Fontana II: Stewart - Friday media visit

Tony Stewart, No. 20 The Home Depot Monte Carlo SS, met with members of the media and discussed his approach to the final two races to the Chase, comparing his situation heading to Richmond this year versus last year, if he's concerned that other...

Tony Stewart, No. 20 The Home Depot Monte Carlo SS, met with members of the media and discussed his approach to the final two races to the Chase, comparing his situation heading to Richmond this year versus last year, if he's concerned that other drivers have narrowed the gap with NASCAR's new generation race car, how he would feel racing against drivers locked in to the Chase and racing for wins, the press conference planned for next week and how attached he is to his number.

Select quotes from driver interview:

ON PREPARING FOR THE CHASE: "You want to be running good when the Chase starts. You don't want to have two bad weekends and then all the sudden have to start the Chase so it's something you definitely want to be on top of your game when it starts obviously."

ON COMPARING HIS SITUATION HEADING TO RICHMOND THIS YEAR VERSUS LAST YEAR: "Yeah, it's nice. It's nice coming here and knowing that if it comes down to a fuel mileage race this weekend that we can take a chance like we did at Kansas City and go for those 10 points versus not being locked in like we were last year and fighting at this time so it's definitely taken a lot of the stress and the pressure off for sure."

ARE YOU CONCERNED THAT OTHER DRIVERS HAVE APPEARED TO NARROW THE GAP WITH THE NEW GENERATION RACE CAR WITH HALF THE CHASE RACES FEATURING THIS CAR: "No because last year we all had old cars that everybody had narrowed the gap so you just got to take whatever car it is that week that you're driving and do a better job than everybody else. The philosophy is no different than it ever used to be. It's always the same each week."

-credit: jgr

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Series NASCAR Sprint Cup
Drivers Tony Stewart