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This is a list of National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing (NASCAR) champions; that is, a list of all the champions in NASCAR's three major series (Sprint Cup, Nationwide Series, and Craftsman Truck Series). The NASCAR championships are awarded at the end of each season to the driver who has amassed the most points throughout the year. The point totals are determined each week by the driver's final position in a race and the amount of laps they have led in it. The current points system was adopted by NASCAR in 1975 and continues into the present day NEXTEL Cup with slight changes and a ten-race playoff format created in 2004. The Busch Series and the Craftsman Truck series have always used this system, sans the playoff.

Since its founding in 1948, NASCAR has held 92 combined seasons in its three major series with a total of 51 separate champions. The first championship awarded was to Red Byron in 1949. Greg Biffle and Bobby Labonte are the only drivers to have won championships in two of the three series during their NASCAR career. Biffle has come the closest to winning all three (past champion of Busch and Craftsman Truck series and runner-up in the 2005 NEXTEL Cup), but this feat has yet to be accomplished.

The current defending champions are Jimmie Johnson in the Sprint Cup, Carl Edwards in the Nationwide Series, and Ted Musgrave in the Craftsman Truck Series.

Sprint CupEdit

By seasonEdit

Season Driver Owner Number, Make Starts Wins Top Tens Poles Points (margin)
1949 Red Byron Raymond Parks #22, Oldsmobile 88 6 (of 8) 2 4 1 842.5 (117.5)
1950 Bill Rexford Julian Buesink #60, Oldsmobile 88 17 (of 19) 1 11 0 1959 (110.5)
1951 Herb Thomas Self-owned #92, Hudson Hornet 34 (of 41) 7 18 4 4208.45 (146.2)
1952 Tim Flock Ted Chester #91, Hudson Hornet 33 (of 34) 8 25 4 6858.5 (106)
1953 Herb Thomas Self-owned #92, Hudson Hornet 37 (of 37) 12 31 12 8460 (646)
1954 Lee Petty Self-owned #42, Chrysler New Yorker 34 (of 37) 7 32 3 8649 (283)
1955 Tim Flock Carl Kiekhaefer #300, Chrysler 300 39 (of 45) 18 33 18 9596 (1508)
1956 Buck Baker Carl Kiekhaefer #300B, Chrysler 300-B 48 (of 56) 14 39 12 9272 (704)
1957 Buck Baker Self-owned #87, Chevrolet 40 (of 53) 10 38 6 10716 (760)
1958 Lee Petty Self-owned #42, Oldsmobile 50 (of 51) 7 43 4 12232 (644)
1959 Lee Petty Self-owned #42, Plymouth 42 (of 44) 11 35 2 11792 (1830)
1960 Rex White Self-owned #4, Chevrolet Impala 40 (of 44) 6 35 3 21164 (3936)
1961 Ned Jarrett W.G. Holloway, Jr. #11, Chevrolet Impala 46 (of 52) 1 34 4 27272 (830)
1962 Joe Weatherly Bud Moore #8, Pontiac 52 (of 53) 9 45 7 30836 (2396)
1963 Joe Weatherly Bud Moore #8, Pontiac 53 (of 55) 3 35 6 33398 (2228)
1964 Richard Petty Self-owned #43, Plymouth Sport Fury 61 (of 62) 9 43 8 40252 (5302)
1965 Ned Jarrett Bondy Long #11, Ford Galaxie 54 (of 55) 13 45 9 38824 (3034)
1966 David Pearson Cotton Owens #6, Dodge Charger 42 (of 49) 15 33 7 35638 (1950)
1967 Richard Petty Self-owned #43, Plymouth Satellite 48 (of 49) 27 40 18 42472 (6028)
1968 David Pearson Holman-Moody #17, Ford Torino 48 (of 49) 16 38 12 3499 (126)
1969 David Pearson Holman-Moody #17, Ford Torino Talladega 51 (of 54) 11 44 14 4170 (357)
1970 Bobby Isaac Nord Krauskopf #71, Dodge Charger Daytona 47 (of 48) 11 38 13 3911 (51)
1971 Richard Petty Self-owned #43, Plymouth Satellite 46 (of 48) 21 41 9 4435 (364)
1972 Richard Petty Self-owned #43, Plymouth Satellite 31 (of 31) 8 28 3 8701.4 (127.9)
1973 Benny Parsons L.G. DeWitt #72, Chevrolet Chevelle 28 (of 28) 1 21 0 7173.8 (67.15)
1974 Richard Petty Self-owned #43, Dodge Charger 30 (of 30) 10 23 7 5037.75 (567.45)
1975 Richard Petty Self-owned #43, Dodge Charger 30 (of 30) 13 24 3 4783 (722)
1976 Cale Yarborough Junior Johnson #11, Chevrolet Chevelle 30 (of 30) 9 23 2 4644 (195)
1977 Cale Yarborough Junior Johnson #11, Chevrolet Malibu 30 (of 30) 9 27 3 5000 (386)
1978 Cale Yarborough Junior Johnson #11, Oldsmobile Cutlass 30 (of 30) 10 24 8 4841 (474)
1979 Richard Petty Self-owned #43, Chevrolet Monte Carlo 31 (of 31) 5 27 1 4830 (11)
1980 Dale Earnhardt Rod Osterlund #2, Chevrolet Monte Carlo 31 (of 31) 5 24 0 4661 (19)
1981 Darrell Waltrip Junior Johnson #11, Buick Regal 31 (of 31) 12 25 11 4880 (53)
1982 Darrell Waltrip Junior Johnson #11, Buick Regal 30 (of 30) 12 20 7 4489 (72)
1983 Bobby Allison Bill Gardner #22, Buick Regal 30 (of 30) 6 25 0 4667 (47)
1984 Terry Labonte Billy Hagan #44, Chevrolet Monte Carlo 30 (of 30) 2 24 2 4508 (65)
1985 Darrell Waltrip Junior Johnson #11, Buick Regal 28 (of 28) 3 21 4 4292 (101)
1986 Dale Earnhardt Richard Childress #3, Chevrolet Monte Carlo 29 (of 29) 5 23 1 4468 (288)
1987 Dale Earnhardt Richard Childress #3, Chevrolet Monte Carlo 29 (of 29) 11 24 1 4696 (489)
1988 Bill Elliott Harry Melling #9, Ford Thunderbird 29 (of 29) 6 22 6 4488 (24)
1989 Rusty Wallace Raymond Beadle #27, Pontiac Grand Prix 29 (of 29) 6 20 4 4176 (12)
1990 Dale Earnhardt Richard Childress #3, Chevrolet Lumina 29 (of 29) 9 23 4 4430 (26)
1991 Dale Earnhardt Richard Childress #3, Chevrolet Lumina 29 (of 29) 4 21 0 4287 (195)
1992 Alan Kulwicki Self-owned #7, Ford Thunderbird 29 (of 29) 2 17 6 4078 (10)
1993 Dale Earnhardt Richard Childress #3, Chevrolet Lumina 30 (of 30) 6 21 2 4526 (80)
1994 Dale Earnhardt Richard Childress #3, Chevrolet Lumina 31 (of 31) 4 25 2 4694 (444)
1995 Jeff Gordon Rick Hendrick #24, Chevrolet Monte Carlo 31 (of 31) 7 23 8 4614 (34)
1996 Terry Labonte Rick Hendrick #5, Chevrolet Monte Carlo 31 (of 31) 2 24 4 4657 (37)
1997 Jeff Gordon Rick Hendrick #24, Chevrolet Monte Carlo 32 (of 32) 10 23 1 4710 (14)
1998 Jeff Gordon Rick Hendrick #24, Chevrolet Monte Carlo 33 (of 33) 13 28 7 5328 (364)
1999 Dale Jarrett Robert Yates #88, Ford Taurus 34 (of 34) 4 29 0 5262 (201)
2000 Bobby Labonte Joe Gibbs #18, Pontiac Grand Prix 34 (of 34) 4 24 2 5130 (265)
2001 Jeff Gordon Rick Hendrick #24, Chevrolet Monte Carlo 36 (of 36) 6 24 6 5112 (349)
2002 Tony Stewart Joe Gibbs #20, Pontiac Grand Prix 36 (of 36) 3 21 2 4800 (38)
2003 Matt Kenseth Mark Martin #17, Ford Taurus 36 (of 36) 1 25 0 5022 (90)
2004 Kurt Busch Jack Roush #97, Ford Taurus 36 (of 36) 3 21 1 6506 (8)
2005 Tony Stewart Joe Gibbs #20, Chevrolet Monte Carlo 36 (of 36) 5 25 3 6533 (35)

|- 2006 in NASCAR|2006 Jimmy Johnson Hendrek Motorsports 48, Chevrolet Monte Carlo 36 (of 36)

===By drivers

Driver Total Seasons
Richard Petty 7 1964, 1967, 1971-1972, 1974-1975, 1979
Dale Earnhardt 1980, 1986-1987, 1990-1991, 1993-1994
Jeff Gordon 4 1995, 1997-1998, 2001
Lee Petty 3 1954, 1958-1959
David Pearson 1966, 1968-1969
Cale Yarborough 1976-1978
Darrell Waltrip 1981-1982, 1985
Herb Thomas 2 1951, 1953
Tim Flock 1952, 1955
Buck Baker 1956-1957
Joe Weatherly 1962-1963
Ned Jarrett 1961, 1965
Terry Labonte 1984, 1996
Tony Stewart 2002, 2005
Red Byron 1 1949
Bill Rexford 1950
Rex White 1960
Bobby Isaac 1970
Benny Parsons 1973
Bobby Allison 1983
Bill Elliott 1988
Rusty Wallace 1989
Alan Kulwicki 1992
Dale Jarrett 1999
Bobby Labonte 2000
Matt Kenseth 2003
Kurt Busch 2004

Nationwide SeriesEdit

By seasonEdit

Season Driver Owner Number, Make Starts Wins Top Tens Poles Points (margin)
1982 Jack Ingram Self-owned #11, Pontiac 29 (of 29) 7 24 1 4495 (47)
1983 Sam Ard Howard Thomas #00, Oldsmobile 35 (of 35) 10 30 10 5454 (84)
1984 Sam Ard Howard Thomas #00, Oldsmobile 28 (of 29) 8 26 7 4552 (426)
1985 Jack Ingram Self-owned #11, Pontiac 27 (of 27) 5 22 2 4106 (29)
1986 Larry Pearson David Pearson #21, Pontiac 31 (of 31) 1 24 1 4514 (7)
1987 Larry Pearson David Pearson #21, Chevrolet 27 (of 27) 6 20 3 3959 (394)
1988 Tommy Ellis John Jackson #99, Buick 30 (of 30) 3 20 5 4281 (295)
1989 Rob Moroso Dick Moroso #25, Oldsmobile 29 (of 29) 4 16 7 4001 (55)
1990 Chuck Bown Hubert Hensley #63, Pontiac 31 (of 31) 6 18 4 4372 (200)
1991 Bobby Labonte Self-owned #44, Oldsmobile 31 (of 31) 2 21 2 4264 (74)
1992 Joe Nemechek Self-owned #87, Chevrolet 31 (of 31) 2 18 1 4275 (3)
1993 Steve Grissom Wayne Grissom #31, Chevrolet 28 (of 28) 2 18 0 3846 (253)
1994 David Green Bobby Labonte #44, Chevrolet 28 (of 28) 1 14 9 3725 (46)
1995 Johnny Benson, Jr. Bill Baumgardner #74, Chevrolet 26 (of 26) 2 19 0 3688 (404)
1996 Randy LaJoie Bill Baumgardner #74, Chevrolet 26 (of 26) 5 20 2 3714 (29)
1997 Randy LaJoie Bill Baumgardner #74, Chevrolet 30 (of 30) 5 21 2 4381 (266)
1998 Dale Earnhardt, Jr. Dale Earnhardt #3, Chevrolet 31 (of 31) 7 22 3 4469 (48)
1999 Dale Earnhardt, Jr. Dale Earnhardt #3, Chevrolet 32 (of 32) 6 22 3 4647 (280)
2000 Jeff Green Greg Pollex #10, Chevrolet 32 (of 32) 6 27 7 5005 (616)
2001 Kevin Harvick Richard Childress #2, Chevrolet 33 (of 33) 5 24 4 4813 (124)
2002 Greg Biffle Jack Roush #60, Ford 34 (of 34) 4 25 5 4924 (280)
2003 Brian Vickers Ricky Hendrick #5, Chevrolet 34 (of 34) 3 21 1 4637 (14)
2004 Martin Truex Jr. Dale Earnhardt, Jr. #8, Chevrolet 34 (of 34) 6 26 7 5173 (230)
2005 Martin Truex Jr. Dale Earnhardt, Jr. #8, Chevrolet 35 (of 35) 6 22 3 4937 (68)

By driverEdit

Driver Total Seasons
Sam Ard 2 1983-1984
Jack Ingram 1982, 1985
Larry Pearson 1986-1987
Randy LaJoie 1996-1997
Dale Earnhardt, Jr. 1998-1999
Martin Truex, Jr. 2004-2005
Tommy Ellis 1 1988
Rob Moroso 1989
Chuck Bown 1990
Bobby Labonte 1991
Joe Nemechek 1992
Steve Grissom 1993
David Green 1994
Johnny Benson 1995
Jeff Green 2000
Kevin Harvick 2001
Greg Biffle 2002
Brian Vickers 2003

Craftsman Truck SeriesEdit

By seasonEdit

Season Driver Owner Number, Make Starts Wins Top Tens Poles Points (margin)
1995 Mike Skinner Richard Childress #3, Chevrolet 20 (of 20) 8 18 7 3224 (126)
1996 Ron Hornaday, Jr. Dale Earnhardt #16, Chevrolet 24 (of 24) 4 23 2 3831 (53)
1997 Jack Sprague Rick Hendrick #24, Chevrolet 26 (of 26) 3 23 5 3969 (232)
1998 Ron Hornaday, Jr. Dale Earnhardt #16, Chevrolet 27 (of 27) 6 22 2 4072 (3)
1999 Jack Sprague Rick Hendrick #24, Chevrolet 25 (of 25) 3 19 1 3747 (8)
2000 Greg Biffle Jack Roush #50, Ford 24 (of 24) 5 18 4 3826 (230)
2001 Jack Sprague Rick Hendrick #24, Chevrolet 24 (of 24) 4 17 7 3670 (73)
2002 Mike Bliss Steve Coulter #16, Chevrolet 22 (of 22) 5 18 4 3359 (46)
2003 Travis Kvapil Steve Coulter #16, Chevrolet 25 (of 25) 1 22 0 3837 (9)
2004 Bobby Hamilton Self-owned #4, Dodge 25 (of 25) 4 16 0 3624 (46)
2005 Ted Musgrave Jim Smith #1, Dodge 25 (of 25) 1 15 1 3535 (55)

By driverEdit

Craftsman Logo
Driver Total Seasons
Jack Sprague 3 1997, 1999, 2001
Ron Hornaday, Jr. 2 1996, 1998
Mike Skinner 1 1995
Greg Biffle 2000
Mike Bliss 2002
Travis Kvapil 2003
Bobby Hamilton 2004
Ted Musgrave 2005

Other NASCAR seriesEdit

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

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