With Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s victory in the rain shortened Quicken Loans Race for Heroes 500 at Phoenix International Raceway Sunday, Chevrolet officially locked down its 13th consecutive NASCAR Sprint Cup Series manufacturers’ championship.
The championship marks the 39th time in NASCAR Sprint Cup Series history Chevy has won the manufacturer’s title and the third time for the Chevrolet SS racecar. Team Chevy drivers won 15 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races of 35 on the way to the title, including notable wins from Dale Earnhardt Jr. at Talladega and Daytona.
“Winning the manufacturers’ championship is one of the goals we set at the beginning of every season,” Jim Campbell, Chevy’s U.S. vice president of performance vehicles and motorsports said in a statement. “This award is the result of great teamwork by the owners, drivers, crew chiefs, crews and technical partners.”
“Special thanks to the Chevrolet powertrain team, along with the engine shops at Hendrick Motorsports and Earnhardt-Childress Racing for delivering the right combination of power, fuel economy and reliability throughout the entire season” he added. “Congratulations to everyone who has made this special achievement possible for Chevrolet.”
The Team Chevy drivers that contributed points to the title are: Jimmie Johnson (five wins), Kevin Harvick (three wins), Dale Earnhardt Jr. (three wins), Kurt Busch (two wins), Jeff Gordon (one win) and Martin Truex Jr. (one win).