Home Depot Racing Team Report: Kansas 2006

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Round 29 of 36
Banquet 400

Car No.: 20 — Joe Gibbs Racing Home Depot Chevrolet Monte Carlo
Teammates: Denny Hamlin in the No. 11 FedEx Chevrolet & J.J. Yeley in the No. 18 Interstate Batteries 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 Danny "Gumby" Hiedtke (pronounced "Hide-key")
Tire Specialists: Jerold Shires Bill Byrne
Shock Specialist: Ronny Crooks Dave Hansen
Pit Support: Jerry Cook, Alan Copley, Byron Goggin and Jim Williams Engineer: Adam Stevens

Team History at Kansas Speedway
Year Event Start Finish Status/Laps Laps Led Earnings
2005 Banquet 400 9 4 Running/267 1 $179,836
2004 Banquet 400 24 14 Running/267 0 $121,228
2003 Banquet 400 14 4 Running/267 0 $155,578
2002 Protection One 400 8 8 Running/267 0 $111,778
2001 Protection One 400 7 8 Running/267 0 $76,150

Car History - Chassis No. 120
The fall California race marked the debut for Chassis No. 120, where it enjoyed a solid outing, rallying from 22nd to finish ninth in a race dictated by fuel mileage.

Year Event Start Finish Status/Laps Laps Led Earnings
2006 California (Fall) 22 9 Running/250 0 $149,611

Notes of Interest

  • The Banquet 400 will mark Stewart's 277th career NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series start and his sixth career Nextel Cup start at Kansas.
  • Stewart is currently 11th in the Nextel Cup point standings with 3,537 points, 217 points ahead of 12th place Greg Biffle. Stewart maintained his position after his 33rd place finish last Sunday at Dover. At this point last year (where the points were recalibrated for the Chase for the Championship) Stewart was fifth in the standings with 5,339 points, 23 markers behind series leader Jimmie Johnson. Last year, Stewart won the championship.
  • What If... there was no Chase and the points weren't readjusted following the Sept. 9 race at Richmond? How would the top-10 currently look?
    1. Matt Kenseth (4,068 points)
    2. Jimmie Johnson (3,898 points, -170)
    3. Kevin Harvick (3,738 points, -330)
    4. Jeff Burton (3,658 points, -410) +4
    5. Jeff Gordon (3,656 points, -412) +4
    6. Denny Hamlin (3,651 points, -417) -2
    7. Mark Martin (3,592 points, -476) +2
    8. Dale Earnhardt Jr. (3,562 points, -506) +3
    9. Tony Stewart (3,537 points, -531) -3
    10. *Stewart would win the tiebreaker via his two wins to Busch's one and Burton's none.
    11. Kyle Busch (3,516 points, -552) -3
    12. Kasey Kahne (3,483 points, -585)
  • Stewart is third in miles led this season, pacing the field for 1,010.10 miles. Matt Kenseth is first with 1,372.37 miles led. Greg Biffle is second with 1,294.51 miles led. Kasey Kahne is fourth with 824.16 miles led. Stewart's Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Denny Hamlin is fifth with 803.09 miles led. Jeff Burton is sixth with 764.13 miles led. Jeff Gordon is seventh with 753.28 miles led. And Kevin Harvick is eighth with 656.18 miles led. No other drivers have led more than 450 miles this season.
  • Stewart has led at least one lap in 15 of the 28 races held this season. Stewart's total of 930 laps led is second only to Matt Kenseth who has led a total of 1,108 laps this season. Greg Biffle is third in laps led with 929. Jeff Burton is fourth in laps led with 643. Kevin Harvick is fifth in laps led with 634. And Kasey Kahne is sixth in laps led with 500. No other drivers have led more than 500 laps. As a result, Stewart has earned a total of 95 lap leader bonus points, 20 more than championship point leader Burton.
  • Stewart has the tenth best average running position (14.377) in the 28 races held this season. Matt Kenseth leads this category with an average running position of 10.596, just 3.781 positions better than Stewart.
  • Stewart has recorded the fastest lap on the race track a total of 436 times in the 28 races held this season, fourth best among Nextel Cup drivers. Greg Biffle leads this category with 541 fastest laps while Kasey Kahne is second with 516 fastest laps. Matt Kenseth is third with 444 fastest laps, just eight more than Stewart.
  • Stewart has the seventh-best driver rating 28 races into the season. His 96.0 rating is 9.2 points lower than first-place Matt Kenseth (105.2). Jeff Gordon is second (99.4) in this category while Greg Biffle is third (98.3). Jeff Burton is fourth (97.9). Kevin Harvick is fifth (97.5). And Jimmie Johnson is sixth (97.3). 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 third-fastest driver early in a run in the 28 races held this season. His season rank of 8.043 is 1.565 points below series leader Greg Biffle (6.478), the best among Nextel Cup drivers during the first 25 percent of laps in a pit window under green flag conditions. Jeff Burton is second with a 7.840 rating. Stewart's Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Denny Hamlin is fourth with a 8.423 rating. Matt Kenseth is fifth with an 8.462 rating. And Kevin Harvick is sixth with a 9.125 rating.
  • Stewart is the fastest driver late in a run in the 28 races held this season. His season rank of 8.304 is .158 of a point higher than second-place Jimmie Johnson (8.462). Jeff Gordon is third (8.958). Kevin Harvick is fourth (9.208). Matt Kenseth is fifth (9.731). And Mark Martin is sixth (9.852). Stewart is the best among Nextel Cup drivers during the last 25 percent of laps following a pit stop.
  • Stewart is the second-fastest driver under green in the 28 races held this season. His season rank of 7.043 is .347 of a point below series leader Greg Biffle (6.696). Matt Kenseth is third (7.846). Jeff Burton is fourth (7.880). Jeff Gordon is fifth (8.250). Jimmie Johnson is sixth (8.423). And Kevin Harvick is seventh (8.542).
  • Stewart is the fastest driver in traffic in the 28 races held this season. His season rank of 6.522 is .66 of a point higher than second-place Kyle Busch (7.182). Matt Kenseth is third (8.231). Jimmie Johnson is fourth (8.923). And Jeff Gordon is fifth (9.417). Championship point leader Jeff Burton is sixth (9.600). "Traffic" is determined when there is another car within one car length.
  • Of the eight races remaining on this year's Nextel Cup schedule, Stewart has won at five of those venues - Charlotte (10/11/2003), Martinsville (10/1/2000 & 4/2/2006), Atlanta (3/10/2002), Phoenix (11/7/1999) and Homestead (11/14/1999 & 11/12/2000). The only venues where Stewart has yet to record a victory are Kansas, Talladega and Texas.
  • Stewart has two top-fives and four top-10s in his five career Nextel Cup starts at Kansas. His lone finish outside of the top-10 was a 14th place result in the 2004 race. Stewart's average finish at Kansas is eighth.
  • Home Depot store No. 2653, located in Saugus, Mass., will be represented on the lower rear quarterpanel of the No. 20 Home Depot Chevrolet during the Banquet 400. Store No. 2653 was judged to be the outstanding store of the past week, thereby earning its place on the No. 20 Joe Gibbs Racing machine.
  • Stewart will make a return to the NASCAR Busch Series on Saturday driving the No. 33 Old Spice Chevrolet for Kevin Harvick Inc., in the Yellow Transportation 300. It will be Stewart's second career Busch Series start at Kansas. In his only other Busch Series start at Kansas in 2004, Stewart led a race-high 115 laps and was leading Joe Nemechek down the backstretch on the final lap before a nudge from Nemechek's rear bumper sent Stewart into the wall. Stewart finished 25th. The Yellow Transportation 300 will mark Stewart's 10th race as part of his 12-race Busch Series schedule for 2006. Stewart has a total of two wins, four poles, 13 top-fives and 16 top-10s in 62 Busch Series starts.
    • 9 starts for Kevin Harvick in 2006 (won at Daytona; 12th at Las Vegas; DNF at Talladega; led 12 laps at Darlington before a crash with a lapped car dropped him to 29th; DNF at Charlotte; 12th at Daytona; ninth at Chicagoland; 11th at Michigan; sixth at fall California)
    • 11 starts for Kevin Harvick in 2005 (won at 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 115 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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