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Tony Stewart, Stewart-Haas Racing - Q&A

It could have been a lot worse. I mean, physically it could have been a lot worse, but the scenario of everything else surrounding it could have been a lot worse than this. It's not that bad.

Darrell Gwynn came and saw me, and that's the one thing he said is he was really worried about me emotionally getting down. I spoke to him again this morning, and I guess a lot of people have been really surprised that we've been this upbeat about it. Got a lot of great friends and a lot of great friends that are drivers that I compete with each week that have been there to keep me pumped up.

Clint Bowyer has probably been my comic relief. When I know he's coming to the house, I clean everything up around my bed, I clean everything up around because I know I'm going to be laughing so hard I know I'm going to knock stuff on the floor.

I really wanted to wear a shirt that he brought me this week, and like everything else I want to do, like being on Twitter, it got vetoed by Mike. But it has - it's just a black tee shirt, and it's got like the guy that's on the restroom door, the little stick guy, and he's got two crutches and the right leg is broke on the guy. But on top of that, it, with two letters in front of it "-it happens." And I thought, man, that's a perfect shirt to wear to this press conference today, but of course big brother is standing there over at the podium in his nice striped -

THE MODERATOR: I just wanted to keep you out of Twitter jail.

Tony Stewart:
I've been thinking Twitter would have been a really good idea the last four weeks because I've got a lot of time to think and talk and reply to things. But again, I keep - the battles that I keep losing, like you mentioned whether Gene would actually trump everything. I'm still getting trumped by guys that I pay. My life really hasn't changed much.

Q:
We have a lot of folks listening on Sirius XM live on NASCAR radio, and all over it says #smokewillrise. What sort of reaction have you gotten from the fans who maybe didn't follow you but felt for you?

Tony Stewart:
Well, I know Mike follows that. I don't even know how to look at Twitter to be honest. That actually was Mike's creation. But we've got so many cards and letters in the mail that have that at the bottom of it, and I think it's just something that everybody has kind of been able to grasp onto that reminds us all that we're down but we're not out, and we'll recover from this.

It's just, like I said, a bump in the road. I've got a stack of cards from fans just that have come to Eddie's house that is this tall, not to mention what we've got at our race shop here. I spoke to my mom yesterday, and the amount of cards that we've got there, and they've actually put a board up, and everybody that comes into our shop has wrote messages on the board, and it's just been overwhelming she said.

I know there's a lot of fans that haven't been able to talk to us that are supportive, and that's the stuff - that's the things that help you when you're - when I'm having a bad day at therapy and I don't feel like doing it or it hurts and you don't want to go those extra 10 minutes or whatever, that's the things that you put in your mind that help keep you motivated and wanting to push to get through this and get healthy, because it's not just for me, it's for 200 people here at Stewart-Haas Racing. It's so Mike won't yell at me, and it's for our fans. It's for the people that support us every week that miss me being in the race car.

Q:
We know you support the Kurt Busch addition, but what are the things that are going to be really tough, and then where are you on Kevin Harvick's team, crew chief, team members, that sort of thing?

Tony Stewart:



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