Editorial

Stewart is not looking back in California

by Dave Yaeck
February 25, 2006

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Speed Weeks at Daytona is always a grueling two weeks for NASCAR’s drivers, teams, officials. When the Daytona 500 is over, most people involved are ready to move on, and there is no one that feels that more than Tony Stewart.

Stewart, driver of the #20 Home Depot Chevrolet had a very eventful time in Daytona as the current NEXTEL Cup Champion was an advocate for safety and then raced his heart out in the Daytona 500 in what some would say was an alternate reflection on the opinions he expressed prior to the race.

But if you ask the driver of the #20 Home Depot Chevrolet about it, his response would be simply…..

That was then, and this is now.

Stewart speaking for the first time since Daytona, and the incident that everyone has been talking about since last Sunday with Matt Kenseth, he wanted to squash any and all conversation about the Daytona weekend.

“If you (the media) want to talk about California, we have all the time in the world to talk to you. If you want to talk about last week (Daytona), you can turn around and go somewhere else because I’ve learned my lesson about talking.”

Stewart was very adamant that it was time to move on and realize that some things are better left unsaid and kept between the parties involved.

“It’s really a waste of our time to talk about something that happened seven days ago when we are trying to concentrate on winning a race tomorrow.”

Stewart did say that he spoke with Kenseth, but did not give details about the conversation.

“What we talk about is between Matt (Kenseth) and me, and no one else,” Stewart said about the conversation.

He believes that talking with drivers about certain situations is good depending on the driver.

“If you care what the other driver thinks, absolutely. You definitely feel like it’s worthwhile to talk about it. If you don’t care what that other driver thinks then don’t take the effort.”

“Everybody works with each other for 38 races, and you don’t have to go to the next week worrying about having a grudge with somebody. That’s why you talk about it and get it out in the open and everybody explains their side of it and sometimes you don’t agree with what each other said but you at least understand where each other stood and why things happened and what the mindset was behind it.”

Stewart knows that in every situation, there is always hope of making a comfortable environment for everybody to work in.

“Normally there is always a way of finding a resolution and even if you don’t agree with it there still a way of finding a resolution and how to deal with it.”

One thing is for sure. Tony Stewart knows what it means to not look in the rear view mirror of life..

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