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Home Depot Racing Team Report: Talladega Fall 2005
Round 29 of 36
(*J.J. Yeley's addition to Joe Gibbs Racing for the New Hampshire race places two United States Auto Club (USAC) Triple Crown champions on the same team. Stewart won the Triple Crown in 1995, while Yeley won it in 2003. Stewart and Yeley are the only two drivers in USAC history to win the Sprint, Midget and Silver Crown championships in a single season.)
|Primary Team Members|
||Crew Chief: Greg Zipadelli|
|Car Chief: Scott Diehl (pronounced "Deal")||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: Chuck White||Rear Tire Carrier: Jody Fortson|
|Other Crew Members|
|Truck Drivers: Scott "Scooter" Crowell||Frank Hodel|
|Tire Specialists: Jerold Shires and Bill Byrne||Brake Specialist: Jason Shapiro|
|Shock Specialist: Ronny Crooks and Dave Hansen||Engineer: Adam Stevens|
Chassis No. 70
This car debuted in the 2003 Daytona 500 and was responsible for Stewart's first top-10 Daytona 500 finish - seventh. It didn't fare well in its next two races, as it was caught up in accident at Talladega in April to finish 35th. Its next race came at July in Daytona, where it finished an uncharacteristic 21st. It rebounded at Talladega in September with a strong third-place finish. The 2004 Budweiser Shootout marked its fifth career start, but it was the only action Chassis No. 70 saw in 2004. But after visiting the wind tunnel and testing at Daytona Jan. 11-13, Chassis No. 70 was chosen as the primary car for this year's Daytona 500. There, it won its Gatorade Duel qualifying race to secure the fourth starting spot for the Daytona 500. And in the 500, Chassis No. 70 led seven times for a race-high 107 laps before finishing seventh. It resumed its up-front ways at the spring Talladega race, where it finished second to race winner Jeff Gordon. The Pepsi 400 at Daytona, though, was Chassis No. 70's best day. There, in its eighth career start, it dominated, leading a race-high 151 laps from the pole, carrying Stewart to his first point-paying restrictor plate victory and only the second point-paying Daytona victory for Joe Gibbs Racing since Dale Jarrett won the 1993 Daytona 500. The 151 laps led set a record for the most laps led in a 400-mile, 160-lap race at Daytona.
|2005||Gatorade Duel (Daytona qualifier)||13||1||Running/60||12||$53,199|
|2004||Budweiser Shootout - Daytona||18||7||Running/70||0||$47,000|
|Team History at Talladega Superspeedway|
|2004||EA SPORTS 500||30||6||Running/188||4||$120,603|
|2003||EA SPORTS 500||11||3||Running/188||0||$163,333|
|2002||*EA SPORTS 500||3||2||Running/188||0||$152,258|
|2001||EA SPORTS 500||37||2||Running/188||0||$104,700|
x-Race length extended due to green-white-checker finish.
*Qualifying canceled due to weather, starting position set via car owner points.
Notes of Interest
- Jimmie Johnson (5,362 points, -0) +5
- Rusty Wallace (5,355 points, -7) +2
- Ryan Newman (5,350 points, -12) 0
- Mark Martin (5,341 points, -21) +3
- Tony Stewart (5,339 points, -23) -4
- Greg Biffle (5,339 points, -23) -4
- Jeremy Mayfield (5,281 points, -81) +1
- Carl Edwards (5,259 points, -103) +1
- Matt Kenseth (5,238 points, -124) -4
- Kurt Busch (5,192 points, -170) 0
- Shock Specialist Ronny Crooks is from Hueytown, Ala.
- Rear Tire Changer Todd Foster is from Birmingham, Ala.
The "Racing to Play" program identifies and works with 10 organizations in select race markets to build racing-themed KaBOOM! playgrounds in a single day at the organization's site. The program targets organizations that serve children, including those that support at-risk youth and provide positive after-school and learning environments. The first six builds were in Jackson, Mich.; Daytona Beach, Fla.; Markham, Ill.; Indianapolis; Pomona, Calif.; and Richmond, Va., respectively, while the eighth build is scheduled for Oct. 6 at the WyCo Parks & Recreation Center in Kansas City, Kan. Two more builds remain - Oct. 27 in Atlanta and Nov. 10 in Phoenix.