Found November 21, 2011 on With Leather:
Down by 3 points to Carl Edwards in the Sprint Cup Series standings, Tony Stewart won the Ford 400 – the final race of the Chase – yesterday to tie Edwards, marking the first time in NASCAR history that the season ended at a draw. Fortunately for Stewart, he had 5 wins on the season to Edwards’ 1, which means that Smoke is the 2011 Sprint Cup Champion. And that’s awesome for Stewart and his fans, especially how he won in dramatic fashion after sucking for a good chunk of the year, but nobody cares about that today. The other, much more scandalous story out of the Homestead-Miami Speedway is that First Lady Michelle Obama and Vice President Joe Biden’s wife, Jill, hosted a barbecue for some military service members and their families before the race, and that’s awesome because I love anything that honors our soldiers and shows them some appreciation, whether it be some ribs and burgers at the racetrack or slow grinding against Mila Kunis. So of course when Michelle and Jill – we’re ...

Carl Edwards Wins Pole for Sprint Cup Season Finale, While Tony Stewart Qualifies 15th

HOMESTEAD, Fla. -- Tony Stewart has run his mouth for almost a month trying to rattle Carl Edwards in the race to NASCAR's championship. Edwards has tuned it all out, and on Saturday, he did his talking on the track. Edwards won the pole for Sunday's season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway, where the Sprint Cup Series championship will be decided. Edwards goes into the...

Michelle Obama Booed at Nascar Race (Video)

I watched my first Nascar race of the year yesterday (for about 15 minutes) and saw a decent race.  I still can't understand how people sit through this stuff every weekend.  I guess it's all the booze they drink before and during the race that keeps them coming back.  The booze definitely spoke up during the introductions yesterday when the crowd booed the first lady...

NASCAR Fans Boo Michelle Obama

First Lady Michelle Obama, and Jill Biden, wife of the non-existent Vice President, were in Miami to honor an initiative that companies have taken to provide jobs and training for vets and their spouses and stopped in at the Homestead-Miami Speedway to act as Grand Marshals for a NASCAR race on Sunday. Obviously NASCAR fans aren't big fans of the Obama administration, and they...

NASCAR Fans Boo Michelle Obama (Video)

Who needs approval ratings? If an audio poll from 80,000 NASCAR fans isn’t enough to indicate whether or not the United States is pleased with its current administration, I don’t know what is. First Lady Michelle Obama and Jill Biden, the wife of Vice President Joe Biden, lead the way during the pre-race ceremonies on [...]

CUP: Edwards Loses Heartbreaker

Carl Edwards finished second for the third race in a row...

Homestead Reflections: Tony Stewart's Clutch Effort and More

Wow, what a championship battle we witnessed on Sunday night! It doesn't get any better than two championship contenders battling for the sport's top prize at the front of the field in the season finale. Tony Stewart and Carl Edwards put on quite a show Sunday night in Miami, and in the end it was Stewart who emerged victorious. I may have whiffed on a number of my Homestead...

Edwards wins Homestead pole

Carl Edwards has won the pole at Homestead-Miami Speedway, where he'll try Sunday to win his first Sprint Cup championship.

Tony Stewart Wins His Third Sprint Cup Championship

Despite having to drive with a hole in the grill of his #14 Chevrolet, Tony Stewart completed the 2011 season with a win at Homestead-Miami Speedway and clinched the Sprint Cup Championship. Carl Edwards was the leader in the standings at the beginning of the race, held the pole position, and he led the most laps during the Ford 400 with 119 of 267, but would end up finishing second...

Edwards shows class and dignity in losing title

Carl Edwards did everything right in his quest to win NASCAR's championship.

Driver standings after 36 of 36 races

After 36 races Tony Stewart and Carl Edwards finished tied at the top of the standings for the 2011 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series points. Stewart was awarded the championship based on his five wins, versus Edwards’ one win in the … Continue reading →

Edwards starts championship weekend with pole

Carl Edwards gave himself a leg up on championship rival Tony Stewart on Saturday when he claimed the pole for Sunday’s Ford 400 Sprint Cup Series season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway with a qualifying lap time of 30.775 seconds. “That’s huge,” Edwards said. “That’s just one lap, but it’s a great start for us.” According to Edwards, the advice he...

Tony Stewart's Crew Chief Darian Grubb Won't Return Next Year After Helping 'Smoke' Win NASCAR Championship

Tony Stewart likes to play up the fact that he's just a simple, loyal good old boy from Columbus, Ind. "I still have the same friends I had growing up," Stewart said Sunday. He may have the same friends he had more than 30 years ago, but he won't have the crew that helped him win the NASCAR Sprint Cup Championship when racing commences next year. After the No. 14...

Tony Stewart was Earnhardt-esque in championship run

For those who never had the privilege to watch the late Dale Earnhardt race, well, I will say that watching Tony Stewart on Sunday night at Homestead was about as close as a driver can get to mirroring the Man in Black. Stewart drove from the back of the pack twice after a hole was punched in his front grill. He reached the front despite the setbacks with a number of aggressive...

Nationwide Series Breakdown: Ford 300

For the first time since 2005, a Nationwide Series regular was crowned a Nationwide Series champion…and he nearly won the race as well. Racing as aggressively as he has for much of the 2011 season, Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. made a hard charge past Carl Edwards late, but fell a car length short of catching Brad Keselowski in a spirited dash to the checkered flag. Keselowski scored his...
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