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July 31, 2014

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Objects in Carl Edwards’ rearview mirror may be closer than they appear

Carl Edwards needs to keep checking his rearview mirrors now that a resurgent Tony Stewart is riding his rear bumper in final stretch to the Sprint Cup trophy.

It seems that Stewart is at his best when his back is against the wall. Every driver has the ability to rise to the occasion when the pressure is on, but Stewart thrives in that environment. Time and time again we have seen him come on strong in the second half of a racing season. Throughout his Cup career, we've seen Stewart win immediately after reprimands from NASCAR, altercations with drivers or tiffs with the media. When things are at their worst, Stewart is at his best on the track.

Sunday's Tums Fast Relief 500 once again demonstrated the resilience of the driver of the No. 14 car. The fact that Stewart was able to survive the wreckfest at Martinsville was itself an accomplishment. But to beat the five-time champ Jimmie Johnson and the very hungry Jeff Gordon made this accomplishment even more significant.

In his post-race interview, a confident Stewart said: “Carl Edwards had better be real worried. That’s all I’ve got to say. He’s not going to sleep for the next three weeks.”

Edwards better keep one eye on his rearview mirror for the next three weeks.

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