Tony Stewart was "The Man" down the Chase stretch.
He won five of the last 10 races in the 2011 season to grab the championship by the horns, wresting it away from Carl Edwards by the narrowest of margins.
Sure, that was an impressive performance. But Stewart was far from the best driver over the course of the season.
Think consistency and season-long excellence should be rewarded more?
Here are five drivers who deserved it more. I picked one driver from each of five teams: RCR, Penske, Joe Gibbs Racing, Roush Fenway and Hendrick Motorsports.