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PostPosted: Sun Nov 06, 2011 12:17 pm
 





Here is the video. That happened during a caution, where the race is slowed
for safety reasons.



Kyle should be booted out of Nascar.


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PostPosted: Sun Nov 06, 2011 12:19 pm
 


Parking for the weekend is a start. I'm wondering how much more the sponsors will put up with his antics though. Watching the interview with Joe Gibbs and he has not given a straight answer on how much longer Kryle will last there.


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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- NASCAR has fined Kyle Busch $50,000 and placed him on probation until Dec. 31 for his actions during the Nov. 4 Camping World Truck Series race at Texas Motor Speedway.

Busch violated Section 12-1 (actions detrimental to stock car racing) of the 2011 NASCAR Rule Book. NASCAR took immediate action, parking Busch for the remainder of Friday night's event and maintaining the parked position for the Nationwide and Sprint Cup events scheduled for Saturday and Sunday at Texas Motor Speedway. On Monday, the parking directive was lifted by NASCAR.

In issuing Monday's penalty, NASCAR went on to say that "if during the remaining NASCAR events in 2011 there is another action by the competitor that is deemed by NASCAR officials as detrimental to stock car racing or to NASCAR, or is disruptive to the orderly conduct of an event, the competitor will be suspended indefinitely from NASCAR."

http://www.nascar.com/news/111107/kybus ... index.html



Nice win for Smoke, too bad Carl did so well. :)


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PostPosted: Mon Nov 07, 2011 4:21 pm
 


I'm curious if the sponsors are going to up the pressure.


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Car# Driver Manu Sponsor Owner
1 00 David Reutimann Toyota Tum's Rob Kauffman
2 1 Jamie McMurray Chevy McDonald's Teresa Earnhardt
3 2 Brad Keselowski Dodge Miller Lite Roger Penske
4 4 Kasey Kahne Toyota Red Bull Dietrich Mateschitz
5 5 Mark Martin Chevy GoDaddy.com Mary Hendrick
6 6 David Ragan Ford UPS My Choice John Henry
7 7 Robby Gordon Dodge SPEED Energy Robby Gordon
8 9 Marcos Ambrose Ford DeWalt Richard Petty
9 11 Denny Hamlin Toyota FedEx Freight J D Gibbs
10 13 Casey Mears Toyota GEICO Bob Germain
11 14 Tony Stewart Chevy Office Depot/Mobil 1 Margaret Haas
12 16 Greg Biffle Ford 3M-Meguiars Jack Roush
13 17 Matt Kenseth Ford Crown Royal John Henry
14 18 Kyle Busch Toyota M&M's Joe Gibbs
15 20 Joey Logano Toyota Home Depot Joe Gibbs
16 22 Kurt Busch Dodge Shell Pennzoil Walter Czarnecki
17 23 Scott Riggs (i) Toyota Northern Texas Pipe Robert Richardson, Sr.
18 24 Jeff Gordon Chevy DuPont Rick Hendrick
19 27 Paul Menard Chevy Peak / Menards Tom Pumpelly
20 29 Kevin Harvick Chevy Budweiser "Bowtie" Richard Childress
21 30 David Stremme Chevy Inception Motorsports Timothy McSweeney
22 31 Jeff Burton Chevy Caterpillar Global Mining Richard Childress
23 32 Mike Blisss (i) Ford Veterans United Home Loans Frank Stoddard
24 33 Clint Bowyer Chevy Cheerios/Hamburger Helper Richard Childress
25 34 David Gilliland Ford TBA Bob Jenkins
26 35 Dave Blaney Chevy Golden Corral Tommy Baldwin
27 36 Geoff Bodine Chevy Luke & Associates, Inc. Tommy Baldwin
28 37 TBA Ford MaxQ Motorsports Larry Gunselman
29 38 J.J. Yeley Ford Vampt Veterans Day Bob Jenkins
30 39 Ryan Newman Chevy US Army Veterans Day Tony Stewart
31 42 Juan Pablo Montoya Chevy Target Chip Ganassi
32 43 A.J. Allmendinger Ford WIX Filters Richard Petty
33 46 Scott Speed Ford Green Stuff Absorbent Tommy McMillan
34 47 Bobby Labonte Toyota Clorox / Wounded Warrior Project Tad Geschickter
35 48 Jimmie Johnson Chevy 2012 Lowes / Kobalt Tools Jeff Gordon
36 51 Landon Cassill (i) Chevy Security Benefit/Thank A Teacher James Finch
37 55 Travis Kvapil (i) Ford Aloft Hotels Bob Jenkins
38 56 Martin Truex Jr. Toyota NAPA Auto Parts Michael Waltrip
39 66 Michael McDowell Toyota HP Racing LLC Phil Parsons
40 71 Andy Lally Ford TRG Motorsports Kevin Buckler
41 78 Regan Smith Chevy Furniture Row Racing Barney Vissar
42 83 Brian Vickers Toyota Red Bull Dietrich Mateschitz
43 84 Cole Whitt (i) Toyota TBD Dietrich Mateschitz
44 87 Joe Nemechek (i) Toyota TBD Andrea Nemechek
45 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevy Retro Mountain Dew / National Guard Rick Hendrick
46 99 Carl Edwards Ford AFLAC Jack Roush


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Busch to race at Phoenix, without sponsor M&M's
Interstate Batteries on No. 18 for final two races; M&M's returns with driver in '12

Mars Inc., the parent company of M&M's, announced late Thursday that it would not be on the No. 18 Toyota for the final two races of this season, Phoenix and next week's finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway. According to NASCAR's entry list, Busch's vehicle was supposed to feature M&M's colors at Phoenix, but all that changed after he intentionally wrecked Ron Hornaday under caution in a Camping World Truck Series event last Friday at Texas Motor Speedway, an action that has since engulfed Busch in a firestorm of controversy.
After Kyle Busch's on-track actions during the Truck Series race at Texas, Busch, his team and his sponsors continue to deal with the ramifications heading into Phoenix this weekend.

'Most galvanizing driver' As a result, Busch was parked for both the Nationwide and Sprint Cup events at Texas, and the sanctioning body also fined him $50,000 and placed him on probation through the end of the year. Although NASCAR allowed Busch to finish out this season, the question soon became whether his race team or his car sponsor would present a barrier to him getting back on the track.

In the end, Mars balked at Busch's behavior, something that became evident only after a long Thursday of waiting for the Gibbs team to shed some kind of light on the status of its driver. The situation at one point was so uncertain that the Gibbs team contacted former developmental driver Aric Almirola, who now pilots an entry for JR Motorsports on the Nationwide tour, on Wednesday about potentially driving the No. 18 Sprint Cup car should Busch not be available.

Busch will not drive an M&M's car again until 2012, when he will be reunited with his primary sponsor with the expectation that no future incidents take place, the company said. Interstate Batteries will fill in as primary sponsor for the final two weeks of this season, according to the Gibbs team. Interstate is JGR's longest-serving corporate partner, having been with the organization since its inception 20 years ago. These days it typically fills an associate sponsorship role, acting as primary sponsor for only about six events each year.

"As a proud member of the racing community, Mars and the M&M's brand strongly support the partnership we have with Joe Gibbs Racing and are committed to NASCAR. Yet, Kyle's recent actions are unacceptable and do not reflect the values of Mars," Debra A. Sandler, chief consumer officer of Mars, said in a statement. "While we do not condone Kyle's recent actions, we do believe that he has shown remorse and has expressed a desire to change. We believe our decision will have a positive impact on Kyle and will help him return next season ready to win."

Busch is scheduled to address the media Friday in Phoenix at 9:30 a.m. local time. Team owner Joe Gibbs said he supported Mars' decision to split with the driver until next year. "This gives us all time to work together to foster a positive change where Kyle can continue racing in a way we can all be proud of," Gibbs said in a statement.

The Mars company isn't the only sponsor evidently unhappy with Busch -- Z-Line Designs, which is scheduled to back the No. 18 Gibbs Nationwide car next weekend at Homestead-Miami, has asked for Denny Hamlin to replace Busch in that vehicle, sources have confirmed. Busch has tried to make amends in recent days, addressing his No. 18 team before a Sprint Cup race at Texas in which Michael McDowell drove his car, issuing an open letter of apology, and speaking earlier this week over the telephone with Hornaday.


I think Kyle has [had] a great relationship with those guys in the past. I'm not sure where that is now ... but hopefully they can work it out.

-- ELLIOTT SADLERBut to M&M's, the damage was done. Perhaps no one better understands what it means to represent the Mars company than Elliott Sadler, who drove an M&M's-backed car for Robert Yates Racing from 2003-06. When he would make a misstep -- say, act a certain way in front of the television camera, or throw something at another competitor -- he said he'd receive a telephone call. "They'd never call and cuss me out," Sadler said Thursday. "They'd just remind me, 'This is what we're all about.' And you know what? I love them for it. They made me a better person."

Experiences like that give Sadler some insight into what Busch may have gone through recently. "I definitely think from being on that side of the fence that they're sitting down with him this week, I'm sure, and just kind of going through what their brand means and what it represents," he said. "I've had that talk. It's a family-run and owned business from day one, and everybody that's involved with their brand, they want them to act accordingly."

Busch's situation underscores what can sometimes be a delicate balance between drivers and sponsors, particularly if one's personality doesn't completely mesh with the others' image. When Tony Stewart struck a photographer after the race at Indianapolis in 2002, the largest fine he incurred came not from NASCAR, but Home Depot, his primary car sponsor at the time. All sponsors are image-conscious and want themselves represented in a certain way. The Mars company is among the most vigilant in that regard, Sadler said.

"I'm going to tell you what, every sponsor I've ever dealt with in this sport is image-conscious. I've got a list of them right here on my chest, and we try to play by a certain set of rules week in and week out, and try to represent their brand the best way we can. And I would take it a step further -- Mars is probably the most [image-conscious], because of the people that they're tailoring to. You've got kids looking up to you because you drive the M&M's car. That is a different set of rules on that car than on a lot of the other cars that have sponsorships in this sport," he said.

"I'm going to tell you what -- they're great people. The Mars people are awesome. They've been good to this sport, and I remember when I drove the M&M's car, they treated me and my family like I was a Mars person, big-time. I think Kyle has [had] a great relationship with those guys in the past. I'm not sure where that is now ... but hopefully they can work it out. We want and need Kyle Busch as a part of the sport. I think he's good for the fans, I think he's good for the sport. And we definitely want M&M's as a part of the sport. They're a huge sponsorship and a huge footprint. they've been a part of this sport for a long time, and we want those guys to stay around, definitely."



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PostPosted: Sun Nov 13, 2011 12:25 pm
 


Quote:
1 17 Matt Kenseth Ford Crown Royal 137.101 26.258 Leader
2 43 A.J. Allmendinger Ford Wix Filters 136.446 26.384 -0.126
3 9 Marcos Ambrose Ford Dewalt 136.307 26.411 -0.153
4 5 Mark Martin Chevrolet GoDaddy.com 136.080 26.455 -0.197
5 56 Martin Truex Jr. Toyota NAPA Auto Parts 136.080 26.455 -0.197
6 1 Jamie McMurray Chevrolet McDonald's 136.008 26.469 -0.211
7 00 David Reutimann Toyota Tums 135.988 26.473 -0.215
8 14 Tony Stewart Chevrolet Office Depot / Mobil 1 135.911 26.488 -0.230
9 99 Carl Edwards Ford Aflac 135.701 26.529 -0.271
10 4 Kasey Kahne Toyota Red Bull 135.675 26.534 -0.276
11 27 Paul Menard Chevrolet Peak / Menards 135.609 26.547 -0.289
12 2 Brad Keselowski Dodge Miller Lite 135.415 26.585 -0.327
13 6 David Ragan Ford UPS My Choice 135.399 26.588 -0.330
14 31 Jeff Burton Chevrolet Caterpillar Global Mining 135.298 26.608 -0.350
15 78 Regan Smith Chevrolet Furniture Row Companies 135.272 26.613 -0.355
16 48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet Lowe's / Kobalt Tools 135.247 26.618 -0.360
17 22 Kurt Busch Dodge Shell / Pennzoil 135.227 26.622 -0.364
18 83 Brian Vickers Toyota Red Bull 135.216 26.624 -0.366
19 84 Cole Whitt Toyota Red Bull Racing Team 135.211 26.625 -0.367
20 7 Robby Gordon Dodge Speed Energy 135.186 26.630 -0.372
21 51 Landon Cassill Chevrolet Thank A Teacher Today / Security Benefit 135.181 26.631 -0.373
22 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet Retro Diet Mountain Dew / National Guard 135.166 26.634 -0.376
23 24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet DuPont 134.887 26.689 -0.431
24 46 Scott Speed Ford Green Stuff Absorbent 134.862 26.694 -0.436
25 20 Joey Logano Toyota The Home Depot 134.852 26.696 -0.438
26 42 Juan Montoya Chevrolet Target 134.811 26.704 -0.446
27 29 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet Budweiser 134.756 26.715 -0.457
28 33 Clint Bowyer Chevrolet Cheerios "Send Cheer" / Hamburger Helper 134.574 26.751 -0.493
29 16 Greg Biffle Ford 3M / Meguiars 134.549 26.756 -0.498
30 39 Ryan Newman Chevrolet U.S. Army Veterans Day Tribute 134.509 26.764 -0.506
31 47 Bobby Labonte Toyota Wounded Warrior Project / Clorox 134.363 26.793 -0.535
32 87 Joe Nemechek Toyota NEMCO Motorsports 134.143 26.837 -0.579
33 11 Denny Hamlin Toyota FedEx Freight 134.078 26.850 -0.592
34 18 Kyle Busch Toyota Interstate Batteries 133.650 26.936 -0.678
35 66 Michael McDowell Toyota HP Racing LLC 133.437 26.979 -0.721
36 37 Mike Skinner Ford Max Q Motorsports 133.220 27.023 -0.765
37 55 Travis Kvapil Ford Aloft Hotels 133.136 27.040 -0.782
38 13 Casey Mears Toyota GEICO 133.028 27.062 -0.804
39 32 Mike Bliss Ford Veterans United Home Loans 132.431 27.184 -0.926
40 36 Geoffrey Bodine+ Chevrolet Luke & Associates 131.305 27.417 -1.159
41 38 J.J. Yeley+ Ford Vampt 128.981 27.911 -1.653
42 34 David Gilliland+ Ford Front Row Motorsports 123.068 29.252 -2.994
43 135 Dave Blaney Chevrolet Big Red 132.562 27.157 -0.899


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PostPosted: Sun Nov 13, 2011 12:30 pm
 


Nope, nope, and nope. :)

Harvick, JJ, or Kenseth.


Carl gets his mulligan today.


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PostPosted: Sun Nov 13, 2011 12:41 pm
 


martin14 wrote:
Nope, nope, and nope. :)

Harvick, JJ, or Kenseth.


Carl gets his mulligan today.


Carl and Tony crash first lap, Busch gets booed until he tears up and doesn't even get into the car, JJ and Gordon collect each other and slap it out in the pits, Harvick asked Dana what he should do then he does the opposite because that's what husbands do, and Kennseth... Kennseth races cars?

Jr for the win! [cheer]


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ROTFL ROTFL ROTFL


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PostPosted: Sun Nov 13, 2011 1:19 pm
 


Ragan and Smith back 'em into the wall!


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PostPosted: Sun Nov 13, 2011 1:40 pm
 


u see that pass on lap 38 ? Holy crap 8O

I didnt want to say Smoke, but if he keeps rocking like that......


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PostPosted: Sun Nov 13, 2011 1:43 pm
 


martin14 wrote:
u see that pass on lap 38 ? Holy crap 8O

I didnt want to say Smoke, but if he keeps rocking like that......


... he wins or more likely makes a hard right!


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•Nemechek runs 203mph at Daytona test....alone: #87-Joe Nemechek, a driver/car owner, reached 203 mph without a drafting partner during Tuesday's test session at Daytona International Speedway. The day was supposed to belong to NASCAR as it tested various setups in an effort to break up the two-car tandem draft. But instead, Nemechek was the talk of the garage and what it might mean for qualifying if Tuesday's changes are implemented for the Feb. 26 Daytona 500. "We were changing the restrictor plates and all kinds of stuff," Nemechek said. "I mean, (the speed is) just the product of putting more horsepower to the back tires. I think we're going to be quite a bit faster when we come back here for qualifying day. It's going to be interesting. All the teams are going to have to do some more homework." Nemechek was testing with Triad Engine Development, a North Carolina-based company. "We were using a 1 1/16-inch plate and a 3-inch radius spoiler," Triad Racing Development head engine builder Jon Dysinger said. "This was better than we expected."(Daytona Beach News Journal)(11-16-2011)



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Stewart says he'll do anything to hoist the trophy; Edwards is ready to rumble
By David Caraviello, NASCAR.COM

MIAMI BEACH, Fla. -- Long ago, this capital of neon hotel facades and clicking high heels was a haven for power and brute force. For a little while during the 1960s Miami Beach emerged as one of the boxing hubs of America, a place where fighters trained in little gyms far from the sun and the sand, and the convention center became the scene of championship bouts. Cassius Clay fought Sonny Liston for the first time here in 1964, preparing down at the Fifth Street Gym and then shocking the seemingly invincible heavyweight champion before changing his name to Muhammad Ali.

To the old-timers who knew Miami Beach then as now, what happened Thursday afternoon under a tent at beachside Lummus Park might have felt very familiar. Carl Edwards and Tony Stewart met the media in their last big appearance before a Sunday's race at Homestead-Miami Speedway, which will determine which of them will win the Sprint Cup championship, and an old-fashioned heavyweight weigh-in broke out -- complete with posturing, trash talk, and a few jabs thrown here and there. All that was missing was Jackie Gleason broadcasting live from the Fillmore theatre, and Frank Sinatra singing over at the Miramar Hotel.


I'll wreck your mom to win a championship. I respect [Edwards] as a driver, but this isn't about friendships this weekend. This is a war.

-- TONY STEWART “
He's got the talking part figured out. Problem is, you haven't led the points yet this year, have you?

-- CARL EDWARDS

To this point they've been nothing but respectful of one another on and off the race track, with Edwards holding a three-point edge in the championship race, and Stewart winning four times over the course of the playoff to keep it close. There were challenges and needles, for certain, but for the most part they went out of their way to talk about how much they admired one another as drivers and competitors. Thursday, though, with the championship race approaching and both contenders seated on a stage with all lights focused on them, the gloves finally came off.

How far would Stewart be willing to go to secure his third series title? "I'd wreck my mom to win a championship," he said. "I'll wreck your mom to win a championship. I respect [Edwards] as a driver, but this isn't about friendships this weekend. This is a war. This is a battle. This is for a national championship. It's no holds barred this weekend. I didn't come this far to be one step away from it and let it slip away, so we're going to go for it."

Edwards did his best to remain unruffled. "Did you say something?"

And that's the way it went, back and forth, the two trading verbal punches as if the press conference was overseen by Don King. "You can come visit my trophy in the room at Vegas when you come out there," Stewart said, referring to the season-ending championship banquet. Body blow!

"He's got the talking part figured out," Edwards responded. "Problem is, you haven't led the points yet this year, have you?" Right cross!

Actually, Stewart did lead the points twice, once after Las Vegas in March -- ironically, Edwards' only victory this season -- and after the New Hampshire Chase race, the second of his four playoff wins. Not that any of that mattered Thursday. "They say there's talkers and doers. I've done this twice," replied Stewart, the champion of NASCAR's premier series in 2002 and 2005. Edwards is still searching for his first crown.

"That's the funny thing," Edwards shot back. "I've listened to you talk a lot today. You've talked a lot about your past successes. That is very respectable. And truly, all joking aside, that will make it more fun if we're able to beat you. It will make me more proud. But this is going to be a good competition, you guys. Don't think for a second that either one of us are going to let anything slide. We're going to go out here, we're going to race hard, and we're going for this championship. I don't think you could find two harder racers than us up here and we both know that about each other."

These two respect one another too much for all that to be genuine -- right? At times Thursday, it was difficult to tell, as Stewart mixed compliments with pronouncements that nothing would stand in his way on the race track, and Edwards did his best to act like it was any other week in the season. The drivers displayed a contrast in approaches, with Edwards trying to stay above it all ("I don't really have any nerves ... I'm excited to have this opportunity," he said), and Stewart hammering away at the somewhat-stretched notion that he has absolutely nothing to lose, as opposed to the driver he'll be racing against. All other drivers have been eliminated from the championship race, and the worst either of the contenders can finish is second in the final standings.

"We can't go backwards," Stewart said. "We can't lose anything. Literally, we cannot lose anything. ... He can lose the point lead. We don't have it. We don't have anything to lose. All we have is something to gain. He's in a position where he can lose something right now. We have everything to lose and nothing to gain. It's a good position to be in. If we were 20 points out, it would be a different feeling. But we're three points out. We're right there. It doesn't matter what happens on Sunday. We can blow a motor on the pace lap and still not be any worse than we are sitting here today. We have everything to gain and nothing to lose."

Edwards hears all that and shakes his head. Watch: 'No holds barred this weekend'

"I'm not really buying it," he said. "I mean, he does have two trophies already at home. That's a huge accomplishment. But I believe that Tony as an owner and as a competitor, I mean, if you're asking me to believe that he doesn't go to bed thinking, man, I want to win this thing as bad as anyone, I don't believe that. I think for me it would be maybe a bigger accomplishment just because I do not have a championship in the Sprint Cup Series. But I think we're both competitors, we both have that same desire to win, that same amount of pressure that comes with that, just to go out and perform. Bad thing for both of us, the good thing for both of us at the same time, is we both seem to be able to go perform under that pressure. I truly believe this could come down to who wins this race is going to win this championship."


Make it your Mission It certainly shapes up that way, given how well both drivers have been running in recent weeks, and that only a victory will secure the championship for either of them regardless of what the other does. From a mental standpoint, Stewart tried all he could Thursday to give himself an edge. "We were parked right beside [Edwards] last week," he said, referring to last weekend's race at Phoenix. "I see what he looks like, I see what his guys look like, and I see what our guys look like, and I know how I feel about it. It's two different demeanors in the garage right now."

And yet, Edwards finished a spot ahead of Stewart in that event, allowing him to take the points lead to Miami. As cutting as some of the comments could be, and as eyebrow-raising as some of Stewart's pronouncements were Thursday, Edwards dismisses it all as just talk. In truth, the two drivers have never really had an issue with one another, and the two Midwesterners share a passion for dirt racing. But they've never had a championship between them, either.

"Truly, all that stuff is in fun," Edwards said. "I know, and he knows, it doesn't matter what we say here. It doesn't matter if we're over there fighting in the corner before this thing starts. We're race car drivers, and I think we're both good enough, and we're going to go out there and do our jobs, whether we love each other or hate each other. It's kind of beat to be able to go back and forth, and give each other a hard time, and know that it's all just really for [the media] and for fun, because that race is going to be tough, and we're going to have to give it all we've got."

But wrecking the other to win the title, a move that would stand in stark contrast to how the two have raced one another to this point? "I don't know if I believe that," Edwards said. But: "You just never know. You don't know what's going to happen in a race. You don't know how it's going to work out. I'm not about to tell him what I'm about to do, or what lengths I'm willing to go to. It doesn't help me to tell him my strategy. He has stated what he's willing to do, and that's fine. But we would be foolish, either one of us, to underestimate the other's resolve to win. I think that would be foolish."

Truth be told, Stewart may be trying to plant just enough of a seed that Edwards has doubts if he sees the No. 14 car in his rearview mirror. After all, Denny Hamlin seemed to come unglued somewhat under relentless mental pressure from Jimmie Johnson heading into last year's finale, where Hamlin blew a 15-point lead on the final day of the season and Johnson claimed his fifth consecutive title. Edwards, who has been through two close championship campaigns before, doesn't seem willing to concede anything. Then again, neither does Stewart, on the race track or off.

"We respect each other. But this isn't about respecting each other, it isn't about being buddies, or anything like that," Stewart said. "This is about going out and winning a championship this weekend. I'm not worried about everybody else's perceptions. I'm just saying what my intentions are and how I intend to go do it, and it is what it is."

Friday, the focus at last shifts back to the race track. Saturday, the field qualifies for starting positions. Sunday at 3 p.m. local time, the bell rings. Let's get ready to rumble.



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