Tony Stewart outduels Carl Edwards for Chase title

In a classic showdown, Tony Stewart beat Carl Edwards to win the Ford 500 in the season finale at Homestead to capture his third Sprint Cup championship.

The two drivers finished tied in points -- the first time that's happened in NASCAR history -- but Stewart won the season title based on his five race victories during the Chase, including his win at Texas Motor Speedway.

From Ed Hinton's perspective:

Tony Stewart drove a race for the ages. He won a championship for the ages. And Carl Edwards, in all-out pursuit to the end, helped Stewart seal Sunday's Ford 400 as the best NASCAR season finale there ever has been -- and probably ever will be.

They finished 1-2 on the track, they finished tied in points for the first time in NASCAR history, and Stewart won the championship on the first tiebreaker, most race wins, with five to Edwards' one this season.

"If this doesn't go down as one of the greatest championship battles in history, I don't know what will," Stewart said in Victory Lane.

He needn't even qualify this with "one of …"