He might not drive race cars in NASCAR anymore, but Tony Stewart is still Tony Stewart — smart, funny and sarcastic. Stewart joined Roger Penske, Jack Roush and Ford executive Raj Nair during a Ford press conference this morning at Daytona International Speedway and some of his comments were classic Stewart.
Here’s Tony being Tony:
Adding Clint Bowyer to SHR
This year, Clint Bowyer was brought in to SHR to take over the No. 14 from Stewart. Asked how Bowyer was fitting in at SHR, Stewart served up a gem.
“You guys know Clint,” said Stewart. “It’s like dropping a super ball off the top of a building and watching it bounce around non-stop. The only thing we’re trying to figure out is what size shock collar we need to get to him to keep his attention and keep him focused.”
The Pocono crash
Way back in 2006 at Pocono Raceway, Stewart got mad at Clint Bowyer out and ran into him, knocking Bowyer out of the race and taking Carl Edwards out with him. At that time, Edwards drove for Jack Roush. In the press conference, Roush said he forgave Stewart for the altercation.
“Is that the only time I did anything?” laughed Stewart. “If that’s it, I’m good with that. I appreciate it.”
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On not being a driver anymore
“I’ll be honest, it’s been kind of nice,” Stewart said. “If I’m late to practice, nobody yells at me. If I leave practice early, nobody yells at me. And if I don’t show up for practice at all, nobody yells at me. That side has been kind of nice.”
The black shirt
No team has shirts that are whiter and more starched than those worn by Team Penske. So when Stewart showed up in a black shirt for the press conference, Roger Penske ribbed him about it.
“Really, the only drama I’ve had so far is Roger picking at me on the color of shirt I wear, and I guess Jack (Roush) has kind of given me the pardon already, so it’s been a pretty good weekend so far,” said Stewart. “If all I’ve got to worry about is my shirt color, I’ve got it made right now.”
Running the 24 Hours of Le Mans
“Le Mans is something that’s a bucket list item for me, said Stewart. “ …I like challenges, but, like I said, I like being able to come into practice late and leave early, and I’m kind of enjoying this side for now.”
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