Oh man what a race, what a day. The Ford 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway not only lived up to the hype, but surpassed it with this tight points battle as it was a dead heat between Carl Edwards and Tony Stewart coming in to Homestead and it was a dead heat between the two down to the end.
The last 30 laps were heart pounding, but of course so was most of the race in watching Stewart carve his way through the field a few times after the team had to fix a big hole in the grill from what I would say was parts from Kurt Busch’s blown transmission.
But damn, what a drive for Tony Stewart, he drove from the back to the front a few times including a four wide pass to do the only thing he could do, win the race, to win the championship and that’s exactly what Tony Stewart and the entire #14 Office Depot/Mobil 1 Chevrolet Team did today.
Yes Stewart and Edwards tied in points with the tiebreaker of most wins goes to Tony Stewart.
That is one hell of a win for Tony Stewart and Stewart-Haas Racing. And with that, Tony Stewart wins the 2011 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Championship, his 3rd Cup Series Championship.
- 2002 Winston Cup, 2005 Nextel Cup and 2011 Sprint Cup now as an driver/owner).
* Tony Stewart won 5 chase races (Chicagoland, New Hampshire, Martinsville, Texas and Homestead), that’s the way you do it.
* This was one of the best championship battles since 1992 when Alan Kulwicki narrowly won the championship over Bill Elliott and Davey Allison and even 1979.
* “Wins mattered in 2011” - Kenny Wallace, well said.
* I know that I will get blasted for this next comment by some considering I’m not a Carl Edwards fan, but I want to tip my hat to Carl Edwards for a good season, he did everything he could to win this championship. He had a good run for sure. And so did Roush-Fenway Racing.
* And don’t get all over Jimmie Johnson, he is the 5-time NASCAR Cup Series Champion and I have a feeling that he will be back next season for number 6.
Well ladies and gentlemen, that’s all for the 2011 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season, until tomorrow, good night.