DOVER, Del. — Tony Stewart is chasing history and a championship.
He can become the first driver to start 3-for-3 in the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship.
He can become the first owner-driver to win the Cup since Alan Kulwicki in 1992.
He can become a lot of things except interested in talking about his place in the record book. Smoke only cares about his result this weekend at Dover International Speedway.
"Come talk to me in eight weeks and we'll talk about it," Stewart said Friday. "We'll worry about it in eight weeks. We've got a long way to go before we need to worry about that."
It's a conversation that Stewart could have if he keeps up his strong start to the Chase. With wins at Chicagoland Speedway and New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Stewart joined Greg Biffle as the only drivers to start the Chase 2-for-2 in the eight-year history of the format.
There's little time to enjoy his success with Dover and the concrete mile looming on Sunday. If any track can knock him out of the points lead, it's the Monster Mile.
"We just haven't been very good here the last couple of races so we definitely need to pick up our performance this week," Stewart said.
Stewart has a seven-point lead over Kevin Harvick and an 11-point lead over Brad Keselowski in third.
Don't count out Johnson
Jimmie Johnson is still in the mix for his sixth straight Sprint Cup championship and can start to make a serious move in the standings at one his favorite tracks, Dover International Speedway. He's tamed the Monster Mile like few other drivers in the sport ever have. He has six career victories on the concrete track and won the race here last September. Johnson has a sparkling 9.6 average finish in 19 career Cup starts at Dover.
The rush to finally anoint a new champ might stall if Johnson can capture another checkered flag on Sunday.
"I don't think we're looking for the walk-off home run by any means right now," Johnson said. "It's just finishing where we should."