The Sports Almanac

NASCAR Sprint Cup Champions


Through the 2010 Championship
Points system began in 1975
YEAR WINNER RUNNER-UP POINTS MARGIN
1949
Red Byron
Lee Petty
--
1950
Bill Rexford
Fireball Roberts
--
1951
Herb Thomas
Fonty Flock
--
1952
Tim Flock
Herb Thomas
--
1953
Herb Thomas
Lee Petty
--
1954
Lee Petty
Herb Thomas
--
1955
Tim Flock
Buck Baker
--
1956
Buck Baker
Herb Thomas
--
1957
Buck Baker
Marvin Panch
--
1958
Lee Petty
Buck Baker
--
1959
Lee Petty
Cotton Owens
--
1960
Rex White
Richard Petty
--
1961
Ned Jarrett
Rex White
--
1962
Joe Weatherly
Richard Petty
--
1963
Joe Weatherly
Richard Petty
--
1964
Richard Petty
Ned Jarrett
--
1965
Ned Jarrett
Dick Hutcherson
--
1966
David Pearson
James Hylton
--
1967
Richard Petty
James Hylton
--
1968
David Pearson
Bobby Isaac
--
1969
David Pearson
Richard Petty
--
1970
Bobby Isaac
Bobby Allison
--
1971
Richard Petty
James Hylton
--
1972
Richard Petty
Bobby Allison
--
1973
Benny Parsons
Cale Yarborough
--
1974
Richard Petty
Cale Yarborough
--
1975
Richard Petty
Dave Marcis
722
1976
Cale Yarborough
Richard Petty
195
1977
Cale Yraborough
Richard Petty
386
1978
Cale Yarborough
Bobby Allison
474
1979
Richard Petty
Darrell Waltrip
11
1980
Dale Earnhardt
Cale Yarborough
19
1981
Darrell Waltrip
Bobby Allison
53
1982
Darrell Waltrip
Bobby Allison
72
1983
Bobby Allison
Darrell Waltrip
47
1984
Terry Lebonte
Harry Gant
65
1985
Darrell Waltrip
Bill Elliott
101
1986
Dale Earnhardt
Darrell Waltrip
288
1987
Dale Earnhardt
Bill Elliott
489
1988
Bill Elliott
Rusty Wallace
24
1989
Rusty Wallace
Dale Earnhardt
12
1990
Dale Earnhardt
Mark Martin
26
1991
Dale Earnhardt
Ricky Rudd
195
1992
Alan Kulwicki
Bill Elliott
10
1993
Dale Earnhardt
Rusy Wallace
80
1994
Dale Earnhardt
Mark Martin
444
1995
Jeff Gordon
Dale Earnhardt
34
1996
Terry Lebonte
Jeff Gordon
37
1997
Jeff Gordon
Dale Jarrett
14
1998
Jeff Gordon
Mark Martin
364
1999
Dale Jarrett
Bobby Lebonte
201
2000
Bobby Lebonte
Dale Earnhardt
265
2001
Jeff Gordon
Tony Stewart
349
2002
Tony Stewart
Mark Martin
38
2003
Matt Kenseth
Jimmie Johnson
90
2004
Kurt Busch
Jimmie Johnson
8
2005
Tony Stewart
Greg Biffle/Carl Edwards
35
2006
Jimmie Johnson
Matt Kenseth
56
2007
Jimmie Johnson
Jeff Gordon
77
2008
Jimmie Johnson
Carl Edwards
69
2009
Jimmie Johnson
Mark Martin
141
2010
Jimmie Johnson
Denny Hamlin
39