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[NASCAR] Tony Stewart wins Nextel Cup


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HOMESTEAD, Fla. (AP) -- Tony Stewart was smooth and steady for an entire race. An entire season. An entire championship run.

Stewart cruised to his second NASCAR championship in four years Sunday, capping an uncharacteristically calm season for the former Bad Boy. He won races, kept his temper in check and avoided every major incident long enough to cement himself as one of the greatest drivers of his time.

Needing only to run a clean race at Homestead-Miami Speedway, he hovered just outside the top 10 and away from any potential danger. He ended up 15th, winning the title by 35 points over Greg Biffle, who won the race for the second consecutive year by besting teammate Mark Martin in a door-to-door finish.

Stewart became just the 14th driver in NASCAR history with more than one championship and joined four-time winner Jeff Gordon as the only active drivers with multiple titles.

http://www.nascar.com/2005/news/headlines/...d.ap/index.html

Point Standings:

After: Ford 400
Rank	Driver	Behind
1.  --	Tony Stewart	Leader
2.  +2	Greg Biffle	-35
3.  --	Carl Edwards	-35
4.  +1	Mark Martin	-105
5.  -3	Jimmie Johnson	-127
6.  --	Ryan Newman	-174
7.  --	Matt Kenseth	-181
8.  --	Rusty Wallace	-393
9.  +1	Jeremy Mayfield	-460
10.  -1	Kurt Busch	-559

http://www.nascar.com/races/cup/2005/data/...unofficial.html

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