Home Depot Racing Team Report: New Hampshire July 2006

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Round 10 of 36
Crown Royal 400

Teammates: Denny Hamlin in the #11 FedEx Chevrolet & J.J. Yeley in the #18 Interstate Batteries Chevrolet

Car No.: 20 — Joe Gibbs Racing Home Depot Chevrolet Monte Carlo
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 Specialists: Ronny Crooks and Dave Hansen Engineer: Adam Stevens Pit Support: Adam Stevens

Team History at New Hampshire International Speedway
Year Event Start Finish Status/Laps Laps Led Earnings
2005 New England 300 13 1 Running/300 232 $283,986
2005 Sylvania 300 1 2 Running/300 173 $233,636
2004 Siemens 300 9 5 Running/300 0 $126,178
%2004 Sylvania 300 4 39 Accident/83 16 $104,813
2003 New England 300 8 22 Running/300 1 $104,528
2003 New England 300 8 22 Running/300 1 $104,528
2003 Sylvania 300 32 20 Running/299 0 $107,278
2002 New England 300 12 39 Accident/121 1 $89,803
2002 *New Hampshire 300 10 3 Running/207 0 $138,328
%2001 New England 300 25 5 Running/300 0 $77,800
2001 %New Hampshire 300 5 5 Running/300 0 $83,300
2000 *New England 300 6 1 Running/273 156 $164,800
2000 Dura Lube/Kmart 300 16 23 Running/297 0 $57,600
1999 Jiffy Lube 300 10 10 Running/300 118 $55,715
1999 Dura Lube/Kmart 300 5 2 Running/300 40 $114,790

* Race cut short due to weather.
% Qualifying canceled due to weather, starting position set via car owner points. Car History - Chassis No. 63
This car was track tested at Lakeland (Fla.) in late March of 2003 before making its first career start at Martinsville, where it qualified eighth and led a total of 11 laps en route to a sixth-place finish. It crashed in its second start at the spring Richmond race, suffering heavy right side damage. It was repaired and brought to New Hampshire, where it was running 11th before a spin induced by Ryan Newman sent it into the turn two wall on lap 195. It served as a backup for much of 2004, but was tested at Martinsville Oct. 5. It performed extremely well during that test, and as a result, made its fourth career start at the fall Martinsville race where it led 18 laps en route to a top-15 finish. In preparation for its first start of 2005 at the spring Martinsville race, it was brought back to Lakeland for a single day test on March 30. The testing paid off, as Chassis No. 63 led four times for a race-high 247 laps at Martinsville. But a broken wheel thwarted the strong effort, relegating it to an undeserved 26th place finish. It came back in a big way at the spring Richmond race, leading eight times for 143 laps before finishing second to first-time winner Kasey Kahne. Chassis No. 63 finally broke into the win column with a dominating victory in its seventh career start at the spring New Hampshire race, where it led six times for race-high 232 laps. It returned to New Hampshire for the September race, where it continued its front-running ways by winning the pole and then leading six times for a race-high 173 laps before finishing second. Chassis No. 63 didn't let up in its ninth career start at the fall Martinsville race. There it won the pole and led seven times for a race-high 283 laps en route to a second-place finish. It enjoyed a solid outing in its 10th career start at the fall Phoenix race, qualifying ninth and finishing fourth to give Stewart a 52-point lead in the championship standings with one race to go. Chassis No. 63 led 1,078 of an available 2,312 laps in its six starts in 2005 (46.6 percent). Its first start of 2006 and 11th overall came at the spring Phoenix race. There, Chassis No. 63 qualified third but then had to start the race in 43rd due to a NASCAR penalty. It proved of little matter, as it picked up 42 positions to lead for six laps before finishing a strong second. The spring Richmond race marked its second start of 2006 and 12th overall. There, it enjoyed a solid run, running as high as fourth before finishing sixth.
Year Event Start Finish Status/Laps Laps Led Earnings
2006 Phoenix (Spring) 2 3 Running/312 6 $211,536
2005 Martinsville (Spring) 7 26 Running/493 247 $128,861
2005 Richmond (Spring) 3 2 Running/400 143 $204,611
2005 New Hampshire (Spring) 13 1 Running/300 232 $283,986
2005 New Hampshire (Fall) 1 2 Running/300 173 $233,636
2005 Martinsville (Fall) 1 2 Running/500 283 $179,651
2005 Phoenix (Fall) 9 4 Running/312 0 $153,171
2004 Martinsville (Fall) 13 15 Running/500 18 $105,903
2003 Martinsville (Spring) 8 6 Running/500 11 $105,953
2003 Richmond (Spring) 9 41 Accident/223 0 $98,748
2003 New Hampshire (Fall) 32 20 Running/299 0 $107,278

Notes of Interest

  • The Lenox Industrial Tools 300 will mark Stewart's 267th career NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series start and his 15th career Nextel Cup start at New Hampshire.
  • Stewart is currently seventh in the Nextel Cup point standings with 2,274 points, 377 markers behind series leader Jimmie Johnson. Stewart dropped two point positions after his 32nd place finish at Chicagoland. At this point last year Stewart was third in the standings with 2,397 points, 151 markers behind series leader Johnson. Stewart has scored 123 fewer points this year than he did last year heading into the 19th race of the season. Last year, Stewart won the championship.
  • Stewart is second in miles led this season, pacing the field for 963.32 miles. Greg Biffle is first with 1,211.06 miles led. Matt Kenseth is third with 868.20 miles led. Jeff Gordon is fourth with 576.45 miles led. And Kasey Kahne is fifth with 560.91 miles led. No other drivers have led more than 349 miles this season.
  • Stewart has led at least one lap in 13 of the 18 races held this season. Stewart's total of 895 laps led is the most of all drivers. Greg Biffle trails Stewart with a total of 847 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 85 lap leader bonus points, the second-most of any Nextel Cup driver and 50 more than championship point leader Jimmie Johnson.
  • Stewart has the eighth best average running position (12.911) in the 18 races held this season. Jeff Gordon leads this category with an average running position of 10.620, just 2.291 positions better than Stewart.
  • Stewart has recorded the fastest lap on the race track a total of 375 times in the 18 races held this season, second only to Greg Biffle who has recorded the fastest lap 435 times.
  • Stewart has the fourth-best driver rating 18 races into the season. His 99.2 rating is .9 of a point higher than fifth-place Jeff Gordon (98.3) and 2.8 points lower than third-place Jimmie Johnson (102). Matt Kenseth leads this category with a 105.5 driver rating. Greg Biffle is second with 103.9 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 18 races held this season. His season rank of 6.7 is 1.4 points below series leader Greg Biffle (5.3), the best among Nextel Cup drivers during the first 25 percent of laps in a pit window under green flag conditions. Matt Kenseth is third with a 7.8 rating while Stewart's Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Denny Hamlin is fourth with an 8.6 rating. Jeff Gordon is fifth with an 8.9 rating.
  • Stewart has two Nextel Cup victories (July 2000 and July 2005) and one IRL IndyCar win (1998) at New Hampshire. And in the NASCAR Busch Series, Stewart earned a second-place finish in the 1998 Gumout 200 at New Hampshire.
  • Stewart has five top-threes, eight top-fives, nine top-10s and has led a total of 736 laps at New Hampshire, second only to Jeff Gordon's total of 1,069 laps led at New Hampshire. Stewart has only two DNFs (Did Not Finish) at New Hampshire (Spring 2002 & Fall 2004).
  • "Wicked Good Last Year" ¿ In his two Nextel Cup races last year at New Hampshire, where Stewart finished first in the July race and second in the September race, he led 405 of the 600 laps available (67.5 percent).
  • Stewart won his ninth career Nextel Cup pole last September at New Hampshire. Stewart has 10 poles altogether, with the last one coming at Martinsville last October, 22 races ago.
  • Home Depot store #8445, located in Rogers, Ark., will be represented on the lower rear quarterpanel of the #20 Home Depot Chevrolet during the Lenox Industrial Tools 300. Store #8445 was judged to be the outstanding store of the past week, thereby earning its place on the #20 Joe Gibbs Racing machine.
  • New Member of the "Mod Squad" ¿ For the first time in his illustrious career, Stewart will race in a NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour event at New Hampshire. Stewart will drive for car owner Curt Chase in Saturday's New England 100. Foxwoods Resort and Casino of Mashantucket, Conn., will sponsor Stewart in the New England 100 on behalf of the American Cancer Society. Foxwoods Resort and Casino will make a donation equivalent to Stewart's race winnings in the New England 100 to the American Cancer Society's Racing Against Cancer¿ program.
  • While the New England 100 will be Stewart's first start on the Whelen Modified Tour, it won't be Stewart's first time behind the wheel of a modified. Stewart has raced SK Modifieds numerous times, most notably at Volusia County (Fla.) Speedway, New Smyrna (Fla.) Speedway and Thompson (Conn.) Speedway. In fact, Stewart's most recent SK Modified race came in July 2003 at Thompson. In a race still talked about by die-hard New England race fans, Stewart started from the back of the field and used racing lines that none of the division's regular drivers had dared to try. By using the low line in turn four of the half-mile oval over and over, Stewart passed cars at will, sometime making it three-wide. On lap 23, Stewart got beneath division mainstay Bo Gunning in turn two to take the lead for good. "I was just kind of running where I felt comfortable," said Stewart. "I felt like I could go anywhere on the race track that I wanted to go. We got down three-wide on the bottom of turn four, and I said, ¿I don't believe anybody's been down here,' because there was a big mud muddle down there. So, I just tried to stay up a little higher than that."
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