Stewart not fazed by bad lap at Indy

Defending race winner Tony Stewart isn't too concerned about his poor qualifying effort at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Stewart will start 32nd for Sunday's Allstate Brickyard 400. Considering Stewart's legendary temper you'd think the two-time...

Defending race winner Tony Stewart isn't too concerned about his poor qualifying effort at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Stewart will start 32nd for Sunday's Allstate Brickyard 400.

Considering Stewart's legendary temper you'd think the two-time champ would be a bit miffed with that effort yet he was composed.

"I'm not happy with that lap," said Stewart. "But it'll make it more fun on Sunday because we'll be able to pass a lot of cars. That'll make its fun in itself."

This will be Stewart's worst starting position in his seven starts at Indianapolis but he remains positive the No. 20 Home Depot Chevrolet can work its way through the field on Sunday.

"The strategy is going to exactly the same," Stewart commented. "That's exactly the way we should do it every week. Unfortunately, I don't do it every week quite that good. But this race is one where I've got two other guys on the radio that will help me stay focused and patient all day."

Patience has never been one of Stewart's virtues and the last few weeks have proven that. Stewart tangled with Ryan Newman at New Hampshire on lap 91 ending the day for the both of them. He finished 37th and was knocked out of the top ten in points.

A week later at Pocono, Stewart punted Clint Bowyer causing a crash between Bowyer and Carl Edwards. NASCAR black-flagged Stewart and penalized him one lap but he was able to wheel his way back to a seventh place finish and crawl back into the top ten in standings.

With just six races left before the 2006 Chase field is set this is a crucial weekend for Stewart to gain valuable points.

"It was tight," explained Stewart. "We'll be alright for tomorrow. We had a car that started off really loose yesterday, which is a great sign in race trim. I'm not too worried about the qualifying run. It just means we'll have to pass a lot of cars; which makes it fun."

While Stewart seems casual about his poor time trial effort, the No. 20 Chevrolet wasn't looking too sporty in practice but guaranteed they'd be in the mix on Sunday. Stewart may not have too much to worry about, last year he started 22nd and went on to win the race and climb the fence.

"We're in good shape," Stewart assured. His NASCAR career history is on his side. He has never finished worse than 17th and has one win and four top-ten finishes in seven starts.

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Series Monster Energy NASCAR Cup
Drivers Tony Stewart , Ryan Newman , Carl Edwards , Clint Bowyer