Two-time NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series Champion Tony Stewart, driver of the No. 20 The Home Depot Chevrolet, visited Talladega Superspeedway today to lend a hand in the track's ongoing paving project and to talk with members of the media about the upcoming UAW-Ford 500 event weekend set for Oct. 6 - 8 at Talladega Superspeedway.
Stewart met with dozens of media outlets after climbing aboard and operating the gigantic paver making its way through turn one of the legendary Alabama track, applying a level-up course of asphalt. It may have been the slowest speed at which Stewart has ever taken that particular turn at Talladega, but he said he looks forward to running on that new asphalt this fall in his race car while attempting to better his string of six second-place finishes here at NASCAR's Most Competitive Track.
"I think it's going to have a lot more grip," Stewart said. "People that like three- and four-wide racing, that's what they're going to see. Handling has not really been that huge of an issue here; it's always been about how fast your car was. Now, for sure it's going to be that much more grip, and handling will be even less of an issue, so that three- and four-wide racing - that's what it's going to be all day long."