Tony Stewart had just climbed from his car after winning Sunday's NASCAR Chase race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway when, out of the blue, he made a cryptic comment to ESPN reporter Vince Welch.
"We got rid of some dead weight earlier this week, so it's made it a lot easier," Stewart said of his team's sudden turnaround. "It's been a big weight lifted off our shoulders. Sometimes you've got to make adjustments in your life, and we did that, and it's definitely helped this weekend for sure."
Clearly, Stewart wasn't just referring to something that happened on the racetrack (like his first win of the season last week at Chicago).
And according to crew chief Darian Grubb, Stewart wasn't talking about any personnel moves related to his Stewart-Haas Racing team, either.
"Not that I know of," Grubb said, then added with a chuckle: "Maybe he's talking about (firing) me and I just don't know it yet."
So what exactly did Stewart mean with his "dead weight" comment?
Don't ask him. He had no intentions of elaborating on his remarks despite bringing up the subject – unprompted – on national television.
"We're just going to leave at that," he said.
When ESPN.com reporter Ed Hinton bravely tried to follow up with Stewart, the driver declined.
"No, you can't ask anything," Stewart said. "It is what it is. That's all it was, is what I said. And that's where we're going to leave it."