Michigan II: Stewart - Friday media visist

Tony Stewart, No. 20 Home Depot Monte Carlo SS, met with members of the media and talked about Kyle Busch joining Joe Gibbs Racing, his strong personality and how it fits with JGR, what role he played in Busch joining JGR, racing at Bristol next...

Tony Stewart, No. 20 Home Depot Monte Carlo SS, met with members of the media and talked about Kyle Busch joining Joe Gibbs Racing, his strong personality and how it fits with JGR, what role he played in Busch joining JGR, racing at Bristol next weekend, what he likes about Bristol, dirt-track racing with Kevin Harvick and Clint Bowyer, Brad Coleman in the Busch Series and whether or not Kyle Busch is of championship caliber.

Select quotes from driver interview:

HOW DO YOU FEEL ABOUT KYLE BUSCH JOINING JGR? "I'm happy about it. Same thing I said a couple of weeks ago when everybody asked me about it. I think it's a great opportunity for Joe Gibbs Racing. He's the best young talent out there in my opinion so I think we definitely got the right guy."

HOW DO YOU FEEL ABOUT ANOTHER STRONG PERSONALITY JOINING JGR? "I think it fits right in with it. I think that's why he's a perfect fit for our organization. He's got the same passion and desire that Denny (Hamlin) and I have to win races. If you don't have guys that think the same way you do and feel the same way you do, it's hard to work together. So having somebody like him, I think, is going to make him a perfect fit for our organization right now."

WHAT ROLE DID YOU PLAY IN GETTING KYLE TO JOIN JGR? "Not much, really. I think Joe Gibbs Racing in itself speaks for itself. I don't think you have to work hard to get people to come over there. I think what Joe and JD have built and all the crew chiefs, the reputation of this race team speaks for itself now. Everybody looks at the Hendrick organization as the super-team; I don't think we're very far off of that. I think if we're off we're not very far off of them, by any means, in that category. I just don't think Joe's been around as long as Rick (Hendrick) has to establish himself as that."

-credit: gm racing

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Series NASCAR Sprint Cup
Drivers Tony Stewart , Kevin Harvick , Brad Coleman , Clint Bowyer , Kyle Busch
Teams Joe Gibbs Racing