NASCAR, aka The National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing, began in 1949. Since then, fans have watched in awe of the cars and the drivers who cross the finish line to become NASCAR champions. Some have become household names, like Richard Petty, who shares the top record of 7 Driver’s Championships, along with Dale Ernhardt and Jimmie Johnson, who holds the record for 5 consecutive Driver’s Championships in a row. The Driver’s Championship is awarded to the most successful driver over the course of one season. It’s based on victories as well as overall race results and is awarded by the NASCAR chairman.
The Owner’s Championship is another cup series which runs similar to the Driver’s Championship but the points are awarded to the car, rather than the driver. Some drivers are also owners, such as Richard Petty, who holds the modern record of 287 wins between Richard Petty the driver and Richard Petty Motorsports in association with Petty Enterprises, who is also listed among the richest teams in NASCAR as well.
The Manufacturers Championship is another popular series which began as a major marketing campaign for the automakers. The brands earn points based upon the car’s final position in the race results. Under this modern-day system of points, teams also earn the same number of points as the car itself. In recent years, Toyota has held the top spot in 2016, 2017 and 2019, only being defeated in 2018 by Ford. However, the overall top winners for the past 60 seasons has been Chevrolet with 39 titles followed by Ford with 16 titles.