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Home Depot Racing Team Report: Richmond Spring 2006

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Round 10 of 36
Crown Royal 400
Richmond

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

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). In its first start of 2006 and 11th overall at the spring Phoenix race, 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.
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

Team History at Richmond International Raceway
Year Event Start Finish Status/Laps Led Earnings
2005 Chevy American Revolution 400 3 2 Running/400 143 $204,611
2005 Chevy Rock & Roll 400 25 7 Running/400 0 $126,711
2004 Chevy American Revolution 400 28 4 Running/400 59 $127,478
2004 Chevy Rock & Roll 400 15 19 Running/399 0 $105,433
2003 *Pontiac Excitement 400 9 41 Accident/223 0 $98,748
2003 Chevy Rock & Roll 400 14 27 Running/397 0 $100,283
2002 Pontiac Excitement 400 3 1 Running/400 28 $185,653
2002 Team Monte Carlo 400 14 30 Drive Train/396 34 $88,478
2001 Pontiac Excitement 400 7 1 Running/400 93 $150,175
2001 Team Monte Carlo 400 33 7 Running/400 0 $62,205
2000 Pontiac Excitement 400 7 8 Running/400 69 $49,350
2000 Team Monte Carlo 400 14 6 Running/400 5 $55,130
1999 Pontiac Excitement 400 30 15 Running/399 0 $27,225
1999 Exide NASCAR Select 400 2 1 Running/400 333 $136,160

*Race cut short due to weather.

Notes of Interest

  • The Crown Royal 400 will mark Stewart's 258th career NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series start and his 15th career Nextel Cup start at Richmond.
  • Stewart is currently third in the Nextel Cup point standings with 1,316 points, 78 markers behind new series leader Jimmie Johnson. Stewart gained two point positions after his second-place finish last Sunday at Talladega. In his last six races, Stewart has gained 16 spots and picked up 158 points on the championship point leader. At this point last year Stewart was sixth in the standings with 1,088 points, 280 markers behind series leader Johnson. Stewart has scored 228 more points this year than he did last year heading into the 10th race of the season.
  • Stewart is second in miles led this season, pacing the field for 729.83 miles. Greg Biffle is first with 796.84 miles led and Matt Kenseth is third with 518.27 miles led. No other drivers have led more than 263 miles this season.
  • Stewart is the only driver to have led at least one lap in each of the nine races held this season. His total of 801 laps led is, by far, the most of any Nextel Cup driver. Greg Biffle is second in laps led with 555. As a result, Stewart has earned a total of 60 lap leader bonus points, the most of any Nextel Cup driver and 40 more than championship point leader Jimmie Johnson.
  • Stewart has the best average running position in the nine races held this season. His 8.169 average is .718 points better than second-place Matt Kenseth (8.887).
  • Stewart has recorded the fastest lap on the race track a total of 328 times in the nine races held this season, 71 more times than second-place Greg Biffle (257 times).
  • Stewart is one of only four drivers to have run on the lead lap over 95 percent of the time in the nine races held this season. Of the 2,883 total laps available, Stewart has competed on the lead lap 97.78 percent of the time (2,819 laps), best amongst Nextel Cup drivers. Dale Earnhardt Jr. has been on the lead lap 96.12 percent of the time (2,771 laps). Matt Kenseth has been on the lead lap 95.94 percent of the time (2,766 laps). And Jeff Gordon has been on the lead lap 95.42 percent of the time (2,751 laps).
  • Stewart has the best driver rating nine races into the season. His 114.7 rating is 5.9 points higher than second-place Matt Kenseth (108.8). 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 fastest driver early in a run in the nine races held this season. His season rank of 3.8 is the best amongst Nextel Cup drivers during the first 25 percent of laps in a pit window under green flag conditions. Greg Biffle is next best with a 4.0 rating, while Kasey Kahne is third best with an 8.1 rating.
  • In 14 career Nextel Cup starts at Richmond, Stewart has five top-fives and nine top-10s, three of which were wins. He has also led a total of 764 laps - 13.7 percent of the 5,593 laps available.
  • Stewart's first career Nextel Cup victory came during his rookie year in 1999 at the fall Richmond race. Stewart led 333 of the 400 laps (83.2 percent) en route to the dominating win.
  • All told, Stewart has five wins at Richmond - three in Cup and two in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series.
  • Stewart has raced a Nextel Cup car, a Busch Series car, a Craftsman Truck, a USAC Silver Crown car and a USAC Midget at Richmond.
  • "You Must Be a Local" - spotter Mark Robertson is from Richmond.
  • Home Depot store #1804, located in Meridan, Ind., will be represented on the lower rear quarterpanel of the #20 Home Depot Chevrolet during the Crown Royal 400. Store #1804 was judged to be the outstanding store of the past week, thereby earning its place on the #20 Joe Gibbs Racing machine.
  • - The Home Depot is NASCAR's Home Improvement Warehouse -
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