TONY STEWART TO ATTEMPT "NASCAR TRIPLE" AT RICHMOND INTERNATIONAL RACEWAY August 10, 2005-Tony Stewart has always been known as a driver who will drive anything, anywhere, anytime. Of all the series he has raced in and the numerous...
TONY STEWART TO ATTEMPT "NASCAR TRIPLE" AT RICHMOND INTERNATIONAL RACEWAY
August 10, 2005-Tony Stewart has always been known as a driver who will drive anything, anywhere, anytime. Of all the series he has raced in and the numerous championships he has won, he has never attempted the "NASCAR triple." That will change at Richmond International Raceway September 8-10 "under the lights," when Stewart will run in all three of NASCAR's top touring divisions, something he has never done on the same weekend.
On Thursday night, Stewart will drive the No. 92 Chevy Silverado All Stars Chevrolet in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series 200. He will take the wheel of the No. 83 Old Spice Chevrolet for Kevin Harvick Incorporated in the Emerson Radio 250 NASCAR Busch Series race on Friday night. On Saturday night, Stewart will attempt to nail down a top spot in the Chase for the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup in his No. 20 Home Depot Chevrolet.
"I've never run three NASCAR races in one weekend, so it should be a lot of fun and I'm really looking forward to the challenge," said the 2002 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series champion. "I love racing at Richmond so much, I figured, why not just run as many events this weekend as possible."
Considering his success at Richmond International Raceway, Stewart's choice of tracks to run the "NASCAR triple" is wise. In NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series competition, Stewart has scored three wins, seven top-10s and five top-five finishes at America's Premier Short Track. Stewart has competed in the last three NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series races at Richmond International Raceway. He took home back-to-back checkered flags in 2002 and 2003 and finished third in 2004.
While Stewart has been spreading his racing talents across three different series, his most notable success has been in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series this season. Stewart has won four of the last six races, which has vaulted him into first place in the points standings. When he climbs into his No. 20 Home Depot Chevrolet Saturday night for the Chevy Rock & Roll 400, it will be the final test before the Chase for the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup. Once again, Richmond International Raceway will host the 26th race of the season, marking the last chance for any driver to make it into "The Chase."
"As far as the 26th race goes, in my opinion, there isn't a better track than Richmond to decide who makes 'The Chase,'" said Stewart. "It's a real driver's track, which is one reason why it's at the top of my list of favorite tracks."
In addition to Stewart's quest to win the "NASCAR triple," Kevin Harvick and Johnny Sauter are also expected to run in all three races, while Matt Kenseth will pull a different triple. In addition to his regular ride in the No. 17 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series car, he is also expected to compete in the Crown Royal IROC Series race and the Emerson Radio 250.
Those drivers and all of the other NASCAR NEXTEL Cup, NASCAR Busch, NASCAR Craftsman Truck and Crown Royal IROC Series drivers will be on hand September 8-10 "under the lights" at Richmond International Raceway. The weekend kicks off with a doubleheader, featuring the Crown Royal IROC Series and NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series 200. All seats are just $30 and children 12 and under are admitted free in general admission seating with a ticketed adult. The fun continues Friday, September 9 with the Emerson Radio 250 NASCAR Busch Series race. Many NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series regulars will compete against the Busch regulars in this hotly contested race. Friday's ticket includes Fas Mart Pole Qualifying for the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series. Reserved seats are just $45 and general admission tickets are only $35. Children 12 and under are admitted free in general admission seating with a ticketed adult. The weekend concludes with the main event--the sold out Chevy Rock & Roll 400 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series race. Drivers and fans will be on the edge of their seats, as this race marks the final opportunity for teams to make it in the Chase for the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup. Jeremy Mayfield stunned the field by pushing his way into "The Chase" last year. This year's race is sure to be just as exciting. For tickets and information, please call the ticket office at 1-866-455-RACE (7223) or visit www.rir.com.