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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]
Dale Earnhardt, Jr., driver of the #88 National Guard Chevrolet SS finished 2nd, Jeff Gordon, driver of the #24 Drive To End Hunger Chevrolet SS finished 7th Saturday, April 12, 2014 in the NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Darlington Raceway in Darlington South Carolina. Earnhardt Jr. is 4th, Gordon is 1st in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) standings. Teammate Kevin Harvick, driver of the #4 Budweiser Chevrolet SS won. (Photo Credit: HHP/Alan Marler for Chevrolet)
Kevin Harvick, driver of the #4 Budweiser Chevrolet SS finished 1st, Kasey Kahne, driver of the #5 Great Clips Chevrolet SS finished 37th Saturday, April 12, 2014 in the NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Darlington Raceway in Darlington South Carolina. Harvick  is 22nd, Kahne is 23rd in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) standings. Teammates Dale Earnhardt, Jr., driver of the #88 National Guard Chevrolet SS finished 2nd and Jimmie Johnson, driver of the #48 Kobalt Tools Chevrolet SS finished 3rd.(Photo Credit: HHP/Christa L. Thomas for Chevrolet)
Kevin Harvick, driver of the #4 Budweiser Chevrolet SS celebrates his win Saturday, April 12, 2014 in the NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Darlington Raceway in Darlington South Carolina. Harvick is 22nd in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) standings. Teammates Dale Earnhardt, Jr., driver of the #88 National Guard Chevrolet SS finished 2nd and Jimmie Johnson, driver of the #48 Kobalt Tools Chevrolet SS finished 3rd. (Photo Credit: HHP/Tami Kelly-Pope for Chevrolet)
Kevin Harvick, driver of the #4 Budweiser Chevrolet SS celebrates his win Saturday, April 12, 2014 in the NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Darlington Raceway in Darlington South Carolina. Harvick is 22nd in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) standings. Teammates Dale Earnhardt, Jr., driver of the #88 National Guard Chevrolet SS finished 2nd and Jimmie Johnson, driver of the #48 Kobalt Tools Chevrolet SS finished 3rd. (Photo Credit: HHP/Christa L. Thomas for Chevrolet)
Kevin Harvick, driver of the #4 Budweiser Chevrolet, races during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Bojangles` Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway on April 12, 2014 in Darlington, South Carolina. (Photo Credit: NASCAR Via Getty Images)
Kevin Harvick, driver of the #4 Budweiser Chevrolet, celebrates in Victory Lane after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Bojangles` Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway on April 12, 2014 in Darlington, South Carolina. (Photo Credit: NASCAR Via Getty Images)
Kevin Harvick, driver of the #4 Budweiser Chevrolet, celebrates in Victory Lane after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Bojangles` Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway on April 12, 2014 in Darlington, South Carolina. (Photo Credit: NASCAR Via Getty Images)
Kevin Harvick, driver of the #4 Budweiser Chevrolet, celebrates with a burnout after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Bojangles` Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway on April 12, 2014 in Darlington, South Carolina. (Photo Credit: NASCAR Via Getty Images)
Kevin Harvick, driver of the #4 Budweiser Chevrolet, takes the chequered flag to win the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Bojangles` Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway on April 12, 2014 in Darlington, South Carolina. (Photo Credit: NASCAR Via Getty Images)
Aric Almirola, driver of the #43 Richard Petty Motorsports Ford, and Ricky Stenhouse Jr. in the #17 Roush Fenway Racing Ford tangle during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Bojangles` Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway on April 12, 2014 in Darlington, South Carolina. (Photo Credit: NASCAR Via Getty Images)
Joey Logano, driver of the #22 Shell Pennzoil Ford, and Kevin Harvick, driver of the #4 Budweiser Chevrolet, lead the field to start the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Bojangles` Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway on April 12, 2014 in Darlington, South Carolina. (Photo Credit: NASCAR Via Getty Images)
Kyle Busch, driver of the #54 Monster Energy Toyota, leads the field to start the NASCAR Nationwide Series VFW Sport Clips Help A Hero 200 at Darlington Raceway on April 11, 2014 in Darlington, South Carolina. (Photo Credit: Sean Gardner/Getty Images)
Kevin Harvick, driver of the #4 Budweiser Chevrolet SS won the Pole position Friday, April 11, 2014 for Saturday`s NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Darlington Raceway in Darlington South Carolina. Harvick is 26th in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) standings. (Photo Credit: HHP/Tami Kelly-Pope for Chevrolet)
Kevin Harvick (Photo Credit: NASCAR)
Stewart-Haas Racing team co-owner Gene Haas (Photo Credit: Streeter Lecka/NASCAR via Getty Images)

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