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Tony Stewart put in an astonishing performance in the NASCAR Cup season finale, recovering from the back twice to put himself into victory lane - and claim the 2011 championship.
Tony Stewart has never in his life put in a drive quite so electrifying or as simply unstoppable as he did in Sunday's Ford 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup season finale. He seemed possessed by the need to win this one race above all others - and with it, the 2011 championship over Carl Edwards.

Stewart overcame a difficult early start to the race at Homestead-Miami Speedway, where damage to the #14's front end and radiator grille forced lengthy pit stops under cautions and dropped him to the back of the field on two separate occasions, but he recovered and fought his way back into the top five by the time an hour-long red flag came out because of rain.

Having led for much of the early part of the race, polesitter Edwards then struggled to stay in touch as Stewart hit the lead. A couple of sluggish pit stops for Stewart were balanced by stunning pace and some inspired, almost kamikaze moves including one four-wide move around Edwards, Kevin Harvick and Kyle Busch on his way back to the front.

A potential fuel conservation finish was avoided by some late rain showers, leaving Stewart and Edwards to go head-to-head in a straight shoot-out for the win over the final 35 laps of the race. But by this point Edwards had nothing to match Stewart's epic, inspired performance and Smoke pulled away to take the chequered flag and claim the championship - based on the tie breaker of most wins during the 36-race, 9-month-long season.

Race results

1. #14 Tony Stewart Chevrolet 267 laps Race time: 3:30:11s (47/1 pts)
2. #99 Carl Edwards Ford 267 laps + 1.306s (44/2 pts)
3. #56 Martin Truex Jr. Toyota 267 laps + 7.242s (42/1 pts)
4. #17 Matt Kenseth Ford 267 laps + 7.539s (41/1 pts)
5. #24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet 267 laps + 9.967s (40/1 pts)
6. #33 Clint Bowyer Chevrolet 267 laps + 11.772s (38/0 pts)
7. #4 Kasey Kahne Toyota 267 laps + 12.476s (37/0 pts)
8. #29 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet 267 laps + 14.279s (37/1 pts)
9. #11 Denny Hamlin Toyota 267 laps + 14.505s (35/0 pts)
10. #31 Jeff Burton Chevrolet 267 laps + 16.254s (35/1 pts)
11. #88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet 267 laps + 17.177s (33/0 pts)
12. #39 Ryan Newman Chevrolet 267 laps + 19.620s (32/0 pts)
13. #78 Regan Smith Chevrolet 267 laps + 19.813s (31/0 pts)
14. #1 Jamie McMurray Chevrolet 267 laps + 22.397s (30/0 pts)
15. #43 A.J. Allmendinger Ford 267 laps + 22.624s (29/0 pts)
16. #27 Paul Menard Chevrolet 267 laps + 24.700s (28/0 pts)
17. #83 Brian Vickers Toyota 267 laps + 24.727s (27/0 pts)
18. #00 David Reutimann Toyota 267 laps + 27.117s (26/0 pts)
19. #20 Joey Logano Toyota 267 laps + 27.489s (25/0 pts)
20. #2 Brad Keselowski Dodge 267 laps + 1 lap (25/1 pts)
21. #71 Mike Bliss Ford 267 laps + 1 lap (0pts)
22. #38 Travis Kvapil Ford 267 laps + 1 lap (0pts)
23. #18 Kyle Busch Toyota 267 laps + 1 lap (22/1 pts)
24. #5 Mark Martin Chevrolet 267 laps + 1 lap (20/0 pts)
25. #21 Trevor Bayne Ford 267 laps + 1 lap (0pts)
26. #13 Casey Mears Toyota 267 laps + 1 lap (18/0 pts)
27. #47 Bobby Labonte Toyota 267 laps + 1 lap (17/0 pts)
28. #135 Dave Blaney Chevrolet 265 laps + 2 laps (16/0 pts)
29. #32 T.J. Bell * Ford 265 laps + 2 laps (0pts)
30. #36 Geoffrey Bodine Chevrolet 263 laps + 4 laps (14/0 pts)
31. #42 Juan Montoya Chevrolet 261 laps + 6 laps (14/1 pts)
32. #48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet 261 laps + 6 laps (13/1 pts)
33. #34 David Gilliland Ford 245 laps + 22 laps (12/1 pts)
34. #22 Kurt Busch Dodge 220 laps + 47 laps (10/0 pts)
35. #16 Greg Biffle Ford 190 laps Out of Race (10/1 pts)
36. #51 Landon Cassill Chevrolet 153 laps + 114 laps (0pts)
37. #84 Cole Whitt Toyota 153 laps + 114 laps (0pts)
38. #6 David Ragan Ford 81 laps Out of Race (6/0 pts)
39. #9 Marcos Ambrose Ford 72 laps Out of Race (5/0 pts)
40. #87 Joe Nemechek Toyota 29 laps In Pit (0pts)
41. #55 J.J. Yeley Ford 25 laps In Pit (3/0 pts)
42. #30 David Stremme Chevrolet 14 laps In Pit (2/0 pts)
43. #66 Michael McDowell Toyota 13 laps In Pit (1/0 pts)



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Coors Light Pole winner Carl Edwards leads the field to the green flag in the Ford 400 season finale for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at Homestead-Miami Speedway on Sunday, Nov. 20. [Photo Credit: By Todd Warshaw, Getty Images for NASCAR]
Tony Stewart`s crew goes to work on the front of his No. 14 Chevrolet after he sustained damage from debris in the early going of the Ford 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway on Sunday, Nov. 20. [Photo Credit: By Todd Warshaw, Getty Images for NASCAR]
Tony Stewart keeps his car just ahead of Carl Edwards in the season-ending Ford 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway on Sunday, Nov. 20. [Picture Credit: By John Harrelson, Getty Images for NASCAR]
Kevin Harvick, driver of the #4 Budweiser Chevrolet, celebrates with a burnout after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway on November 16, 2014 in Homestead, Florida. (Photo Credit: Chris Trotman/Getty Images for NASCAR)
Kevin Harvick, driver of the #4 Budweiser Chevrolet, and Ryan Newman, driver of the #31 Caterpillar Chevrolet, lead a pack of cars during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway on November 16, 2014 in Homestead, Florida.  (Photo Credit: Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
Denny Hamlin, driver of the #11 FedEx Express Toyota, practices for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway on November 14, 2014 in Homestead, Florida.  (Photo Credit: Todd Warshaw/NASCAR via Getty Images)
Kevin Harvick, driver of the #4 Budweiser Chevrolet, passes Denny Hamlin, driver of the #11 FedEx Express Toyota, to take the lead and win the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway on November 16, 2014 in Homestead, Florida. (Photo Credit: Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
Joey Logano, driver of the #22 Shell-Pennzoil Ford, pits during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway on November 16, 2014 in Homestead, Florida. (Photo Credit: Jerry Markland/Getty Images)
Kevin Harvick, driver of the #4 Budweiser Chevrolet, and team owner Tony Stewart celebrate winning in Victory Lane after the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway on November 16, 2014 in Homestead, Florida. (Photo Credit: Todd Warshaw/Getty Images for NASCAR)
Kevin Harvick, driver of the #4 Budweiser Chevrolet, celebrates with his wife DeLana and son Keelan in victory lane after winning during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway on November 16, 2014 in Homestead, Florida. (Photo Credit: Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
Kevin Harvick, driver of the #4 Budweiser Chevrolet, celebrates with the trophy in Victory Lane after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway on November 16, 2014 in Homestead, Florida. (Photo Credit: Sean Gardner/Getty Images)
Marcos Ambrose, driver of the #9 Stanley Ford, poses with his team before his last race, the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway on November 16, 2014 in Homestead, Florida.  (Photo Credit: Jerry Markland/Getty Images)
Kevin Harvick, driver of the #4 Budweiser Chevrolet SS, celebrates his victory and the 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Championship Sunday, November 16, 2014 winning the final NASCAR Sprint Cup race of the season at Homestead-Miami Speedway in Homestead, Florida. Ryan Newman, driver of the #31 Caterpillar Chevrolet SS finishes 2nd. (Photo by Harold Hinson/HHP for Chevy Racing)
Kevin Harvick, driver of the #4 Budweiser Chevrolet SS, celebrates his victory and the 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Championship Sunday, November 16, 2014 winning the final NASCAR Sprint Cup race of the season at Homestead-Miami Speedway in Homestead, Florida. Ryan Newman, driver of the #31 Caterpillar Chevrolet SS finishes 2nd. (Photo by Harold Hinson/HHP for Chevy Racing)
Kevin Harvick, driver of the #4 Budweiser Chevrolet SS, celebrates his victory and the 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Championship Sunday, November 16, 2014 winning the final NASCAR Sprint Cup race of the season at Homestead-Miami Speedway in Homestead, Florida. Ryan Newman, driver of the #31 Caterpillar Chevrolet SS finishes 2nd. (Photo by Harold Hinson/HHP for Chevy Racing)
Kevin Harvick, driver of the #4 Budweiser Chevrolet SS, celebrates his victory and the 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Championship Sunday, November 16, 2014 winning the final NASCAR Sprint Cup race of the season at Homestead-Miami Speedway in Homestead, Florida. Ryan Newman, driver of the #31 Caterpillar Chevrolet SS finishes 2nd. (Photo by Christa L Thomas/HHP for Chevy Racing)
Kevin Harvick, driver of the #4 Budweiser Chevrolet SS, celebrates his victory and the 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Championship Sunday, November 16, 2014 winning the final NASCAR Sprint Cup race of the season at Homestead-Miami Speedway in Homestead, Florida. Ryan Newman, driver of the #31 Caterpillar Chevrolet SS finishes 2nd. (Photo by Garry Eller/HHP for Chevy Racing)
Kevin Harvick, driver of the #4 Budweiser Chevrolet, leads Jeff Gordon, driver of the #24 Drive To End Hunger Chevrolet, during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway on November 16, 2014 in Homestead, Florida.  (Photo Credit: Sean Gardner/Getty Images)

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