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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]
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Dale Earnhardt, Jr., driver of the #88 Nationwide Chevrolet SS, finishes in second place Saturday night, April 9, 2016 in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth, Texas. (Photo by Brian Cleary for Chevy Racing)
Kyle Busch, driver of the #18 Interstate Batteries Toyota, celebrates in Victory Lane after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Duck Commander 500 as Texas Motor Speedway President Eddie Gossage (L) and John Godwin of Duck Commander (R) look on at Texas Motor Speedway on April 9, 2016 in Fort Worth, Texas (Photo Credit: Photo by Jared C. Tilton/NASCAR via Getty Images)
Kyle Busch, driver of the #18 Interstate Batteries Toyota, celebrates after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Duck Commander 500 at Texas Motor Speedway on April 9, 2016 in Fort Worth, Texas.  (Photo Credit: Photo by Jared C. Tilton/NASCAR via Getty Images)
Kyle Busch, driver of the #18 Interstate Batteries Toyota, celebrates with a burnout after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Duck Commander 500 at Texas Motor Speedway on April 9, 2016 in Fort Worth, Texas.  (Photo Credit: Photo by Sarah Crabill/Getty Images for Texas Motor Speedway)
Kyle Busch, driver of the #18 Interstate Batteries Toyota, celebrates winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Duck Commander 500 at Texas Motor Speedway on April 9, 2016 in Fort Worth, Texas.  (Photo Credit: Photo by Sarah Crabill/Getty Images for Texas Motor Speedway)
Kyle Busch, driver of the #18 Interstate Batteries Toyota, takes the chequered flag to win the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Duck Commander 500 at Texas Motor Speedway on April 9, 2016 in Fort Worth, Texas.  (Photo Credit: Photo by Robert Laberge/NASCAR via Getty Images)
Carl Edwards, driver of the #19 Stanley Toyota, leads the field to the green flag to start the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Duck Commander 500 at Texas Motor Speedway on April 9, 2016 in Fort Worth, Texas.  (Photo Credit: Photo by Robert Laberge/NASCAR via Getty Images)
Martin Truex Jr., driver of the #78 Bass Pro Shops/TRACKER Boats Toyota, practices for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Duck Commander 500 at Texas Motor Speedway on April 7, 2016 in Fort Worth, Texas.  (Photo Credit: Photo by Jared C. Tilton/NASCAR via Getty Images)
Carl Edwards, driver of the #19 Stanley Toyota, poses with the Coors Light Pole Award after qualifying for the pole position for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Duck Commander 500 at Texas Motor Speedway on April 8, 2016 in Fort Worth, Texas.  (Photo Credit: Photo by Jared C. Tilton/NASCAR via Getty Images)
Carl Edwards, driver of the #19 Stanley Toyota, poses with the Coors Light Pole Award after qualifying for the pole position for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Duck Commander 500 at Texas Motor Speedway on April 8, 2016 in Fort Worth, Texas.  (Photo Credit: Photo by Jared C. Tilton/NASCAR via Getty Images)
Kyle Busch, driver of the #18 M&M`s 75th Anniversary Toyota, celebrates in Victory Lane after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series STP 500 at Martinsville Speedway on April 3, 2016 in Martinsville, Virginia. (Photo Credit: Photo by Matt Sullivan/NASCAR via Getty Images)
Kyle Busch, driver of the #18 M&M`s 75th Anniversary Toyota, celebrates in Victory Lane after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series STP 500 at Martinsville Speedway on April 3, 2016 in Martinsville, Virginia. (Photo Credit: Photo by Sean Gardner/NASCAR via Getty Images)

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