Tony Stewart did not give himself much of a chance to win the Nascar Championship before the Chase started, but it seems like he was just blowing smoke up his competition's tailpipe. Tony Stewart and Carl Edwards finished tied for the Nascar point lead, but because Stewart had five wins and Edwards only one Stewart is the new Nascar champion.
You have to give Tony Stewart a lot of credit as I never thought he had a chance of winning the Nascar championship at all. Before the chase started he struggled, but when the Chase got started it seemed to renew him and no one could find a way to derail him one bit. Carl Edwards did all he could do, but it was not enough to stop Smoke. It was Tony Stewart's third Nascar Championship and probably his sweetest one. The main reason for that is he is a owner and driver and that makes it even more sweeter.