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Stewart wins at Texas, only 3 points from Edwards

 Kyle Busch watches the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series auto race from his team's pit at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth, Texas, Sunday, Nov. 6, 2011. Bus...
 Tony Stewart stands in front of his car before the NASCAR Sprint Cup auto race at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth, Texas, Sunday, Nov. 6, 2011. (A...
 Kyle Busch watches the start of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series auto race from his team's pit at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth, Texas, Sunday, Nov....

NASCAR Texas Auto Racing

Kyle Busch watches the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series auto race from his team's pit at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth, Texas, Sunday, Nov. 6, 2011. Bus...

NASCAR Texas Auto Racing

Tony Stewart stands in front of his car before the NASCAR Sprint Cup auto race at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth, Texas, Sunday, Nov. 6, 2011. (A...

NASCAR Texas Auto Racing

Kyle Busch watches the start of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series auto race from his team's pit at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth, Texas, Sunday, Nov....

Tony Stewart won another round in the NASCAR Chase for the Sprint Cup championship, edging points leader Carl Edwards on Sunday in the "Texas Title Fight" to close the gap with two races left.
After winning last week at Martinsville, Stewart got out of his car in Victory Lane and said Edwards "better be worried. That's all I'm saying."
Now it looks like a two-driver fight for the championship with two races left after they finished 1-2 at the 1 1/2-mile, high-banked Texas track.
Stewart raced to his second straight victory, and fourth in the eight Chase races, finishing just ahead of Edwards at the 1 1/2-mile, high-banked track. Stewart cut his points deficit from eight to three with a winning margin of 1.092 seconds.
"We're set on it, man. This is just the way it's going to be," Stewart said. "I don't think we have to say anything (else). I think our performance today speaks for itself. He knows already, trust me."
The series returns next week to Phoenix, where the track has been reconfigured and resurfaced since Edwards and Stewart finished 1-2 there in March in the third race this season, and then to Homestead-Miami Speedway for the finale. Edwards won both races at the end of last season.
Stewart led seven times for a race-high 173 of 334 laps, and more importantly stayed ahead of Edwards down the stretch.
On a restart with 60 laps to go after the second caution in a matter of laps, Edwards was the leader and on the inside of Stewart.
Coming out of Turn 2, Stewart shot by onto the backstretch and charged back to the lead.
"He timed it just right," Edwards said.
Stewart stayed in front until both made their final stops with 31 laps left. Though they dropped out of the 1-2 spots on the track during the cycle of green-flag stops, more importantly for Stewart was that he stayed ahead of Edwards.
During the first of the two cautions in a span of only six laps, Edwards had taken his first lead in more than 150 laps when he got only two tires and jumped from third to first out of the pits. Stewart also took only two tires on that stop, but came out second.
When Stewart came down pit road after the race, Edwards stuck his head in and shared a few words with his closest competitor.
"I just told him, 'Good job.' He did a great job today. Those guys stepped it up," Edwards said. "I'm proud of my guys for hanging on and still having the points lead. It looks like it's truly going to come down to Tony and I, and that's going to be a lot of fun."
Kyle Busch was officially eliminated from championship contention, unable to gain any points while watching his No. 18 Toyota going around the track from atop the pit box. He's 100 points back with two races left.
Michael McDowell drove the Joe Gibbs-owned car and finished 33rd.
Busch was parked by NASCAR _ a rarely used penalty he couldn't appeal _ for the Cup and Nationwide races after deliberating wrecking championship contender Ron Hornaday Jr. in the Truck Series race there Friday night. Busch issued an apology Saturday night and said he understood why he was penalized.
Five-time champion Jimmie Johnson moved closer to the end of his unprecedented championship run when he finished 14th. He remained sixth in points, 54 back.


Updated : 2021-05-06 14:46 GMT+08:00