No. 7: Tony Stewart wins NASCAR Sprint Cup championship with win at Homestead

Tony Stewart beat Carl Edwards to the finish line to win at Homestead Homestead-Miami Speedwayand capture his third NASCAR Sprint Cup championship.

Stewart held off Edwards to take the checkered in the final race of the season which resulted in a tie between the two drivers atop the point standings. However, the championship went to Stewart based on total wins: His five compared to only one for Edwards.

Stewart vcame all the way back from the end of the field to the front, twice, in the race to clip Edwards. Stewarts fifth win was ironic for nother reason. Jimmy Johnson had won the five previous championships.

"I feel like I passed half the state of Florida; 118 cars is a lot of cars to pass in one race," Stewart told reporters after the race. "To do it under the circumstances and pressure we had, I'm very, very proud of that. I can't even remember how many races I've won, but I would have to say under this set of circumstances I've got to believe one of the greatest races of my career."

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