Stewart continues to pound Goodyear

Tony Stewart continued to criticize Goodyear officials on Wednesday for what he said was an unacceptable tire at Atlanta Sunday and what he says are lingering problems with the company's NASCAR tires.

Stewart criticized the company during a press conference at Martinsville Speedway on Wednesday, saying he stood by his harsh comments at Atlanta and will continue to talk about what he perceives as widespread tire problems.

"It wasn't a situation that we're just trying to beat a company up," Stewart said. "We don't want to have to even say bad things about it to begin with. We want a tire that is safe every week and that's competitive every week. That's all we ask out of them. To us that's their responsibility as the exclusive manufacturer in the series. That's their responsibility to do that every week.

"We felt like, as drivers, we were let down this particular weekend worse than some of the other weeks when it may not be a huge complaint but it is a complaint. When year after year the same problems keep creeping up, and some years it seems like its getting worse and worse, like the technology in NASCAR keeps growing but Goodyear is starting to fall behind in that category, we're not saying it because we want to hurt them. We're saying what we said this past weekend because we want to get somebody's attention in the company to where they're going to do something.

"Do something productive. Do something to make a change, make a difference. Give us something better than what we've got. If that's what it took to do it, then it's the right thing to do.

"Did it hurt the company? I'm sure it probably did. That wasn't our intention necessarily but I don't want to sit here for the next 30 weeks of the season and ride around on a tire like I rode around on last Sunday. That's not my idea of a good time. So, if you've got to speak with a loud voice to get somebody's attention, if that's what it takes to get something done, then that's what you've got to do."

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