TONY STEWART , NO. 20 HOME DEPOT MONTE CARLO 2nd in AMD at The Glen: THE MODERATOR</I>: We're pleased to be joined by our second and third place finishers in today's race. Second place driving the No. 20 Home Depot Chevrolet is Tony ...
TONY STEWART , NO. 20 HOME DEPOT MONTE CARLO 2nd in AMD at The Glen:
THE MODERATOR</I>: We're pleased to be joined by our second and third place finishers in today's race. Second place driving the No. 20 Home Depot Chevrolet is Tony Stewart. Tony, talk about the run out there. Talk about the last few laps.
TONY STEWART: We had a solid day. I mean, we got to second there pretty quick. You know, you feel for Kurt Busch today. I mean, he had, if not the strongest car, one of the strongest cars for sure. I don't know where his car and Kevin's would have stacked up there at the end, but he definitely had a car that was capable of winning the race today if it didn't get caught at the wrong time at the pits with the caution coming out right before he hit the line. That's absolutely rotten, terrible luck right there and nothing that him or his team could have done anything about. That was just bad racing luck.
But it's when you work hard and have a weekend like he was having, that's when you feel bad for a guy like him that was doing everything right all weekend.
We had a good day. We got to second there pretty quick and just kind of ran our race. It was hard to stay with Kurt. We were actually better toward the end of a long run. We could start catching him a little bit. I don't know if we ever could have got all the way to him, and if we could have got to him, if we could have got by him. But at least we could match him lap?time?wise and start being a tick quicker than him later on in the run.
But just caution after caution after caution and tires cooling off, he would get away from us really good. His car was just really stable and solid. If I ran as hard as I needed to to stay with him, I'd start abusing my tires and brakes, so we just kind of let him get away for a while and he'd start coming back to us.
But there at the end it was fun, racing with Jaime, and my buddy Kevin Harvick there, it's two guys who you trust when you're around them. You know you can race side by side with them and not have a problem. We didn't, we didn't have any trouble there.
Our only shot at getting by Kevin was at the end of the back stretch there and on the restart he got a little bit loose going up the hill through the esses up there and let us get a run on him and then he pulled down to the inside of the block. I was all right with that. I wanted to be on the outside anyway going into that corner. We got in there really good. My brakes were really good when they were cold and got by, and as soon as we got by we were really loose and he could stay with us. I couldn't keep the rear end underneath me under braking or acceleration after that and got loose coming into 7 here, didn't let him get underneath us going into 1. About the only thing I could do was let him go and then try to get back under him and he was really good up off the corner. As soon as he went by, our car got fairly decent again. We were too loose to be leading the race actually.
Q</I>: A LOT OF CAUTIONS TODAY. DID IT HURT YOUR RHYTHM AND WOULD YOU HAVE RATHER SEEN A LOT LESS CAUTIONS?
TONY STEWART: I agree. I think we were better off in the long run. It let you straight away from everybody enough to where you didn't have to feel like you had to dive into 1 and 6 so bad. But like I said, it seemed like when we were behind Kurt in second, the longer the run went, the better our car got versus his, so we were kind of actually looking forward to a longer run.
Q</I>: COMMENT ON THE POINT SYSTEM AND SOLIDIFYING YOUR TEAM'S POSITION IN IT TODAY.
TONY STEWART: I hope so. I haven't seen the numbers, but I know we went up to seventh they said, so that's somewhat encouraging. I don't know how far 10th and 11th is back, but any time you can move up in the points, it's encouraging obviously. This is a race that we've looked forward to and felt like that if we had a day like we had today that we could gain points and hopefully help ourselves out in that situation. It worked according to plan.
Q</I>: YOU WERE RIGHT BEHIND BUSCH WHEN HE HAD THE UNFORTUNATE STOP. WERE YOU GOING TO PIT, OR WHAT WAS YOUR PLAN AT THAT POINT?
TONY STEWART: No. I had not been told to pit yet. I was kind of surprised to see him pit when he did. But I don't know how many more laps it was until we were coming in. I think it was within two or three laps of when that happened. So I think it was pretty close to what our window was anyway.
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