Tag:Darrell Waltrip
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. 

 
 
 
 
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