Even when he struggles, however, Stewart enters each race with confidence.
“I’m always comfortable,” Stewart says. “You know, it just seems like historically we normally get a slow start to the season when the tracks are cooler. Seems like the tracks have a lot more grip that way. Seems like when we get into May, June and July is when we really hit our stride.
“I don’t feel a sense of urgency of trying to get back on track right now. I mean, I feel like we’re just kind of in a learning process right now. We’re not really on par like we’ve been in the past. But I’m not feeling like, hey, we’ve got to really find this soon or we’re going to be in big trouble.”
As for his bad boy image, Stewart makes no apologies.
“People don’t have to guess about what’s going on in my mind,” he says. “I am pretty open and honest about it. I’m very black and white about how I feel. I’ve always felt like if somebody asks me an honest question, I should be able to give them an honest answer, not hold anything back.”
Baseball great Satchel Paige is credited with saying, “