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NASCAR Cup Series
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Series information
Governing body NASCAR
Inaugural season 1948
Series history Strictly Stock Series
(1948-1949)
Grand National Series
(1950-1970
Winston Cup Series
(1971-2003)
Nextel Cup Series
(2004-2007)
Sprint Cup Series
(2008-2016)
Monster Energy Series
(2017-2019)
Cup Series
(2020-present)
Competition information
No. of races 36
First Race Daytona 500 (February)
Last Race Season Finale 500 (November)
Stock car Gen 6
Manufacturers Chevrolet
Ford
Toyota
Tire supplier Goodyear
Chase for the Cup
Recent champ. Chase Elliott
(Hendrick Motorsports)
Most champ.: Richard Petty (7)
Dale Earnhardt (7)
Jimmie Johnson (7)
Youngest champ.: Jeff Gordon (age 24)

The NASCAR Cup Series is a top level stock car racing series in NASCAR. The Series began in 1949 as the Strictly Stock Series, running 8 races, Red Byron was the first Cup champion. The Series has had several sponsor names Winston Cup Series (1971-2003), Nextel Cup series (2004-2007), Sprint Cup Series (2008-2016) and the Monster Energy Series (2017-2020). In 2019 NASCAR rejected Monster Energy's extension on the naming rights deal deciding to revert the name back the Cup Series, going with a similar approach as other major professional sports organizations renaming series sponsors as premier partners. There are 4 premier partners: Busch Beer, Coca-Cola, GEICO, and Xfinity.


Chase for the Championship[]

Champions[]

see list of Cup Series champions

Cup tracks[]

Current NASCAR Cup Series tracks
Atlanta Motor Speedway
Hampton, GA
Auto Club Speedway
Fontana, CA
Bristol Motor Speedway
Bristol, TN
Charlotte Motor Speedway
Concord, NC
Circuit of the Americas
Austin, TX
Darlington Raceway
Darlington, SC
Daytona International Speedway
Daytona Beach, FL
Dover International Speedway
Dover, DE
Homestead-Miami Speedway
Homestead, FL
Indianapolis Motor Speedway
Speedway, IN
Las Vegas Motor Speedway
Las Vegas, NV
Martinsville Speedway
Martinsville, VA
Michigan International Speedway
Brooklyn, MI
Nashville Superspeedway
Lebanon, TN
New Hampshire Motor Speedway
Loudon, NH
Phoenix Raceway
Avondale, AZ
Pocono Raceway
Long Pond, PA
Sonoma Raceway
Sonoma, CA
Richmond Raceway
Richmond, VA
Road America
Elkhart Lake, WI
Talladega Superspeedway
Talladega, AL
Texas Motor Speedway
Fort Worth, TX
Watkins Glen International
Watkins Glen, NY

Manufacturer history[]

Manufacturer Model Years active
U.S Flag.png American Motors Hudson Hornet Early 1950's
AMC Matador 1971-1978
U.S Flag.png Buick
Buick Gran Sport 1970's
Buick Century 1976-1980
Buick Regal 1981-1985
Buick LaSabre 1986-1987
Buick Regal 1988-1991
U.S Flag.png Chevrolet
Chevrolet Bel Air 1952-1958
Chevrolet Chevelle 1964-1980
Chevrolet Impala 1979-1980
Chevrolet Monte Carlo 1971-1988
Chevrolet Lumina 1989-1994
Chevrolet Monte Carlo 1995-2006
Chevrolet Monte Carlo (COT) 2007
Chevrolet Impala (COT) 2008-2010
Chevrolet Impala 2011-2012
Chevrolet SS 2013-2017
Chevrolet Camaro ZL1/ZL1 1LE 2018-present
U.S Flag.png Dodge
DeSoto 1952
Dodge Coronet 1953-1957
DeSoto 1959
Dodge 440 1964
Dodge Coronet 1965-1968
Dodge Charger/Dodge Daytona 1966-1977
Dodge Magnum 1978-1980
Dodge Mirada 1981-1985
Dodge Intrepid 2001-2004
Dodge Charger R/T 2005-2006
Dodge Avenger (COT version used in 2007) 2007
Dodger Charger R/T (COT) 2008-2010
Dodge Charger R/T 2011-2012
U.S Flag.png Ford
Ford Fairlane 1955-1959, 1966-1967
Ford Galaxie 1960-1966
Ford Torino 1968-1977
Ford Thunderbird 1959-1960, 1977-1997
Ford Taurus 1998-2005
Ford Fusion (COT) 2006-2010
Ford Fusion 2011-2018
Ford Mustang 2019-present
Japan Flag.png Toyota
Toyota Camry (COT) 2007-2010
Toyota Camry 2011-present

Most championships won[]

NASCAR Cup Series trivia[]

  • The youngest Cup champion was Bill Rexford in 1950, the oldest was Richard Petty in 1979.
  • Benny Parsons, Bill Rexford, and Matt Kenseth are the only series champions to have one single series victory and still win the title.
  • Alan Kulwicki was the last single car owner to win the series title.
  • The Bill France Cup trophy is made out of machined aluminum and is adorned by the outlines of all 23 NASCAR Cup Series tracks. It is 37 inches tall and weighs 68 pounds and can hold nearly 600 ounces of liquid.
  • The Cup Series awards banquet is held at the Music City Center in Nashville, Tennessee.
  • Tony Stewart and Cale Yarborough are the only drivers to finish last in the Daytona 500 and still win the Cup Series title later in the season.
  • The Pettys (Lee Petty and Richard Petty), the Jarretts (Ned Jarrett and Dale Jarrett), and the Elliotts (Bill Elliott and Chase Elliott) are the only father-son duos to win Cup Series titles.
  • The Labonte brothers (Bobby Labonte and Terry Labonte), and the Busch brothers (Kurt Busch and Kyle Busch) are the only two set of brothers to win the series championship.
  • Richard Petty is the single season winning-est driver with an unprecedented 27 wins in 1967; additionally, this season he was also the first to break the $100,000 barrier in earnings.

See also[]

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