Tag:Dale Earnhardt
Posted on: November 1, 2011 6:45 am
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If NASCAR Champions were determined by Wins

I have seen on some other boards people starting to gripe because Tony Stewart is behind Carl even though Tony has 3 wins in the chase and Carl hasn't won a race in the chase yet.  So I went back to 1972, (the modern era) and crowned the Champions by the total number of wins a driver had.  If Two drivers had the Same number of wins then I went by the number of top 5's a driver had to break the tie.  No points just wins and top 5's  Here are the results from 1972.

*after the name means that driver won the championship that year for real.

72 - Bobby Allison - 10
73 - David Pearson - 11
74 - Richard Petty* - 10
75 - Richard Petty* - 13
76 - David Pearson - 10
77 - Cale Yarborough*  - 9
78 - Cale Yarborough* - 10
79 - Darrell Waltrip - 7
80 - Cale Yarborough - 6
81 - Darrell Waltrip* - 12
82 - Darrell Waltrip* - 12
83 - Darrell Waltrip - 6
84 - Darrell Waltrip - 7
85 - Bill Elliott - 11
86 - Tim Richmond - 7
87 - Dale Earnhardt* - 11
88 - Rusty Wallace  - 6
89 - Darrell Waltrip - 6
90 - Dale Earnhardt - 9
91 - Harry Gant - 5
92 - Davey Allison - 5
93 - Rusty Wallace - 10
94 - Rusty Wallace - 8
95 - Jeff Gordon* - 7
96 - Jeff Gordon - 10
97 - Jeff Gordon*  - 10
98 - Jeff Gordon* - 13
99 - Jeff Gordon - 7
00 - Tony Stewart - 6
01 - Jeff Gordon - 6
02 - Matt Kenseth - 5
03 - Ryan Newman - 8
04  - Jimmie Johnson - 8
05 - Greg Biffle - 6
06 - Kasey Kahne - 6
07 - Jimmie Johnson - 10
08 - Carl Edwards - 9
09 - Jimmie Johnson* - 7
10 - Denny Hamlin - 8

Yes I acknowledge that drivers may have driven a little different if wins was all that counted.

I got my information from http://racing-reference.info/

I started with DW and then clicked on 1972 and then clicked on standings and hit next for each year after that. 


Starting with Bobby Allison here is how many championships each driver would have if the Champions were determined by wins:

Bobby Allison - 1
David Pearson - 2
Richard Petty - 2
Cale Yarborough - 3
Darrell Waltrip - 6
Bill Elliott - 1
Tim Richmond - 1
Dale Earnhardt - 2
Rusty Wallace - 3
Harry Gant - 1
Davey Allison - 1
Jeff Gordon - 6
Tony Stewart - 1
Matt Kenseth - 1
Ryan Newman - 1
Jimmie Johnson - 3
Greg Biffle - 1
Kasey Kahne - 1
Carl Edwards - 1
Denny Hamlin - 1

So those that think an additional 50 to 100 points should be added for each win look at how that would change the past if they put it to use.  Most here like Dale Senior and he'd only have 2 not 7.  Jeff would have 6,  DW 6 and JJ would still have 3. 

Posted on: April 29, 2008 9:28 am
Edited on: April 29, 2008 1:36 pm
 

Where would NASCAR be today if Dale Earnhardt ...

Had lived.  Would there have been the go or go homers?  Would there have been a COT?  How about some of the other safety devices that are in use today?  These are questions that no one really knows for sure but we do know, according to NASCAR, the COT was developed for safety because of the wreck that Dale had.  Would the Hans device be mandatory today?  Again, it was being encourged at the time of Dales Death,  but would it be mandatory?  Would Richmond (meant Rockingham as my friend Section pointed out) have closed?  That is another question that can be brought up, would Dale have had some influence in keeping a race at the Rock. 

It is easy to ask what would of happened if..... Reality is we don't really know, what we do know his death lead to a lot of changes in NASCAR, some of them good some not so good but all done in the name of safety to keep someone else from coming to the same fate as Dale did.

Dale was an individual that you either liked or you didn't like.  There seemed to be no inbetween.  Personnelly, I was an Individual that didn't like Dale, Just when he did things that could allow you to tolerate him he would dump someone and piss you off once again.  But that was Dale,  It would have been interesting to see how he handled the likes of a Kyle Bush, Kury Bush, even his own son.  What would his thoughts of JJ have been?  Would Mikey still be at DEI and if not would he still be an owner of Toyotas.  What would Dale think of Toyota coming into NASCAR.  Personnelly, I think Dale would have welcomed Toyota, just one more whipping post. 

Again there are numerous what if"s that could be brought up.  But there is one What if that I don't think anyone can disagree with.  Whether you liked him or dispised him Dale Earnhardt was, is and always will be missed in NASCAR..  Happy Birthday Dale, and may you rest in peace.

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