Ties don't typically happen in racing. Other sports, sure, but not motorsports. Because while the issue can sometimes come down to a fraction of a second, someone always crosses the finish line first. And when it comes to championship points, someone always comes out ahead. Well, almost always.

In a stunning, nail-biting end to the NASCAR Sprint Cup season, Tony Stewart clinched his third title. But it sure didn't come easy.

Entering this weekend's season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway three points behind his chief rival Carl Edwards, Stewart was at a big disadvantage, starting from 15th place on the grid. He then suffered some major setbacks over the course of the race, dropping one, two or even three laps behind his rivals as flying debris caused damage to the front end of his Chevrolet Impala, causing him to pit an extra two times.

However, Stewart overcame the odds, pulling off 118 passes to catch up with and then pass Edwards for the lead. Over 267 laps, the lead changed a record 26 times, but it was Stewart who took the checkered flag. The win itself, however, wasn't enough to decide the title, as it left Stewart and Edwards tied for points. The decision came down to race wins, as Stewart's five wins in the Chase trumped Edwards' single regular-season win. And that, ladies and gentlemen, was all she wrote.


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      ack154
      • 3 Years Ago
      As much as I don't follow NASCAR, that sounds like a hell of a drive for Stewart. Coming from 2 or 3 laps down to win? I'd think even finishing on the lead lap at that point would be an achievement. Well done.
      Xedicon
      • 3 Years Ago
      You mean there was damage to his "100% hand built tube frame custom race car that has nothing at all do to with anything resembling anything that goes into any Chevy ever made". Just wanted to clear that up. Couldn't resist, sorry it just bothers me too much. Guh. I'm really looking forward to the upcoming B spec racing where drivers will race, wait for it, waaaaait for it, actual factory cars! (granted they'll be gutted with cages, but that makes sense from a safety standpoint). I think there might actually be a thing called a "right turn" as well. Not sure what that is, but once I find out, it might help my drive home. To Google!
        LBFTPSEC
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Xedicon
        Oh give me a break Xedicon. Don't watch NASCAR if you don't like it and criticize stupid things like increased performance and safety. The racing venues are simply amazing and highly entertaining. Second to none, and I've been to almost all different types of motorsport racing. The custom cars allow them to go faster and be safer. Plus it makes the field more even for better competition. Go watch your B-seg races if that's what you like, but that's no reason to hate on 850hp NASCARS doing 200 mph.
          Jason
          • 3 Years Ago
          @LBFTPSEC
          To Xedicon, NASCAR does race on a couple of road courses. The Sprint Cup series holds races at Sonoma and Watkins Glen. The Nationwide series also runs at Watkins Glen, and actually runs at Road America & Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in Montreal, Canada. Only a few years ago did they stop racing at Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez in Mexico City. In fact, The Nationwide series has run two races in the rain at Montreal & I believe the Sprint Cup series ran rain tires in a practice session for an exhibtion race at the Suzuka Circuit in Japan in the late 90s.
          Xedicon
          • 3 Years Ago
          @LBFTPSEC
          You know, you're right. I shouldn't be knocking NASCAR when there's plenty of other great motorsport to be had. For the record I don't watch NASCAR, at least not anymore. I'll confess it still drives me nuts that the cars are named after actual cars - I'd rather see them give credit where it's due - much like Indy and F1 where the chassis builder name is used instead. I look at a NASCAR and all I can think is, "it could do so much more." I also wonder about the drivers - sure they get paid a lot, but don't they ever get tired of not having at least a couple of road courses? I mean be honest NASCAR fans - how awesome would it be to take those restrictor plates off the engines, center mount the gas tank and let them loose on a road course? My apologies to NASCAR fans - my personal opinion and frustrations with not capitalizing on the amazing potential of the series, the cars, and their drivers shouldn't spill out so badly here. And yes, I actually mean that. Thanks LBFTPSEC.
        NinetySixVert
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Xedicon
        ...B segment cars are incredibly boring. Watch something with real racecars and actual platforms. I'm shocked your argument against NASCAR is B-spec racing hahah.
      Rob
      • 3 Years Ago
      He was never down three laps... where do you guys get your info from?? Any motorsports coverage from AB seems to be consistenty inaccurate (remember "Mayfield had no wins?").
      Ethan Lardner
      • 3 Years Ago
      He didn't go a few laps down. He lucked out that there was a long caution for rain, so he was able to come in for 30 seconds and then catch back up with the back of the pack every lap. He did come back from 40th place though. As an Edwards fan, it was a hell of a drive. He won the only way he could.
      • 3 Years Ago
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        Pj Taintz
        • 3 Years Ago
        not sure who this james johnson is you speak of but he sounds like a dick, does he drive KART? /s
        David Opanga
        • 3 Years Ago
        whos james johnson??????.... anyways it was awesome battle between tony and edwards lets see if he will continue this dynasty or if Jimmie Johsnon aka Superman can come back and recapture the throne!
      Christopher Burns
      • 3 Years Ago
      Good job.
      johnb
      • 3 Years Ago
      I was hoping Carl Edwards would pull it off, but damn, gotta give Tony Stewart credit for taking it in the end. Wow, Congrats Tony Stewart!
      dukeisduke
      • 3 Years Ago
      I'm not a NA$CAR fan, but I've always been a fan of Stewart's. He's incredibly talented, and I think he'd do well in just about any racing series. Way to go, Tony!
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