SHANNON SPAKE: Now the fun begins. Congratulations for being the two who made it to this point and supplying one of the best championship Chases yet.
Tony, you won the title twice. Only eight drivers have won it three or more times. What would it mean to be in elite company? I would imagine this year would be special knowing you’re the one writing the checks.

TONY STEWART: It’s definitely an awesome opportunity for us. Still very appreciative that Gene Haas for even giving us this opportunity to not only drive for him but be a co-owner with him. At the same time it’s a pretty cool opportunity this weekend to be the other side of the bookend of Jimmie’s dynasty, to be the only guy that could win a NEXTEL Cup championship, a Sprint Cup championship, and a Winston Cup championship, being the first time since Allen Kulwicki as an owner/driver. That would be probably be the best part of it.

THE FINAL LAP PODCAST #183 – EDWARDS VS. STEWART

SHANNON SPAKE: You said at one point, We don’t deserve to be in the Chase. If you could have imagined being in this chair with one race to go, what would you have said?

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SHOW #183 – Guests: Marcos Ambrose and Trevor Bayne. Plus we review Phoenix, preview the final race of the season at Homestead-Miami Speedway, and the battle between Carl Edwards and Tony Stewart. Hosted by Kerry Murphey and Paul Northrop
(About 52 mins)

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SHOW #182 – We discuss the latest Kyle Busch mis-step, it’s implications from sponsors to employees, Kerry even hits Dale Earnhardt Jr. with a question about it. Plus we hear from Carl Edwards and Tony Stewart and much, much more. Hosted by Kerry Murphey and Paul Northrop
(About 49 mins)

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Continue reading “The Final Lap #182 – Kyle Busch / M&M’s Aftermath”

SHOW #181 – We recap the Martinsville wreck-fest, discuss Tony Stewart’s words to Carl Edwards, Hendrick plane skids, the two David’s jobless, headlines and more. Plus we preview Texas. Hosted by Kerry Murphey and Paul Northrop
(About 38 mins)

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Continue reading “The Final Lap #181 – Smoke Fires Warning Shot”

SHOW #180 – We have a chat with Jeff Burton, and we talk Talladega, team orders, put a fork in Jimmie, Waltrip’s wayward windshields, plus a full preview of Martinsville. Hosted by Kerry Murphey and Paul Northrop
(About 65 mins)

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SHOW #179 – We discuss the Charlotte Chase Race #5, RIP Dan Wheldon, Jimmie Johnson’s wreck, have a chat with Bobby Labonte and AJ Allmendinger. Plus we get you set up for Talladega Superspeedway. Hosted by Kerry Murphey and Paul Northrop
(About 65 mins)

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SHOW #178 – We discuss the passing of Steve Jobs, and how he influenced our lives and NASCAR. We also talk about the V-8  Supercar Series in Australia, and eventually we discuss Kansas and preview Charlotte. Hosted by Kerry Murphey and Paul Northrop
(About 42 mins)

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Continue reading “The Final Lap #178 – Thank You Steve Jobs”

SHOW #177 – We recap Chase Race #3 from Dover, ponder the well timed rain for the 88 team, wonder if Smoke can recover, Jimmie’s return, plus we send the headlines of the week your way and preview Chase Race #4 from Kansas. Hosted by Kerry Murphey and Paul Northrop
(About 38 mins)

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Continue reading “The Final Lap #177 – Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s Miraculous Rain”

Harvick Owns Lucky No. 2
Though Kevin Harvick lost the points lead at New Hampshire, he might like this position a little better once hearing these numbers.

During the Chase era (2004-Present), the points leader after the second Chase race has never gone on to win the championship. In four of the seven previous Chases, though, the driver in second after two Chase races did go on to win the championship – including Jimmie Johnson in each of the last three seasons.