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Pepsi 400 - Daytona International Speedway

Stewart Dominates in the Early Morning Hours at Daytona
Tony Stewart and the No. 20 race team finally figured out how to get their first point’s paying win at Daytona, dominate. In other words, just be so good that you are out in front of the pack for nearly the entire race. That proved to be an effective way to avoid the “big ones” and all other incidents, you can’t be involved when they all happen behind you. In fact, Stewart led all but nine laps to win the Pepsi 400 at Daytona International Speedway, scoring his 21st NASCAR NEXTEL Cup victory in his 229th career start. The win was Stewart’s second consecutive win, moving him to 26th on NASCAR’s All-time win list tied with teammate Bobby Labonte, Benny Parsons and Jack Smith. He became the fifth repeat race winner in 2005 and has scored nine top-10 finishes in 17 races so far this season. Stewart led three times for 151 of the event’s 160 laps, including the final 16, it was the fifth time that Stewart led the most laps in a race this season. Stewart led the most laps for the third straight race (Michigan, Infineon and Daytona). The last time a driver led the most laps in three straight races occurred in the same three races one year ago when Jeff Gordon led the most at Michigan, Infineon and Daytona. The 151 laps that Stewart led is an all-time record for the most laps led by a driver in the Pepsi 400. Stewart scored the second victory for car owner Joe Gibbs at Daytona, Dale Jarrett won the 1993 Daytona 500 driving for Gibbs. Jamie McMurray finished 0.171 seconds behind Stewart in the second position, posting his first top-ten finish in six races at Daytona and his seventh top-10 finish in 2005. Dale Earnhardt Jr. came home in the third position, matching his best effort of the season. It was his eighth top-ten finish in his 12 races at Daytona. In his final race at the "World Center of Racing," Rusty Wallace said farewell to Daytona with a solid fourth-place finish, his 18th top-10 finish in 45 races at Daytona and his ninth top-10 finish in 2005. Dale Jarrett rounded out the top five finishing positions, scoring his 16th top-10 finish in 37 races at Daytona. Rain played havoc with the start of the event. When the rain finally cleared and the green flag finally flew at Daytona, it was already two hours and 38 minutes past the scheduled starting time. Then the Pepsi 400 was actually started under the green and yellow flags together for the first 11 laps to help dry the track before going green only at lap 12. All of this pushed the finish of the race into the early hours of Sunday morning. With the win, Stewart climbed from fourth to third in the point standings and is now 136 points behind first-place Jimmie Johnson.

Pepsi 400 Notes
· Race Results
· Chevrolet Post-Race Quotes
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· Ford Post-Race Quotes
· Rookie Post-Race Quotes
· Point Standings
· Owner Point Standings
· Starting Lineup
· Qualifying Results
· Chevrolet Qualifying Quotes
· Ford Qualifying Quotes
· Dodge Qualifying Quotes
· Rookie Qualifying Quotes
· Final Practice
· Chevrolet Friday Quotes
· Kasey Khane Friday Quotes
· Rookie Friday Quotes
· Qualifying Order
· Rookie Thursday Quotes
· Entry List
· Race Notes
· Weekend Schedule
· Raybestos Rookie Notes
· Kerry Earnhardt Notes
· Boris Said Notes
· Robby Gordon Notes
· Scott Wimmer Notes
· Mike Bliss Notes
· Kyle Petty Notes
· Greg Biffle Notes
· Jimmie Johnson Notes
· Elliott Sadler Notes
· Tony Stewart Notes
· Mark Martin Notes
· Rusty Wallace Notes
· Ryan Newman Notes
· Kurt Busch Notes
· Carl Edwards Notes
· Jamie McMurray Notes
· Jeremy Mayfield Notes
· Dale Jarrett Notes
· Kevin Harvick Notes
· Jeff Gordon Notes
· Jeff Burton Notes
· Joe Nemechek Notes
· Dale Earnhardt Jr. Notes
· Kyle Busch Notes
· Matt Kenseth Notes
· Kasey Kahne Notes
· Scott Riggs Notes
· Brian Vickers Notes
· Sterling Marlin Notes
· Casey Mears Notes
· Dave Blaney Notes
· Bobby Labonte Notes
· Ken Schrader Notes
· Ricky Rudd Notes
· Jeff Green Notes

Tony Stewart on Pepsi 400 Pole Position
Tony Stewart rode the wave of momentum from last week’s victory at Sonoma to capture the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Bud Pole for the Pepsi 400, lapping Daytona International Speedway in 48.496 seconds at 185.582 mph. This is Stewart’s eighth career Bud Pole in 229 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series races. Bill Elliott holds the track-qualifying record of 42.783 seconds, 210.364 mph, set Feb. 9, 1987 – prior to the advent of restrictor-plate racing. Ken Schrader holds the track restrictor-plate qualifying record with a lap of 46.434 seconds, 198.823 mph - set Feb. 7, 1988. Stewart becomes the 10th different Bud Pole winner in the last 10 NEXTEL Cup Series races at Daytona, as well as becoming the 10th different Bud Pole winner this season. It is Stewart’s ninth top-10 start in 14 races at Daytona but only his third in timed qualifying, with his last timed-qualifying top-10 start coming in July of 2000. This is his 11th top-10 start this season. Stewart’s last won a pole position at Chicago in 2003, 71 races ago. Scott Riggs, coming off hearing the news that his sponsor and co-owner Valvoline was leaving him next season, posted the second-quickest qualifying lap of 48.539 seconds, at an average speed of 185.418 mph – and will join Stewart on the front row for the Pepsi 400. Riggs posted his second top-10 start in his four races at Daytona and his fifth top-10 start in 2005. Jimmie Johnson qualified in the third position, posting his fifth top-10 start in eight races at Daytona, his 10th top-10 start in the 2005 season. Boris Said will start from the fourth position, his first top-10 qualifying effort on an oval track in his seventh career oval-track race, his second top-10 start in 2005. Joe Nemechek will round out the top five starting spots, giving MB Motorsports three of the top-five starting positions. Stewart has never won in 25 restrictor-plate races but he has finished second in five, including a runner-up finish at Daytona in the 2004 Daytona 500.

Friday Schedule Revised at Daytona
Due to the inclement weather on Thursday at Daytona International Speedway, the schedule has been revised on Friday as follows:
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM NASCAR Busch Series Practice
9:10 AM - 10:30 AM NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series Practice
2:15 PM NASCAR Busch Series Qualifying
4:40 PM NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series Qualifying
8:00 PM NASCAR Busch Series Race


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