TONY STEWART, NO. 14 MOBIL 1/OFFICE DEPOT CHEVROLET, met with members of the media at Charlotte Motor Speedway and discussed the first practice session, his strategy at this point in the Chase and other topics.

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

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17TH IN PRACTICE KIND OF GAUGE HOW THAT FIRST PRACTICE WENT FOR YOU: “I don’t think it was too bad. We took off really good at the beginning of the day which was a good start. We will just keep working off of that so that we can get a little better.”

I’M SURE YOU HAVE HEARD ABOUT THE THING WITH DALE (EARNHARDT) JR.’S CONCUSSION. HE ALSO SAID THAT HE HAD BEEN RACING FOR SIX WEEKS WITH A CONCUSSION. IS THAT SOMETHING THAT ALL DRIVERS GO THROUGH AT SOMETIME AND HAVE YOU RACED WITH A CONCUSSION BEFORE? “I’m sure drivers have and didn’t even know they have that is the thing. It’s no different than football or any other sport where you get bounced around. I’m sure there has been a lot more than knew they had it.”

IS THAT DANGEROUS GUY THAT THOSE GUYS ARE OUT THERE? “They know if they feel good in the car or not. You either feel good or you don’t. They know.”

IF YOU ARE IN A CHAMPIONSHIP SITUATION, YOU ARE NOT 100 PERCENT WOULD YOU GO TO THE DOCTOR RISKING HAVING TO GET OUT OF THE CAR? “No different than anybody else if you feel sick you go to the doctor. If you don’t feel right you go to the doctor. If you feel fine you don’t go to the doctor. This isn’t a big revelation here. If you don’t feel good you go get checked out and you find out what’s not right.”

HOW DID YOU FEEL THIS WEEK? DID YOU GO TO THE DOCTOR OR ANYTHING? “No, I didn’t need to go to a doctor. I was fine. I was a little sore, but no different than any other wrecks you get into you are always sore.”

HOW DO YOU APPROACH A STRATEGY NOW AT THIS POINT IN THE CHASE? “Same as you always do. You can’t do anything different. What are you going to do different? If you are trying to do the things you do to win the race you are doing everything you can do. We are already doing that.”

Source: Team Chevy Racing