Phoenix: Stewart - GM Top-10 interview

Phoenix International Raceway Weekly Top-10 Behind the Hauler Chat with Tony Stewart, No. 20 Home Depot Monte Carlo SS BEHIND THE HAULER CHAT WITH TONY STEWART, NO. 20 HOME DEPOT MONTE CARLO SS: ARE YOU CAUTIOUSLY OPTIMISTIC ABOUT YOUR SUCCESS...

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Weekly Top-10 Behind the Hauler Chat with Tony Stewart, No. 20 Home Depot Monte Carlo SS

BEHIND THE HAULER CHAT WITH TONY STEWART, NO. 20 HOME DEPOT MONTE CARLO SS:

ARE YOU CAUTIOUSLY OPTIMISTIC ABOUT YOUR SUCCESS EARLY IN THE SEASON? "I'm anticipating that the rest of the season is going to carry on, but this is the first time in my Cup career that we have this kind of start to the season. We're obviously very excited about it. But it's still a week-to-week deal. There may be some trick set-up next week that comes down that somebody finds that makes everything that we're doing right now obsolete. This is a series and in all racing in general -- no matter what division or type of racing you're in, the technology is always taking it to the next level. So what's good this week may not be good next week. You have to keep that in the back of your mind. You can't get complacent and be over-confident that you're where you need to be all the time."

ON THE RECENT CREW CHIEF CHANGES AT ROUSH RACING: "If you don't feel like your program is where it needs to be and you feel like you need to make that kind of change, then that's what you need to do. But over the years that (crew chief) Greg (Zipadelli) and I have been together -- winning two championships and never finishing worse than seventh in the points -- I think we've got a combination that's pretty good and pretty successful. So, it's one of those deals where if it's not broke, don't fix it. Getting the crew chief/driver combination to work that well together is probably the hardest piece of the equation to get. So if you can get that, you do everything you can to protect it."

HOW DO YOU FEEL ABOUT YOUR CHANCES THIS WEEKEND AT PIR? "We had a good run here last year. I think we finished fourth. So, there are definitely no complaints there. We've just got to keep doing what we've been doing. We were third quickest at the end of this practice session for qualifying and I feel like my race package was really balanced. So we'll see where everybody else is at, but so far I'm pretty happy with the weekend right now."

IS IT HARD TO KEEP THINGS FRESH BETWEEN YOU AND GREG ZIPADELLI "No, it's easy. The goal has been the same for seven years: to come here and try to win the race. That part of it has never changed, so you don't have to try to keep everything fresh in that way. There are days we don't get along and there are days we struggle with each other. But at the end of the day we know what we're here for and we know that no matter whether we're struggling with each other or having a perfect day, we know what the goal is at the end of the day and no matter what our opinions are, we're both in the same frame of mind when it comes to wanting to win. So it really makes it easy from that standpoint to keep doing what we're doing. We're having more fun now than we've ever had. So it seems to be easy to keep it going right now."

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Series NASCAR Sprint Cup
Drivers Tony Stewart