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Tony Stewart celebrates after winning the race and the NASCAR Sprint Cup championship Sunday at Homestead-Miami Speedway in Homestead, Fla. Associated Press.

Stewart wins season finale to collect 3rd NASCAR title

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By Jenna Fryer

AP Auto Racing Writer

HOMESTEAD, Fla. -- Tony Stewart insisted he wasn't a title contender when NASCAR's championship race began.

When it became clear he actually was a viable threat, he kicked it into another gear and vowed to go for broke in his pursuit of Carl Edwards.

Did he ever.

Stewart used a powerful and relentless drive on Sunday in the season finale to seize his third NASCAR championship.

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