Tag:Tony Stewart
Posted on: November 1, 2011 6:45 am

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: July 10, 2008 8:42 am
Edited on: July 10, 2008 9:20 am

Tony Stewart and his new team

Well once again Mikeyfan is going to bring controversy to the Blogs.  Before I get into this let me explain I am a Tony Stewart Fan.  He is my number 2 driver behind Michael Waltrip so I do wish him all the luck but I have to ask everyone...........................


I hope I can convey an intelligent argument for everyone to think about. 

  1. Tony is not a teammate of Jeff Gordon, Jimmie Johnson, Dale Earnhardt Jr. or Mark Martin.  Rich Hendricks will not receive any money from the sale of Tony's merchandise, he will not receive any of the winnings that Tony earns on the track.  So for those who say Rick will sell him  top equipment I for one don't see it.
  2. Why would Rick take a chance on Tony making the chase and one of his drivers miss the chase?  Has anyone looked at the difference in the points money for being in the top 12 vs 13 to 25?  That is a lot of money and Rick loves his money.  Besides this is a business and in business the goal is to make money
  3. What would Ricks own drivers think if all of a sudden Tony is winning and they are not?  Who has been the biggest threat to Jeff and JJ for the championship over the past 8 years?  It's been Tony.  This was ok when he was using someone elses equipment but it won't be ok if he beats them with their own equipment.
  4. Rick Hendricks has been providing engines to teams since DW left in 1991.  The last time someone other than a HMS car won with a Hendricks motor was..........1992 and Darrell Waltrip.  No one else has won a race since then. Right now the 66 and 70 cars are having a hard time qualifying with HMS motors and chassises outside of drivers talent what will be different?
  5. Will Rick share testing and Wind Tunnel data with Tony?  Not a chance, he will not give Tony anything that he could use against his team for the win.  This sport is all about winning and Rick will not give another team anything that could keep him out of the winners circle.

When you think about all the top teams they all have their own engine department,  HMS, RCR/ECR, Roush/Yates, Everham(with Dodges help), JGR teaming with TRD.  In fact Roush couldn't beat Yates for a long time so he bought Yates.  The bottom line is championship teams do not rely on someone else to provide them "winning" equipment because they know they  won't get it. 

Also think about this, Daytona 2009, Tony is behind Dale Junior and has a chance to go with someone else, say Kyle Bush, that will give him a better chance to win.  Will he show loyalty?  Heck no.  But then everyone will say this is the Daytona 500.  Ok I'll give you that, now fast forward to Bristol or Richmond,  Do you think Tony would hesitate for a second to bump and HMS car for a win?  Rick cannot tell him that is a teammate up ahead and race them clean,  Tony only has one teammate and that appears to be Newman. 

I know there are a lot of people happy that Tony is back in a chevy. Most have an attitude, that Tony will show Toyota that chevy is better.  Well has anyone seen what the selling price of GM stock is lately?  Less than $10.00 share, the lowest it's been since 1954.  What will Tony do if GM tells him that they cannot support his team?  Can he survive without factory sponsorship? 

I look for Tony to have a long and frustrating season next year.  But I also know that Tony is smart enough to realize that the only way he can win will be to start his own engine department.  When he does this then I would look for Tony to do well in 2010 but I doubt he makes the chase or top 15 in fact next season running HMS equipment.  I hope I'm proven wrong, but I have seen the deception that Rick uses with his dealerships and I just don't see anything real good coming out of this.


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