Dover: Stewart, Rudd Happy Hour quotes

Happy Hour Quotes: TONY STEWART, No. 20 Home Depot Monte Carlo SS: Q. How did the race car feel and how did you feel inside of it? "The good thing is that I wasn't in so much pain that I couldn't feel the car. There is discomfort in the car...

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TONY STEWART, No. 20 Home Depot Monte Carlo SS:

Q. How did the race car feel and how did you feel inside of it?

"The good thing is that I wasn't in so much pain that I couldn't feel the car. There is discomfort in the car for sure, but when I came in and saw what the lap times were, the times were actually pretty competitive for the amount of laps we ran on the tires. The car was a little bit tight up off. In all reality, I was fairly satisfied with what I was able to do there in a short amount of time. It's just a matter of doing what we've got to do to get to the first stop, which I am confident we can do now. That takes the worry out of my mind as to whether or not I'm going to be able to make it. From that standpoint, I can make it to the first or second caution and then get Ricky in the car."

Q. Any issues in terms of getting in and out of the car?

"It wasn't that bad in getting in today, which I thought it would be. We've got a plan on how to get out where I can kind of protect myself with them actually pulling me out of the car, so from that standpoint, I'm not too worried. I'm sure it's going to be painful getting in and out, but the good thing is we're not in a hurry to get in. Getting out is going to be the hurry. It may hurt when we get out, but it's only going to hurt for a little bit, so we've got to do what we've got to do."

Q. Your thoughts on what Ricky's been able to do after a being out of the sport for awhile.

"I've been extremely impressed with what Ricky has done. He's come into our organization here and fit in like he's been here for a year or two. I'm really proud with what he's done so far and very appreciative of the help he's given us this weekend. I'm hoping I get out of it early enough to where we give him a chance to run back toward the front and give him a shot at winning this race. I feel like he's doing a good enough job right now that if we keep a good car underneath him, we'll give him what he's looking for so that he can go out and win this race."

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RICKY RUDD, No. 20 Home Depot Monte Carlo SS:

Q. What's the plan now?

"Well, I don't think things have changed a whole lot. Tony's going to start the car tomorrow for the points and we're going to hop in at the first opportunity we get unless Tony feels like he wants to go farther. Right now, I think his shoulder's still pretty sore. He got a chance to drive the car and see how it's set up. Things seem to be pretty good. We stayed on scuffed tires the whole time. The car's pretty quick on a long run. We're just looking forward to tomorrow. I think I'm probably looking more forward to it than Tony is though."

Q. From your conversations with Tony, is what you like in the car the same as what he likes in the car? Who are you setting it up for? You or him?

"Well, Tony and the 20 team have a real good feel for the race track here. He's got a good record. I've got a good win record, but not in recent years. It's always pretty interesting to get out and get Tony's opinion. I've been in the car, kind of getting it set-up, offering my take on what we needed to do to get better. Tony's ideas were matched right up with mine. It's kind of been odd. The seat fit right away and the car's set-up to where it's working pretty good. I don't have any major issues with driving his set-up. I would rather have his opinion on how to get this car around Dover and then let me adjust my driving style to that. It's pretty much my call to have the car tighter or looser, but we're on the same page."

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