Tony Steward Richmond Pre Race Notes

With only 10 races left in his rookie season, Home Depot driver Tony Stewart returns to race under the lights at Richmond International Raceway following his 12th place finish at Darlington. At Richmond earlier this year, Stewart qualified 30th...

With only 10 races left in his rookie season, Home Depot driver Tony Stewart returns to race under the lights at Richmond International Raceway following his 12th place finish at Darlington. At Richmond earlier this year, Stewart qualified 30th and finished a solid 15th.

Last week at Darlington Raceway, The Home Depot announced an unprecedented philanthropic initiative partnering with members of the NASCAR family including Action Performance Companies, Joe Gibbs Racing, Stewart, and Pontiac in a cause-related program to benefit Habitat for Humanity International. Through the sale of commemorative merchandise, the program's goal is to raise funds - expected to be at least $4 million - to build more than 100 houses throughout North America. Stewart also will run a special Habitat for Humanity paint scheme during the Oct. 10 UAW-GM Quality 500 in Charlotte.

Leading up to the Charlotte race, Habitat for Humanity representatives and Habitat homeowner families in Richmond, Va., Loudon, N.H., Martinsville, Va., and Dover, Del., will be invited to attend races in their local markets. This week, Richmond Habitat homeowners Jose and Esther Rosado and their 13-year-old son David, will be guests of NASCAR and honorary members of the #20 Home Depot team for the Exide NASCAR Select Batteries 400. (Interviews with Habitat representatives are available on request.)

Tony Stewart, Driver -- (Fifth in standings with 3,323 points) On Racing at Richmond: "With this being a night race, we have less time both before and after qualifying to work on our Home Depot car. I know it sounds like a broken record, but we want to stay focused on qualifying first round, running well and scoring a solid finish. Richmond is tougher than it looks. I like the track, but I've never had the best of luck there. We need to qualify better than we did in the spring. When you start in the back of the field, it's hard to play catch up."

On Rookie Season: "I've had more fun this year than in the past four years combined! This year has been great because as a rookie team, we haven't been expected to win. I was expected to win in the IRL. This year it's been "go out and learn." Both Joe Gibbs and Home Depot told me - you're going to learn and we expect you to make mistakes."

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Series Monster Energy NASCAR Cup
Teams Joe Gibbs Racing