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Racing at Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway has been compared to riding a roller-coaster at warp speed to flying jet fighters in a gymnasium. The tight and fast. 533-mile bullring leaves little room for error, and with 43 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series drivers jockeying for position while running laps at over 120 mph, the roller-coaster tends to jump its tracks and the jet fighters often collide. Tony Stewart, driver of the #20 Home Depot Chevrolet for Joe Gibbs Racing, sums it up best: "Bristol is a track that's feast or famine." Stewart should know. He won the 2001 Bristol night race, and in his four Bristol starts leading up to that contest, he led 413 of an available 2,000 laps (just over 20 percent). But in his six starts following that Bristol stomp, Stewart had not finished better than 15th, as he repeatedly saw his strong drives thwarted by Bristol's unrepentant circumstances. Finally, in the Nextel Cup Series' visit to Bristol this past April, Stewart overcame his cramped pit area and an on-track spin to notch a strong third-place result. At the time, it was Stewart's best finish to his still young season. Fast forward to the upcoming Sharpie 500 at Bristol where Stewart is the hottest driver in NASCAR, having won five of the last eight races while also logging a second, a pair of fifths and a seventh in the last nine races. For the third straight week he sits atop the championship point standings, and his summer-long tour de force has competitors and pundits alike pointing to the #20 Home Depot Racing Team as favorites for the series' title. But 13 races still remain before a champion is anointed, with Bristol serving as the next challenge on the march toward the crown.
Tony Stewart's Bristol Performance Profile
Year Event Start Finish Status/Laps Led Earnings
2005 Food City 500 11 3 Running/500 0 $151,986
2004 Food City 500 12 24 Running/498 25 $115,518
2004 Sharpie 500 6 19 Running/497 0 $121,528
2003 Food City 500 10 26 Accident/487 0 $111,518
2003 Sharpie 500 18 23 Running/494 0 $119,138
2002 Food City 500 13 15 Running/500 74 $103,043
2002 Sharpie 500 26 24 Running/497 0 $103,788
2001 Food City 500 37 25 Running/500 0 $64,820
2001 Sharpie 500 18 1 Running/500 71 $189,415
2000 Food City 500 19 42 Overheating/73 0 $45,525
2000 goracing.com 500 6 2 Running/500 133 $92,540
1999 Food City 500 4 15 Running/498 55 $48,505
1999 Goody's 500 1 5 Running/500 225 $64,915

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