On the Hunt: NASCAR Star Tony Stewart Victorious at Texas, Chase Points Race Tightens

2011 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, Texas

They dubbed it “The Texas Title Fight.” And it lived up to the hype…big time.

Oakley’s NASCAR Star Tony Stewart clawed his way even closer to current NASCAR Sprint Cup Chase standings leader Carl Edwards, emerging victorious at Texas Motor Speedway to send tensions shooting sky high as the season plows toward an intense ending.

And out of all of his four Chase wins, Texas was by far Tony’s most dominant.

Holding off charges from Edwards and Jeff Burton, Tony cleared traffic several times and masterfully held onto the lead as the leaders pitted to refuel and change tires at the tail end of the race. He lead seven times for 173 of 334 laps – sending a clear message to the Edwards camp.

The finish in the Lone Star State capped off a week of verbal warfare exchanged between the two top drivers in NASCAR.

“I’m pretty sure what we did on the race track said everything we needed to tell him today. I don’t know how you top that,” Tony said, rocking his Oakley racing boots, gloves and eyewear. “The funny thing, I don’t feel like I have to say anything. I feel like I’ve already got it done.”

The result powered him up to a mere three points from Edwards, emboldening his spirit and team in the final stretch of the year – blazing through Texas with an average speed of 152.705 mph (fastest cup race in Texas).

As the Chase plows into Phoenix next week, the battle will more than certainly intensify even more. With a boxing theme already appearing in Texas – as fans and the industry recognize the blow-for-blow bout between Tony and Edwards – it’s safe to say that the next two “rounds” will deliver a spectacle for fans far and wide to enjoy.