Talladega: Stewart post-qualifying interview

Tony Stewart Qualifies on the Front Row in the No. 20 Home Depot Monte Carlo SS Tony Stewart in the No. 20 Home Depot Chevrolet qualified second for Sunday's Aaron 499 at Talladega Superspeedway giving the Monte Carlo SS a front row starting...

Tony Stewart Qualifies on the Front Row in the No. 20 Home Depot Monte Carlo SS

Tony Stewart in the No. 20 Home Depot Chevrolet qualified second for Sunday's Aaron 499 at Talladega Superspeedway giving the Monte Carlo SS a front row starting spot for the race.

TONY STEWART , NO. 20 HOME DEPOT MONTE CARLO SS - Qualified 2nd:

"Qualifying is just a formality. This is where the teams get to shine and show off. This is where all the preparation at the shop and everything that the crews do here at the race track is more of a testimony of their hard work than it is us (the drivers). The hardest thing I've got to do is not miss a shift three times during the run. It's pretty easy for us to do. It really doesn't matter for tomorrow. They've got nice long pit boxes here at Talladega. So I'm looking forward to it. I get to run the Old Spice Chevy car in the Busch race and the Home Depot Chevy tomorrow. So I'm looking forward to two fun days.

"Like I said, the drivers don't do anything. All we do is make sure we shift it three times at the right rpm and then just ride it around there. It's a testimony to the Home Depot crew and what they've done. They did an awesome job getting ready for this race. Hopefully tomorrow will be as good, obviously. I was surprised. I didn't think we were going to run that quick -- especially with the way the wind is gusting right now. So I was very, very happy with the way it ran."

YOU'RE UP TO 5TH NOW IN THE POINTS. HOW CONFIDENT IS THIS RACE TEAM?

"It's the best start to a season that we've ever had since I've been in the Cup Series. Obviously, the team is really excited. This is the first year that we haven't been trying to crawl back from outside the top 20 to get back in the top 20. So I'm really happy with our start to the season. We just take it one week at a time right now and keep trying to do what we've been doing the whole time. We've led a lap in every race so far. So that's something our team is really proud of right now."

HOW MUCH DID YOU LEARN RACING FROM DALE EARNHARDT SR.?

"We always miss racing against him. The amount of stuff that we all learned racing against him, especially at these restrictor plate tracks, is where we miss him the most. Knowing how good he was, you don't miss having to race against him, but we miss him as a person. The two years I got to spend around him. he was a great friend and really nice to me. That's something I'll always remember and appreciate."

-gm racing

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