Jimmie Johnson's 14th-place finish at Phoenix on Sunday officially eliminated him from a shot at his 6th-straight Sprint Cup, meaning that the one remaining race - Sunday afternoon at Homestead-Miami Speedway - will crown a new champ. And the two-man race atop the standings is the closest it's ever been this late in the Chase.
FOX News Radio's Sal Giangrasso reports:
Three points is all that separates drivers Carl Edwards and Tony Stewart as the "Chase for the Title" heads to Homestead, Florida for the final checkered flag of the season.
On Sunday, the pair finished 2nd and 3rd at Phoenix, and despite Stewart leading 160 laps of the race, it wasn't enough...
"We had an awesome day. I mean, we just came up 2 spots shy. But, um, I don't know how you could have asked for a better day, really."
As for the overall points leader, Carl Edwards...
"Couldn't ask for anything more. It's gonna be fun. And it's neat to be able to go to Homestead and race it out."
Both drivers have won twice at the track in their careers.
Sal Giangrasso, FOX News Radio.