TONY STEWART, NO. 20 OLD SPICE/OFFICE DEPOT IMPALA SS met with members of the media at Las Vegas Motor Speedway and discussed the condition of the race track, Greg Biffle's dirt track purchase and other topics. HAVE YOU CHECKED YOUR ODDS IN LAS...
TONY STEWART, NO. 20 OLD SPICE/OFFICE DEPOT IMPALA SS met with members of the media at Las Vegas Motor Speedway and discussed the condition of the race track, Greg Biffle's dirt track purchase and other topics.
HAVE YOU CHECKED YOUR ODDS IN LAS VEGAS AND WOULD YOU BET ON YOURSELF?: "I have not yet. Somebody did mention last night when we were at the Office Depot autograph signing that we weren't very high on the odds. I don't know if it would be a good bet this week or not. It doesn't sound like you would make as much as you'd like. But no, I have not."
HOW MUCH EMPHASIS WILL YOU PUT ON QUALIFYING VERSUS RACE SETUP TODAY?: "We're kind of in the same boat as we were last week as far as worrying about what the weather is going to be like tomorrow. We only got one qualifying run in and we actually got it in the last 60 seconds of the session. We spent the entire practice working on race setup in case we have bad weather tomorrow and don't get as much practice time. We may sacrifice a little bit today, in hopes of if it does rain, getting it back on Sunday."
WHAT IS YOUR OPINION OF LAS VEGAS MOTOR SPEEDWAY SINCE THE RENOVATIONS?: "It's like anything else, anytime you repave a track, it's hard for the tire companies to get it perfect because of the high level of grip that it has, they have to build a really hard tire that will withstand that. As years go on and you get more time and seasons through it, that track seasons in and it gets to where they can make a tire and bring a tire that's a little more conducive to what we're used to. Everything has been fine the last couple years, so the stuff we talked about four years ago or five years ago is four or five years old and we're on to new stuff. We love it here. There isn't anybody that doesn't love coming here and racing. There's so much stuff to do. It's not everywhere that we go that we have so many options at the end of the day when our work day is done and we can go and have fun in the evening too. It's a great stop for us."
WHAT TYPE OF ROAD DOES GREG BIFFLE HAVE AHEAD OF HIM AFTER PURCHASING A DIRT TRACK?: "I know his track is out west, I don't know how many tracks there are in his area. That would change my answer a lot depending on how many or how few tracks are there. It's pretty cool to see another guy that's giving back to where his roots were and supporting an area that he's very familiar with. It's always a challenge. If it was easy, every promoter in the country would never have any worries. The good thing is that somebody like Greg (Biffle) is committed to making it work. We've had conversations about it for over a year now that he was interested in doing this. It's something that he's passionate about and that's half the battle is just getting somebody that's committed and passionate about what they're doing."
WHAT DOES DANICA PATRICK BRING TO THE NATIONWIDE SERIES?: "Just look at the notes from Daytona and California and you'll find your answer in there somewhere."
DID YOU EXPERIENCE ANY PROBLEMS WITH AXLES AT AUTO CLUB SPEEDWAY LAST WEEK?: "Not that I'm aware of. I hadn't heard anything about that side of it. I knew that the 88 (Dale Earnhardt Jr.) had trouble, but I hadn't heard anything on our two cars from that standpoint. I knew Ryan (Newman) had trouble with his car, but it wasn't axle-related that I'm aware of so not that I'm aware of. But I'll ask that question now when I get back. I want to know."
-source: gm racing