Tony Stewart Wins NASCAR Sprint Cup
Tony Stewart completed a remarkable season on Sunday with an almost unbelievable win at the rain-hit Ford 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway that also gave him the NASCAR Sprint Cup by the slimmest of margins over Carl Edwards.
Stewart encountered trouble early in the 400-mile race and at one time dropped to 40th place. Then everything changed in a way that only Stewart could pull off. The 40-year-old driver passed 118 cars in the race and held off a determined Edwards in the final 40 laps to win Ford 400, his fifth of the season. Stewart and Edwards, who led the Cup by three points going into the final race, actually ended up tied after Sunday’s race. However, Stewart won the NASCAR Sprint Cup by winning five times in the season.
“I feel like I passed half the state of Florida; 118 cars is a lot of cars to pass in one race. To do it under the circumstances and pressure we had, I’m very, very proud of that,” Stewart said after his victory, which his childhood idol A.J. Foyt, described as the best race the Indiana native has ever driven. “I think Tony drove the best race of his life,” Foyt said.