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Round 22 of 36
AMD at The Glen
Watkins Glen

Car No.: 20 — Joe Gibbs Racing Home Depot Chevrolet Monte Carlo
Teammates: Denny Hamlin in the No. 11 FedEx Chevrolet and 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 Brent Swim
Tire Specialists: Jerold Shires and Bill Byrne
Shock Specialists: Ronny Crooks and Dave Hansen Engineer: Adam Stevens
Pit Support: Jerry Cook, Alan Copley, Byron Goggin and Jim Williams

Team History at Road Courses
Year Event Start Finish Status/Laps Led Earnings
2006 Sonoma 12 28 Running/110 1 $122,561
2005 Sonoma 7 1 Running/110 39 $348,761
2005 *+Watkins Glen 1 1 Running/92 83 $269,006
2004 Sonoma 17 15 Running/110 1 $107,653
2004 *Watkins Glen 4 1 Running/90 46 $195,288
2003 Sonoma 10 11 Running/110 0 $110,988
2003 Watkins Glen 4 11 Running/90 0 $101,233
2002 +Sonoma 1 2 Running/110 6 $143,203
2002 Watkins Glen 3 1 Running/90 34 $165,303
2001 Sonoma 3 1 Running/112 11 $139,875
2001 Watkins Glen 11 26 Running/90 0 $53,035
2000 Sonoma 4 10 Running/112 2 $73,610
2000 *Watkins Glen 6 6 Running/90 0 $53,190
1999 Sonoma 2 15 Running/112 0 $43,965
1999 Watkins Glen 4 6 Running/90 0 $45,240

*Qualifying canceled due to weather, starting position set via car owner points.
+Race distance shortened due to change in track configuration.

Car History - Chassis No. 48
This car is responsible for all five of Stewart's road course victories, having scored two wins at Sonoma (2001 and 2005) and three at Watkins Glen (2002, 2004 and 2005). It is one of the oldest cars in the Joe Gibbs Racing stable, but it has obviously proven its worth in its 11 career starts - all of which have come at road courses. Chassis No. 48 has only three qualifying efforts outside of the top-10, and its nine top-10 starting positions are highlighted by the pole it scored at Sonoma in 2002. (Its No. 1 starting spot at Watkins Glen last year was due to the field being lined up by points after rain washed out qualifying.) In all, Chassis No. 48 has led 221 of the 1,204 laps available (18.4 percent), including three occasions where it led the most laps - Watkins Glen in 2004 (46 laps led), Sonoma in 2005 (39 laps led) and Watkins Glen in 2005 (83 laps led). To prepare Chassis No. 48 for Sonoma, where it made its first start of 2006 and 12th overall, the team tested it June 13 at Virginia International Raceway. The testing paid off when the team raced at Sonoma, as Chassis No. 48 came from 12th to the lead by lap 30, but engine problems dropped it off the pace less than 20 laps short of the finish.

Year Event Start Finish Status/Laps Laps Led Earnings
2006 Sonoma 12 28 Running/110 1 $122,561
2005 Sonoma 7 1 Running/110 39 $348,761
2005 Watkins Glen 1 1 Running/92 83 $269,006
2004 Sonoma 17 15 Running/110 1 $107,653
2004 Watkins Glen 4 1 Running/90 46 $195,288
2003 Sonoma 10 11 Running/110 0 $110,988
2003 Watkins Glen 4 11 Running/90 0 $101,233
2002 +Sonoma 1 2 Running/110 6 $143,203
2002 Watkins Glen 3 1 Running/90 34 $165,303
2001 Sonoma 3 1 Running/112 11 $139,875
2001 Watkins Glen 11 26 Running/90 0 $53,035
2000 *Watkins Glen 6 6 Running/90 0 $53,190

Notes of Interest

  • The AMD at The Glen will mark Stewart's 270th career NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series start, his eighth career Nextel Cup start at Watkins Glen and his 16th career road course start in Nextel Cup.
  • Stewart is currently ninth in the Nextel Cup point standings with 2,619 points, eight points behind eighth-place Jeff Gordon and 505 markers behind series leader Jimmie Johnson. Stewart gained one point position after his eighth-place finish last Sunday at Indianapolis. At this point last year Stewart was first in the standings with 2,923 points, 75 markers ahead of second-place Johnson. Stewart has scored 304 fewer points this year than he did last year heading into the 22nd 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 890.70 miles led. Stewart's Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Denny Hamlin is fourth with 726.61 miles led. Jeff Gordon is fifth with 585.01 miles led. Kasey Kahne is sixth with 563.41 miles led. Jeff Burton is seventh with 544.19 miles led. No other drivers have led more than 500 miles this season.
  • Stewart has led at least one lap in 14 of the 21 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 649. No other drivers have led more than 370 laps. As a result, Stewart has earned a total of 90 lap leader bonus points, the second-most of any Nextel Cup driver and 50 more than championship point leader Jimmie Johnson.
  • Stewart has the ninth-best average running position (13.944) in the 21 races held this season. Jimmie Johnson leads this category with an average running position of 10.613, just 3.331 positions better than Stewart.
  • Stewart has recorded the fastest lap on the race track a total of 396 times in the 21 races held this season, second only to Greg Biffle who has recorded the fastest lap 463 times.
  • Stewart has the third-best driver rating 21 races into the season. His 98.1 rating is 0.9 of a point higher than fourth-place Jeff Burton (97.2) and 4.5 points lower than Jimmie Johnson and Greg Biffle, who are tied for second (102.6). Matt Kenseth leads this category with a 103.6 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 21 races held this season. His season rank of 6.9 is 1.3 points below series leader Greg Biffle (5.6), 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 8.2 rating. Jeff Burton is fourth with an 8.5 rating. Jimmie Johnson is fifth with an 8.6 rating.
  • Stewart has five road course wins in Nextel Cup competition, including three of the past four road course races - Watkins Glen in 2004, Sonoma in 2005 and Watkins Glen in 2005.
  • Prior to this year's race at Sonoma where engine problems thwarted Stewart's run, Stewart had led 168 of the 292 laps available (57.5 percent) in the three previous road course races.
  • In his 15 career road course starts, Stewart has six top-twos and nine top-10s. He has only two finishes lower than 15th - a 26th place result at Watkins Glen in 2001 and 28th earlier this year at Sonoma. Stewart's average road course finish is 9.066.
  • Stewart has never recorded a DNF in any of his 15 career road course races and has a lap completion rate of 100 percent.
  • Stewart has a 7.428 finishing average in his seven Nextel Cup start at Watkins Glen, second only to Mark Martin (6.220) among active drivers.
  • Stewart has only led in three races at The Glen, but in each of those races he ended up winning (2002, 2004 and 2005).
  • Stewart leads all active drivers with a 4.714 starting average at Watkins Glen. He has started 11th or better in all seven of his races at The Glen, and leads all drivers by posting four straight top-five starts in the last four races at The Glen.
  • Stewart scored his eighth career Nextel Cup win at Sonoma in 2001. It was Stewart's first win on a road course as well as the first road course win for Joe Gibbs Racing.
  • After finishing second to Ricky Rudd in the 2002 race at Sonoma in June, Stewart scored his second road course victory a month-and-a-half later at Watkins Glen. It was also the second road course win for Joe Gibbs Racing.
  • Stewart won his fifth career Nextel Cup pole at the 2002 Sonoma race. Stewart has 10 poles altogether, with the last one coming at Martinsville last October, 25 races ago.
  • Before coming to Sonoma as a Nextel Cup rookie in 1999 - his first road course race in a stock car - Stewart attended the Bob Bondurant Driving School in Phoenix to polish his road racing skills.
  • Before attending the Bondurant school, Stewart's last foray into road racing had been while he was competing in the World Karting Association in 1987. He was 16 years old.
  • Prior to the Sonoma race, Stewart had already been road racing this year. He competed in the Rolex 24 Hours at Daytona Jan. 28-29 for Howard-Boss Motorsports with co-drivers Butch Leitzinger and Andy Wallace. It was his fourth time competing in the Rolex 24 Hours at Daytona.
  • Home Depot EXPO store No. 6653, located in Laguna Niguel, Calif., will be represented on the lower rear quarterpanel of the No. 20 Home Depot Chevrolet during the AMD at The Glen. Store #6653 was judged to be the outstanding store of the past week, thereby earning its place on the No. 20 Joe Gibbs Racing machine.
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