Tony Stewart made the chase for the championship last season but didn't make much of a splash once he got there. Five finishes of 15th or worse trapped Stewart sixth in points overall. Stewart is looking for a formula to put them in a better ...
Tony Stewart made the chase for the championship last season but didn't make much of a splash once he got there. Five finishes of 15th or worse trapped Stewart sixth in points overall.
Stewart is looking for a formula to put them in a better position this season but is hesitant to talk about what his expectations are for the year. "I feel like I do every year. It's a wait and see attitude," Stewart said. "We don't really know what we've got. We need to run races and see what our strengths and weaknesses are."
Stewart does feel that he and crew chief Greg Zipadelli have a winning combination that will once again harvest the same results the two achieved in 2002. They have set their standards high and are working furiously to inch toward their desired goals.
"Every year is a different year," said Stewart. "Our goals have always been to win every race. When we get to the end of the year we'll evaluate that."
Stewart hopes that the chemistry he and Zipadelli have on and off the track will start to pay dividends starting with the season opening Daytona 500. "It's extremely important," Stewart said of chemistry. "Like I said, he's there to pick me up and I'm there to pick him up. We've done that for six years and we can do that for another 26 years.
"It's chemistry. We have the same passion and desire to win. He understands me and I understand him. In all reality, I've never been married but I feel that with some of my buddies it's almost like we are married. When I'm having a bad day he has ways to pick me up and when he's having a bad day I have ways to pick him up. That's the kind of thing."
Other than that, Stewart is not worrying about the chase for the championship. The No. 20 Chevy team will try and win every race they can and not sweat the rest.
"It is what it is," said Stewart of the modified point system. "It's what we've got so why worry? It's the same for everybody. If it's the same for everybody, it's fair for everybody."