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Stewart becomes NASCAR's richest champion

Updated: December 2, 2005, 8:41 PM ET
Associated Press

NEW YORK -- Tony Stewart's best year in NASCAR's Nextel Cup Series reached the bottom line Friday, with the two-time champion setting a record for single-season earnings.

He picked up $6,173,633 from the points fund set up by series sponsor Nextel and NASCAR, and added $517,000 in contingency awards from sponsors. Combined with the prize money earned during the 36-race season, Stewart's total of $13,578,168 breaks the previous mark of $10,979,757 by Jeff Gordon in 2001.

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