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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]
Jimmie Johnson, driver of the #48 Lowe`s Chevrolet SS finished in fifth place and Kevin Harvick, driver of the #4 Budweiser Designate A Driver Chevrolet SS finished in third place Sunday, September 21, 2014 in the Chase Challenger 16 NASCAR Sprint Cup race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon, New Hampshire. Both Johnson and Harvick are in the Chase which continues in next week`s Challenger 16 race. (Photo by Garry Eller/HHP for Chevy Racing)
Jamie McMurray, driver of the #1 Belkin/Wemo Chevrolet SS finished in fourth place and Jimmie Johnson, driver of the #48 Lowe`s Chevrolet SS finished in fifth place Sunday, September 21, 2014 in the Chase Challenger 16 NASCAR Sprint Cup race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon, New Hampshire. Johnson is in the Chase which continues in next week`s Challenger 16 race. (Photo by Garry Eller/HHP for Chevy Racing)
Kevin Harvick, driver of the #4 Budweiser Designate A Driver Chevrolet SS finished in third place Sunday, September 21, 2014 in the Chase Challenger 16 NASCAR Sprint Cup race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon, New Hampshire. Harvick is in the Chase which continues in next week`s Challenger 16 race. (Photo by Garry Eller/HHP for Chevy Racing)
Kyle Larson, driver of the #42 Target Chevrolet SS finished in 2nd place and Jeff Gordon, driver of the #24 Drive To End Hunger Chevrolet SS finished in 26th place Sunday, September 21, 2014 in the Chase Challenger 16 NASCAR Sprint Cup race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon, New Hampshire. Gordon is in the Chase which continues in next week`s Challenger 16 race. (Photo by Christa L Thomas/HHP for Chevy Racing)
Brad Keselowski, driver of the #2 Miller Lite Ford, loses control of the car after making contact with Matt Kenseth, driver of the #20 Dollar General Toyota, during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Sylvania 300 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on September 21, 2014 in Loudon, New Hampshire. (Photo Credit: Will Schneekloth/NASCAR via Getty Images)
Kyle Busch, driver of the #18 M&M`s Toyota, drives with damage to his car after crashing during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Sylvania 300 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on September 21, 2014 in Loudon, New Hampshire. (Photo Credit: Robert Laberge/NASCAR via Getty Images)
Joey Logano, driver of the #22 Shell-Pennzoil Ford, leads Kyle Busch, driver of the #18 M&M`s Toyota, during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Sylvania 300 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on September 21, 2014 in Loudon, New Hampshire. (Photo Credit: Chris Trotman/NASCAR via Getty Images)
Brad Keselowski, driver of the #2 Miller Lite Ford, leads the field at the start of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Sylvania 300 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on September 21, 2014 in Loudon, New Hampshire.  (Photo Credit: Sarah Glenn/NASCAR via Getty Images)
Dale Earnhardt, Jr., driver of the #88 Diet Mountain Dew Chevrolet SS qualified for eleventh position September 19, 2014 for Sunday`s Chase Challenger 16 NASCAR Sprint Cup race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon, New Hampshire. Earnhardt, Jr. is in the Chase which continues with the Challenger 16 for this and next week`s race. (Photo by Alan Marler/HHP for Chevy Racing)
Jimmie Johnson, driver of the #48 Lowe’s Chevrolet SS qualified for sixth position September 19, 2014 for Sunday`s Chase Challenger 16 NASCAR Sprint Cup race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon, New Hampshire. Johnson is in the Chase which continues with the Challenger 16 for this and next week`s race. (Photo by Christa L Thomas/HHP for Chevy Racing)
Kevin Harvick, driver of the #4 Budweiser Designate A Driver Chevrolet SS qualified for third position September 19, 2014 for Sunday`s Chase Challenger 16 NASCAR Sprint Cup race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon, New Hampshire. Harvick is in the Chase which continues with the Challenger 16 for this and next week`s race. (Photo by Christa L Thomas/HHP for Chevy Racing)
Carl Edwards, driver of the #99 Aflac Ford, practices for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Sylvania 300 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on September 19, 2014 in Loudon, New Hampshire. (Photo Credit: Chris Trotman/NASCAR via Getty Images)
Brad Keselowski, driver of the #2 Miller Lite Ford, celebrates setting the pole position during qualifying for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Sylvania 300 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on September 19, 2014 in Loudon, New Hampshire. (Photo Credit: Robert Laberge/NASCAR via Getty Images)
Kyle Busch, driver of the #18 M&M`s Toyota, smiles at Clint Bowyer, driver of the #15 5-hour Energy Toyota, during qualifying for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Sylvania 300 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on September 19, 2014 in Loudon, New Hampshire.  (Photo Credit: Jared Wickerham/NASCAR via Getty Images)
Brad Keselowski, driver of the #2 Miller Lite Ford, practices for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Sylvania 300 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on September 19, 2014 in Loudon, New Hampshire. (Photo Credit: Chris Trotman/NASCAR via Getty Images)

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