When Tony Stewart finished second in the 2004 Daytona 500, he graciously praised winner Dale Earnhardt Jr. for deserving a career-making moment. The three-time Sprint Cup champion took a decidedly different tack after finishing second Sunday to Earnhardt in the Quicken Loans 400.

Asked to sum up his feelings about NASCAR’s most popular driver ending a 143-race winless streak, Stewart offered a surly response.