Tony Stewart's anger-management classes aren't working. While most competitors would kill for a top-three finish, Stewart was incensed at his third place finish in the MBNA 400 at Dover. He lashed out at Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company, placing...
Tony Stewart's anger-management classes aren't working. While most competitors would kill for a top-three finish, Stewart was incensed at his third place finish in the MBNA 400 at Dover. He lashed out at Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company, placing the blame for the No. 20 team's inability to win firmly on their shoulders.
Stewart, obviously peeved about not winning the event, voiced his disgust and went on to state how disenfranchised he feels with the tires supplied by Goodyear. He felt that there was an irregularity between sets of tires the No. 20 team used during Sunday's 400-mile affair.
"They sponsor all these teams, and basically what it is hush money to keep us from talking about it," Stewart said. "And I'm tired of covering their a**. I mean, it's pretty bad that the sets of tires are so bad that you can't make an adjustment on the car and go out and win the race when you've got the fastest car on the track."
Stewart led twice on Sunday for 97 of the 400 laps, before being forced to pit for four tires with 73 laps to go.
Representatives from Goodyear Tire Company met with Stewart after the event, but Goodyear's track representative Rick Campbell seemed baffled by Stewart's comments, "It's not as clear-cut as what Tony would seem to indicate," Campbell said. "We're going to talk to him this week and get into the actual data and see what it shows us, see what actually happened -- did Tony get worse or did simply the other cars get better?
"It's an open book right now. If something happened tire wise, I would be surprised if it did, but if it did, then we'll take our lumps and try to fix it and make it better."
Stewart went angrily from the pits to the garage area, passing media and stopping only briefly to comment to a television reporter not on his third place finish, but once again on the tires, "Ask Goodyear. They're the ones that built the pieces of s***."
He decided against attending the top-three racers press conference in the infield media center, sending in his stead, team owner Joe Gibbs.