List of NASCAR Nationwide Series champions

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The NASCAR Nationwide Series Drivers' Championship is awarded by the chairman in NASCAR to the most successful Nationwide Series racing car driver over a season, as determined by a points system based on race results. The Drivers' Championship was first awarded in 1982, to Jack Ingram. The first driver to win multiple Championships was Sam Ard in 1983 and 1984. The current Drivers' Champion is Austin Dillon who won his first NASCAR Nationwide Series championship in 2013.

NASCAR does not officially declare the Champion until the end of the season, but a driver is said to have "clinched" the Championship after it is no longer possible for another to obtain more points than he has, even if the former driver were to not compete in the remaining races of the season, and the latter to score the maximum number of points possible. The earliest in a season that the Drivers' Championship has been clinched was in 2006, when Kevin Harvick secured the title with four races remaining.

Overall, twenty-two different drivers have won the Championship, with Sam Ard, Jack Ingram, Larry Pearson, Randy LaJoie, Dale Earnhardt, Jr., Kevin Harvick, Martin Truex, Jr., and Stenhouse, Jr. holding the record for most titles, at two. Ard, Pearson, LaJoie, Earnhardt, Jr., Truex, Jr., and Stenhouse, Jr. all have the record for most consecutive Drivers' Championships, with two consecutive championships.

By season[edit]

Season Driver Owner No Make St Ws TT P Pts Gap
1982 Jack Ingram Self-owned 11 Pontiac 29 7 24 1 4495 47
1983 Sam Ard Howard Thomas 00 Oldsmobile 35 10 30 10 5454 84
1984 Sam Ard Howard Thomas 00 Oldsmobile 28 8 26 7 4552 426
1985 Jack Ingram Self-owned 11 Pontiac 27 5 22 2 4106 29
1986 Larry Pearson David Pearson 21 Pontiac 31 1 24 1 4514 7
1987 Larry Pearson David Pearson 21 Chevrolet 27 6 20 3 3959 394
1988 Tommy Ellis John Jackson 99 Buick 30 3 20 5 4281 295
1989 Rob Moroso Dick Moroso 25 Oldsmobile 29 4 16 7 4001 55
1990 Chuck Bown Hubert Hensley 63 Pontiac 31 6 18 4 4372 200
1991 Bobby Labonte Self-owned 44 Oldsmobile 31 2 21 2 4264 74
1992 Joe Nemechek Self-owned 87 Chevrolet 31 2 18 1 4275 3
1993 Steve Grissom Wayne Grissom 31 Chevrolet 28 2 18 0 3846 253
1994 David Green Bobby Labonte 44 Chevrolet 28 1 14 9 3725 46
1995 Johnny Benson, Jr. Bill Baumgardner 74 Chevrolet 26 2 19 0 3688 404
1996 Randy LaJoie Bill Baumgardner 74 Chevrolet 26 5 20 2 3714 29
1997 Randy LaJoie Bill Baumgardner 74 Chevrolet 30 5 21 2 4381 266
1998 Dale Earnhardt, Jr. Dale Earnhardt 3 Chevrolet 31 7 22 3 4469 48
1999 Dale Earnhardt, Jr. Dale Earnhardt 3 Chevrolet 32 6 22 3 4647 280
2000 Jeff Green Greg Pollex 10 Chevrolet 32 6 27 7 5005 616
2001 Kevin Harvick Richard Childress 2 Chevrolet 33 5 24 4 4813 124
2002 Greg Biffle Jack Roush 60 Ford 34 4 25 5 4924 280
2003 Brian Vickers Ricky Hendrick 5 Chevrolet 34 3 21 1 4637 14
2004 Martin Truex Jr. Dale Earnhardt, Jr. 8 Chevrolet 34 6 26 7 5173 230
2005 Martin Truex Jr. Dale Earnhardt, Jr. 8 Chevrolet 35 6 22 3 4937 68
2006 Kevin Harvick Richard Childress 21 Chevrolet 35 9 32 1 5648 824
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Kevin Harvick[1] 33
2007 Carl Edwards Jack Roush 60 Ford 35 4 21 0 4805 618
2008 Clint Bowyer Richard Childress 2 Chevrolet 35 1 29 0 5132 21
2009 Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs 18 Toyota 35 9 30 3 5682 210
2010 Brad Keselowski Roger Penske 22 Dodge 35 6 29 5 5639 445
2011 Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. Jack Roush 6 Ford 34 2 26 3 1,222 45
2012 Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. Jack Roush 6 Ford 33 6 26 4 1,251 23
2013 Austin Dillon Richard Childress 3 Chevrolet 33 0 22 7 1,180 3

By driver[edit]

Driver Total Seasons
Sam Ard 2 1983, 1984
Jack Ingram 2 1982, 1985
Larry Pearson 2 1986, 1987
Randy LaJoie 2 1996, 1997
Dale Earnhardt, Jr. 2 1998, 1999
Martin Truex, Jr. 2 2004, 2005
Kevin Harvick 2 2001, 2006
Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. 2 2011, 2012
Tommy Ellis 1 1988
Rob Moroso 1 1989
Chuck Bown 1 1990
Bobby Labonte 1 1991
Joe Nemechek 1 1992
Steve Grissom 1 1993
David Green 1 1994
Johnny Benson 1 1995
Jeff Green 1 2000
Greg Biffle 1 2002
Brian Vickers 1 2003
Carl Edwards 1 2007
Clint Bowyer 1 2008
Kyle Busch 1 2009
Brad Keselowski 1 2010
Austin Dillon 1 2013

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Harvick drove four races and clinched the championship in his self-owned #33 Chevrolet.

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