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Tony Stewart, Stewart-Haas Racing - Q&A

The guys are a little more attentive when they know I'm here because it's electric, it doesn't make a lot of noise, and I definitely can sneak up on them. That's definitely keeping them on their toes.

Q:
Since we've chatted with you, your driver Donny Schatz has a historic, incredible Knoxville National win and has gone on an amazing run in the World of Outlaws, and your other team Steve Kinser looks like he has picked up. Just assess going forward the final quarter of the season for your two STP World of Outlaws sprint car teams.

Tony Stewart:
They're definitely gaining momentum. With the exception of the first night at Skagit, which was on Friday night last weekend, he has not finished outside the top two in points since I think a week or two before Knoxville, which has been an incredible run. He tied his personal best for feature wins for a season last night with 19, and we've still got a quarter of the season to go.

You know, Steve has been on his side with the #11 car, has had a similar year to us, was really struggling the first half of the year, ran third last night and has had a couple wins since then. He's gaining, as well.

His Bad Boy Buggies team is doing a great job, and Donny's STP team is doing a great job. I'm really proud of that side of the organization, as well. They've just been on a hot streak.

Being laid up in bed, being able to listen to Dirt Vision, that's part of my routine, and they're on what they call a hell tour this week. They went to Washington Friday and Saturday and then they had Sunday off, and then they raced, since yesterday, seven nights in a row.

The good thing is talking about being stir crazy in the house and everything every night, it gives me something to look forward to at the end of the day that I'm going to get to listen to my race cars race in the evening for the next seven straight days, when I'll go to the Cup race and watch my cars run. I've got a lot to keep me busy, but I think they're doing a really good job.

Q:
Have you gotten to sit down and talk with Kurt yet? And second, you and Kurt had some pretty hellacious run-ins in years past, just as Kurt and Harvick did, and Kurt and Harvick seem to be like this this year. Is that something that racers get through when they become teammates easier than us civilians think you maybe be able to?

Tony Stewart:
Well, I think it's kind of been inevitable at some point that all three of us during different stages are going to start growing up, and I don't know that all three of us have completed that process yet, but I think to a certain degree and certain level, all three of us have made huge gains in that area.

You know, I think the good thing is, especially for Kurt's side, it's a new organization, and it's the same with Kevin. But Kevin and I have raced with each other. I raced for him in the Nationwide car quite a bit, so we've worked together a lot. Kurt and I haven't had the chance to work together, but I really think it's an asset for Kurt to have both myself and Kevin as a support system, I guess, and to lean on each other. I think that's something that will help the growing of him coming to the organization.




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Tony Stewart, NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver and co-owner of Stewart-Haas Racing, speaks to the media in his first appearance since his sprint car accident at Stewart-Haas Racing on September 3, 2013 in Kannapolis, North Carolina. (Photo Credit: Streeter Lecka/NASCAR via Getty Images)
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Jeff Gordon, driver of the #24 Axalta Chevrolet SS, qualifies for fourth position Friday, March 27, 2015 for Sunday`s NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Martinsville Speedway in Ridgeway, Virginia. Gordon is 22nd in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) standings. (Photo by Rusty Jarrett/HHP for Chevy Racing)
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