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Carl Edwards, Tony Stewart trade barbs and quips

Posted on: November 17, 2011 4:21 pm
Edited on: November 17, 2011 9:04 pm
By Pete Pistone

MIAMI -- If the Sprint Cup championship were decided by Thursday's Champion's Press Conference, Tony Stewart would have been the winner in a fourth-round knockout.

Stewart and Carl Edwards traded barbs and wisecracks during a spirited media session as a prelude to their battle for the series title in Sunday's Ford 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

While Edwards has a three-point lead over Stewart heading into the final race of the season, you'd never know it from Thursday's at time hilarious press gathering.

"We're not trying to overcome a big deficit," said a confident and laid back Stewart. "We're right there right behind him. For us, like I said, we can finish 43rd this weekend and not be any worse off than we are right now, so we don't have anything to lose. We can throw everything we got at it. If we make a mistake doing it, it doesn't cost anything. There's no penalty for us screwing up."

Not to be outdone, Edwards countered by saying he's also feeling confident about his chances Sunday and that he's doing a good job to keep the pressure at bay.

"I don't really have any nerves," he said. "We've been running well, earned our spot at the top of the standings. I'm excited to have this opportunity to go out and win this championship. We couldn't feel better about the racetrack. We feel really good about the race.

"It's pretty fun. I'm enjoying it. I'm just looking forward to going out there and racing the car."

Throughout this championship battle the two drivers have shown great restraint from getting involved in a war of words or mind games with one another. Mutual respect for one another has been the key message point delivered from both, including after their finishes of second and third last week in Phoenix to set up this week's three-point fight for the crown.

But things broke lose on Thursday much to the delight of both competitors as well as the press corps on hand to cover the event.

When Stewart was asked if "Boys Have at It" might play into deciding the outcome of Sunday's race if he and Edwards were battling for the win he didn't hesitate to answer.

“I’d wreck my mom to win a championship. I’d wreck your mom [the reporter who asked the question] to win a championship," he said. "I respect [Edwards] as a driver, but this isn’t about friendships this weekend. This is war. This is 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 sat back while Stewart talked about his previous two titles and how that experience may help his cause in this year's quest for the championship. He finally paused and replied with this gem:

"That the funny thing. I’ve listened to you talk a lot today," Edwards said. "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."

Undaunted, Stewart didn't hesitate to retaliate.

"It’s like Kid Rock said: 'It’s not cocky if you can back it up,'" he said. "I think we’ve been backing it up the last three weeks."

Hopefully the racing will be as entertaining as Thursday's warmup.

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Since: Nov 15, 2008
Posted on: November 19, 2011 2:42 am

Carl Edwards, Tony Stewart trade barbs and quips

Lev1234 why would you bother to read an article and then take the time to post about a sport you don't like, don't understand, and don't respect. It's because your just a negative miserable person looking for something to pick on. It's interesting to me to see a post like yours, very telling about your personality. As for the race I don't see harvick or any driver getting in either drivers way. The idea NASCAR prefers Stewart to win seems far fetched. Both guys are huge names in the sport, if anything Edwards winning his first title seems more likely to be the outcome NASCAR might prefer. Either way I hope they both end up right there at the end.

Since: Oct 10, 2011
Posted on: November 18, 2011 10:56 am

Carl Edwards, Tony Stewart trade barbs and quips

Sorry Carl asscar has already determined Smoke the champion!! Didn't you hear that Kid Rock is performing at the GAYLA. Dalana driving the 29 will take out Carl if it gets close!!! TIGERLESS GOLF is more interesting to watch than this predetermined bs!!

Since: Dec 14, 2006
Posted on: November 18, 2011 10:05 am

Carl Edwards, Tony Stewart trade barbs and quips

I was able to watch some of their press conference yesterday, and the comment that stood out to me was part of Stewart's response to the "team orders" question.  The question had to do with the drivers take on teammates affecting points by letting certain cars pass for spots or other shenanigans.

Stewarts made a quick comment about Biffle "selecting the pit box right in front of us" last race.  He quickly clarified that Biffle did not affect him any, but the comment was clear that he thought Roush was messing with him already with the remaining team drivers.  I know Newman would not think twice about getting involved to help Tony, so it might get interesting not just during the race, but the lead-up as well.

Since: Aug 18, 2006
Posted on: November 18, 2011 5:23 am

Carl Edwards, Tony Stewart trade barbs and quips

Tony has to win to win this thing. Edwards will be in top 5 for sure.

Since: Aug 16, 2009
Posted on: November 18, 2011 1:59 am

Carl Edwards, Tony Stewart trade barbs and quips

What a classic reply by Stewart!   Love it!   Ranks right up there with "Playoffs?!?!?  PLAYOFFS?!?!?"  and "The Bears are who we said they are."

Since: Jun 30, 2011
Posted on: November 17, 2011 9:37 pm

Carl Edwards, Tony Stewart trade barbs and quips

Yes, I'm sure you were a big fan of Carl before that happened. Give us all a break dopey.

Since: Jun 30, 2011
Posted on: November 17, 2011 9:36 pm

Carl Edwards, Tony Stewart trade barbs and quips

Fat Tony is just too cocky for my taste but either one of these guys is a breath of fresh air compared to Jimmy Johnson....except for the fact the "Stewart-Haas" team is really the same team as Dick Hendick's team - not even close to being a real owner/operator. Go Carl and may every toyota in the field blow up or crash out. That foreign make just has no right to be in a sport with its roots running white lightning in the south. There weren't any datsun B210s or toyota corollas running the White Lightning Trail....but that sure would have been entertaining....for about 30 feet.

Since: Nov 17, 2011
Posted on: November 17, 2011 8:48 pm

Carl Edwards, Tony Stewart trade barbs and quips


Since: Jan 13, 2007
Posted on: November 17, 2011 8:00 pm

Carl Edwards, Tony Stewart trade barbs and quips

Edwards acted like he was going to punch Matt in 07,if he can forgive him and they are friends why can't you?s*** happens as they harm done.Surprised

Since: Nov 3, 2006
Posted on: November 17, 2011 7:34 pm

Carl Edwards, Tony Stewart trade barbs and quips

Edwards lost my respect the day a couple years ago that he tried to punch his own teammate, the affable Matt Kenseth.  Go Smoke!

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