Jeff Gordon’s win at the Goody’s Headache Relief Shot 500 at Martinsville Speedway on Sunday secured the 2013 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Manufacturer’s Championship for Chevrolet, three races before the end of the season. The win marks the 11th consecutive year Team Chevy has won the title and the 37th time overall.
“Chevrolet is honored to win the 2013 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Manufacturers’ Cup Championship for the 11th consecutive year and the 37th time overall,” said Jim Campbell, U.S. Vice President, Performance Vehicles and Motorsports. “This championship is the result of teamwork by all the owners, drivers, crew chiefs, crews and technical partners. It is extra special to clinch the championship racing the Chevrolet SS in its first year. Team Chevy is focused on strong finishes over the last three races of the season.
Of the 33 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races completed so far in 2013, Chevrolet drivers have won 14. The Team Chevy drivers that have contributed to the win are (deep breath): Jimmie Johnson (six wins), Kevin Harvick (three wins), Kasey Kahne (two wins), Tony Stewart (one win), Ryan Newman (one win), Jamie McMurray (one win), Jeff Gordon (one win), Dale Earnhardt Jr., Jeff Burton, Kurt Busch and Juan Pablo Montoya.
The chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup is also vacated mostly by Team Chevy, with 7 of the 13 top drivers racing in the sixth generation Chevrolet SS race car. Jimmie Johnson is currently tied for the lead, while Jeff Gordon trails closely behind in third. Kevin Harvick is fourth, Dale Earnhardt Jr. seventh, Kurt Busch ninth, Ryan Newman 12th and Kasey Kahne 13th.
The next race in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, the O’Reily Auto Parts Challenge, will be held at Texas Motor Speedway on November 2nd, 2013.