NASCAR Highlights of 2011

Text: Bruce Martin, SI.com
Photo: Terry Renna/AP

Tony Stewart wins Sprint Cup title

NASCAR finally got the Chase it has always wanted; one decided at the finish line of the final race of the season. Tony Stewart captured his fifth victory in 10 Chase races, defeating points leader Carl Edwards by 1.306 seconds in the Ford 400 at Homestead. Even with the win, Stewart and Edwards finished in a points tie. Stewart won his third Sprint Cup title based on tie-breaker -- five wins over the season (all during the Chase) to Edwards' one. It was the first time in history the points race ended in a tie and a tie-breaker decided the championship.

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