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ony Stewart, driver of the #14 Mobil 1/Office Depot Chevrolet, stands in the garage during practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Capital City 400 at Richmond International Raceway on April 27, 2012 in Richmond, Virginia. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images for NASCAR)
Tony Stewart, driver of the #14 Mobil 1/Office Depot Chevrolet, stands in the garage during practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Capital City 400 at Richmond International Raceway on April 27, 2012 in Richmond, Virginia. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images for NASCAR)

It was something that hasn’t been seen in NASCAR for years. Saturday night following the race at Richmond three time champion Tony Stewart stood on pit road. He had just finished third after leading for 118 laps; only to lose after a late race caution for debris.

Unlike the Stewart we’ve seen in recent years there was fire in his eyes and a wry smile that hinted at more sarcasm than humor. Stewart questioned the wisdom of the final caution with 14 laps to go. He also made no secret of the fact of how felt, albeit in a rhetorical fashion.

“We got…we lost it on a plastic bottle on the backstretch,” Stewart said as his eyes darted around as though he were looking for an escape. “For a caution for a plastic bottle, so you tell me how you’d feel.” MORE>>>

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