The image of Tony Stewart and Carl Edwards as boxers willing to go toe to toe in Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Championship was too delicious for Texas Motor Speedway president Eddie Gossage to resist.
Especially after Stewart taunted Edwards at Martinsville last week with his: “He’d better be worried. That’s all I’m saying.” quote and Edwards answering: “We’ll see what happens in Texas.”
So greeting fans entering the TMS infield this week was a huge tale of the tape poster comparing the stats of the Edwards, who leads the Chase by a mere eight points, and Stewart looking like welterweight contenders preparing for a world championship fight.
At first Edwards thought the idea was stupid. In fact, he even sent a team emissary asking TMS brass to take down the poster.
Nothing doing, said master promoter Gossage.
Word was out that Stewart might even agree to a charity bout with Edwards.
Later Edwards said that as long as it was all in fun he didn’t object.
“Eddie has had a good time with it,” Edwards said. “I didn’t realize Tony volunteered to do a boxing match. I’m actually pretty excited about that part, but I didn’t know that was gonna actually happen, but that’s cool of Eddie to set that up and that should be fun.”
The fight won’t happen but the thought of it was all that was needed to put some fun in the proceedings.
Stewart thought it was a gas.
“That is why Eddie Gossage is the best promoter in the business,” Stewart said.
Not that Stewart is backing down from his assertion that Edwards, going for his first Sprint Cup championship, should be worried about the No. 14 Stewart Haas Racing Chevrolet.
“I’ll say it again right here,” he said Friday at a media event to launch Danica Patrick’s No. 10 Sprint Cup team for next season.
“Carl should be worried. I have been through lots of championships including two Cup championships and we as a team are feeling really good about ourselves right now.”
As for Edwards, he wants to settle it on the track on Sunday.
“All the talk in the world doesn’t mean anything,” he said. “You have to go out here and perform and race well.”
Tale of the Tape:
Texas Motor Speedway has constructed a Tale of the Tape comparing Carl Edwards and Tony Stewart as boxers going into Sunday’s AAA 500.
KO Punch: Left Hook
Trainer: Darian Grubbs
Manager: Gene Haas
KO Punch: Right Cross
Trainer: Bob Osborne
Manager: Jack Roush