Tony Stewart, No. 20 Home Depot Impala SS met with media to discuss his qualifying run, the visibility issue in the new car, side drafting, the Chase points, and how the CoT reacts to bump-drafting Select quotes from driver interview: ON HIS...
Tony Stewart, No. 20 Home Depot Impala SS met with media to discuss his qualifying run, the visibility issue in the new car, side drafting, the Chase points, and how the CoT reacts to bump-drafting
Select quotes from driver interview:
ON HIS QUALIFYING LAP: "It was pretty uneventful. I pulled out of the pits, shifted three times, held it wide open for two laps and rode around the pit. Tomorrow is when it gets busy for us."
YOU'VE FINISHED SECOND HERE SIX TIMES. HOW DO YOU IMPROVE ON THAT? I KNOW, FINISH ONE SPOT HIGHER "I tell you what, a second place here is almost like a win. It's so hard to be in the right position at the right time. Most of those times we were helping Dale Jr. win the race here. It helped us too, running second. Any time you can finish in the top two like that it's pretty good here."
SOME CALL THIS A WILD CARD RACE. YOU DON'T NEED ONE OF THOSE AFTER LAST WEEK 'No, we don't need any help having a bad day, that's for sure. Hopefully we can keep our Home Depot car out of trouble tomorrow and get some of these points back that we lost last week."
A LOT OF GUYS YESTERDAY WHINED AND COMPLAINED ABOUT THE RACING CONDITIONS "Why were they whining? If you can't see, it's probably not whining, it's probably a legitimate concern."
HOW ARE THE CONDITIONS? IS IT AS WILD AS EVERYONE SAYS IT IS? "Well, you can't see somebody if they're trying to wave you off unless they stick their hand out the left side and most likely if you're in position to wave somebody off, you're not going to want to take your hands off the wheel in the first place. That side of it is a little different. You can't see through the car in front of you to see in front of him. That part is a little bit trickier. But I don't think it was that big of a deal yesterday.
"For us, it's just not having a week like we had last week. We can't lose points right now. So this is a race that a lot can happen and a lot in the standings can change in one lap for a lot of different guys. We're just keeping our fingers crossed that tomorrow we have a clean day and stay in the top five."
ON THE POINT GAP "All we can do is just do our job. Even if we win the race for the next seven weeks in a row, there is still no guarantee that we could close the gap. All we can do is worry about ourselves right now. It really takes the pressure off of us. All we can do is go for broke now. It's been done. Jimmie Johnson did it last year. So for us it's just a matter of not worrying about what everybody else is doing and just go out and worry about winning the races now and hoping we are where we need to be at the end of the day."
IS THE HEAT ON THE FIRST THREE GUYS WHO ARE SO BUNCHED UP? "I don't know. You'll have to ask those three guys."
HOW DIFFERENT IS THIS CAR IN THE DRAFT COMPARED TO THE OLD CAR? "It's really not that different so far. In early runs in the test we had a little bit of buffeting when we got real close to cars, but we haven't had any of that in the runs that we ran in practice. I don't know if it's splitter locations or what, but we didn't seem to have any problems. Really, this track's got so much grip right now that it makes it fun because you literally can drive with one hand around there and it makes it fun because you can pay attention to what everybody else is doing and watch things that you normally don't have that luxury of being able to watch."
-credit: gm racing