2007 Sprint Cup Rookie of the Year Standings

  • Rookie Page: do not plan on keeping with or trying to figure out the Rookie of the Year standings. Even following the rules has become fruitless and my numbers never match up all the time, so instead of showing folks the incorrect standings, will just post the standings and who was the highest finishing rookie for each race and NASCAR RoTY standings.(2006)

    How the Rookie of the Year Supposedly Works:

    JAYSKI NOTE: These Rules are good as far as I know from NASCAR Statstical Services
    Can't seem to get any updates or answers on the rules
    many times the points awarded don't match up to calculations using the rules given
    and too many arbitrary factors [Based on or subject to individual judgment or preference] go into play and seems to be no creditibilty to the system.
    but I wil try my best to get it right....so this is just a GUIDE...not official at all.

    The point systems that are used to determine the Raybestos Rookie of the Year in NASCAR's top three divisions is very different from the NASCAR point system that is used.

    Raybestos , the official brake of NASCAR, presents a $50,000 Award to the eligible driver finishing first in the fianls Nextel Cup Raybestos Rookie-of-the-Year points standings. It is a complicated and arbitrary process...but here are the rules:

    To remain eligible for the Rookie of the Year award, the driver must qualify for 8 of the 20 first races of the season.

    Drivers can cannot particiapte in more than 7 Cup races in one season to maintain their rookie status for the following season.

    The rookie point system is determined by the following:

    1. Only the driver's best 17 races are counted in head-to-head competition in the Nextel Cup Series, 16 for the Busch Series and 14 in the Craftsman Truck Series.

    2. One point is awarded for each race in which a rookie of the year candidate qualifies and is eligible for championship points [not a post entry for example].

    3. A 10-1 point system is in place for the rookies according to where they finish in the race in relation to the other rookies. The highest finishing rookie in each race earns 10 points; the second highest finishing rookie earns nine points, and so on.

    4. Each rookie contender will receive bonus points for a finish in the top 10. If a rookie finishes 10th, he will be awarded one point. If a rookie finishes in fifth place, he will receive six points and for a win the rookie will receive 10 bonus points.
    The Grid:
    A 10th place finish is worth 1 bonus rookie point
    9th is 2 bonus rookie points
    8th is 3 bonus rookie points
    7th is 4 bonus rookie points
    6th is 5 bonus rookie points
    5th is 6 bonus rookie points
    4th is 7 bonus rookie points
    3rd is 8 bonus rookie points
    2nd is 9 bonus rookie points
    1st/WIN is 10 bonus rookie point

    5. In order to be eligible for the Rookie of the Year award, a driver must attempt to qualify in at least eight events out of the first 20 events.

    6. Unless otherwise authorized by the series director, a rookie candidate must qualify and start the car the rookie has qualified to earn rookie points.

    7. Following the final race of the season, the highest ranking rookie in the series drivers points standings receives an extra 10 bonus points, the second highest rookie receives nine points, and so on.

    8. There is also a Rookie of the Year panel for the series. The panel has the right to penalize any rookie for conduct or acts that might discredit or reflect unfavorably upon NASCAR.

    9. During the final weekend of the season in each series, the panel meets to discuss the Rookie of the Year candidates and each competitor is evaluated on three criteria:

    A. Conduct with the officials in the garage and pit areas,
    B. Conduct and awareness on the track, and
    C. Personal appearance and relationship with the media.

    The voting in the three areas will consist of a 10-1 point system. Voting may be distributed by a panel member in any way that he/she chooses. Total points will be averaged from each panel member's ballot. The points derived from the panel will be added to the entry, competition, and bonus points after the final race of the season to determine the overall Rookie of the Year winner in each division.
    NOTE: these points are not usually announced, just a final total.

    Rookie Stripes: rookies will be noted on the car they drive by a yellow stripe on the rear bumper of the car.
    sometimes a driver not up for the award may have yellow stripes on tracks they have not competed on before.

      Standings from Raybestos/NASCAR

      Car#-Driver, Races Attempted, Races Run, Points
      #42-Juan Pablo Montoya , 36, 36, 276
      #6-David Ragan, 36, 36, 252
      #15-Paul Menard, 36, 30, 221
      #00-David Reutimann, 34, 26, 207
      #84-A.J. Allmendinger, 36, 17, 190
      Brandon Whitt, 3, 0, 2
      (thru 11-18-2007)
      Whitt no longer has a Cup ride, no word on his plans
      Reutimann, Allmendinger, Menard needed to qualify for the 1st 5 races
      Montoya and Ragan were locked in the first 5 races

      Highest Finishing Raybestos Rookie by Race

      Event, Highest Finishing Rookie, Finish (number of top finishes)
      Daytona 500, #6-Ragan, 5th (1)
      California [1], #6-Ragan, 16th (2)
      Las Vegas, #42-Montoya, 22nd (1)
      Atlanta [1], #42-Montoya, 5th (2)
      Bristol [1], #6-Ragan, 26th (3)
      Martinsville [1], #6-Ragan, 15th (4)
      Texas [1], #42-Montoya, 8th (3)
      Phoenix [1], #15-Menard, 25th (1)
      Talladega [1],#6-Ragan, 17th (5)
      Richmond [1], #15-Menard, 16th (2)
      Darlington, #42-Montoya, 23rd (4)
      Charlotte [1], #42-Montoya, 28th (5)
      Dover [1], #6-Ragan, 14th (6)
      Pocono [1], #42-Montoya, 20th (6)
      Michigan [1], #15-Menard, 12th (3)
      Sonoma, #42-Montoya, 1st [WON](7)
      NHIS [1], #6-Ragan, 15th (7)
      Daytona, #6-Ragan, 12th (8)
      Chicago, #42-Montoya, 15th (8)
      Indianapolis, #42-Montoya, 2nd (9)
      Pocono [2], #42-Montoya, 16th (10)
      Watkins Glen, #15-Menard, 19th (4)
      Michigan [2], #6-Ragan, 18th (9)
      Bristol [2], #42--Montoya, 17th (11)
      California [2], #6-Ragan, 12th (10)
      Richmond [2], #6-Ragan, 3rd (11)
      NHIS [2], #6-Ragan, 19th (12)
      Dover [2], #42-Montoya, 10th (12)
      Kansas, #6-Ragan, 16th (13)
      Talladega [2], #42-Montoya, 15th (13)
      Charlotte [2], #84-A.J. Allmendinger, 15th (1)
      Martinsville [2], #42-Montoya, 8th (14)
      Atlanta [2], #84-A.J. Allmendinger, 16th (2)
      Texas [2], #42-Montoya, 25th (15)
      Phoenix [2], #42-Montoya, 17th (16)
      Homestead, #6-Ragan, 10th (14)

      #42-Montoya, 16
      #6-Ragan, 14
      #15-Menard, 4
      #84-Allmendinger. 2
      #00-Reutimann, 0

      Final PR

    • Montoya wins Raybestos Rookies of the Year Award:
      · #42-Juan Pablo Montoya finished his Raybestos Rookie season with one win, three top-five and six top-10 finishes. He was Raybestos Rookie of the Race 16 times in 36 races.
      · Montoya scored a 15th-place finish in tonight’s race [at Homestead].
      · This is the second Raybestos Rookie of the Year title for Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates. Jamie McMurray claimed top rookie honors in 2003.
      · This is the Fourth Raybestos Rookie of the Year title for Montoya’s primary sponsor, Texaco/Havoline. He joins Davey Allison (1987), Kenny Irwin, Jr. (1998) and Jamie McMurray (2003).
      · David Ragan was the Raybestos Rookie of the Race in tonight’s Ford 400. Ragan scored a 10th-place finish, his third top-10 effort this season.
      · Ragan led once for one lap and was the only freshman driver to lead tonight’s race.
      (Raybestos PR)(11-18-2007)
      (Raybestos PR)(11-18-2007)
      MORE Juan Pablo Montoya is the 2007 Raybestos Rookie of the Year in the Nextel Cup Series. Montoya finished his Raybestos Rookie season with one win, three top-five and six top-10 finishes. Montoya was Raybestos Rookie of the Race 16 times in 36 races. His final margin of victory over David Ragan in the Raybestos Rookie standings was 24 points (276-252). Montoya will earn a record $106,500 from Raybestos brand Brakes for his efforts in the 2007 Nextel Cup Series this season. In addition to the payout for winning Raybestos Rookie of the Year ($65,000) and for being the top rookie finisher in 16 races ($24,000), he also captured bonus money as part of the Magnificent Seven program. The Raybestos Rookie of the Race normally pays $1,500 but that increased to $5,000 at seven designated races throughout the 2007 season.(Raybestos PR)(11-21-2007)

      Pre/Post Race Reports/ News

    • News and Notes - Pre-Homestead, Post-Phoenix:
      · Juan Pablo Montoya was the Raybestos Rookie of the Race in the November 11 Checker Auto Parts 500 at Phoenix International Raceway. Montoya scored a 17th-place finish and took top rookie honors for the 16th time this season. He has been the top rookie in three of the last four races.
      * Montoya leads David Ragan by 21 points (236-215) in the Raybestos Rookie standings entering the November 18 Ford 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
      * IMPRESSIVE STREAK IN JEPORADY: At least one Raybestos Rookie has won a Bud Pole in each of the last 11 YEARS (1996-2006). Entering the Ford 400, no Raybestos Rookie has won a pole in 2007.
      * Martin Truex Jr. was the Raybestos Rookie of the Race in the 2006 Ford 400, scoring a second-place finish. Truex Jr. crossed the finish line .389 seconds behind race winner Greg Biffle.
      * Did You Know? Tony Stewart is the only Raybestos Rookie to win a Nextel Cup Series race at Homestead. He won the inaugural Ford 400 in 1999 by 5.289 seconds over Bobby Labonte. Stewart led the race four times for 44 laps.
      * Did You Know? The most laps led by a Raybestos Rookie in eight previous races at Homestead is 52 by Casey Atwood in 2001.
      * Did You Know? The only Raybestos Rookie to win a pole in eighth Nextel Cup races at Homestead is Jamie McMurray. McMurray won his first-career pole at the 2003 Ford 400 on his way to claiming Raybestos Rookie of the Year honors. McMurray finished ninth in the race, his 13th top-10 finish of the 2003 season.
      * The most Raybestos Rookies to finish inside the top-10 at Homestead is three (2001 and 2006):
      2001: Casey Atwood, third
      2001: Kevin Harvick, seventh
      2001: Jason Leffler, 10th
      2006: Martin Truex Jr., second
      2006: Denny Hamlin, third
      2006: Clint Bowyer, 10th
      * Top-five finishes by Raybestos Rookies in the Ford 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway:
      1999: Tony Stewart, first
      2001: Casey Atwood, third
      2006: Martin Truex, Jr., second
      2006: Denny Hamlin, third
      * Top-10 finishes by Raybestos Rookies in the Ford 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway:
      1999: Tony Stewart, first
      2000: Dave Blaney, ninth
      2001: Casey Atwood, third
      2001: Kevin Harvick, seventh
      2001: Jason Leffler, 10th
      2002: Ryan Newman, sixth
      2002: Jimmie Johnson, eighth
      2003: Jamie McMurray, ninth
      2004: Brendan Gaughan, sixth
      2006: Martin Truex, Jr., second
      2006: Denny Hamlin, third
      2006: Clint Bowyer, 10th
      · Raybestos Rookies that have led at least one lap in the Ford 400:
      1999: Tony Stewart (four times for 44 laps)
      2001: Casey Atwood (twice for 52 laps)
      2001: Kevin Harvick (three times for 47 laps)
      2002: Ryan Newman (once for 28 laps)
      2002: Jimmie Johnnson (once for 27 laps)
      2006: Martin Truex Jr. (once for 27 laps)
      (Camp and Assoc/Rabestos PR)(11-15-2007)

    • Raybestos ROOKIE HISTORY
      · Ryan Newman holds the all-time Raybestos Rookie record for most poles (6), most top-fives (14) and most top-10s (22).

      · Denny Hamlin is the only Raybestos Rookie to qualify for the Chase for the Nextel Cup since the program was created in 2004.

      · Hamlin holds the record for most earnings by a Raybestos Rookie ($6.6 million in 2006).

      · The record for most wins by a Raybestos Rookie is three, shared by Tony Stewart (1999) and Jimmie Johnson (2002).

      · A Raybestos Rookie has posted multiple victories SEVEN times in NASCAR Nextel Cup:
      1987: Davey Allison, two
      1999: Tony Stewart, three
      2000: Dale Earnhardt Jr., two
      2001: Kevin Harvick, two
      2002: Jimmie Johnson, three
      2005: Kyle Busch, two
      2006: Denny Hamlin, two

      · More than one Raybestos Rookie has posted victories in their rookie season only three times: Morgan Shepherd and Ron Bouchard (one each in 1981), Dale Earnhardt Jr. (two, 2000) and Matt Kenseth (2000), Jimmie Johnson (three, 2002), Ryan Newman (2002).

      · The way to the NASCAR Nextel Cup championship is to win Raybestos Rookie of the Year. Since 1979, six Raybestos Rookie of the Year drivers have gone on to win a NASCAR Nextel Cup title: Dale Earnhardt (1979), Rusty Wallace (1984), Alan Kulwicki (1986), Jeff Gordon (1993), Tony Stewart (1999, 2005) and Matt Kenseth (2000).

      · At least one Raybestos Rookie has won a Bud Pole in each of the last 11 years (1996-2006).
      · The longest streak for a Raybestos Rookie to be in the top-10 in the Nextel Cup Series championship standings during the sport’s modern-era is 60 races (2001 MBNA Platinum 400 through 2002 Ford 400).(Camp & Assoc/Raybestos PR)

    • More Money for Raybestos Rookie program in 2007: Officials with Affinia Group today announced an increase in the year-end payout to Raybestos Rookie of the Year in the Nextel Cup Series. The driver who wins Raybestos Rookie of the Year will take home a check for $65,000, a $15,000 increase from 2006. The company will also increase year-end cash prizes to $25,000 and $12,000 for the Busch and Craftsman Truck Series, respectively. Six drivers will compete for Raybestos Rookie of the Year in the Nextel Cup Series in 2007: David Ragan, Juan Pablo Montoya, David Reutimann, AJ Allmendinger, Brandon Whitt and Paul Menard. The 2007 season is the 10th consecutive year Raybestos brand Brakes will support the Rookie of the Year programs in all three major NASCAR series. Raybestos brand Brakes returns for the 13th consecutive year as an associate sponsor with Robert Yates Racing’s #38 M&M’s Ford driven by David Gilliland. Additionally, Raybestos brand Brakes will remain the “Official Brakes of NASCAR.”
      AND Members of the Nextel Cup Series Raybestos Rookie class will have several chances to claim extra prize money in 2007. The Raybestos Rookie of the Race normally earns $1,500 but that number jumps to $5,000 in seven designated races, beginning with Sunday’s Daytona 500. Other events where freshman drivers will earn extra cash for being the top Raybestos Rookie are Las Vegas (March 11), Martinsville (April 1), Darlington (May 12), Infineon (June 24), Chicagoland (July 15), and Bristol (August 25).(Raybestos PR)(2-15-2007)

    • News and Notes - Pre-Daytona
      see past notes for each race on my 2007 ROTY News and Notes page


    • 1957 Ken Rush
    • 1958 Shorty Rollins (1)
    • 1959 Richard Petty
    • 1960 David Pearson
    • 1961 Woody Wilson
    • 1962 Tom Cox
    • 1963 Billy Wade
    • 1964 Doug Cooper
    • 1965 Sam McQuagg
    • 1966 James Hylton
    • 1967 Donnie Allison
    • 1968 Pete Hamilton
    • 1969 Dick Brooks
    • 1970 Bill Dennis
    • 1971 Walter Ballard
    • 1972 Larry Smith
    • 1973 Lennie Pond - Darrell Waltrip
    • 1974 Earl Ross (1)
    • 1975 Bruce Hill
    • 1976 Skip Manning
    • 1977 Ricky Rudd
    • 1978 Ronnie Thomas
    • 1979 Dale Earnhardt (1) - Joe Millikan, Terry Labonte, Harry Gant
    • 1980 Jody Ridley (1)
    • 1981 Ron Bouchard (1), Tim Richmond
    • 1982 Geoffrey Bodine
    • 1983 Sterling Marlin
    • 1984 Rusty Wallace - Phil Parsons
    • 1985 Ken Schrader - Eddie Bierschwale, Don Hume
    • 1986 Alan Kulwicki - Michael Waltrip, Chet Fillip, Pancho Carter, Kirk Bryant, Davey Allison [listed 4 races], Derrike Cope [2 races], Jerry Cramer [3 races], Rick Baldwin [2 races], Jonathan Edwards [2 races], Wayne Slark [1 race]
    • 1987 Davey Allison (2) - Dale Jarrett, Steve Christman, Rodney Combs, Derrike Cope
    • 1988 Ken Bouchard - Ernie Irvan, Brad Noffsinger, Jimmy Horton
    • 1989 Dick Trickle - Hut Stricklin, Larry Pearson, Jimmy Spencer, Rick Mast, Ben Hess, Chad Little
    • 1990 Rob Moroso - Jack Pennington, Jerry O'Neil, Jeff Purvis
    • 1991 Bobby Hamilton - Ted Musgrave, Stanley Smith, Wally Dallenbach Jr.
    • 1992 Jimmy Hensley - Dave Madar III, Andy Belmont
    • 1993 Jeff Gordon - Bobby Labonte, Kenny Wallace, P.J. Jones
    • 1994 Jeff Burton - Joe Nemechek, Steve Grissom, Loy Allen, John Andretti, Jeremy Mayfield, Mike Wallace, Ward Burton
    • 1995 Ricky Craven - Robert Pressley, Randy LaJoie, Steve Kinser, Davy Jones
    • 1996 Johnny Benson - Stacy Compton [listed as a candiate for 1 race], Randy MacDonald [3 races]
    • 1997 Mike Skinner - David Green, Jeff Green, Robby Gordon
    • 1998 Kenny Irwin - Kevin Lepage, Jerry Nadeau, Steve Park
    • 1999 Tony Stewart (3) - Elliott Sadler, Buckshot Jones
    • 2000 Matt Kenseth (1) - Dale Earnhardt Jr.(2), Dave Blaney, Scott Pruett, Stacy Compton, Mike Bliss
    • 2001 Kevin Harvick (2) - Kurt Busch, Casey Atwood, Jason Leffler, Ron Hornaday Jr, Andy Houston
    • 2002 Ryan Newman (1) - Jimmie Johnson(3), Carl Long, Shawna Robinson
    • 2003 Jamie McMurray - Greg Biffle(1), Tony Raines, Casey Mears, Jack Sprague, Larry Foyt
    • 2004 Kasey Kahne - Brendan Gaughan, Brian Vickers, Scott Wimmer, Scott Riggs, Johnny Sauter
    • 2005 Kyle Busch (2) - Travis Kvapil, Stanton Barrett, Mike Garvey, Eric McClure
    • 2006 Denny Hamlin (2) - Clint Bowyer, Martin Trux Jr., David Stremme, Reed Sorenson, Brent Sherman
    • 2007 Juan Pablo Montoya (1) - David Ragan, Paul Menard, David Reutimann, A.J. Allmendinger

      (NOT a 2002 candidate but won - Jamie McMurray(1) and ran and won ROTY in 2003
      winner bold; wins if any in parens() - rest of rookie class listed if known

    • ROTY Finishes In Final Top 10
      Driver, Rank, Year.
      James Hylton, 2nd, 1966
      Denny Hamlin, 3rd, 2006
      Shorty Rollins, 4th, 1958
      Tony Stewart, 4th, 1999
      Jimmie Johnson, 5th, 2002
      Ryan Newman, 6th, 2002
      Dale Earnhardt, 7th, 1979
      Jody Ridley, 7th, 1980
      Earl Ross, 8th, 1974
      Kevin Harvick, 9th,2001
      Walter Ballard, 10th, 1971


    • Rookies: #48-Jimmie Johnson tied Tony Stewart's rookie record for most wins by a Cup Rookie of the Year candidate with three in 2002. #12-Ryan Newman holds the rookie record [Modern Era 1972-present] of top fives, with 14, Hylton holds the all time record with 20. The top ten's record [Modern Era 1972-present] is held by Newman with 22, which is 10 below the all rtime record of Hylton in 1966. Some comparisions (all were Rookie of the Year except Earnhardt Jr):

      1958 Shorty Rollins
      29 (of 51) races, 1 win, 12 top 5's, 22 top 10's, 0 poles, final points postion was 4th

      1959 Richard Petty
      21 (of 44) races, 0 wins, 6 top 5's, 9 top 10's, 0 poles, points pos 15th

      1962 Tom Cox
      42 (of 53) races, 0 wins, 3 top 5's, 20 top 10's, 0 poles, points pos 19th

      1966 James Hylton
      41 (of 49) races, 0 wins, 20 top 5's, 32 top 10's, 1 pole, points pos 2nd

      Modern Era 1972-present:
      1979 Dale Earnhardt
      27 (of 31) races, 1 win, 11 top 5's, 17 top 10's, 4 poles, points pos 7th

      1987 Davey Allison
      22 (of 29) races, 2 wins, 9 top 5's, 16 top 10's, 5 poles, points pos 21st

      1999 Tony Stewart
      34 races, 3 wins, 12 top 5's, 21 top 10's, 2 poles, 4th in points

      2000 Matt Kenseth
      34 races, 1 win, 4 top 5's, 11 top 10's, no poles, 14th in points

      2000 Dale Earnhardt Jr
      34 races, 2 wins, 3 top 5's, 5 top 10's, 2 poles, 16th in points

      2001 Kevin Harvick
      35 (of 36) races, 2 wins, 6 top 5's, 16 top 10's, no poles, 9th in points

      2002 Jimmie Johnson
      36 races, 3 wins, 6 top 5's, 21 top 10's, 4 poles, 5th in points

      2002 Ryan Newman
      36 races, 1 win, 14 top 5's, 22 top 10's, 6 poles, 6th in points

      2006 Denny Hamlin
      36 races, 2 wins, 8 top 5's, 20 top 10's, 3 poles, 3rd in points
      a BOLD stat is the record holder as the end of 2006

    • Some Rookie Stuff: Jamie McMurray is the 4th driver to pick up his 1st career Cup win at Lowe's Motor Speedway in the modern era (The others: 2000: Matt Kenseth; 1995: Bobby Labonte; 1994: Jeff Gordon). McMurray became the 3rd rookie to win this year, joining Jimmie Johnson & Ryan Newman. It marks the first time that 3 rookies have won a Cup race in the same season in the modern era [1972-present]. Of the 13 first-time winners since 2000, 7 of those have come on Bruton Smith (SMI Tracks). 2000: Dale Earnhardt Junior (Texas), Matt Kenseth (Charlotte), & Jerry Nadeau (Atlanta; 2001: Kevin Harvick (Atlanta), Elliott Sadler (Bristol); 2002: Kurt Busch (Bristol) & Jamie McMurray (Charlotte).(10-13-2002)

    • Quickest wins by a driver: Dale Earnhardt Jr. won in only his 12th Cup start. Ron Bouchard won a Cup race in his 11th start in 1981 at Talladega, Mark Donohue won in his 5th Cup start in 1973 at Riverside, the earliest in the 'modern era' of Cup, he would only make one more Cup start. Others: Morgan Shepherd won in his 15th start (Martinsville) in 1981, but wasn't named Rookie of the Year. Several other drivers won in their first year, but weren't considered ROTY candidates: Dan Gurney at Riverside in 1963 in his third race and Mario Andretti at Daytona Beach in 1967 in his fifth start.
      BUT in 2001, #29-Kevin Harvick won his first Cup race in his third ever start, the best ever in the modern era [1972-present]. McMurray won in his 2nd start at Lowe's today which is the new Modern Era record and ties the all time record, set by John Rostek, who won in his 2nd career start in April 1960 at Arizona State Fairgrounds.
      ALSO of Note, Johnny Rutherford won a Daytona Qualifying race in his first start back in 1963, back then the Qualifier races counted as wins and the championship and points. And of course Jim Roper won in his first start, the first race ever held by NASCAR in 1949 and Jack White won in his first start in 1949, the 5th race of the season.(10-13-2002)

    • First time back-to-back - Correction: #48-Jimmie Johnson's victory comes a week after #12-Ryan Newman won, marking the first time in series history rookies have won back-to-back races.(News and Record), Actually in 2000 Dale Earnhardt Jr and Matt Kenseth won back-to-back points races, with Earnhardt Jr winning at Richmond and Kenseth winning at Lowe's Motor Speedway in May of 2000, the Winston was run between the two races, also won by a rookie, Dale Earnhardt Jr.(9-23-2002)

    • Earnhardt Jr the fastest Correction and UPDATE: #8-Dale Earnhardt Jr has won his first two Winston Cup races faster then anyone in Winston Cup modern era. Earnhardt Jr won his 2nd race in his 16th start. Tony Stewart did it in his 32nd race, Dale Earnhardt in his 41st, Jeff Gordon 50th, Darrell Waltrip 65th and Bobby Labonte 77th. Not sure what the all time record is but Red Byron won his 2nd race in his 5th start during the first NASCAR Grand National(Before Winston Cup) season in 1949
      Correction: Davey Allison also won his 2nd race in his 16th start(5-7-2000)
      Harvick: #29-Kevin Harvick won his 2nd Cup race in his 17th start.
      UPDATE: add #48-Jimmie Johnson ties the record as he won his 2nd race in his 16th start.(6-2-2002)

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