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 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)
2006 Kevin Harvick Richard Childress
Kevin Harvick[1]
21, 33 Chevrolet 35 (of 35) 9 32 1 5648 (824)
2007 Carl Edwards Jack Roush 60 Ford 35 (of 35) 4 21 0 4805 (618)
2008 Clint Bowyer Richard Childress 2 Chevrolet 35 (of 35) 1 29 0 5132 (21)
2009 Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs 18 Toyota 35 (of 35) 9 30 3 5682 (210)
2010 Brad Keselowski Roger Penske 22 Dodge 35 (of 35) 6 29 5 5639 (445)
2011 Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. Jack Roush 6 Ford 34 (of 34) 2 26 3 1,222 (45)
2012 Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. Jack Roush 6 Ford 33 (of 33) 6 26 4 1,251 (23)
2013 Austin Dillon Richard Childress 3 Chevrolet 33 (of 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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