Tony Stewart, No. 20 Home Depot Monte Carlo SS met with media and discussed what he likes about Atlanta Motor Speedway, on staying in contention for the title, the Carl Edwards and Matt Kenseth incident at Martinsville, whether he'd prefer a ...
Tony Stewart, No. 20 Home Depot Monte Carlo SS met with media and discussed what he likes about Atlanta Motor Speedway, on staying in contention for the title, the Carl Edwards and Matt Kenseth incident at Martinsville, whether he'd prefer a hands-on or hands-off owner, on the Chase and whether luck has been a big factor, on worrying about points
Select quotes from driver interview:
ON RACING AT ATLANTA: "It's a place we like. I like the fact that we can move around on this track. You can move around. You're going to be on the bottom and on the top and you're going to run in the middle some. So it's one of those tracks that give you the opportunity as a driver to move around."
AS DEFENDING CHAMPION OF THIS RACE, DO YOU FEEL LIKE YOU NEED ANOTHER WIN HERE THIS WEEK TO STAY IN CONTENTION FOR THE TITLE? "As far as the championship is concerned, it's out of our control right now. So we'll go back to the mode we were in last year and that's just trying to win races. We can't do anything about the points now. It's strictly a matter of us going out and doing the best we can each week. The only way we're going to get back in it is going to be dictated by what happens to those guys in front. If they don't have any trouble, it doesn't matter whether we lead the most laps and win races at this point."
DID YOU SEE THE VIDEO OF THE CARL EDWARDS AND MATT KENSETH INCIDENT AT MARTINSVILLE? "No."
HAVE YOU HAD MANY PROBLEMS WITH CARL EDWARDS? "I'm just worrying about me today. I'm not worried about everybody else. It's hard enough just doing the things we have to do during the day that we have to do, let alone trying to figure out what you guys (the media) are going to want out of us and what everybody else is doing."
ON THE CHASE "Well, I'm not where I want to be right now."
IS IT MORE A SITUATION OF LUCK THAN ANYTHING ELSE? "It just is what it is. That's the easiest way to describe it. It's more about things that are out of our control than things that are in it."
WITH FOUR RACES LEFT, IF THE NO. 24 AND NO. 48 IMPLODE, DO YOU THINK YOU STILL HAVE A CHANCE TO COME BACK? "Yeah, but that's the only way we have a shot. It doesn't mean we're going to quit and give up. We've still got four races in a row we can try to win here. That's what I try to do every week is win. So that's not going to change whether we have a reality of winning the championship or not. It's still about going out and doing the best you can every race. All you can do is keep your fingers crossed that things go your way. It's kind of a bad way to win a championship at this point in the year if we were to win it because if so, it means those guys have had to have some real bad luck and that's something you don't wish on anybody."
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