Chevrolet Clinches NASCAR Nextel Cup Manufacturers Championship Title is 29th for Chevrolet since 1952 and 25th in Modern Era (since 1972) DETROIT - Jeff Gordon's victory in the Subway 500 at Martinsville Speedway on Oct. 23 clinched the 2005...
Chevrolet Clinches NASCAR Nextel Cup Manufacturers Championship
Title is 29th for Chevrolet since 1952 and 25th in Modern Era (since 1972)
DETROIT - Jeff Gordon's victory in the Subway 500 at Martinsville Speedway on Oct. 23 clinched the 2005 manufacturers championship for Chevrolet in NASCAR's premier division. With four races left in the season, Chevrolet has collected its 29th manufacturers crown and the 25th of NASCAR's Modern Era, which began in 1972.
A total of six different drivers have contributed to Chevy's 16 victories in 32 races thus far this season. Chevy drivers who have posted wins this season include: Tony Stewart (5), Jeff Gordon (4), Jimmie Johnson (4) Kevin Harvick (1), Dale Earnhardt Jr. (1), and Kyle Busch (1).
The 2005 manufacturers championship continues Chevrolet's dominance of North America's most popular motorsports series. Since 1972, GM Racing has earned 27 of the 34 manufacturers titles, with Chevrolet collecting 25 of those for an impressive .79 winning percentage (Buick has won the title twice). To date, Chevrolet leads all manufacturers with 572 race wins, 448 wins in the Modern Era.
MARK KENT, DIRECTOR OF GM RACING: "To clinch the 2005 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Manufacturers Championship with four races remaining in the season is an impressive accomplishment. It has truly been a group effort with 10 different drivers, along with their respective teams and our team at GM Racing, contributing to this win for Chevrolet."
ED PEPER, CHEVROLET GENERAL MANAGER: "At Chevy, we're proud to be the winningest name in racing. Our dominance in NASCAR is a result of many hours of hard work and dedication from all the men and women on our Chevy race teams. A strong performance in racing helps to generate the same strong performance in the marketplace, this is especially important at a time when we are launching new products like the Monte Carlo and Impala. We are pleased with everyone's efforts to keep the Chevy bowtie out front on and off the track."
JEFF GORDON, NO. 24 DUPONT CHEVROLET MONTE CARLO: "It's no secret that 2005 has been a challenging year for the DuPont Chevy team, but to score the win that clinched the manufacturers title for Chevrolet means a lot. Winning takes teamwork, and I am very proud that our team led the way to another special award for Chevrolet. Our win on Sunday at Martinsville was a great, great effort by (crew chief) Steve Letarte and the entire team. I can't think of a better way for Steve to get his first win than by making the call that won the race for us."