Fort Worth: Tony Stewart, Bobby Labonte interview

TONY STEWART, NO. 20 HOME DEPOT PONTIAC GRAND PRIX: HOW IS YOUR CAR FOR TOMORROW? "It seems to be reasonable. We're not in that elite group that's up front right now, but we made pretty big gains in practice. Our fastest lap was on our 18th lap...

TONY STEWART, NO. 20 HOME DEPOT PONTIAC GRAND PRIX:

HOW IS YOUR CAR FOR TOMORROW? "It seems to be reasonable. We're not in that elite group that's up front right now, but we made pretty big gains in practice. Our fastest lap was on our 18th lap (in the first practice) on the same set of tires. It leads me to believe and to be somewhat optimistic that, we may not be the fastest car, but hopefully we'll have a car that will be a top 10 or a top five car for tomorrow."

DO YOU GET YOUR CAR TO HANDLE ON ITS OWN FIRST AND THEN TRY TO RUN IN TRAFFIC TO SEE WHAT YOU HAVE? "I always try to run by myself in practice, to be honest. A lot of these other guys are big on running with other cars. But, the way I look at it is that if I'm leading, then I'll be running by myself, so I want to know what my car is doing by myself. I like to be able to go out and run some laps by myself and then if I'm able to get around somebody without having to waste a lot of time in the session, I do like to do that, also, just to compare how the balance changes when you get in traffic."

HOW DO YOU WIN A RACE HERE? "I've never won a race here - ask Bobby [Labonte]. I don't know, to be honest. I think I'm still learning here. This is one of those tracks where there is a lot to be learned. There are certain guys that are just really, really good and have a knack for this place. The key here seems to be momentum and being able to keep your momentum through the corners. I guess that's no different than anywhere else we go. But, it seems like when you make a small gain in performance here, it shows up really, really big on the stopwatch and. that's something we keep our eye on. We just try to find little things that don't really feel like much, but the next thing you know, they show up really big on your lap time."

IS MOMENTUM THE FACTOR THAT MAKES THIS TRACK A LOT LIKE INDIANAPOLIS? "Yeah, that's why everybody always talks about Pocono (the second race) being a good lead-in to Indy. It seems like if you run good here, then you typically have a good shot at running well at Indy, also."

BOBBY LABONTE, NO. 18 INTERSTATE BATTERIES PONTIAC GRAND PRIX:

IS TOMORROW A CHANCE FOR YOU TO BREAK OUT THIS YEAR? "I hope so. It's been a good place for us and we hope we can get a good run here tomorrow. The car has run pretty good in practice. We're just hoping we can run all day and be in the right place at the right time at the finish to take advantage of something and hopefully win a race."

WHICH CORNER HERE IS THE MOST CRITICAL? "I usually lean towards turn three. But, turn one was my best corner here last time when we beat Dale [Earnhardt], Jr. You just have to find your niche for that weekend. You don't want to be off in any of them, but if you want to find a good one, I think turn three is probably the best one to find."

HOW WAS THE TRACK IN PRACTICE? "It was fine. It really was. I think they did a good job getting all the water off the track. Hopefully, we won't have any more rain and we'll be alright."

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Bobby Labonte , Tony Stewart