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Wins and Champions

Wins and Champions

In the world of NASCAR, the driver who wins the most races is not necessarily the points champion at the end of the season. NASCAR point systems have emphasized consistency throughout the season as opposed to the number of wins. Every Sprint Cup champion has won at least one race during their championship season. For instance, Carl Edwards has one victory in 2011 but he leads in points. Tony Stewart has four wins and he sits in second place going into the final race of the year.

Here is a list of champions who have not won the most races.

Year     Champion        Wins     Most wins

1950    Bill Rexford          1         Curtis Turner – 4

1951    Herb Thomas      7          Fonty Flock – 8

1952    Lee Petty              7         Herb Thomas – 12

1961    Ned Jarrett           1         Joe Weatherly – 9

1963    Joe Weatherly     3         Richard Petty – 14

1964    Richard Petty       9         Ned Jarrett – 15

1969   David Pearson     11        Bobby Isaac – 17

1970   Bobby Isaac         11        Richard Petty – 18

1972   Richard Petty        8         Bobby Allison – 10

1973   Benny Parsons      1         David Pearson – 11

1976   Cale Yarborough   9         David Pearson – 10

1979  Richard Petty          5         Darrell Waltrip – 7

1980  Dale Earnhardt       5         Cale Yarborough – 6

1984  Terry Labonte         2         Darrell Waltrip – 7

1986  Dale Earnhardt       5         Tim Richmond – 7

1991  Dale Earnhardt       4         Davey Allison /Harry Gant – 5

1992  Alan Kulwicki          2         Davey Allison/ Bill Elliott – 5

1993  Dale Earnhardt       6         Rusty Wallace – 10

1994  Dale Earnhardt       4         Rusty Wallace – 8

1996  Terry Labonte         2         Jeff Gordon – 10

1999  Dale Jarrett             4         Jeff Gordon – 7

2000  Bobby Labonte       4         Tony Stewart – 6

2002  Tony Stewart          3          Matt Kenseth – 5

2003  Matt Kenseth          1         Ryan Newman – 8

2004  Kurt Busch               3         Jimmie Johnson – 8

2005  Tony Stewart           5        Greg Biffle – 6

2006  Jimmie Johnson      5        Kasey Kahne – 6

2008  Jimmie Johnson      7        Carl Edwards – 9

2010  Jimmie Johnson      6        Denny Hamlin – 8

2011  Carl Edwards           1        Tony Stewart /Kevin Harvick/ Kyle Busch- 4

 
 

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