SI Vault
Just My Type
Dan Patrick
August 01, 2011
Tony Stewart
Decrease font Decrease font
Enlarge font Enlarge font
August 01, 2011

Just My Type

View CoverRead All Articles

Tony Stewart


The driver of the number 14 car stands 11th in the NASCAR points standing, with seven races left before the 12-driver Chase for the Cup field is set.

Dan Patrick: Did you see the tweets from Seahawks wide receiver Golden Tate claiming NASCAR drivers aren't athletes?

Tony Stewart: I heard a little bit about that. Is he even a starter? Does he even play? He said he can drive 90 miles per hour?

DP: How often do you find yourself defending your honor as an athlete?

TS: Not very often. Most of those guys who feel that way, when they get a chance to actually ride in a car and see the conditions that we drive under and the g-loads we deal with, [they feel differently]. We don't have timeouts. We don't have halftime. We play the whole game. It's always interesting [to hear] somebody who doesn't know anything about our sport when they think they know what they're talking about.

DP: If Golden Tate got into your car, could you make him cry?

TS: I don't think he would cry, but I think he would realize it's a lot more physical than what he thinks it is. It's a different type of conditioning. We're not hitting guys. But [we're] sitting in a 130- or 140-degree car for 3½ hours.

DP: How much weight do you lose during a race?

Continue Story
1 2 3 4