Ranking the Best Season-Ending Races in Sprint Cup History

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Ranking the Best Season-Ending Races in Sprint Cup History
The 2011 Sprint Cup championship was decided in a tie-breaker between Carl Edwards (No. 99) and Tony Stewart (No. 14), with the title going to Stewart thanks to his five wins to Edwards' one.

Over the course of NASCAR's long and storied history we have seen some of the most gripping points races come to a head in the season finale. Many men often come to the last race of the season with a shot at championship glory, but only one man can call himself, "champ."

Sometimes it isn't a matter of tight championship racing. Sometimes it is a matter of sentiment when it comes to an all-time crowd favorite winning the title, or just seeing a team work their heart out to claim the ultimate in NASCAR glory.

Here are the best season finales in NASCAR history. These are the races that brought us to the edge of our seat or on our feet, as well as left us with a smile on our face.

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