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List of NASCAR Xfinity Series champions

The NASCAR Xfinity Series Drivers' Championship is awarded by the chairman in NASCAR to the most successful Xfinity Series racing car driver over a season, as determined by a points system based on race results. The Drivers' Championship was first awarded in 1982, to Jack Ingram. The first driver to win multiple Championships was Sam Ard in 1983 and 1984. The current Drivers' Champion is Tyler Reddick who won his second NASCAR Xfinity Series championship in 2019.

As of the 2016 season, the Championship has been decided using NASCAR's “Playoff” system. 12 drivers qualify for the Playoffs; race winners are automatically locked in and the remainder is set by the highest non-winners in the points standings. Drivers can accumulate points that carry into the playoffs by winning a stage or the race itself (1 playoff point for a stage win, 5 playoff points for a race win). After qualifying for the Playoffs, drivers have their points reset to a significantly higher total than non-Playoff drivers, with bonus points added appropriately for stage and race wins. This method is also used for eliminating drivers who qualified for the Playoffs but didn't advance into the next round. The Xfinity Series Playoffs start with 12 drivers in the Round of 12, then cut off the lowest 4 non-winners in the points standings after 3 races. This process is repeated with the remaining drivers for the Round of 8, leaving 4 drivers still eligible to win the championship that season. Following the Round of 8, all previously accumulated playoff points are reset, leaving the “Championship 4” drivers all with an equal opportunity to win the championship in the 1-race final round at Homestead–Miami Speedway. Stage points also do not count for Playoff drivers in the final race. The highest-finishing driver out of the Championship 4 is then declared the champion.

Overall, twenty-eight different drivers have won the Championship, with Sam Ard, Jack Ingram, Larry Pearson, Randy LaJoie, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Kevin Harvick, Martin Truex Jr., Ricky Stenhouse Jr., and Tyler Reddick holding the record for most titles, at two. Ard, Pearson, LaJoie, Earnhardt Jr., Truex Jr., Stenhouse Jr., and Reddick all have the record for most consecutive Drivers' Championships, with two consecutive championships.

By seasonEdit

Year Driver Owner Team No Make St Ws TT P Pts Gap
1982 Jack Ingram Jack Ingram 11 Pontiac 29 7 24 1 4495 47
1983 Sam Ard Howard Thomas 00 Oldsmobile 35 10 30 10 5454 84
1984 Sam Ard Howard Thomas 00 Oldsmobile 28 8 26 7 4552 426
1985 Jack Ingram Jack Ingram 11 Pontiac 27 5 22 2 4106 29
1986 Larry Pearson David Pearson Pearson Racing 21 Pontiac 31 1 24 1 4514 7
1987 Larry Pearson David Pearson Pearson Racing 21 Chevrolet 27 6 20 3 3959 394
1988 Tommy Ellis John Jackson 21 Buick 30 3 20 5 4281 295
1989 Rob Moroso Dick Moroso Moroso Racing 25 Oldsmobile 29 4 16 7 4001 55
1990 Chuck Bown Hubert Hensley 63 Pontiac 31 6 18 4 4372 200
1991 Bobby Labonte Bobby Labonte Labonte Motorsports 44 Oldsmobile 31 2 21 2 4264 74
1992 Joe Nemechek Joe Nemechek NEMCO Motorsports 87 Chevrolet 31 2 18 1 4275 3
1993 Steve Grissom Wayne Grissom Grissom Racing Enterprises 31 Chevrolet 28 2 18 0 3846 253
1994 David Green Bobby Labonte Labonte Motorsports 44 Chevrolet 28 1 14 9 3725 46
1995 Johnny Benson Jr. Bill Baumgardner BACE Motorsports 74 Chevrolet 26 2 19 0 3688 404
1996 Randy LaJoie Bill Baumgardner BACE Motorsports 74 Chevrolet 26 5 20 2 3714 29
1997 Randy LaJoie Bill Baumgardner BACE Motorsports 74 Chevrolet 30 5 21 2 4381 266
1998 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Dale Earnhardt Dale Earnhardt, Inc. 3 Chevrolet 31 7 22 3 4469 48
1999 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Dale Earnhardt Dale Earnhardt, Inc. 3 Chevrolet 32 6 22 3 4647 280
2000 Jeff Green Greg Pollex ppc Racing 10 Chevrolet 32 6 27 7 5005 616
2001 Kevin Harvick Richard Childress Richard Childress Racing 2 Chevrolet 33 5 24 4 4813 124
2002 Greg Biffle Jack Roush Roush Racing 60 Ford 34 4 25 5 4924 280
2003 Brian Vickers Ricky Hendrick Hendrick Motorsports 5 Chevrolet 34 3 21 1 4637 14
2004 Martin Truex Jr. Dale Earnhardt Jr.
Teresa Earnhardt
Chance 2 Motorsports 8 Chevrolet 34 6 26 7 5173 230
2005 Martin Truex Jr. Dale Earnhardt Jr.
Teresa Earnhardt
Chance 2 Motorsports 8 Chevrolet 35 6 22 3 4937 68
2006 Kevin Harvick Richard Childress Richard Childress Racing 21 Chevrolet 35 9 32 1 5648 824
29
Kevin Harvick Kevin Harvick Incorporated 33
2007 Carl Edwards Jack Roush Roush Fenway Racing 60 Ford 35 4 21 0 4805 618
2008 Clint Bowyer Richard Childress Richard Childress Racing 2 Chevrolet 35 1 29 0 5132 21
2009 Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Joe Gibbs Racing 18 Toyota 35 9 30 3 5682 210
2010 Brad Keselowski Roger Penske Penske Racing 22 Dodge 35 6 29 5 5639 445
2011 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Jack Roush Roush Fenway Racing 6 Ford 34 2 26 3 1222 45
2012 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Jack Roush Roush Fenway Racing 6 Ford 33 6 26 4 1251 23
2013 Austin Dillon Richard Childress Richard Childress Racing 3 Chevrolet 33 0 22 7 1180 3
2014 Chase Elliott Dale Earnhardt Jr. JR Motorsports 9 Chevrolet 33 3 26 2 1213 42
2015 Chris Buescher Jack Roush Roush Fenway Racing 60 Ford 33 2 20 0 1190 15
2016 Daniel Suárez Joe Gibbs Joe Gibbs Racing 19 Toyota 33 3 27 2 4040 2
2017 William Byron Dale Earnhardt Jr. JR Motorsports 9 Chevrolet 33 4 22 2 4034 5
2018 Tyler Reddick Dale Earnhardt Jr. JR Motorsports 9 Chevrolet 33 2 20 0 4040 5
2019 Tyler Reddick Richard Childress Richard Childress Racing 2 Chevrolet 33 6 27 5 4040 5

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