Daytona 500: Tony Stewart post race interview

TONY STEWART, No. 20 Home Depot Toyota Camry, Joe Gibbs Racing Finished: 3rd Can you explain your feelings after such a strong run in the race? "It's pretty tough to come in here and say that I'm happy to go from first to third on the last...

TONY STEWART, No. 20 Home Depot Toyota Camry, Joe Gibbs Racing
Finished: 3rd

Can you explain your feelings after such a strong run in the race?

"It's pretty tough to come in here and say that I'm happy to go from first to third on the last lap of the Daytona 500. I just made the wrong decision on the backstretch and tried to get down in front of Kyle (Busch). I thought we could get a push down there, but the No. 2 (Kurt Busch) got glued to the No. 12 (Ryan Newman). I don't know if I could have stopped them anyway and if I would have changed lanes I think I would have ended up like a bunch of other guys -- wrecked. In all reality and in hindsight I'm probably going to be a lot happier about it. I thought we were going to have a fun hair-cutting party in here tonight with you guys (media). It's hard to explain -- it's probably one of the most disappointing moments of my racing career tonight."

Were you surprised with the performance of the Toyotas in the race?

"I didn't know what to expect in all honesty because you don't know when you go to a new program what you're going to have until you get it. I can say I'm pleasantly surprised for sure. Everybody has worked had and I've mentioned it all week and every time we've come here -- we couldn't have even come here without Mark Cronquist (JGR engine builder) and everyone at Joe Gibbs Racing engine department. It was a monumental feat to get us in the position that they got us in today. We had the fastest cars, both Kyle (Busch) and I and they flew. That's all horsepower right there."

-credit: toyota motorsports

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Series Monster Energy NASCAR Cup
Drivers Tony Stewart , Kurt Busch , Ryan Newman
Teams Joe Gibbs Racing