Richmond II: Chevy wins manufacturers' championship

CHEVROLET CLINCHES NASCAR NEXTEL CUP MANUFACTURERS' CHAMPIONSHIP Title Is 31st for Chevrolet Since 1952 RICHMOND, VA - Jimmie Johnson's victory of the Chevy Rock & Roll 400 at Richmond International Raceway clinched the 2007 ...

CHEVROLET CLINCHES NASCAR NEXTEL CUP MANUFACTURERS' CHAMPIONSHIP
Title Is 31st for Chevrolet Since 1952

RICHMOND, VA - Jimmie Johnson's victory of the Chevy Rock & Roll 400 at Richmond International Raceway clinched the 2007 Manufacturers' Championship for Chevrolet in NASCAR's premier division. With ten races left in the season, Chevrolet has collected its 31st Manufacturers' crown since 1952.

A total of nine different drivers have contributed to the 19 victories in 26 races thus far this season that brought Chevrolet this award. Chevy drivers who posted wins during the season included Jimmie Johnson (6), Jeff Gordon (4), Tony Stewart (3), Kevin Harvick (1), Denny Hamlin (1), Kyle Busch (1), Jeff Burton (1), Casey Mears (1), and Martin Truex, Jr. (1)

This marks Team Chevy's fourth consecutive Manufacturers' title under the Nextel reign. The 2007 Manufacturers' Championship continues Chevrolet's dominance of North America's most popular racing series.

ED PEPER, CHEVROLET GENERAL MANAGER:

"This has been a dream season for Chevrolet. We have won 19 Cup races so far this year. We have nine of the 12 drivers in the running for the NASCAR Nextel Cup title. And tonight we also want to congratulate Hendrick Motorsports and Jimmie Johnson for winning the Chevy Rock & Roll 400. Our success in NASCAR is a result of many hours of hard work and dedication from all the men and women on our Chevy race teams. We know that a strong performance in racing helps to generate the same strong performance in the marketplace, and we're pleased with everyone's efforts to keep the Chevy bowtie out front on and off the track."

JIMMIE JOHNSON, NO. 48 LOWE'S IMPALA SS:

"We just had a solid effort all night. Parts of the race, especially the first two-thirds of it, we had a good car, maybe not the fastest car. We kept working on it and got our Impala SS right. I'm really proud we clinched this Manufacturers' Cup for Chevrolet. I can't believe we've clinched this early in the season. That's phenomenal. I think it says a lot about the brand and the relationships with the teams have with GM and in particular with Chevrolet. With the new car coming on line with the Impala SS and to hit the ground running like we did to have the advantage that we did, says a lot about everybody's commitment."

MANUFACTURERS' CHAMPIONSHIPS:
* All-time (1949 - 2007) 31
* First title for Chevrolet 1958
* Highest number of consecutive titles 9 (1983 - 1991)

Years Won: 1958, 1959, 1960, 1961, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1993, 1995, 1996, 1998, 2001, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007

-credit: gm racing

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Series Monster Energy NASCAR Cup
Drivers Jeff Burton , Jeff Gordon , Tony Stewart , Kevin Harvick , Casey Mears , Jimmie Johnson , Martin Truex Jr. , Denny Hamlin , Kyle Busch
Teams Hendrick Motorsports