The problem with Talladega, Tony Stewart says, is that there aren’t enough wrecks.

“Honestly, if we haven’t crashed at least 50 percent of the field by the end of the race, we need to extend the race until we crash at least 50 percent of the cars,” Stewart said after climbing from his car. “It’s not fair to these fans to see any more wrecks than that, any more torn-up cars. I mean, we still had over half the cars running at the end, and it shouldn’t be that way.”

Look, let’s stress this right now: Stewart was joking. It was sarcasm. Obviously an owner/driver doesn’t want to see more wrecks. But he was absolutely deadpan, with none of the wry wit or sarcasm that usually enfolds his jabs. And with his interview-as-performance art, he was making a point: If this is what the fans want, why not give it to them?