Here are some selected quotes from the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers following Sunday's Chase race at Texas Motor Speedway, which was won by Tony Stewart. Click here for the complete NASCAR Texas race results.
Tony Stewart (finished first): "I mean, we did what we said we were going to do. We're going to take it if we want it. Today is a perfect example. We took five points off that deficit today. We have that ability to do that the next two weeks."
Carl Edwards (finished second, leads Stewart by three points): "I feel more comfortable right now in this points battle than in any other points battle I can remember. I feel like we really only have to worry about one other guy. We still have the advantage in the points. I've raced Tony long enough. I feel comfortable with him. He's not gonna surprise me with anything, and I'm grateful for all that experience. I hope I can turn that into a championship."
Kasey Kahne (finished third): "I watched Tony and Carl. They’'re going for it. Tony raced me as hard as he ever raced me. I had to race as hard as I could. They're trying to get as many points as they can. It's intense trying to win these races right now. It's super close."
Matt Kenseth (finished fourth): "It's hard to be disappointed when you run in the top five. I was a little disappointed in our performance. We just dropped the green and we weren't really that great."
Jeff Gordon (finished sixth): "It is kind of fun to watch those two (Edwards and Stewart) battling. What these next two weeks are going to be like is going to be incredible. I don't think anybody expected Tony to have a Chase like this, but, you know what, he's a champion. He's a great driver and when they get their setups in the cars to where they are right now, watch out for those cars. Carl's not done yet. Those guys are solid and really strong."
Jimmie Johnson (finished 14th): "I fought a loose race car all night long and I lost it off of (Turn) 4. And I think sliding through the grass did some damage underneath the car. It may have been the rear end or something, because it didn't really drive really good after that."