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NASCAR At Homestead: Tony Stewart Wins Ford 400, 2011 Sprint Cup Championship

Tony Stewart is a three-time champion in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, but this time, he's done it with is own race team.

Stewart won Sunday's Ford 400 to claim his fifth win of the 2011 season - all in the Chase for the Sprint Cup - and his third win at Homestead-Miami Speedway. He tied Carl Edwards in points scored, but Edwards only won one race, giving Stewart the tiebreaker.

Edwards finished second, but came up just short of his first-career title. Martin Truex Jr., Matt Kenseth, and Jeff Gordon rounded out the top-five. Clint Bowyer and Kasey Kahne, a pair of drivers in their final races for their current teams, finished sixth and seventh, while the top-10 was rounded out by Kevin Harvick, Denny Hamlin, and Jeff Burton.

With Stewart's third title, he joins Richard Petty, Dale Earnhardt, Jimmie Johnson, Jeff Gordon, David Pearson, Darrell Waltrip, Lee Petty, and Cale Yarborough as the only drivers to ever win three or more championships. He also becomes the first owner/driver to win a championship since the late Alan Kulwicki claimed the title in 1992.

Photographs by coka_koehler used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.