Stewart scores 13th points-paying NASCAR Cup Series victory for SHR by winning the season-ending Ford 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway by 1.306 seconds over second-place Carl Edwards. It is Stewart’s third Cup Series win at Homestead and his 44th career Cup Series win.
With the victory, Stewart ends the season in a numerical tie with Edwards, as each driver has 2,403 points. But Stewart wins the 2011 title by virtue of a tiebreaker, as his five wins on the season trump Edwards’ one. It is the closest Cup Series championship battle in NASCAR history. It is Stewart’s third Cup Series championship, but his first as a driver/owner and the first for SHR. The last driver/owner to win a Cup Series title was Alan Kulwicki in 1992.