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Stewart’s championship victory voted top 2011moment

Tony Stewart’s championship-clinching victory at Homestead-Miami Speedway has been voted the Top Moment of 2011. Members of the NASCAR Media voted in the week-long poll, casting ballots for the top-10 moments from the just-completed NASCAR season.

1-Tony Stewart’s Homestead-Miami Clincher
Stewart trailed Carl Edwards by three points entering the 10th and final race in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup. Both drivers had predicted the championship wouldn’t be decided until the final lap, and they were right. Stewart took the lead with

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Stewart smiles, Grubb keeps stiff upper lip at banquet

How very strange the business-end of racing can be. After going winless during the regular 26-race portion of the season, the Stewart-Haas Racing team entry driven by Tony Stewart showed enough consistency to earn a berth in the 2011 Chase for the Sprint Cup. Stewart, a hard charger in the mode of Junior Johnson, Cale Yarborough and his personal boyhood hero, A. J. Foyt, made no secret of his feelings that he had not earned a spot in the chase. Throughout the season we frequently heard some very cryptic sound bites of Stewart expressing his dissatisfaction to crew chief Darian Grubb about how his car was handling.

Nevertheless, the No. 14 Office Depot Chevrolet was a part of the 2011 Chase for the Sprint Cup. Once the Chase got under way, wonder of wonders, Tony Stewart and

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2011 Season was one of the most competitive ever

With a victory in the season-ending Ford 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway, Tony Stewart became the seventh champion to win the final race in his championship season. He out-dueled runner-up Carl Edwards in a finale befitting a championship showdown, tying Edwards in points, but winning the championship on a tiebreaker. Stewart’s five wins bested Edward’s one, clinching the title for Stewart.

Stewart won his first cup series Championship in 2002, and second in 2005. The Indiana native now joins David Pearson, Lee Petty, Darrell Waltrip, and Cale

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Carl Edwards, Tony Stewart: one last race to decide it all

All the laps, 10,383 since back in February at Daytona; all the miles, 13,836. All the tracks, 22 going into last Sunday, Homestead-Miami was number 23, and all the drivers, 81, started at least one Cup race in 2011. All these brought us to last Sunday’s championship showdown that was whittled down to two drivers and three points going into the 36th and final race of 2011, the Ford 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

Just twice in the past three-plus decades has the championship battle gotten closer than this.  Series point leader Carl Edwards held a scant three-point advantage over second-place Tony Stewart.  Three points under the current points system translates to roughly thirteen points under the previous system, making this third

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Stewart talks talk, walk walk, Edwards up to the challenge

With just two races remaining and three points separating Carl Edwards and Tony Stewart in the “Chase for the Sprint Cup” heading into Phoenix last Sunday, trash talking was bound to heat up.  Stewart cast the first stone following his win at Martinsville, suggesting that Edwards should be worried about getting enough sleep the next few weeks.  “The Stewart-Haas team was on their game and were coming after Edwards’ points lead.  Carl Edwards should be very worried.”

Stewart, a two-time champion backed up his words by winning again at Texas, trimming the deficit behind

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“Rowdy” Busch parked after dustup at Texas Speedway

Much has been written and speculated about the limits of NASCAR’s “Boys have at it policy.” We found out last weekend when Kyle Busch, who was sitting 7th in this year’s “Chase” with just three races left in the season, was parked for the weekend at Texas Motor Speedway. This after a dustup with Ron Hornaday Jr. in Friday’s truck race.

The disciplinary action took Busch out of Sunday’s AAA Texas 500 and assured his dropping to the 12th and final place in this year’s Chase for the Sprint Cup. Joe Gibbs immediately set about a mission of damage control contacting the race teams’ various sponsors in an effort to sooth any ruffled feathers among team sponsors over the loss of exposure. The various sponsors on the No. 18 Toyota have invested big bucks to see their company name and logo splashed across the No. 18 on TV screens in homes all across America every

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