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NASCAR Championship

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NASCAR Nextel Cup logo
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The NASCAR Championship is the championship held in NASCAR's top stock car racing series. The championship is currently known as the NEXTEL Cup. From 1972 through 2003, it was called the Winston Cup; before 1972, it was known as the Grand National. In 2007, it will become known as the Sprint Cup.

Previous NASCAR season champions and earnings (USD):

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Grand National

Winston Cup

NEXTEL Cup

Prior to the 2004 season, a series of rules and scoring changes resulted in a new formula for declaring a series champion. After 26 races, the top 10 drivers in points (plus any driver within 400 points of the leader who may be outside the top 10) are placed in the Chase for the Championship. Eligible drivers' points are elevated to a level mathematically unattainable by anyone outside this field. Points are also bunched together in 5-point increments so the leader is 45 points ahead of 10th place. Race layouts remain the same and points are scored the same way in the final 10 races. Whoever leads in points after the 36th race is declared the NEXTEL Cup champion.

As a result of the Sprint/NEXTEL merger, the division will once again change its name, being known as the Sprint Cup beginning in 2007.

Championships Won

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