|Series history||Strictly Stock Series |
Grand National Series
Winston Cup Series
Nextel Cup Series
Sprint Cup Series
Monster Energy Series
|No. of races||36|
|First Race||Daytona 500 (February)|
|Last Race||Season Finale 500 (November)|
|Stock car||Gen 6|
|Chase for the Cup|
|Recent champ.||Chase Elliott |
|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
|Current NASCAR Cup Series tracks|
|Atlanta Motor Speedway
|Auto Club Speedway
|Bristol Motor Speedway
|Charlotte Motor Speedway
|Circuit of the Americas
|Daytona International Speedway|
Daytona Beach, FL
|Dover International Speedway
|Indianapolis Motor Speedway
|Las Vegas Motor Speedway
Las Vegas, NV
|Michigan International Speedway
|New Hampshire Motor Speedway
Long Pond, PA
Elkhart Lake, WI
|Texas Motor Speedway
Fort Worth, TX
|Watkins Glen International
Watkins Glen, NY
|American Motors||Hudson Hornet||Early 1950's|
|Buick Gran Sport||1970's|
|Chevrolet Bel Air||1952-1958|
|Chevrolet Monte Carlo||1971-1988|
|Chevrolet Monte Carlo||1995-2006|
|Chevrolet Monte Carlo (COT)||2007|
|Chevrolet Impala (COT)||2008-2010|
|Chevrolet Camaro ZL1/ZL1 1LE||2018-present|
|Dodge Charger/Dodge Daytona||1966-1977|
|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|
|Ford Fairlane||1955-1959, 1966-1967|
|Ford Thunderbird||1959-1960, 1977-1997|
|Ford Fusion (COT)||2006-2010|
|Toyota Camry (COT)||2007-2010|
Most championships won
- 7 - Richard Petty, Dale Earnhardt, Jimmie Johnson
- 4 - Jeff Gordon
- 3 - Lee Petty, David Pearson, Cale Yarborough, Darrell Waltrip, Tony Stewart
- 2 - Herb Thomas, Tim Flock, Buck Baker, Ned Jarrett, Joe Weatherly, Terry Labonte, Kyle Busch
- 1 - Red Byron, Bill Rexford, Rex White, Bobby Isaac, Benny Parsons, Bobby Allison, Bill Elliott, Rusty Wallace, Alan Kulwicki, Dale Jarrett, Bobby Labonte, Matt Kenseth, Kurt Busch, Brad Keselowski, Kevin Harvick, Martin Truex, Jr., Joey Logano, Chase Elliott
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.