Monday, November 7, 2011

Left Turn: Tony Stewart Stays Hot

Tony Stewart won his fourth race in the Chase to get within three points of Sprint Cup leader Carl Edwards.  Stewart now has four wins in eight races in the Cup's version of the playoffs after not having any wins in the regular season.  That is amazing.  Now Carl Edwards isn't a slouch.  He is in first place for a reason.  Edwards has five top five finishes in the Chase and hasn't finished worse than eleventh in any Chase race.  In fact he finished second to Tony Stewart yesterday at Texas.  Still that isn't four wins in eight races.

He also isn't the man called Smoke who is known for being outspoken but is backing up his words this time.  After winning last week at Martinsville he said Edwards "better be worried".  After winning yesterday he said  "Do not count us out, I can tell you that.  But I don't think we have to say anything. Our performance speaks for itself."  On whether he needs to tell Edwards again he stated "Oh, he knows.  Trust me."  Nothing over the top, just understated bravado and it came across great as I watched the video.  Check it out if you get a chance.

When all is said and done I'll probably be pulling for Edwards in what is now a two man race.  Third place Kevin Harvick is 30 points behind Tony Stewart and has little chance to make a run.  Stewart  already has two championships on his resume and I'd like to see someone new atop the leaderboard come season's end after watching Jimmie Johnson hog that position for the last five years.  Still I love what Tony brings to the table.  He isn't afraid to scrape paint or talk it up but there is nothing better than backing it up and giving us one of the better races for the championship that we've seen in some time. 

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