Pocono: Tony Stewart notes of interest

Chassis No. 83: This chassis debuted at Pocono last June, where it went on to score the ...

Chassis No. 83:

This chassis debuted at Pocono last June, where it went on to score the #20 team's first victory of 2003 and the 16th win of their career. Prior to that, its only track time came during a test at Pocono May 28-29. Chicagoland marked chassis No. 83's second career start, where it won the pole, led three times for 80 laps and finished second. It returned to Pocono for the July race, where by lap 98 it had come from 33rd to first. Chassis No. 83 wound up leading twice for 15 laps before engine failure relegated it to a 37th place finish. Michigan marked its fourth career start, where it finished a solid third, and Kansas marked its fifth career start, where it finished a strong fourth. This year's June race at Pocono marks the car's one-year anniversary. It is chassis No. 83's first start of 2004 and its sixth start overall.

Notes of Interest:

The Pocono 500 will mark Stewart's 190th career NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series start and his 11th career Nextel Cup start at Pocono.

Stewart has only two finishes outside of the top-10 at Pocono - 37th in the fall 2003 race and 26th in the fall 2000 race. He has three top-fives and eight top-10s in 10 career starts. His best finish is first at last year's spring race. His average finish is 10th. Subtract the two finishes of 37th and 26th and Stewart's average Pocono finish jumps to fourth.

Stewart scored his third career pole at Pocono in July of 2000. He has seven poles to his resume, with the last one coming 32 races ago at Chicagoland.

Stewart's first visit to Pocono came in 1986, where he raced a go-kart as a member of the World Karting Association.

Stewart is currently fourth in the Nextel Cup point standings with 1,767 points, 196 markers behind series leader Dale Earnhardt Jr. Stewart gained one position in the championship point standings as a result of his second-place finish at Dover. He trails third-place Matt Kenseth by 17 points and second-place Jimmie Johnson by 98 points. Stewart holds a 58-point advantage over fifth-place Jeff Gordon. At this point last year Stewart was 16th in the standings with 1,395 points, 550 markers behind series leader Kenseth. Stewart has scored 372 more points this year than he did last year heading into the 14th race of the season.

Thirteen races into 2004, Stewart is tied for first in bonus points earned with a total of 55. He shares the lead with Dale Earnhardt Jr., and Jimmie Johnson. Ryan Newman is second in bonus points with 45. Matt Kenseth, Kurt Busch and Kasey Kahne are third in bonus points earned with 40 apiece. (Bonus points are awarded only for laps led. Five points are given for leading a lap, while another five points are given for leading the most laps.)

Stewart is one of only four drivers who have been ranked in the top-10 in points through the first 13 races of 2004. The other three drivers are Matt Kenseth, Dale Earnhardt Jr., and Elliott Sadler.

Home Depot store #8716, located in Leon, Guanajuato, Mexico, will be represented on the lower rear quarterpanel of the #20 Home Depot Chevrolet during the Pocono 500. Store #8716 was judged to be the outstanding store of the past week, thereby earning its place on the orange and black Joe Gibbs Racing machine.

"You Must Be a Local" - transporter driver Scott "Scooter" Crowell is from Towanda, Pa.

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Dale Earnhardt , Dale Earnhardt Jr. , Matt Kenseth , Tony Stewart , Kurt Busch , Ryan Newman , Jimmie Johnson , Kasey Kahne , Elliott Sadler
Teams Joe Gibbs Racing