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Tony Stewart must be feeling better—just don't ask him about it.
Stewart at his feistiest greeted reporters Friday at Phoenix International Raceway.
Asked how he was feeling after Speedweeks at Daytona International Speedway, the driver who suffers neither fools nor repetitious questions had a curt answer.
"I'll be honest," said the three-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion, who missed the last 15 races of 2013 after breaking his right leg in a Sprint Car accident on Aug. 5. "I'll be more happy when everybody quits asking me how I feel. I'm not 100 percent. I'm not going to be 100 percent for a while. It was fine (at Daytona).
"There wasn't any drama, same as we said for the (Sprint Unlimited), same as we said for the (Budweiser Duel) qualifying race and same as we said after the (Daytona) 500. I appreciate everybody checking on me, but it's not going to change in a week.
"It wasn't a big drama. Everything is fine. Everything is fine in the car this week so far. Hopefully, we'll be able to talk a year from now about how far we've come."
Welcome back, Smoke.