Daytona Twin 125: Stewart press conference

TONY STEWART, NO. 20 HOME DEPOT CHEVROLET MONTE CARLO - finished 2nd Comments from the media center: "Even if we had guys behind us, we weren't going to get by the No. 8 (Dale Jr). He was the tough today. He was by far the class of the field ...

TONY STEWART, NO. 20 HOME DEPOT CHEVROLET MONTE CARLO - finished 2nd

Comments from the media center: "Even if we had guys behind us, we weren't going to get by the No. 8 (Dale Jr). He was the tough today. He was by far the class of the field again. We've been so slow all week, it's nice just to get in the top two here. You've got to rely on so many people to do anything here, that it's hard. Today, we're finally seeing a situation where handling is coming pack into the equation. Guys who have good driving cars and who are figuring out how to get runs on people can actually pass and do something with them."

WITH THE TIRES AND THE HANDLING, WILL THE PACKS SPREAD OUT? "Yes, definitely. I think we saw it today in this 125. It'll be interesting to see what happens in the next (125 qualifying) race what happens. I think we're finally in a situation where guys can race. I think it'll separate the track to where we can actually race each other instead of feeling like we're at the mercy of air and horsepower. We actually get to race here. I'm somewhat excited for the rest of the week. I still don't feel like I'm in any better position today than I was yesterday as far as our situation with our team. At least for the race, the drivers can actually drive and decide who wins the race by who out drives whom. Finally. That was evident in that first race."

WHAT MAJOR CHANGES DID YOU MAKE FOR THE CAR TODAY? "You've go to keep in mind that during practice, you can pull in whenever your car starts feeling bad and let them work on it. Here, you've got to run what you've got. The guys who can drive what they've got -- even though it may not be right and can figure out how to make it work for them - are the guys who got to the front today. Guys who have to rely on aerodynamics and horsepower are the guys who struggled. It's nice to see that guys actually have to drive here to win this race again.

"I was just trying to get in the top 14, let alone have a shot at getting up to second. Once we got about 10 laps into the run, it was plain to see that guys were struggling with handling. We did too on the first run. It's just a matter of who wants it bad enough and who can figure out how to make their car do something it doesn't want to do. We just stuck with it and ended up second."

HAVE YOU FOUND MORE HORSEPOWER? "They're probably working 16 hour shifts back at Joe Gibbs Racing to try and get us more power. We weren't any better today. We had the same combination today that we had in practice yesterday. Today we didn't have the luxury of coming in and pitting every 10 laps to work on your car. You had to stay out there in the heat and make do with what you had. The guys who could drive them got to the front."

-gm racing-

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Series NASCAR Cup
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