NASCAR Champ Tony Stewart on Winning the Chase
NASCAR Sprint Cup Champion, Tony Stewart, on winning The Race for the Chase.
- Duration 7:22
- Date Nov 22, 2011
NASCAR Sprint Cup Champion, Tony Stewart, on winning The Race for the Chase.
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Ethic that's the -- that keeps coming up again and again to describe what my next guest did on Sunday.
Winning the final race of the NASCAR season at homestead Florida his fifth win out of ten races in the chase.
Catching his third NASCAR championship.
Not talked to a lot -- -- fans and people who worked in racing all their -- in the last few days.
They told me over and over this man.
-- greatest race they've ever saying or ever will say.
The race and champion.
And story and congratulations been happening -- appreciate -- so what's next.
That's a great question I mean we're still just basking in the glory of the -- and there was.
I don't think he could have asked for more dramatic weekend and what we had the -- -- the chase and especially going in homestead -- in three points behind Carl.
If he finished.
If he won the -- automatically was gonna win the championship but we had to finish ahead of -- And if we finished ahead of -- me finish second it was went to a tie and a tiebreaker so.
You know we just had a storybook ending I -- we started the race had.
A puncture in the nose of the car that it seemed -- in there and we had to repair had to make repairs twice certainly in the race and you know by lap 109 when they had.
The red flag for whether we got ourselves back up in the top five and then.
You come back and and and you have a great battle with -- to the end it was it was.
-- it wasn't just this race it was the entire chase and your focus.
You were on a mission.
View work -- -- What makes this year different from past years because you always want to win yet but what was different why now why it could.
-- could you possibly do this now.
I think a lot of -- was our our expectations going into the chase are very high -- I honestly did not believe that my team in my organization.
Was in a position to do what we did so.
When we went to Chicago for the first race which case we will -- -- and that is about great we.
We don't allow in the next week and we -- really well in the -- we thought that was going to be a good opportunity for us to have -- good race we go win there and next thing you know we're -- -- point standings but.
We went and over the following week -- and -- 25 out of batteries to put us back in the standings again.
After the Dover race our expectations kind of went back down again to what I originally thought going -- the -- did you need to do that in your head and away to be -- have not been delays from the very get.
I don't think I needed that but I think.
What the way that we started the chastened and everything leading up to it was just easier to.
So have the reality that this probably isn't gonna go the way that we were hoping it would go but.
No I think Martinsville is a huge turning point for -- season to go there and which -- fight to stay on the lead lap to.
-- Jimmy Johnson not on the last last restart on the outside to win the race.
It told me in our organization that a week.
We still or factor in this we are that was the first time I ever mention that we are contender for the championship -- And we go to Texas the next weekend in and run first cycles Carl.
Lead the most laps and when the race and he runs second to us and it to me that was the statement that we made to Carl and his team that hey you made you may have shot this championship which are gonna have to be asked to do -- That that found race -- high instead.
Where do you think that fits in the greatest race you've ever seen and they can be on -- -- it can be.
On terror where do you think that -- I'll be honest I think the more that I think about it I think that is one of the greatest racism my life.
And not because what I did behind the steering wheel but just.
If you look at the whole race the damage at the beginning.
-- rain delays the part of the race where we had -- work on the fuel mileage I had to try to save fuel for -- And then at the -- head to head battle to.
Not only when the race but to win the race to win a championship I mean in racing history I think I think it I think your ranks right up there I mean I think.
With all the variables that were involved in that race and and everything in the different scenarios that happened.
I think under the circumstances that's one of the best -- -- program patent top.
I don't I don't know that I honestly don't know but the good part is going to be fun trying.
So and -- get making get out of bed in the morning -- -- if what else if I get out of -- it's normally late in the morning first of all so.
But I don't know -- more.
Of its attitude it's morning in some time zone I just don't know if it's in the one -- I'm currently at its.
Nice -- dressed up today TI I dressed up just for you right now I'm gonna let you down so they didn't give yet other.
And most of you on this private.
And originated name -- and yes I am actually Tony Stewart has -- -- when they stick out named next.
You're gonna have a may be a bigger voice with NASCAR next year would you agree would you agree -- that like I don't I don't think so.
You know I think.
NASCAR's always respected all the drivers I don't think you have to be a current champion her past champion.
To have that respect with NASCAR.
But -- curve really is our leader and we don't really have to be that big voice I think a lot of times.
If they have a question about the outcome of the drivers -- but for the most part that we can we trust our leadership and -- -- mean we.
We have us work that has been built by a family that's run this business for sixty plus years and and it's been.
A multibillion dollar industry in the -- but what's the one thing that you would want changed next year in this in what I would ask our I would.
I would change something that's very very small and really doesn't mean a lot and won't sound like it means a lot of people but.
I would taken off weekend and put it the weekend before the chase actually starts and give the -- a week to get caught up to get a break catch their breath.
You know these teams in these crew members and crew chiefs.
34 weeks before the end of the year there very -- lot of guys have been more injuries you see guys that are just tired.
And you know -- when you start to chase like that you wanna be fresh and it's it's a long -- -- stretch anyway so.
You'd I would like to see one of our off -- be moved closer to the beginning of the -- and that's one thing that a lot of people don't understand how hard -- -- -- now not -- ways they do not understand and even other races you've seen it firsthand I mean you.
You see the guys that work on the tires -- she CR.
Our managers that come workforce and you know one -- -- -- that that works hand in hand with mean been with me for twelve years -- Jarvis.
You know was one of the first guys into the car and and you know he's he's crying like a baby I mean -- just was so emotional.
About what was going on and it just shows how hard everybody works and you -- it brings out the best and everybody but.
It just shows that after a long season like that and an ever by works that -- it's just.
It's hard to contain your motions -- and everybody.
You know it's just in a nice release and you know nice to see your body -- -- I am -- marshmallows but you're tearing up as I speak I -- gonna cry your -- tearing up as we speak here I am I could not be happier I appreciate it.
Congratulations thank you Tony story and watch if you can watch the race on Sunday you're an idiot but you can watch -- -- -- replay.
Should you should DVR say that forever Tony thank you some things programs -- --