February 26, 2011
Stewart not thrilled with Phoenix track changes
By DEAN McNULTY, QMI Agency
AVONDALE, Ariz. — Tony Stewart is no fan of change, especially when it comes to race tracks that he likes.
Phoenix International Raceway is one of those tracks and Stewart is none too happy that it will be repaved and reconfigured after Sunday’s Subway Fresh Fit 500.
“I said it a long time ago when they took the Goodyear bridge away and they took the exit of turn two away and changed it — that they screwed it up at that point,” Stewart said.
“Anything they do in the future is not really going to matter to me any more. They already kind of messed it up.”
The two-time Sprint Cup champion also said that new pavement takes the skill out of racing, like it did last week at the Daytona 500.
“Everybody’s good when tracks have grip, it’s been that way in every form of racing that I’ve ever seen,” he said.
“It’s when the crews have to work on the handling of the car and the drivers have to find ways of finding more grip or managing the grip they have — that’s when it separates the men from the boys, so to speak.”