For the third straight year, Tony Stewart will look to continue his fence climbing tradition at Daytona International Speedway during the Pepsi 400 Weekend on July 4-7.
Stewart, driver of the No. 20 Home Depot Chevrolet for Joe Gibbs Racing, began the tradition of climbing fences to the top of the flag stand after his 2005 Pepsi 400 victory and he didn't disappoint in 2006 when he captured the mid-summer classic for a second straight year.
"There was no way I was going to let those race fans down tonight because it started here and this was the year after it all started," Stewart said after the race. "I was either going to get all the way up or I was going to fall on my butt.
"They expected it. You could see it when we came down the front stretch before we even turned around. They were already on their feet by the flag stand. I was not going to let them down. It was every bit as big, if not bigger, than it was last year."
Similar to the 2005 Pepsi 400 when he led a record 151 of the 160 laps, Stewart was the class of the field in the 2006 edition of the mid-summer classic.
He led a race high 85 laps on his way to becoming the first back-to-back winner of the Pepsi 400 since 1974, when David Pearson won his third straight Pepsi 400.
In this year's 49th annual Pepsi 400, which is scheduled to go green at 8 p.m., Stewart will hunting for a third consecutive Pepsi 400 as he tries to tie Pearson's mark.
And if Stewart takes the checkered flag first, race fans can expect him to once again climb to the top of Daytona's flag stand for another roaring celebration.
Also on tap during the three-day Pepsi 400 Weekend will be the Winn-Dixie 250 presented by PepsiCo NASCAR Busch Series race and Circle K Pole Qualifying Day for the Pepsi 400 on Friday, July 6 and the Brumos Porsche 250 Rolex Series race on Thursday night, July 5.
Tickets and hospitality and specialty vehicle packages are available for all Pepsi 400 Weekend events. For more information, visit www.racetickets.com or call 1-800-PITSHOP.