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Stewart: 'We're wasting one of those top-12 spots'

August 22, 2011, ,

Usually most drivers are pleased when they come home with a top-10 finish. Most drivers aren't Tony Stewart.

'It doesn't matter'

Tony Stewart shares his feelings on his Chase chances after the race at Michigan.

After a ninth-place finish in the Pure Michigan 400 at Michigan International Speedway, Stewart wasn't smiling when discussing his fourth consecutive top-10 at the 2-mile oval and his first top-10 in the past three races.

"I don't know what we got to do to get one balanced for a day but we haven't figured it out yet," Stewart said. "We were on both sides of the coin all day long, just back and forth between tight and loose. So, just take what we can get I guess."

The finish keeps Stewart 10th in points, just 24 points ahead of 11th-place Clint Bowyer, with three races remaining until the cutoff for the Chase. But with no victories and just two top-fives on the season, Stewart isn't thinking about the Chase right now. In fact, he's not even sure he should be a part of NASCAR's postseason.

"I will be perfectly honest," Stewart said, "at this point of the deal, if we are going to run this bad, it really doesn't matter whether we make the Chase or not because we are going to be occupying a spot in the Chase that somebody else that actually can run for a championship is going to be trying to take because our stuff is so bad right now.

"We're wasting one of those top-12 spots right now."