HOMESTEAD, Fla. -- The talk came unceasingly, and in waves, like the turquoise waters of South Florida lapping up against the sand. It started three weeks ago at Martinsville, when he challenged Carl Edwards and warned that the points leader wouldn't sleep much the rest of the way. It continued into Texas, when he proclaimed to be in control of this championship race despite still playing from behind. And it peaked this past Thursday in Miami Beach, when he unleashed a torrent of smack talk that attempted to drive home the somewhat-crafted message that he had nothing to lose.
But the largest, loudest statement Tony Stewart made in the final stages of this astounding Chase was a three-word phrase he uttered with one lap remaining Sunday night at Homestead-Miami Speedway. "I got this," he said.