Tony Stewart came seemingly out of nowhere at the end of Sunday's FedEx 400 at Dover to hunt down Juan Pablo Montoya and clinch his first win of a formerly lacklustre 2013 NASCAR Sprint Cup season.
After the celebrations in victory lane, Stewart faced the press in the media centre at Dover International Speedway and said he was actually happy to be there for once. Although it didn't take long for that sensation to fade for the famously forthright driver/owner...
Tony, it's very good to see you here in the media centre. Talk a little bit about that win out there today and how you're feeling right now.
God, as much as I hate to say it, it's good to be back in the media centre!
This is a weekend that to me helps define what our program is about and what our organization's about. To go from where we were on Friday to having a bad day to yesterday gaining on it but not having speed and then today, continuing to make changes and start with the car that we had, makes me proud of the two guys that are sitting beside me.
I wasn't the result of what happened today as much as the reason that we are all three sitting here is because of the two guys beside me. You know, yesterday when we finished happy hour, I'll be 100 per cent perfectly honest, and I might get backhanded by both of them sitting here, but I was preparing for a very long day today. I wasn't prepared to be sitting here. I knew that they stayed late and were working, but I honestly didn't think we could get there from where we ended up happy hour yesterday.
But I'm proud to be sitting here saying that I was very wrong and happy that I was wrong. So this is - these are the days that - you know, this means more to me going from where we were Friday to where we are today than having a weekend where we show up and we are quickest in practice, sit on the pole and everything goes right all weekend. It's much harder to do it the way that we just had to do it over the last 48 hours.
So that's what makes me really proud of these two guise and what they have done, because this was no lay-up. This was not a little bit of tweak here, a little bit of tweak there. This was going and really sitting down and saying, okay, we may have to abort everything that we are doing to try to come up with a new package.
To have that ability and the confidence for these guys to do what they did overnight, I mean, that speaks volumes to me as an owner and a driver both to know that we have guys that have the confidence to do this.
And we have got a great - the thing is, it shouldn't be just the three of us here. There should be about 200 people sitting behind us here that are all responsible for this right now, and another group of guys that sit at a shop about ten miles away that have been a big part of that at Hendrick Motorsports.