., and Home Depot EXPO store No. 741, located in Nashville, Tenn., will be represented on the lower rear quarterpanel of the No. 20 Home Depot Chevrolet during the Allstate 400 at the Brickyard. Store #4114 and #741 were judged to be the outstanding stores of the past two weeks, thereby earning their respective places on the No. 20 Joe Gibbs Racing machine.
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