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Tony Stewart, Stewart-Haas Racing - Q&A

But every weekend, especially the last two weekends, my team has got me the radio that you guys are aware of that I can sit there and listen to the team and talk to the team from the bedroom and lay in bed and watch TV and watch practice. That's been really - makes me feel engaged with the team even more. Even though I'm not there, I feel like I'm there. Even at Michigan when the 8:30 practice came up, believe it or not I was out of bed and watching an 8:30 practice.

Like I said, made me feel like there's something still wrong with me because I'm getting up early and all that. I'm really trying to be as engaged as I can, and I'm not very much help laying in bed in Charlotte, but if there's one thing that I can see when I see the car on the racetrack that can help, I like having that opportunity to be able to contribute.

But I get NASCAR.com, I get the timing and scoring on there, I get the little dots tracking around so I know exactly where the cars are on the track, I've got the radio up here and I've got the TV to follow the race. I like listening to Dale Jarrett and those guys on race day. I just don't mind missing some of the other stuff that goes on before that really doesn't matter.

Q:
You just talked about how you're staying engaged with the race team and that sort of thing. Is there any one thing that you are missing the most, other than obviously the obvious being able to go and do what you want to do with walking around? Is there one thing you're missing in particular at the racetrack besides just being there?

Tony Stewart:
The hot girls, there's no doubt. I mean, when you're laying in bed there's not much traffic going through my room. I thought surely through three Cup championships, an IndyCar championship, winning the USAC triple crown, a national championship in '94, that I could surely out of this whole process get one hot nurse during this whole thing, and I got Eddie Jarvis to take care of me.

And with that, Eddie and Dana, you couldn't ask for a couple that is like family to me to take better care of me than they have. Nobody could do it. They've literally turned their house upside down for me, altered their lives for me for the last month and however much longer I have to interrupt their daily routine. They have been beside me and through this with me from day one, and there's been other people involved that have helped out a lot, too.

When this happened Eddie had to make some really tough decisions in a short amount of time, and I don't think there was anybody that I would have trusted more than him to make crucial decisions about where to go, what doctor to try to get in touch with to do the procedures, and I think he did it and handled it better than anybody you could ask for.

But yeah, I miss the girls at the track, I'll be honest.

Q:
After the wreck happened I think the wife of the other driver in the crash said she thought you might have even saved her husband's life because you made a last-minute turn when you saw him. What did happen in the crash? Did you try to avoid it at the last minute? And once you were injured, did you immediately know, like this is season-ending, this is really bad?

Tony Stewart:
What actually happened in the accident is he had hit a marker tyre on the inside of the track, and when it did it pushed the tyre in through the infield in the part that wasn't watered down like the racing surface was. So it picked up a dust cloud. There wasn't a lot of wind, but there was just enough wind that it pushed it over the top of the racetrack. What the view was like, I'm exaggerating when I say this: It was like the scene in "Days of Thunder" where he's driving into the smoke cloud. It wasn't quite that bad, but I couldn't see through it, and leading the race I wasn't going to jump out of the gas just because there was dust there because there's a lot of times people get below where those tyres are and in between them pick up a little dust that kicks across.

We have one-way receivers that race control has and nobody had called a caution, and like I said, it was a perfect storm. I think they were a split second of calling it probably, and when I got through the backside of that and could actually see what was on the other side of it, he was sitting right in the middle of the racetrack. The track we were running was a half-mile track, and it was very, very fast, and we were running wide open around there. The times were very quick.




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