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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: Jan 13, 2007
Posted on: November 17, 2011 7:20 pm

Carl Edwards, Tony Stewart trade barbs and quips

This should be a fun race to watch,both drivers represent their sport well and are in the prime of their careers,I'm ready for the green flag!It's a Ford vs Chevy showdown...lets go racing!

Since: Oct 3, 2006
Posted on: November 17, 2011 6:34 pm

Carl Edwards, Tony Stewart trade barbs and quips

I think it's awsome. This what the chase format was supposed to bring an exciting finish to an exciting sport.

To those who don't know the sport think it's just driving in circles, they will never get it so don't bother with them. These are the same people who think Hockey is boring because they don't score enough though they don't understand the saves by the goalies or the checks, or the blocked shots are just as exciting as a goal.

They don't watch hockey because they want the action moving faster than their eyes can follow. But they certainly couldn't understand defending a goal that large because they have never really played or watched. They certainly couldn't sprint 100 yard 70 to 80 times in 3 hours and still take a shot, control the ball pass it, shoot it head it or anything like that. Most of these idiots don't even like baseball they just say all they do is stand around for a long time.

Some like basketball which is great but it's just another version of hockey without the checking and no goaly.

Yes Football is the greatest Spectator sport of all time, but stock car racing is awsome where everyone has a similar car made with the same specs and it comes down to out smarting and getting the most of your car on a different surface every week and every lap while others try to get in your way.

Yea I'm just a sports fan.

Since: Nov 9, 2008
Posted on: November 17, 2011 6:11 pm

Carl Edwards, Tony Stewart trade barbs and quips

Tony Stewart a.k.a. "Smoke" is the favorite in this house and I hope this final race comes down the last lap with one trailing the other. The let's see who wins with class or at all costs. Eiother way I don't care which one of them does what... I just want to see a great finish to the NASCAR year.

Since: Aug 23, 2006
Posted on: November 17, 2011 5:35 pm

Edwards and Stewart trade barbs and quips

Or will and idiot named lev1234, not post on a thread about a sport he hates.....ur quite the man?  Grow up dude, grow up!!!

Since: Dec 17, 2006
Posted on: November 17, 2011 5:05 pm

Edwards and Stewart trade barbs and quips

Anything will be better than the copy editing of this story. ""We're not trying to overcome a big deficit," said a confident and laid back Stewat."

Since: Dec 16, 2006
Posted on: November 17, 2011 5:02 pm

Edwards and Stewart trade barbs and quips

uh oh. trash talking from car drivers. who will be able to turn their car to the left 400 times in a row faster? million dollar question.

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