Tony Stewart Kansas II Friday media visit

Team Chevy press release

TONY STEWART, NO. 14 OFFICE DEPOT/MOBIL 1 CHEVROLET, met with members of the media at Kansas Speedway and discussed Kansas Speedway, point standings, Phoenix test and other topics.

Tony Stewart, Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet
Tony Stewart, Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet

Photo by: Ashley Dickerson, ASP Inc.

HOW DID PRACTICE GO? “We’re not as good as we’d like to be right now.”

YOU SAID PRIOR TO DOVER YOU HAD CONCERNS, IS IT EASIER TO MOVE ON FROM A WEEKEND LIKE DOVER WHEN YOU DIDN’T HAVE HIGH EXPECTATIONS GOING IN? “Not really. You need the result. Doesn’t matter what your expectations are, you still need the result at the end of the day and we didn’t get that so it still makes it hard.”

HOW MUCH DO YOU LOOK AT THE POINTS RIGHT NOW? “We don’t. We have seven races to go. You look at how much it changed in the first two weeks, you can stare at the point standing until you are blue in the face, there is a long way to go still. Everybody is worrying way too much about the points and where everybody is at right now.”

IS IT AN ILLUSION A LITTLE BIT WITH EVERYBODY SAYING IT IS JUST 19 POINTS SEPARATING THE TOP-NINE COMPARED TO WHERE IT WAS WITH THE OLD POINT SYSTEM? “Drivers, we’re all smart enough to go and do the math and figure out what it would have been. It’s just so much easier to know what it is. It’s not so much that it’s an illusion, it’s just easy to know where everybody is at and what that really means in the big picture.”

WHAT IS THE WIND DOING TO THE CAR ON THE TRACK TODAY? “Definitely it’s tough. It’s tough in three and four getting the cars to turn so you are definitely fighting the wind today but everybody is fighting it. It is the same for everybody.”

DO YOU LIKE THE SCHEDULE THAT HAS QUALIFYING ON FRIDAY BETTER? “It doesn’t matter to me. I kind of like the other way just because it frees our Saturday up a little bit. But, it doesn’t matter. We are here for three days anyway, so it doesn’t matter when you do the work, you are going to do it at some point.”

HOW ABOUT JOEY SALDANA COMING BACK (FROM INJURY) AND WINNING AT ELDORA? “That is definitely in the top-three coolest moments I have ever seen at Eldora. To see him lead almost every lap, I think he led every lap that he competed in from the heat race to the dash to the main. It was a pretty remarkable feat. It was pretty awesome to watch.”

HOW ABOUT THAT KID KYLE LARSEN? “He’s pretty tough. He’s going to be awesome.”

HOW WAS THE TEST AT PHOENIX KNOWING THAT HAS ALWAYS BEEN ONE OF YOUR FAVORITE TRACKS? “It’s not the same Phoenix at all. It’s totally different. We’ll wait and see what happens when we go back.”

IS THE GROOVE GOING TO BE NARROW THERE ON THE BOTTOM? “I don’t know what is going to happen. It will definitely be on the bottom I just don’t know how wide it is going to be.”

WITH COOL TEMPERATURES EXPECTED AT CHARLOTTE NEXT WEEK, HOW DO YOU EXPECT THE RACE TO PLAY OUT? “The same as it always does when we go there and it is cool. No different this time.”

IS THERE A DIFFERENCE FOR YOU GUYS ONCE YOU ARE IN THE CHASE FOR THE NASCAR SPRINT CUP COMPARED TO THE FIRST 26 RACES IN TERMS OF MAKING CHANGES? “No, because you’re still, even at the beginning of the year, if you are struggling, you are trying to fight to get in the Chase. So, you are fighting just as hard, it’s just different. You’re fighting to get in it and then once you get in it, you’re fighting for the championship so it is a fight for 36 weeks.”

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