|Tony Stewart stands in Victory Lane for the fourth time in the 2011 Chase (Photo courtesy Getty Images)|
|Stewart leads Edwards late in the AAA Texas 500 (Photo courtesy Getty Images)|
It has become a two-man race for the Sprint Cup Championship. While Carl Edwards and Tony Stewart are only three points apart, the next closest Chaser, Kevin Harvick, is 33 points out of first. After Texas, the Chase field has been cut to 9 drivers. The bottom three drivers (Denny Hamlin, Kyle Busch, Ryan Newman) are now mathematically eliminated. Here are the point standings after Texas, courtesy of NASCAR.com:
There are now only two races left in the Chase for the Sprint Cup. The Championship battle is shaping up to be a dogfight between Carl Edwards and Tony Stewart. Next week, the Cup Series rolls into Phoenix, which has been repaved since the last time the Cup Series raced there. I'm still going to pick Carl Edwards to win the championship, but it is hard to go against Stewart. In fact, the last driver not named Jimmie Johnson to win the Sprint Cup Championship was Tony Stewart, way back in 2005. Tune in to the Kobalt Tools 500 from Phoenix International Raceway next Sunday, where Carl Edwards or Tony Stewart will move closer to hoisting the Sprint Cup Trophy.