Daytona II: Stewart post-qualifying interview

TONY STEWART , NO. 20 HOME DEPOT MONTE CARLO SS - Qualified 2nd WHAT DID (pole winner) BORIS SAID SAY TO YOU? "Oh, he was laughing. He came over and told me good job for last night (IROC race win) and congratulations on being 2nd in qualifying.

TONY STEWART , NO. 20 HOME DEPOT MONTE CARLO SS - Qualified 2nd

WHAT DID (pole winner) BORIS SAID SAY TO YOU?

"Oh, he was laughing. He came over and told me good job for last night (IROC race win) and congratulations on being 2nd in qualifying. He put down a really good lap. I'm really happy for him. I'm just excited about this Home Depot Monte Carlo SS. It's really fast right now. It's better than I thought we were going to qualify. So, I'm just happy. We'll try to do what we did last year."

DID YOU HAVE ANY IDEA YOU HAD SUCH SPEED IN THE CAR?

"No, I didn't have any idea. It's a good thing to have though, for sure. Hopefully that'll keep us on the front row and we can hopefully try to do what we did here last year here at this time. So I'm really happy about the Home Depot team's effort today. I didn't have anything to do with it. I just got to drive it around there. The crew guys get all the credit today. That's their job."

YOU'RE THE DEFENDING CHAMPION OF THIS RACE, YOU WON THE IROC RACE LAST NIGHT, AND THE BUSCH RACE EARLIER IN THE YEAR..DO YOU ALWAYS BRING EXTRA TROPHY WRAPPINGS HERE?

"It's just something we enjoy. I always like coming down here whether it's on the road course or the oval. It's just a fun place. I just wish it wasn't so hot for everybody. I think everybody in the stands is as hot and miserable as we are in the cars. I just hate it for everybody. But it's a good weekend. A festive weekend. We're all going to have a good time. I'm looking forward to a good Busch race tonight and a good Cup race tomorrow."

-gm racing

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