Tony Stewart - Pocono II Friday Media Visit

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Pocono Raceway

TONY STEWART, NO. 14 OFFICE DEPOT/MOBIL 1 CHEVROLET, met with members of the media at Pocono Raceway and discussed practice, the Chase, the wild car and other topics.

HOW WAS YOUR CAR DURING PRACTICE? “I think we’re all right. I feel like we are better on both qualifying package and race package than we were last time we were here. We’ll wait and see but I am cautiously optimistic that we are better.”

HOW HAS THE WILD CARD IMPACTED THE SEASON? “I think it has definitely opened up opportunities for guys that may not make it in the top-10 but that one win is going to be a big deal. I think it has a lot of potential to add a spot for somebody that’s had a lot of bad luck in the year but was still able to put together that good day and put themselves in the Chase because of it.”

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

Photo by: Ashley Dickerson, ASP Inc.

DO YOU GUYS LOOK AT IT AS AN OPPORTUNITY FOR YOU? “I don’t know. We are kind of in the that weird spot in the points where we are trying to make it in on what we’ve got and not have to not rely on that wild card spot. If you finish 11th in points and you didn’t get one of those wild card spots, you’d say it hurt you. Hopefully we’ll get in on our points and won’t have to worry about it.”

IS THERE ANY IMPACT PSYCHOLOGICALLY WHEN YOU ARE NINTH IN POINTS VERSUS BEING 11TH? “Not really because one day can still change all that. You still just have to take it a week at a time. You really don’t think about it during the race. I don’t think about it from the driver’s side, I don’t know if Darian (Grubb, crew chief) thinks about it. From our side every week, just trying to win the race and not really worry about the points side of it. There is nothing you can do, you just have to go out and get as many points as you can and that s the same thing you do to try to win the race each week so it just makes it easy.”

THERE ARE A LOT OF REPORTS AOBUT DANICA (PATRICK)…”I know, I’ve heard all kinds of stuff (chuckles).”

CAN YOU SAY ARE YOU WORKING ON ANYTHING WITH HER? “Nope, nope.”

YOU CAN’T SAY OR YOU ARE NOT WORKING ON SOMETHING? “Can’t say anything.”

By: team chevy

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