But before any of that, there is one more race to get through this weekend at Homestead-Miami. Only two drivers are now in the running for the Sprint Cup title: Stewart, and Carl Edwards who is just 3pts ahead in the standings, making it neck-and-neck.
Despite how close it is going in, Grubb insisted that they were approaching it as 'business as usual': "Just trying to do the same thing we've been doing the last half of the season," he said. "Just going out there for maximum points. We know if we win the race, that's our goal. We can't finish any worse than second. That's what we do. We go out there for the win."
Even if they don't win the title, they are assured of second place in the championship which will be their best performance yet since the team was set up - Stewart finished sixth in 2009 and seventh in 2010.
"There is really no pressure. We feel like we've already accomplished what we need to accomplish, but bringing the trophy home would definitely put the icing on the cake," said the day's master of understatement.
Danica crew chief fined
NASCAR issued a penalty to Danica Patrick's crew chief Tony Eury Jr. following the weekend's Nationwide Series race at Phoenix, after the #7 JR Motorsports car was found to be in violation of the 2011 NASCAR Nationwide Series rule book.
Eury was fined $10,000 and put on NASCAR probation until March 28, 2012 for the rule breach. Patrick herself was not penalised.
An improperly attached weight meant that the car was in violation of sections 12-1 (actions detrimental to stock car racing), 12-4-J (any determination by NASCAR officials that the race equipment used in the event does not conform to NASCAR rules) and 20A-2.3A (improperly attached weight) of the rules.