Driver of the Decade Stats

Chevrolet drivers Earnhardt and Gordon rank 1-2 in driver of the decade rankings Chevrolet drivers Dale Earnhardt and Jeff Gordon combined to win seven NASCAR Winston Cup championships in the 1990s and rank 1-2 in driver of the decade...

Chevrolet drivers Earnhardt and Gordon rank 1-2 in driver of the decade rankings

Chevrolet drivers Dale Earnhardt and Jeff Gordon combined to win seven NASCAR Winston Cup championships in the 1990s and rank 1-2 in driver of the decade standings determined by the average finish in 17 categories.

Earnhardt, a 48-year-old Kannapolis, N.C., native, is tied with Richard Petty with seven career NASCAR Winston Cup titles. Earnhardt won championships in 1990, '91, '93 and '94. In 309 starts in the '90s, Earnhardt won 35 races, 14 poles, scored 125 top-five finishes and 194 top-10s in the No. 3 GM Goodwrench Service Plus Monte Carlo.

Gordon, who began his full-time NASCAR Winston Cup career in 1993, made 223 starts in the '90s and won championships in 1995, '97 and '98. The 28-year-old Vallejo, Calif., native drove his No. 24 DuPont Automotive Finishes Monte Carlo to 49 victories, 30 poles, 118 top-five finishes and 144 top-10s.

The five drivers who won championships in the '90s, Earnhardt, Gordon, Dale Jarrett, Terry Labonte and Alan Kulwicki were included in the rankings along with Mark Martin and Rusty Wallace because of their outstanding performances during the decade.

Earnhardt led the way in three of 17 categories but ended up with an average ranking of 2.235. Gordon led in seven of 17 categories and scored an average 2.294, just .059 behind Earnhardt.

Here are the 17 categories. Note that Kulwicki was included only where applicable, and the late Davey Allison was included in one category.

TOTAL CHAMPIONSHIPS IN THE '90s 1. Dale Earnhardt 4 2. Jeff Gordon 3 3. Dale Jarrett 1 3. Terry Labonte 1 3. Alan Kulwicki 1 6. Mark Martin 0 6. Rusty Wallace 0

TOTAL WINS IN THE '90S 1. Jeff Gordon 49 2. Dale Earnhardt 35 3. Rusty Wallace 33 4. Mark Martin 30 5. Dale Jarrett 22 6. Terry Labonte 11

WINNING PERCENTAGE IN THE '90S 1. Jeff Gordon 21.50% 2. Dale Earnhardt 11.33% 3. Rusty Wallace 10.68% 4. Mark Martin 9.71% 5. Dale Jarrett 7.26% 6. Terry Labonte 3.56%

TOTAL SUPERSPEEDWAY WINS IN THE '90S 1. Jeff Gordon 40 2. Dale Earnhardt 27 3. Mark Martin 24 4. Dale Jarrett 20 5. Rusty Wallace 17 6. Terry Labonte 5

TOTAL SHORT TRACK WINS IN THE '90S 1. Rusty Wallace 16 2. Jeff Gordon 9 3. Dale Earnhardt 8 4. Terry Labonte 6 4. Mark Martin 6 6. Dale Jarrett 2

TOTAL YEARS LEADING IN WINS IN THE '90S 1. Jeff Gordon 5 2. Davey Allison 2 2. Rusty Wallace 2 4. Dale Earnhardt 1 5. Dale Jarrett 0 5. Terry Labonte 0 5. Mark Martin 0

TOTAL POLE POSITIONS IN THE '90S 1. Jeff Gordon 30 1. Mark Martin 30 3. Rusty Wallace 19 4. Dale Earnhardt 14 5. Dale Jarrett 7 6. Terry Labonte 6

TOTAL MONEY WON IN THE '90S 1. Jeff Gordon $31,867.679 2. Dale Earnhardt $26,782,087 3. Dale Jarrett $21,460,918 4. Mark Martin $20,762,237 5. Rusty Wallace $15,866,069 6. Terry Labonte $15,446,126

TOTAL YEARS LEADING MONEY WINNER IN THE '90S 1. Dale Earnhardt 4 2. Jeff Gordon 3 3. Dale Jarrett 1 3. Alan Kulwicki 1 3. Terry Labonte 1 6. Mark Martin 0 6. Rusty Wallace 0

AVERAGE FINISH IN NASCAR WINSTON CUP STANDINGS IN THE '90S 1. Mark Martin 3.60 2. Dale Earnhardt 4.20 3. Jeff Gordon 4.71 4. Rusty Wallace 6.70 5. Terry Labonte 10.00 6. Dale Jarrett 10.30

TOTAL YEARS IN TOP FIVE IN WINSTON CUP POINTS IN THE '90S 1. Mark Martin 8 2. Dale Earnhardt 7 3. Dale Jarrett 5 4. Jeff Gordon 4 4. Rusty Wallace 4 6. Terry Labonte 1

TOTAL YEARS IN TOP 10 IN WINSTON CUP POINTS IN THE '90S 1. Mark Martin 10 2. Dale Earnhardt 9 2. Rusty Wallace 9 4. Jeff Gordon 6 4. Terry Labonte 6 6. Dale Jarrett 5

PERCENTAGE OF RACES FINISHED IN THE '90S 1. Dale Earnhardt 92.10% 2. Mark Martin 88.34% 3. Terry Labonte 84.80% 4. Dale Jarrett 83.82% 5. Jeff Gordon 81.61% 6. Rusty Wallace 80.96%

PERCENTAGE OF TOP-FIVE FINISHES IN THE '90S 1. Jeff Gordon 52.91% 2. Mark Martin 48.87% 3. Dale Earnhardt 40.77% 4. Rusty Wallace 36.53% 5. Dale Jarrett 33.66% 6. Terry Labonte 20.71%

PERCENTAGE OF TOP-10 FINISHES IN THE '90S 1. Mark Martin 76.51% 2. Jeff Gordon 64.57% 3. Dale Earnhardt 62.78% 4. Rusty Wallace 57.28% 5. Dale Jarrett 52.50% 6. Terry Labonte 45.00%

TOTAL TOP-FIVE FINISHES IN THE '90S 1. Mark Martin 151 2. Dale Earnhardt 125 3. Jeff Gordon 118 4. Rusty Wallace 113 5. Dale Jarrett 112 6. Terry Labonte 64

TOTAL TOP-10 FINISHES IN THE '90S 1. Mark Martin 235 2. Dale Earnhardt 194 3. Rusty Wallace 177 4. Dale Jarrett 159 5. Jeff Gordon 144 6. Terry Labonte 139

AVERAGE FINISH OF 17 TOTAL CATEGORIES 1. Dale Earnhardt 2.235 (38 divided by 17) 2. Jeff Gordon 2.294 (39 divided by 17) 3. Mark Martin 2.765 (47 divided by 17) 4. Rusty Wallace 3.824 (65 divided by 17) 5. Dale Jarrett 4.529 (77 divided by 17) 6. Terry Labonte 5.118 (87 divided by 17)

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