Perhaps, like the Texas Motor Speedway promotional posters suggest, it is a boxing fight. After all, that's sort of how Tony Stewart sees his battle with Carl Edward for the Sprint Cup Series Championship.
Just read some of his comments from Friday: "I feel like I got him back in the corners.”
You do? "Yeah, I do. Like I said these are three tracks that I like. I feel like we run really well here, Texas is one I really look forward to coming back to. Phoenix we were really good at the test and Homestead is a track that I like. We haven’t won there since they redid it but I like the style that we have to race there and I like where we have to run on the race track. So its three tracks that I like and I feel like we can control our destiny," Stewart said.
"If we were more points out and we couldn’t gain them by winning the race and him running second then I would feel like it’s his to lose but we can still go up there and take it from him. We don’t have to worry about what he does all we have to do is control our destiny and we can still win this thing.”
Asked if he could win the final three races, Stewart said: "I didn’t think I could win three of them in the Chase let alone the rest of them. I would love to be able to say yeah, I can win all three of them but there’s no give me’s in this deal and there’s no guarantees and there’s a lot of variables that are out of our control but we’re going to control the ones that we have control of and let the rest of it fall in place.”
Finally, Stewart was asked if he thought he had gotten in Edwards' head this past week. His response?
"I don’t know," he said. "He’s growing facial hair we’ve never seen him have and he’s saying stuff I’ve never heard him say so I don’t know what’s going on with him this week."
Get all that?