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NASCAR - Sprint Cup Series (Formerly Nextel Cup and Winston Cup Series) Driver Champions

NASCAR - Sprint Cup Series (Formerly Nextel Cup and Winston Cup Series)

Through points awarded based on the race finish, leading a lap and leading the most laps, drivers are awarded points in each race. The NASCAR Sprint Cup driver with the most points after the season is complete is declared the champion. A large dollar bonus is awarded with this championship, and positions below.

Effective for the 2007 season:

First Place - 185 points
Second - 170 points
Third - 165 points
Fourth - 160 points
Fifth - 155 points
Sixth - 150 points
Seventh thru 11 - 4 points fewer for each position
12th and below - 3 points fewer for each position

Additional Bonus Points

- 5 points for leading a lap (limit one per race)
- 5 points for leading the most laps in a race

For the final 10 races, the championship field will be reduced to the top 12 positions. That group will keep their ranking, but their totals will be adjusted. The leader will start with 5,000 points, plus 10 points for each win in the first 26 races of the season. The awarded points system for the final 10 races will be the same as the previous 26 races. The non-championship contenders will race for points and money but are not eligible for the Nextel title.

Other Nascar Sprint Cup Series (Formerly Nextel Cup and Winston Cup Series) Cup pages on Rauzulu's Sttreet

Sprint Cup Series (Formerly Nextel Cup and Winston Cup Series) Information
Sprint Cup Series (Formerly Nextel Cup and Winston Cup Series) Series Teams
Sprint Cup Series (Formerly Nextel Cup and Winston Cup Series) Past Champions

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NASCAR - Sprint Cup Series (Formerly Nextel Cup and Winston Cup Series) Champions(1950-Present)

NASCAR Nextel Cup (previously Winston Cup) Series Champions

Year

Winner

Points Margin

Runner-up

       

2007

Jimmie Johnson

77

Jeff Gordon

2006

Jimmie Johnson

56

Matt Kenseth

2005

Tony Stewart

35

Greg Biffle

2004

Kurt Bush

8*

Jimmie Johnson

2003

Matt Kenseth

90

Jimmie Johnson

2002

Tony Stewart

38

Mark Martin

2001

Jeff Gordon

349

Tony Stewart

2000

Bobby Labonte

265

Dale Earnhardt

1999

Dale Jarrett

201

Bobby Labonte

1998

Jeff Gordon

364

Mark Martin

1997

Jeff Gordon

14

Dale Jarrett

1996

Terry Labonte

37

Jeff Gordon

1995

Jeff Gordon

34

Dale Earnhardt

1994

Dale Earnhardt

444

Mark Martin

1993

Dale Earnhardt

80

Rusty Wallace

1992

Alan Kulwicki

10

Bill Elliott

1991

Dale Earnhardt

195

Ricky Rudd

1990

Dale Earnhardt

26

Mark Martin

1989

Rusty Wallace

12

Dale Earnhardt

1988

Bill Elliott

24

Rusty Wallace

1987

Dale Earnhardt

489

Bill Elliott

1986

Dale Earnhardt

288

Darrell Waltrip

1985

Darrell Waltrip

101

Bill Elliott

1984

Terry Labonte

65

Harry Gant

1983

Bobby Allison

47

Darrell Waltrip

1982

Darrell Waltrip

72

Bobby Allison

1981

Darrell Waltrip

53

Bobby Allison

1980

Dale Earnhardt

19

Cale Yarborough

1979

Richard Petty

11

Darrell Waltrip

1978

Cale Yarborough

474

Bobby Allison

1977

Cale Yarborough

386

Richard Petty

1976

Cale Yarborough

195

Richard Petty

1975

Richard Petty

722

Dave Marcis

1974

Richard Petty

n/a+

Cale Yarborough

1973

Benny Parsons

n/a

Cale Yarborough

1972

Richard Petty

n/a

Bobby Allison

1971

Richard Petty

n/a

James Hylton

1970

Bobby Isaac

n/a

Bobby Allison

1969

David Pearson

n/a

Richard Petty

1968

David Pearson

n/a

Bobby Isaac

1967

Richard Petty

n/a

James Hylton

1966

David Pearson

n/a

James Hylton

1965

Ned Jarrett

n/a

Dick Hutcherson

1964

Richard Petty

n/a

Ned Jarrett

1963

Joe Weatherly

n/a

Richard Petty

1962

Joe Weatherly

n/a

Richard Petty

1961

Ned Jarrett

n/a

Rex White

1960

Rex White

n/a

Richard Petty

1959

Lee Petty

n/a

Cotton Owens

1958

Lee Petty

n/a

Buck Baker

1957

Buck Baker

n/a

Marvin Panch

1956

Buck Baker

n/a

Herb Thomas

1955

Tim Flock

n/a

Buck Baker

1954

Lee Petty

n/a

Herb Thomas

1953

Herb Thomas

n/a

Lee Petty

1952

Tim Flock

n/a

Herb Thomas

1951

Herb Thomas

n/a

Fonty Flock

1950

Bill Rexford

n/a

Fireball Roberts

* Designates new scoring method of last 10 races.