Chevy Teamwork Tony Stewart's victory in the UAW-GM Quality 500 on Oct.11 at Lowe's Motor Speedway clinched the 2003 NASCAR Winston Cup Manufacturers' Championship for Chevrolet, the 27th manufacturers' title for Chevy and its 23rd of the ...
Tony Stewart's victory in the UAW-GM Quality 500 on Oct.11 at Lowe's Motor Speedway clinched the 2003 NASCAR Winston Cup Manufacturers' Championship for Chevrolet, the 27th manufacturers' title for Chevy and its 23rd of the modern era, which began in 1972. Through the 31 races that led to this year's championship, 10 different Chevrolet drivers earned at least one victory.
He's Hot, He's Hotter
Stewart has posted six straight top-five finishes in the last six races in his Home Depot Chevrolet Monte Carlo, including his victory at Charlotte. Jeff Gordon in the DuPont Chevrolet Monte Carlo has matched Stewart's six straight top fives in the last six races, and he comes into Phoenix with back-to-back wins at Martinsville and Atlanta.
Phoenix Quick Shots
---With three races left, second-place Dale Earnhardt Jr. has to make up 258 points on leader Matt Kenseth to win the driver's championship. That means he needs to outpoint Kenseth by an average of 86 points per race. Earnhardt Jr. starts 11th on Sunday while Kenseth had to take a provisional and will start 37th.
--Seven Chevrolet drivers are in the top 10 in series points after 33 races. Ten drivers have at least one victory, while Jimmie Johnson (3), Michael Waltrip (2), Robby Gordon (2), Stewart (2) and Jeff Gordon (3) have multiple victories. GM Racing machines have won 18 of the 33 races so far this season, exceeding last year's total for victories. Chevrolet has 17 victories and Pontiac has one.
--Dale Earnhardt Jr. is the only driver to have led 23 of the 33 races this season, and Jeff Gordon has led the most laps with 1,613 laps led, 552 laps more than his nearest competitor, Ryan Newman.
--Jimmie Johnson, the only driver to have been in the top 10 in points all season, is currently working a streak of 66 consecutive races in the top 10. He sits fourth in the driver's points standings entering the Phoenix race.
--Terry Labonte is the only driver to compete in all 15 races at Phoenix without posting a DNF there, and in fact, he has been running at the end of 39 consecutive Winston Cup races. His last DNF was at Talladega in October 2002.
--Jeff Gordon has scored eight top-10 finishes in 10 races at Phoenix, and
Tony Stewart has posted three top 10s in his four Phoenix races.
NASCAR Winston Cup Manufacturers' Points after 33 races: (Victories in
Chevrolet (17) 240
Ford (7) 189
Dodge (8) 184
Pontiac (1) 113
--At the completion of a season of endurance racing in the American Le Mans Series in 2003, Chevrolet captured its third consecutive manufacturers' championship for the production-based GTS class. The factory-backed Compuware Corvette Racing team secured the championship after Oliver Gavin, Kelly Collins and Andy Pilgrim took a podium finish in their #4 Compuware Corvette C5-R at the season-ending 1,000-mile Petit Le Mans race at Road Atlanta. Ron Fellows and Johnny O'Connell, co-drivers of the #3 Compuware Corvette C5-R along with Franck Freon, won the drivers' championship and Corvette Racing won the team championship.
--Pontiac Grand Am driver Greg Anderson has already won the 2003 NHRA Pro Stock championship, capturing Pontiac's sixth Pro Stock title since 1996 and securing Pontiac's seventh NHRA Manufacturers' title since '96. Anderson looks to grab a season-record 12th category win in Pro Stock at NHRA's season-ending race next weekend at Pomona (Calif.).
--In NHRA Sport Compact drag racing, both Marty Ladwig and Nelson Hoyos won championships for GM Racing. Ladwig drove his Ecotec-powered Pontiac Sunfire to the HOT ROD class championship, and Hoyos also used Ecotec power to capture the Pro FWD class championship in a Chevy Cavalier.
--Chevrolet is the only manufacturer currently competing in the ALMS, Indy Racing League, NASCAR Winston Cup and NHRA.