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Tales of the King, Intimidator, Awesome Bill and more

As Jimmie Johnson tries to fend off Jeff Gordon in the final race of the Nextel Cup season, here's a look at the five best finishes in recent NASCAR history.

Updated: November 16, 2007, 10:17 PM ET
By Brett Borden | Special to ESPN.com

There have been some great closing acts in recent NASCAR history. Almost every year, the driver who won the championship had to at least show something on the season's last day to win the big trophy. Here are five final races in recent history that stand out above the others:

5. Nov. 18, 1979, at Ontario, Calif.

It's not nice to taunt the King. Darrell Waltrip, feeling his oats with a huge lead through much of the season, didn't heed this lesson, teasing the six-time champion over ...

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