FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) - Carl Edwards isn't going to have to look far to find out where Tony Stewart is at the start Sunday at Texas Motor Speedway.
Edwards, whose NASCAR Sprint Cup lead is a mere eight points with three races left, will be starting directly behind his closest chaser.
"Five hundred miles, we'll see what happens," Edwards said after qualifying seventh Friday, when his teammates at Roush Fenway Racing claimed the top three spots. "You couldn't pick a better place to just race it out. This is gonna be a good one. I love this place."
Stewart will start fifth, in the row ahead of Edwards.
This race is being billed as a "Texas Title Fight" after Stewart got out of his car in Victory Lane at Martinsville last weekend and said Edwards "better be worried."
While some people thought Stewart might have just been caught up in his emotions with those immediate comments after his third victory in seven Chase races, he reiterated that sentiment Friday in a very calm, straightforward manner.
"No, I just stated a fact that we're ready for this," Stewart said. "We're ready for these three weeks. After a race like we had last Sunday, I'm ready to go for these weeks. If anybody counts us out they're making a mistake."