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DateRaceTrackPoleWinnerWinner's Make
February 9Budweiser ShootoutDaytona International SpeedwayKurt BuschDale Earnhardt Jr.Chevrolet
February 14Gatorade Duel 1Daytona International SpeedwayJimmie JohnsonDale Earnhardt Jr.Chevrolet
February 14Gatorade Duel 2Daytona International SpeedwayMichael WaltripDenny HamlinToyota
February 17Daytona 500Daytona International SpeedwayJimmie JohnsonRyan NewmanDodge
February 25Auto Club 500Auto Club SpeedwayJimmie JohnsonCarl EdwardsFord
March 2UAW-Dodge 400Las Vegas Motor SpeedwayKyle BuschCarl EdwardsFord
March 9Kobalt Tools 500Atlanta Motor SpeedwayJeff GordonKyle BuschToyota
March 16Food City 500Bristol Motor SpeedwayJimmie JohnsonJeff BurtonChevrolet
March 30Goody's Cool Orange 500Martinsville SpeedwayJeff GordonDenny HamlinToyota
April 6Samsung 500Texas Motor SpeedwayDale Earnhardt Jr.Carl EdwardsFord
April 12Subway Fresh Fit 500Phoenix International RacewayRyan NewmanJimmie JohnsonChevrolet
April 27Aaron's 499Talladega SuperspeedwayJoe NemechekKyle BuschToyota
May 3Crown Royal Presents the Dan Lowry 400Richmond International RacewayDenny HamlinClint BowyerChevrolet
May 10Dodge Challenger 500Darlington RacewayGreg BiffleKyle BuschToyota
May 17Sprint ShowdownLowe's Motor SpeedwayBrian VickersA.J. AllmendingerToyota
May 17Sprint All-Star RaceLowe's Motor SpeedwayKyle BuschKasey KahneDodge
May 25Coca-Cola 600Lowe's Motor SpeedwayKyle BuschKasey KahneDodge
June 1Best Buy 400 Benefiting Student Clubs for Autism SpeaksDover International SpeedwayGreg BiffleKyle BuschToyota
June 8Pocono 500Pocono RacewayKasey KahneKasey KahneDodge
June 15LifeLock 400Michigan International SpeedwayKyle BuschDale Earnhardt Jr.Chevrolet
June 22Toyota/Save Mart 350Infineon RacewayKasey KahneKyle BuschToyota
June 29LENOX Industrial Tools 301New Hampshire Motor SpeedwayPatrick CarpentierKurt BuschDodge
July 5Coke Zero 400 Powered By Coca-ColaDaytona International SpeedwayPaul MenardKyle BuschToyota
July 12LifeLock.com 400Chicagoland SpeedwayKyle BuschKyle BuschToyota
July 27Allstate 400 at the BrickyardIndianapolis Motor SpeedwayJimmie JohnsonJimmie JohnsonChevrolet
August 3Sunoco Red Cross Pennsylvania 500Pocono RacewayJimmie JohnsonCarl EdwardsFord
August 10Centurion Boats at The GlenWatkins Glen InternationalKyle BuschKyle BuschToyota
August 173M Performance 400 presented by BondoMichigan International SpeedwayBrian VickersCarl EdwardsFord
August 23Sharpie 500Bristol Motor SpeedwayCarl EdwardsCarl EdwardsFord
August 31Pepsi 500Auto Club SpeedwayJimmie JohnsonJimmie JohnsonChevrolet
September 7Chevy Rock & Roll 400Richmond International RacewayKyle BuschJimmie JohnsonChevrolet
September 14Sylvania 300New Hampshire Motor SpeedwayKyle BuschGreg BiffleFord
September 21Camping World RV 400 presented by AAADover International SpeedwayJeff GordonGreg BiffleFord
September 28Camping World RV 400 presented by ColemanJimmie JohnsonJimmie JohnsonChevrolet
October 5Amp Energy 500Talladega SuperspeedwayTravis KvapilTony StewartToyota
October 11Bank of America 500Lowe's Motor SpeedwayJimmie JohnsonJeff BurtonChevrolet
October 19TUMS QuikPak 500Martinsville SpeedwayJimmie JohnsonJimmie JohnsonChevrolet
October 26Pep Boys Auto 500Atlanta Motor SpeedwayJimmie JohnsonCarl EdwardsFord
November 2Dickies 500Texas Motor SpeedwayJeff GordonCarl EdwardsFord
November 9Checker O'Reilly Auto Parts 500 presented by PennzoilPhoenix International RacewayJimmie JohnsonJimmie JohnsonChevrolet
November 16Ford 400Homestead-Miami SpeedwayDavid ReutimannCarl EdwardsFord

Points Standings

Pos.DriverPointsBehindStartsPolesWinsTop 5Top 10Winnings
1Jimmie Johnson6684Leader36671522$7,354,860
2Carl Edwards6615-6936191927$8,095,200
3Greg Biffle6467-21736221217$4,906,160
4Kevin Harvick6408-2763600719$5,603,650
5Clint Bowyer6381-3033601717$4,514,600
6Jeff Burton6335-3493602718$5,542,180
7Jeff Gordon6316-36836401319$5,944,140
8Denny Hamlin6214-47036111218$5,494,360
9Tony Stewart6202-48236011016$6,268,430
10Kyle Busch6186-49836281721$6,617,590
11Matt Kenseth6184-5003600920$5,526,940
12Dale Earnhardt, Jr.6127-55736111016$4,611,290
13David Ragan4299-23853600614$3,980,810
14Kasey Kahne4085-25993622414$6,272,460
15Martin Truex Jr.3839-28453600311$4,663,450
16Jamie McMurray3809-28753600411$4,056,450
17Ryan Newman3735-2949361128$6,179,560
18Kurt Busch3635-30493601510$4,469,510
19Brian Vickers3580-3104361036$3,630,250
20Casey Mears3527-3157360016$3,941,470
21Bobby Labonte3448-3236360002$4,668,830
22David Reutimann3397-3287361004$3,341,230
23Travis Kvapil3384-3300361004$4,250,750
24Elliott Sadler3364-3320360028$4,466,240
25Juan Pablo Montoya3329-3355360023$4,409,360
26Paul Menard3151-3533361011$3,559,130
27David Gilliland3064-3620360012$3,764,090
28Mark Martin3022-36622400411$3,553,700
29Michael Waltrip2889-3795360012$3,663,190
30Dave Blaney2851-3833350002$3,456,710
31Scott Riggs2797-3887340001$3,426,770
32Reed Sorenson2795-3889350012$4,316,340
33Robby Gordon2770-3914360003$3,816,360
34Regan Smith*2672-4012340000$3,243,840
35Sam Hornish Jr.*2523-4161340000$4,547,370
36A.J. Allmendinger2436-4248270002$2,408,800
37Joe Nemechek1989-4695321000$2,681,760
38Patrick Carpentier*1794-4890241000$1,989,150
39Bill Elliott1528-5156200000$1,965,750
40Michael McDowell*1466-5218200000$1,757,650
41J.J. Yeley1263-5421170011$1,839,450
42Aric Almirola1075-5609120001$1,356,810
43Ken Schrader1040-5644150000$1,366,540
44Kyle Petty879-5805150000$1,435,100
45Marcos Ambrose844-5840110011$1,112,280
46Terry Labonte811-5873100000$939,617
47Tony Raines800-5884110000$847,075
48Mike Skinner734-5950110000$879,897
49Dario Franchitti*606-6078100000$1,008,350
50Jeremy Mayfield578-610680000$848,175
51Sterling Marlin482-620290000$719,795
52Chad McCumbee396-628860000$497,754
53Johnny Sauter387-629790000$704,920
54Dale Jarrett367-631750000$716,013
55Scott Speed366-631850000$396,300
56Ron Fellows200-648420000$163,025
57Brad Keselowski200-648420000$166,850
58Boris Said194-649030000$260,953
59Jason Leffler192-649230000$286,450
60Jon Wood183-650130000$292,835
61Kenny Wallace166-651820000$354,493
62John Andretti149-653530000$422,213
63Mike Wallace143-654120000$137,075
64Joey Logano113-657130000$262,425
65Max Papis92-659220000$131,118
66David Stremme84-660010000$91,525
67P.J. Jones52-663210000$68,825
68Scott Pruett49-663510000$97,599
69Brad Coleman49-663510000$79,675
70Mike Bliss46-663810000$67,250
71Brian Simo34-665010000$70,164
72Jeff Green0-668400000$34,575
73Bryan Clauson0-668400000$0
74Chad Chaffin0-668400000$0
75Derrike Cope0-668400000$0
76Stanton Barrett0-668400000$56,638
77Carl Long0-668400000$56,045
78Scott Wimmer0-668400000$0
79Burney Lamar0-668400000$0
80Johnny Benson0-668400000$0
81Brandon Ash0-668400000$0
82Eric McClure0-668400000$22,988
83Jacques Villeneuve0-668400000$22,863



DateRaceTrackPoleWinnerWinner's Make
February 7Budweiser ShootoutDaytona International SpeedwayPaul MenardKevin HarvickChevrolet
February 12Gatorade Duel 1Daytona International SpeedwayMartin Truex Jr.Jeff GordonChevrolet
February 12Gatorade Duel 2Daytona International SpeedwayMark MartinKyle BuschToyota
February 15Daytona 500Daytona International SpeedwayMartin Truex Jr.Matt KensethFord
February 22Auto Club 500Auto Club SpeedwayBrian VickersMatt KensethFord
March 1Shelby 427Las Vegas Motor SpeedwayKyle BuschKyle BuschToyota
March 8Kobalt Tools 500Atlanta Motor SpeedwayMark MartinKurt BuschDodge
March 22Food City 500Bristol Motor SpeedwayMark MartinKyle BuschToyota
March 29Goody's Fast Pain Relief 500Martinsville SpeedwayJeff GordonJimmie JohnsonChevrolet
April 5Samsung 500Texas Motor SpeedwayDavid ReutimannJeff GordonChevrolet
April 18Subway Fresh Fit 500Phoenix International RacewayMark MartinMark MartinChevrolet
April 26Aaron's 499Talladega SuperspeedwayJuan Pablo MontoyaBrad KeselowskiChevrolet
May 2Crown Royal presents the Russ Friedman 400Richmond International RacewayBrian VickersKyle BuschToyota
May 9Southern 500 presented by GoDaddy.comDarlington RacewayMatt KensethMark MartinChevrolet
May 16Sprint ShowdownLowe's Motor SpeedwayDavid StremmeSam Hornish Jr.Dodge
May 16Sprint All-Star RaceLowe's Motor SpeedwayJimmie JohnsonTony StewartChevrolet
May 25Coca-Cola 600Lowe's Motor SpeedwayRyan NewmanDavid ReutimannToyota
May 31Autism Speaks 400Dover International SpeedwayDavid ReutimannJimmie JohnsonChevrolet
June 7Pocono 500Pocono RacewayTony StewartTony StewartChevrolet
June 14LifeLock 400Michigan International SpeedwayBrian VickersMark MartinChevrolet
June 21Toyota/SaveMart 350Infineon RacewayBrian VickersKasey KahneDodge
June 28Lenox Industrial Tools 301New Hampshire Motor SpeedwayTony StewartJoey LoganoToyota
July 4Coke Zero 400 powered by Coca-ColaDaytona International SpeedwayTony StewartTony StewartChevrolet
July 11LifeLock.com 400Chicagoland SpeedwayBrian VickersMark MartinChevrolet
July 26Allstate 400 at the BrickyardIndianapolis Motor SpeedwayMark MartinJimmie JohnsonChevrolet
August 3Sunoco Red Cross Pennsylvania 500Pocono RacewayTony StewartDenny HamlinToyota
August 10Heluva Good! at The GlenWatkins Glen InternationalJimmie JohnsonTony StewartChevrolet
August 16Carfax 400Michigan International SpeedwayBrian VickersBrian VickersToyota
August 22Sharpie 500Bristol Motor SpeedwayMark MartinKyle BuschToyota
September 6Pep Boys Auto 500Atlanta Motor SpeedwayMartin Truex Jr.Kasey KahneDodge
September 12Chevy Rock & Roll 400Richmond International RacewayMark MartinDenny HamlinToyota
September 20Sylvania 300New Hampshire Motor SpeedwayJuan Pablo MontoyaMark MartinChevrolet
September 27AAA 400Dover International SpeedwayJimmie JohnsonJimmie JohnsonChevrolet
October 4Price Chopper 400 presented by Kraft FoodsKansas SpeedwayMark MartinTony StewartChevrolet
October 11Pepsi 500Auto Club SpeedwayDenny HamlinJimmie JohnsonChevrolet
October 17NASCAR Banking 500 only from Bank of AmericaLowe's Motor SpeedwayJimmie JohnsonJimmie JohnsonChevrolet
October 25Tums Fast Relief 500Martinsville SpeedwayRyan NewmanDenny HamlinToyota
November 1Amp Energy 500Talladega SuperspeedwayJimmie JohnsonJamie McMurrayFord
November 8Dickies 500Texas Motor SpeedwayJeff GordonKurt BuschDodge
November 15Checker O'Reilly Auto Parts 500 presented by PennzoilPhoenix International RacewayMartin Truex Jr.Jimmie JohnsonChevrolet
November 22Ford 400Homestead-Miami SpeedwayJimmie JohnsonDenny HamlinToyota

Points Standings

Pos.DriverPointsBehindStartsPolesWinsTop 5Top 10Winnings
1Jimmie Johnson6652Leader36471624$7,339,630
2Mark Martin6511-14136751421$5,279,000
3Jeff Gordon6473-17936111625$6,476,460
4Kurt Busch6446-20636021021$4,991,480
5Denny Hamlin6335-31736141520$5,478,040
6Tony Stewart6309-34336041523$6,836,150
7Greg Biffle6292-36036001016$4,811,510
8Juan Pablo Montoya6252-4003620718$5,274,190
9Ryan Newman6175-4773620515$5,010,310
10Kasey Kahne6128-5243602714$5,760,140
11Carl Edwards6118-5343600714$5,607,550
12Brian Vickers5929-7233661413$4,731,590
13Kyle Busch4457-21953614913$6,204,750
14Matt Kenseth4389-22633612712$7,085,710
15Clint Bowyer4359-22933600416$4,410,660
16David Reutimann4221-24313621510$4,891,120
17Jeff Burton4022-26303600510$5,530,110
18Marcos Ambrose3830-2822360047$4,187,040
19Kevin Harvick3796-2856360059$6,104,740
20Joey Logano*3791-2861360137$5,375,110
21Casey Mears3759-2893360004$3,958,460
22Jamie McMurray3604-3048360115$3,980,630
23Martin Truex Jr.3503-3149363016$4,801,660
24A.J. Allmendinger3476-3176360016$3,878,480
25Dale Earnhardt, Jr.3422-3230360025$4,097,190
26Elliott Sadler3350-3302360015$3,819,100
27David Ragan3252-3400360002$3,682,210
28Sam Hornish Jr.3203-3449360027$4,136,160
29Reed Sorenson3147-3505360001$4,657,250
30Bobby Labonte3128-3524360012$4,198,900
31Paul Menard2979-3673360000$4,367,630
32David Stremme2919-3733330000$4,141,680
33Michael Waltrip2839-3813340002$3,448,180
34Robby Gordon2699-3953350011$3,860,580
35Scott Speed*2690-3962350011$3,543,640
36John Andretti2597-4055340000$3,242,540
37David Gilliland1928-4724310000$2,535,000
38Brad Keselowski1528-5124150114$1,732,850
39Regan Smith1440-5212180000$1,751,750
40Joe Nemechek1342-5310300000$2,411,240
41Dave Blaney1204-5448300000$2,343,060
42Bill Elliott1095-5557120000$1,309,170
43Max Papis*1047-5605150001$1,220,600
44Mike Bliss577-6075130000$1,004,640
45Tony Raines528-6124130000$1,034,760
46Aric Almirola527-612580000$902,563
47Erik Darnell472-618070000$745,878
48Scott Riggs448-620480000$830,523
49Travis Kvapil378-627460000$654,281
50Patrick Carpentier351-630160000$456,425
51Terry Labonte338-631460000$721,403
52Michael McDowell326-632680000$593,229
53Sterling Marlin316-633670000$493,720
54Jeremy Mayfield288-636450000$568,888
55Mike Skinner200-645250000$493,416
56Ron Fellows158-649420000$144,625
57Boris Said152-650020000$160,338
58Todd Bodine123-652930000$264,354
59Robert Richardson, Jr.109-654310000$77,250
60Andy Lally82-657010000$67,350
61Mike Wallace80-657220000$185,890
62Scott Wimmer76-657610000$89,160
63Dexter Bean55-659710000$93,425
64P.J. Jones40-661220000$134,565
65Brandon Ash40-661210000$72,225
66Derrike Cope37-661510000$117,703
67Tony Ave34-661810000$62,326
68J.J. Yeley0-665200000$28,075
69Josh Wise0-665200000$0
70Mike Garvey0-665200000$48,538
71Brian Simo0-665200000$0
72Trevor Boys0-665200000$0
73Eric McClure0-665200000$0
74Tom Hubert0-665200000$0
75Ted Christopher0-665200000$0
76Kevin Conway0-665200000$0
77David Starr0-665200000$27,275
78Dennis Setzer0-665200000$0
79Chris Cook0-665200000$0
80Kevin Hamlin0-665200000$0
81Geoff Bodine0-665200000$21,138
82Kirk Shelmerdine0-665200000$48,438
83Kelly Bires0-665200000$21,363
84Norm Benning0-665200000$48,413
85Carl Long-200-685200000$26,463



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DateRaceTrackPoleWinnerWinner's Make
February 6Budweiser Shootout*Daytona International SpeedwayCarl EdwardsKevin HarvickChevrolet
February 11Gatorade Duel 1*Daytona International SpeedwayJamie McMurrayJimmie JohnsonChevrolet
February 11Gatorade Duel 2*Daytona International SpeedwayDale Earnhardt, Jr.Kasey KahneFord
February 14Daytona 500Daytona International SpeedwayMark MartinJamie McMurrayChevrolet
February 21Auto Club 500Auto Club SpeedwayJamie McMurrayJimmie JohnsonChevrolet
February 28Shelby AmericanLas Vegas Motor SpeedwayKurt BuschJimmie JohnsonChevrolet
March 7Kobalt Tools 500Atlanta Motor SpeedwayDale Earnhardt, Jr.Kurt BuschDodge
March 21Food City 500Bristol Motor SpeedwayJoey LoganoJimmie JohnsonChevrolet
March 28Goody's Fast Pain Relief 500Martinsville SpeedwayKevin Harvick*Denny HamlinToyota
April 10Subway Fresh Fit 600Phoenix International RacewayA.J. AllmendingerRyan NewmanChevrolet
April 19Samsung Mobile 500Texas Motor SpeedwayTony StewartDenny HamlinToyota
April 25Aaron's 499Talladega SuperspeedwayJimmie Johnson*Kevin HarvickChevrolet
May 1Crown Royal presents the Heath Calhoun 400Richmond International RacewayKyle BuschKyle BuschToyota
May 8Showtime Southern 500Darlington RacewayJamie McMurrayDenny HamlinToyota
May 16Autism Speaks 400 presented by Hershey's Milk & MilkshakesDover International SpeedwayMartin Truex, Jr.Kyle BuschToyota
May 22Sprint Showdown*Charlotte Motor SpeedwayDavid Ragan*Martin Truex, Jr.Toyota
May 22Sprint All-Star Race*Charlotte Motor SpeedwayKurt Busch*Kurt BuschDodge
May 30Coca-Cola 600Charlotte Motor SpeedwayRyan NewmanKurt BuschDodge
June 6Gillette Fusion ProGlide 500 presented by TargetPocono RacewayKyle BuschDenny HamlinToyota
June 13Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips 400Michigan International SpeedwayKurt BuschDenny HamlinToyota
June 20Toyota/Save Mart 350Infineon RacewayKasey KahneJimmie JohnsonChevrolet
June 27Lenox Industrial Tools 301New Hampshire Motor SpeedwayJuan Pablo MontoyaJimmie JohnsonChevrolet
July 3Coke Zero 400 powered by Coca-ColaDaytona International SpeedwayKevin HarvickKevin HarvickChevrolet
July 10LifeLock.com 400Chicagoland SpeedwayJamie McMurrayDavid ReutimannToyota
July 25Brickyard 400Indianapolis Motor SpeedwayJuan Pablo MontoyaJamie McMurrayChevrolet
August 1Sunoco Red Cross Pennsylvania 500Pocono RacewayTony StewartGreg BiffleFord
August 8Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips at the GlenWatkins Glen InternationalCarl EdwardsJuan Pablo MontoyaChevrolet
August 15Carfax 400Michigan International SpeedwayKasey KahneKevin HarvickChevrolet
August 21Irwin Tools Night RaceBristol Motor SpeedwayJimmie JohnsonKyle BuschToyota
September 5Emory Healthcare 500Atlanta Motor SpeedwayDenny HamlinTony StewartChevrolet
September 11Air Guard 400Richmond International RacewayCarl EdwardsDenny HamlinToyota
September 19Sylvania 300New Hampshire Motor SpeedwayBrad KeselowskiClint BowyerChevrolet
September 26AAA 400Dover International SpeedwayJimmie JohnsonJimmie JohnsonChevrolet
October 3Price Chopper 400 presented by Kraft FoodsKansas SpeedwayJamie McMurrayGreg BiffleFord
October 16Bank of America 500Charlotte Motor SpeedwayJeff GordonJamie McMurrayChevrolet
October 24Tums Fast Relief 500Martinsville SpeedwayDenny HamlinDenny HamlinToyota
October 31Amp Energy Juice 500Talladega SuperspeedwayJuan Pablo MontoyaClint BowyerChevrolet
November 7AAA Texas 500Texas Motor SpeedwayElliott SadlerDenny HamlinToyota
November 14Kobalt Tools 500Phoenix International RacewayCarl EdwardsCarl EdwardsFord
November 21Ford 400Homestead-Miami SpeedwayKasey KahneCarl EdwardsFord

Points Standings

Pos.DriverPointsBehindStartsPolesWinsTop 5Top 10Winnings
1Jimmie Johnson6622Leader36261723$7,264,780
2Denny Hamlin6583-3936281418$5,856,550
3Kevin Harvick6581-4136031626$6,812,580
4Carl Edwards6393-2293632919$5,716,360
5Matt Kenseth6294-3283600615$5,621,480
6Greg Biffle6247-3753602919$4,966,010
7Tony Stewart6221-4013622917$5,664,250
8Kyle Busch6182-44036231018$6,291,690
9Jeff Gordon6176-44636101117$5,703,710
10Clint Bowyer6155-4673602718$4,700,630
11Kurt Busch6142-4803622917$6,732,740
12Jeff Burton6033-5893600615$5,178,400
13Mark Martin4364-22583610711$4,481,760
14Jamie McMurray4325-22973643912$6,858,690
15Ryan Newman4302-23203611414$5,001,860
16Joey Logano4185-24373610716$5,151,410
17Juan Pablo Montoya4118-25043631614$5,088,410
18David Reutimann4024-2598360169$5,090,840
19A.J. Allmendinger3998-2624361028$4,761,570
20Kasey Kahne3961-26613640710$5,289,130
21Dale Earnhardt, Jr.3953-2669361038$4,572,930
22Martin Truex, Jr.3916-2706361017$3,742,690
23Paul Menard3776-2846360016$3,599,780
24David Ragan3599-3023360003$3,597,380
25Brad Keselowski3485-3137361002$4,254,260
26Marcos Ambrose3422-3200360025$4,234,320
27Elliott Sadler3234-3388361001$3,479,470
28Regan Smith3229-3393360000$3,441,810
29Sam Hornish, Jr.3214-3408360001$3,447,550
30Scott Speed3178-3444360002$3,754,920
31Bobby Labonte2583-4039360000$3,172,180
32David Gilliland2445-4177320000$3,035,140
33Travis Kvapil2426-4196340000$3,197,720
34Robby Gordon2028-4594270011$2,913,820
35Kevin Conway1830-4792280000$2,547,870
36Casey Mears1573-5049210000$1,871,550
37Dave Blaney1416-5206290000$2,326,360
38Joe Nemechek1361-5261310000$2,535,500
39Reed Sorenson1355-5267160001$1,891,730
40Brian Vickers1158-5464110003$1,579,830
41Bill Elliott1107-5515130000$1,314,990
42Mike Bliss1050-5572170002$1,517,950
43Max Papis907-5715180000$1,629,420
44J.J. Yeley891-5731170000$1,261,660
45Michael McDowell879-5743240000$1,993,070
46David Stremme825-5797110000$946,775
47Landon Cassill717-5905160000$1,207,810
48Aric Almirola704-591890011$980,996
49Tony Raines534-608890000$710,170
50Patrick Carpentier474-614860000$528,075
51Andy Lally471-615170000$504,600
52Boris Said448-617460001$739,493
53Todd Bodine313-630970000$628,384
54Robert Richardson, Jr.301-632140000$595,210
55Michael Waltrip284-633840000$558,288
56P.J. Jones190-643240000$293,866
57Jeff Green186-643630000$237,595
58Mattias Ekström175-644720000$226,671
59Terry Cook164-645830000$240,170
60Johnny Sauter154-646840000$308,612
61Chad McCumbee134-648820000$139,565
62Steve Park129-649310000$100,400
63Jan Magnussen127-649510000$92,500
64Scott Riggs116-650620000$157,460
65Ken Schrader114-650810000$82,725
66Trevor Bayne112-651010000$96,625
67Hermie Sadler85-653710000$72,425
68Terry Labonte83-653920000$130,190
69Jacques Villeneuve76-654610000$137,725
70Jason Leffler68-655420000$135,984
71John Andretti49-657310000$286,779
72Ron Fellows43-657910000$60,840
73Geoffrey Bodine40-658210000$63,045
74Jeff Fuller34-658810000$92,376
75Brendan Gaughan34-658810000$64,447
76Brandon Ash0-662200000$0
77Ted Musgrave0-662200000$0
78Josh Wise0-662200000$0
79Brian Simo0-662200000$0
80Tony Ave0-662200000$0
81Kevin Lepage0-662200000$0
82Brian Keselowski0-662200000$0
83Derrike Cope0-662200000$69,588
84Mike Wallace0-662200000$21,995
85Norm Benning0-662200000$50,504


For the 2011 season, NASCAR would institute two points system changes that would dramatically alter the championships in its top series as well as the automatic qualification rules.

Aside from bonus points, drivers would be awarded 43 points for first place, 42 for second, 41 for third, and so on until 1 point was awarded for 43rd place.  This had a dramatic effect on the Sprint Cup's "Top 35" automatic qualification rule, as in previous seasons last place was worth 34 points and each position up to 11th place was worth just 3 points.  42nd place was worth 37 points, 41st worth 40 points, and it took getting up to 31st place's 70 points to double the last place total.  With the new points system, teams had more incentive to stay in the race and teams intending to compete were able to climb above the "Start and Park" teams more easily as under the new points system 42nd place was worth twice the points of last place, 41st worth 3 times the points, and 31st place was worth 13 points, 13 times as much as last place instead of a little over twice as much.

The second major change was to require drivers to compete for just one championship, effectively taking the Sprint Cup regulars out of contention for the Nationwide Series championship, ending an era of dual full-time competition that began with Kevin Harvick's simultaneous 2001 Busch Grand National Championship and Winston Cup Rookie of the Year title.

It was the year of the first time winners in Sprint Cup, with 4 major races being won by first-timers: Trevor Bayne in the Daytona 500 (in just his second Cup start), Regan Smith at the Showtime Southern 500, David Ragan at the Coke Zero 400, and Paul Menard at the Brickyard 400.  Also, Marcos Ambrose won the Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips at the Glen, becoming the first Australian to win in NASCAR's highest series and just the fourth foreign-born driver to win in the series (Italy, Canada, and Colombia are the other countries with previous winners).


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DateRaceTrackPoleWinnerWinner's Make
February 12Budweiser ShootoutDaytona International SpeedwayDale Earnhardt, Jr.Kurt BuschDodge
February 17Gatorade Duel 1Daytona International SpeedwayDale Earnhardt, Jr.Kurt BuschDodge
February 17Gatorade Duel 2Daytona International SpeedwayJeff GordonJeff BurtonChevrolet
February 20Daytona 500Daytona International SpeedwayDale Earnhardt, Jr.Trevor BayneFord
February 27Subway Fresh Fit 500Phoenix International RacewayCarl EdwardsJeff GordonChevrolet
March 6Kobalt Tools 400Las Vegas Motor SpeedwayMatt KensethCarl EdwardsFord
March 20Jeff Byrd 500Bristol Motor SpeedwayCarl EdwardsKyle BuschToyota
March 27Auto Club 400Auto Club SpeedwayJuan Pablo MontoyaKevin HarvickChevrolet
April 3Goody's Fast Relief 500Martinsville SpeedwayJamie McMurrayKevin HarvickChevrolet
April 9Samsung Mobile 500Texas Motor SpeedwayDavid RaganMatt KensethFord
April 17Aaron's 499Talladega SuperspeedwayJeff GordonJimmie JohnsonChevrolet
April 30Crown Royal presents the Matthew and Daniel Hansen 400Richmond International RacewayJuan Pablo MontoyaKyle BuschToyota
May 7Showtime Southern 500Darlington RacewayKasey KahneRegan SmithChevrolet
May 15FedEx 400 benefiting Autism SpeaksDover International SpeedwayJimmie JohnsonMatt KensethFord
May 21Sprint ShowdownCharlotte Motor SpeedwayDavid RaganDavid RaganFord
May 21Sprint All-Star RaceCharlotte Motor SpeedwayKyle BuschCarl EdwardsFord
May 29Coca-Cola 600Charlotte Motor SpeedwayBrad KeselowskiKevin HarvickChevrolet
June 5STP 400Kansas SpeedwayKurt BuschBrad KeselowskiDodge
June 125-Hour Energy 500Pocono RacewayKurt BuschJeff GordonChevrolet
June 19Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips 400Michigan International SpeedwayKurt BuschDenny HamlinToyota
June 26Toyota/Save Mart 350Infineon RacewayJoey LoganoKurt BuschDodge
July 2Coke Zero 400Daytona International SpeedwayMark MartinDavid RaganFord
July 9Quaker State 400Kentucky SpeedwayKyle BuschKyle BuschToyota
July 17Lenox Industrial Tools 301New Hampshire Motor SpeedwayRyan NewmanRyan NewmanChevrolet
July 31Brickyard 400 presented by BigMachineRecords.comIndianapolis Motor SpeedwayDavid RaganPaul MenardChevrolet
August 7Good Sam RV Insurance 500Pocono RacewayJoey LoganoBrad KeselowskiDodge
August 15Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips at the GlenWatkins Glen InternationalKyle BuschMarcos AmbroseFord
August 21Pure Michigan 400Michigan International SpeedwayGreg BiffleKyle BuschToyota
August 27Irwin Tools Night RaceBristol Motor SpeedwayRyan NewmanBrad KeselowskiDodge
September 6AdvoCare 500Atlanta Motor SpeedwayKasey KahneJeff GordonChevrolet
September 10Wonderful Pistachios 400Richmond International RacewayDavid ReutimannKevin HarvickChevrolet
September 19Geico 400Chicagoland SpeedwayMatt KensethTony StewartChevrolet
September 25Sylvania 300New Hampshire Motor SpeedwayRyan NewmanTony StewartChevrolet
October 2AAA 400Dover International SpeedwayMartin Truex, Jr.Kurt BuschDodge
October 9Hollywood Casino 400Kansas SpeedwayGreg BiffleJimmie JohnsonChevrolet
October 15Bank of America 500Charlotte Motor SpeedwayTony StewartMatt KensethFord
October 23Good Sam Club 500Talladega SuperspeedwayMark MartinClint BowyerChevrolet
October 30Tums Fast Relief 500Martinsville SpeedwayCarl EdwardsTony StewartChevrolet
November 6AAA Texas 500Texas Motor SpeedwayGreg BiffleTony StewartChevrolet
November 13Kobalt Tools 500Phoenix International RacewayMatt KensethKasey KahneToyota
November 20Ford 400Homestead-Miami SpeedwayCarl EdwardsTony StewartChevrolet



DateRaceTrackPoleWinnerWinner's Make
February 27Daytona 500Daytona International SpeedwayCarl EdwardsMatt KensethFord
March 4Subway Fresh Fit 500Phoenix International RacewayMark MartinDenny HamlinToyota
March 11Kobalt Tools 400Las Vegas Motor SpeedwayKasey KahneTony StewartChevrolet
March 18Food City 500Bristol Motor SpeedwayGreg BiffleBrad KeselowskiDodge
March 25Auto Club 400Auto Club SpeedwayDenny HamlinTony StewartChevrolet
April 1Goody's Fast Relief 500Martinsville SpeedwayKasey KahneRyan NewmanChevrolet
April 14Samsung Mobile 500Texas Motor SpeedwayMartin Truex, Jr.Greg BiffleFord
April 22STP 400Kansas SpeedwayA.J. AllmendingerDenny HamlinToyota
April 28Capital City 400Richmond International RacewayMark MartinKyle BuschToyota
May 6Aaron's 499Talladega SuperspeedwayJeff GordonBrad KeselowskiDodge
May 12Bojangles' Southern 500Darlington RacewayGreg BiffleJimmie JohnsonChevrolet
May 27Coca-Cola 600Charlotte Motor SpeedwayAric AlmirolaKasey KahneChevrolet
June 3FedEx 400 Benefiting Autism SpeaksDover International SpeedwayMark MartinJimmie JohnsonChevrolet
June 10Pocono 400 presented by #NASCARPocono RacewayJoey LoganoJoey LoganoToyota
June 17Quicken Loans 400Michigan International SpeedwayMarcos AmbroseDale Earnhardt, Jr.Chevrolet
June 24Toyota/Save Mart 350Sonoma RacewayMarcos AmbroseClint BowyerToyota
June 30Quaker State 400Kentucky SpeedwayJimmie JohnsonBrad KeselowskiDodge
July 7Coke Zero 400Daytona International SpeedwayMatt KensethTony StewartChevrolet
July 15Lenox Industrial Tools 301New Hampshire Motor SpeedwayKyle BuschKasey KahneChevrolet
July 29Crown Royal Presents the Curtiss Shaver 400Indianapolis Motor SpeedwayJamie McMurrayJimmie JohnsonChevrolet
August 5Pennsylvania 400Pocono RacewayJuan Pablo MontoyaJeff GordonChevrolet
August 12Finger Lakes 355 at the GlenWatkins Glen InternationalJuan Pablo MontoyaMarcos AmbroseFord
August 19Pure Michigan 400Michigan International SpeedwayMark MartinGreg BiffleFord
August 25Irwin Tools Night RaceBristol Motor SpeedwayCasey MearsDenny HamlinToyota
September 2AdvoCare 500Atlanta Motor SpeedwayTony StewartDenny HamlinToyota
September 8Federated Auto Parts 400Richmond International RacewayDale Earnhardt, Jr.Clint BowyerToyota
September 16GEICO 400Chicagoland SpeedwayJimmie JohnsonBrad KeselowskiDodge
September 23Sylvania 300New Hampshire Motor SpeedwayJeff GordonDenny HamlinToyota
September 30AAA 400Dover International SpeedwayDenny HamlinBrad KeselowskiDodge
October 7Good Sam Roadside Assistance 500Talladega SuperspeedwayKasey KahneMatt KensethFord
October 13Bank of America 500Charlotte Motor SpeedwayGreg BiffleClint BowyerToyota
October 21Hollywood Casino 400Kansas SpeedwayKasey KahneMatt KensethFord
October 28Tums Fast Relief 500Martinsville SpeedwayJimmie JohnsonJimmie JohnsonChevrolet
November 4AAA Texas 500Texas Motor SpeedwayJimmie JohnsonJimmie JohnsonChevrolet
November 11AdvoCare 500Phoenix International RacewayKyle BuschKevin HarvickChevrolet
November 18Ford EcoBoost 400Homestead-Miami SpeedwayJoey LoganoJeff GordonChevrolet

Article Index

18 November 2012NASCAR Sprint Cup Series: Ford EcoBoost 400Brad Keselowski
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Article Index

7 July 2007NASCAR Media Conference: Sprint Cup Series AnnouncementBrian France
Tim Kelly
Dean Kessel
Tom Murphy
11 July 2007Nextel Cup will become Sprint Cup in 2008Alfred Johnson
8 February 2008Random Lugnuts: 2008 Sprint Cup PreviewBill Crittenden
February 26, 2008Speeding Turds, TheJeremy T. Sellers
6 March 2008Random Lugnuts: NASCAR's Backwards PunishmentBill Crittenden
13 June 2008Pretty Boys vs. The Good Ole' Boys Part 1Chris Martin
19 June 2008NASCAR and the Iron CurtainJeremy T. Sellers
25 June 2008Random Lugnuts: Can the Sprint Cup Race in Milwaukee?Bill Crittenden
13 November 2008NASCAR Sprint Cup Championship Contenders' Media ConferenceCarl Edwards
Jimmie Johnson
26 August 2009After This Season, I Need A "Chaser"Jeremy T. Sellers
19 November 2009NASCAR Sprint Cup Series: Championship Contenders ConferenceRick Hendrick
Jimmie Johnson
Mark Martin
27 November 2009Grinch Who Stole NASCAR, TheJeremy T. Sellers
18 November 2010NASCAR Sprint Cup Series: Championship Contenders ConferenceDenny Hamlin
Kevin Harvick
Jimmie Johnson
17 November 2011NASCAR Sprint Cup Series: Championship Contenders ConferenceCarl Edwards
Tony Stewart
20 November 2011NASCAR Sprint Cup Series: Ford 400Darian Grubb
Gene Haas
Tony Stewart

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