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NASCAR Betting Online: NASCAR is the most popular form of auto racing in the United States, and not surprisingly, it's the most common form of racing to wager on as well. The handle for the Daytona 500 is bigger than almost all of the other races combined on the calendar across all forms of auto racing, but that doesn't mean that there isn't plenty of betting action throughout the rest of the year as well.
The senior circuit in NASCAR, now known as the Monster Energy Cup, features a season with 36 races, beginning at Daytona in February and finishing up in Homestead in November. There are 24 races in the "regular season," at which time the top 16 finishers on the season will join the Chase for the Championship.
Drivers who win a race over the course of the year are the first ones eligible to join the Chase for the Championship. Assuming that there aren't 16 different drivers who reached Victory Lane over the course of the first 24 races, the rest of the slots are determined by a points scoring system the likes of which NASCAR has used for years and years.
Once the drivers get into the de facto playoff, they are whittled down in three race blocks. The first three races trim the field from 16 to 12, then next three from 12 to eight, the next three from eight to four, and at that point, the last four drivers standing – known as the Championship 4 – duke it out at the Ford EcoBoost 400 with the best finisher ultimately being awarded the Monster Energy. Advancement through each of the levels of the tournament is guaranteed with a victory in one of the three races in that stage, though the points reset after every stage.
List of Monster Energy Winners (Since 2000)
|Year ||Winner ||Team ||Manufacturer|
|2016||Jimmie Johnson||Hendrick Motorsports||Chevrolet|
|2015||Kyle Busch||Joe Gibbs Racing||Toyota|
|2014||Kevin Harvick||Stewart-Haas Racing||Chevrolet|
|2013||Jimmie Johnson||Hendrick Motorsports||Chevrolet|
|2012||Brad Keselowski||Team Penske||Dodge|
|2011||Tony Stewart||Stewart-Haas Racing||Chevrolet|
|2010||Jimmie Johnson||Hendrick Motorsports||Chevrolet|
|2009||Jimmie Johnson||Hendrick Motorsports||Chevrolet|
|2008||Jimmie Johnson||Hendrick Motorsports||Chevrolet|
|2007||Jimmie Johnson||Hendrick Motorsports||Chevrolet|
|2006||Jimmie Johnson||Hendrick Motorsports||Chevrolet|
|2005||Tony Stewart||Joe Gibbs Racing||Chevrolet|
|2004||Kurt Busch||Roush Racing||Ford|
|2003||Matt Kenseth||Roush Racing||Ford|
|2002||Tony Stewart||Joe Gibbs Racing||Pontiac|
|2001||Jeff Gordon||Hendrick Motorsports||Chevrolet|
|2000||Bobby Labonte||Joe Gibbs Racing||Pontiac|
The days of Jimmie Johnson dominating the Monster Energy Cup seemed to be said and done with. One of NASCAR's best champions ever had a run of five straight titles from 2006 through 2010, but from 2011 through 2015, five different men ( including him in 2013 ) claimed championship glory, exactly the type of parity that was expected and hoped for out of the Chase for the Championship. That said, J.J. is back on top. He won the 2016 Chase for the Championship for his seventh all-time championship, tying him with the great Richard Petty and Dale Earnhardt for the most in the history of this great sport.
Most Career Monster Energy Championships (By Driver)
|Wins ||Driver ||Years|
|7||Richard Petty||1964, 1967, 1971, 1972, 1974, 1975, 1979|
|7||Dale Earnhardt||1980, 1986, 1987, 1990, 1991, 1993, 1994|
|7||Jimmie Johnson||2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2013, 2016|
|4||Jeff Gordon||1995, 1997, 1998, 2001|
|3||Lee Petty||1954, 1958, 1959|
|3||David Pearson||1966, 1968, 1969|
|3||Cale Yarborough||1976, 1977, 1978|
|3||Darrell Waltrip||1981, 1982, 1985|
|3||Tony Stewart||2002, 2005, 2011|
With all of the changes in NASCAR's version of the postseason, it was always looked upon as really hard for anyone to run down Petty and Earnhardt. Johnson was, of course, the only man who realistically had a shot to get the job done after his five straight titles, but now, he has two championships in the last four years as well to match the greats.
Jeff Gordon, another of the all-time greats, only finished with four titles, though it should be noted that this awesome Chase for the Championship format gave him a chance to win another title in 2015 when he was in the Championship 4 going into the Ford EcoBoost 400.
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