NASCAR Notes - Stewart's car pays homage to U.S. Olympians

Posted: Thursday, August 19, 2004

BROOKLYN, Mich. Tony Stewart's race car will be used to pay tribute to six Olympic athletes this Sunday in the GFS Marketplace 400 at the Michigan International Speedway.

Stewart's orange-and-white Chevrolet will display photos of six athletes who are part of Home Depot's Olympic Job Opportunities Program. All six work for stores in the United States and Canada.

Home Depot employs 71 athletes representing the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico at the Summer Games in Athens, Greece. All are allowed to work part-time and receive full-time compensation while they're in training.

"It's an honor to have these athletes on our Home Depot Chevrolet this weekend at Michigan," Stewart said. "They are the embodiment of hard work and perseverance. They've made a ton of sacrifices to get to the Olympics, and the entire race team is behind them 100 percent."

WALLACE IN BUSCH: It has been nearly 15 years since Rusty Wallace double-dipped on a racing weekend, but he plans to make a rare Busch and Nextel Cup series appearances this week at Michigan.

Wallace will race in Saturday's Cabela's 250 for the Busch Series, then in Sunday's main event, the GFS Marketplace 400. The last time he worked both days of a racing weekend was in 1989 at the Lowe's Motor Speedway.

HENDERSON JOINS PETTY: Bill Henderson, who had been working as the car chief for rookie Scott Riggs, was hired Tuesday as Kyle Petty's new crew chief.

The move completes a shake-up at Petty Enterprises that saw Petty's crew chief, Greg Steadman, and three other crewmen move over to the No. 43 Dodge driven by Jeff Green. Gary Putnam, Green's crew chief left the team.

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