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Ranking Tony Stewart's 5 Funniest Quotes from Press Conferences

Joseph SheltonContributor IIIJanuary 16, 2017

Ranking Tony Stewart's 5 Funniest Quotes from Press Conferences

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    Tony Stewart is NASCAR's version of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. Fierce and fiery on and off the track, he can also be jovial and full of good humor at any given time.

    However, when it comes to press conferences, there are several cases when he is full of dark humor. With a zero-tolerance policy on stupid questions and a razor-sharp wit, many of those in the media have felt the full effect of Stewart's sarcasm. 

    Either way you look at it, though, we're the ones who are bound to get a laugh out of the whole ordeal. 

    Here is a look at Stewart's funniest quotes from press conferences.

5. "Jeff Gordon sat in THIS chair?"

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    Stewart was in good humor in early October 2009. His first-year team had two cars in the Chase, and he had just won his fourth race of the season at the Price Chopper 400 at Kansas Speedway. 

    However, good humor or not, he still found a way to have some fun with the reporters in the media center. 

    After Jeff Gordon had left the building, it was Stewart's turn to speak with the press. He gave his customary winner's interview, but whenever another reporter began his question by noting that Gordon had been in there earlier, Stewart couldn't resist the opportunity to get a laugh at the man's expense.

    Fast forward to 0:51 to see the fun begin.

4. "I'm upset that we didn't crash more cars."

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    Following the 2012 Aaron's 499 at Talladega, the world saw Stewart's patented sarcasm in full effect after he was caught up in a lap-185 accident. 

    When asked to give his take on the day's events, he would voice his disdain for superspeedway racing by giving a humorous interview, noting that he was disappointed they couldn't wreck more cars and that if they hadn't wrecked at least 50 percent of the field, then the race should be extended so they could do so.

    Only Stewart could make us laugh at his misfortune and laugh along with us.

3. "Glad to see you're back to form."

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    To give Stewart credit, sometimes reporters can ask some silly questions.

    When David Newton of ESPN.com asked Stewart about what he thought about the fact that the series had gone several races without a wreck during the spring of 2012, Stewart took exception and pointed out that as a driver, his primary focus was to race and win.

    Watch Dale Earnhardt Jr. when Newton asks his question. The second he stops, you could see Earnhardt brace for what was about to come. Priceless.

2. "Are you paying attention?"

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    More than once, Stewart has skewered reporters who have suggested NASCAR is too safe. 

    In 2010, a reporter asked Stewart if he thought fans were being turned off due to the Car of Tomorrow being "too safe." Stewart responded to her question by suggesting that the media center was too safe. When he asked her what she thought about that, her awkward silence was replaced by laughter from some of the reporter's colleagues.

    When she didn't respond right away, Stewart further put her on the spot before letting her know he didn't feel fans wanted to see their drivers hurt.

    Reporters could take a lesson from this conference.

    This clip is audio only.

1, "I don't know, rocket scientist."

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    Stewart has had a long and tumultuous history with Goodyear, and during Daytona Speedweeks 2009, his distaste for NASCAR's tire of choice came out in full force.

    During practice for the Daytona 500, teammate Ryan Newman's right rear tire exploded, sending him around and collecting Stewart in the wreck. Both were forced to backup cars for the 500, and Stewart was less than pleased.

    As previously proven time and time again, when Stewart is angry, ask him a question at your own risk. In this case, a reporter asked him what he felt his chances of winning the 500 were. Already with a belly full of absurd occurrences for the day, Stewart performed the verbal equivalent of "unleashing the beast."

    You were warned.

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