Tony Stewart leads a group of cars during the Aaron’s 499 at Talladega Superspeedway on May 6, 2012. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
If you’ve followed NASCAR for as long as I have, you know that three time NASCAR Sprint Cup champion Tony Stewart can give some random interviews from time to time. After the Aaron’s 499 at Talladega Superspeedway on Sunday, it was no different. With a straight face and a serious tone, Stewart responded to multiple questions from the media by suggesting he was wanting more crashes at the 2.66 mile track.
In true restrictor-plate form, a small mishap by one or two cars can simply ruin the day for the rest of the field and on lap 186, a multi-car crash ended the day for the 2011 NASCAR Sprint Cup champ. Stewart led the race one time for 16 laps.
After the race, Stewart began by telling the media, “I thought it was a pretty good race. I made it further than I thought I would before I got crashed.”
Once making that comment, he turned the presser into his own playground as he fielded questions from members of the media.
He added, “It’s fun to be able to race and have to watch the gauges at the same time.” Engine overheating was a big story during the Aaron’s 499 yesterday as Stewart’s teammate, Ryan Newman and five-time NASCAR Sprint Cup champion, Jimmie Johnson, left the race early.
Stewart also took the time out to address the racing at Talladega and the crashes at the track. He went onto to say, “I’m sorry we couldn’t crash more cars today. We didn’t fill the quota for today for Talladega and NASCAR.”
The whole time Tony Stewart keep a straight face. He gave nothing, let me repeat nothing to the media that he was joking with them. He kept his focus on the crashes at Talladega.
“I’m upset that we didn’t crash more cars.” Stewart said convincingly. “That’s what we’re here for. I feel bad if I don’t spend at least $150,000 in torn up race cars going back to the shop. We definitely have to do a better job with that.”
I wish I knew who the reporter was that asked Stewart if he preferred pack racing over tandem racing, because this man deserves an award for the question and in true Tony Stewart fashion, we got a great answer.
“I think we ought to make it a Figure Eight race,” Stewart said. “I mean, if we could make it a Figure Eight, it would be perfect. It would absolutely be perfect here. It’d be better than what we’ve got.”
But wait, there is more to the answer.
“Or we could stop at halfway, take a break, then turn around and go backward,” he said. “Then, with 10 to go, we could split the field and half of them could go in the regular direction and half could go backward.”
With the answer to the final question, Tony Stewart, who never told the media who had hinted to the media that he was kidding, nodded that he was finished and walked away.
What do you think NASCAR fans? Is this another case of Tony Stewart being Tony Stewart or was he just frustrated that he was taking out so late in the race? Let us know!