From 2006 to 2010, Jimmie Johnson (pictured in the 2008 vehicle) set a record by winning the Drivers' Championship five times in a row. In the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Drivers' Championship, ten drivers have won consecutive races. The most recent driver to do so is Carl Edwards, who won three straight from 2011 to 2013.
In fact, no one has won more than two consecutive championships. Richard Petty is the only driver to win the championship in 1969 and 1970; Johnny Rutherford won in 1950 and 1951.
Jimmie Johnson is the most successful driver in the modern era of NASCAR with six championships. He joined the elite group of multiple champion drivers along with Junior Johnson, Bill Elliott, Darrell Waltrip and Jeff Gordon.
Johnson's five-year run from 2006 to 2010 is the longest streak of any driver in the modern era of NASCAR. He broke his own record in 2009 when he won four straight races. He also holds the record for most wins in a season with 18, which he accomplished in 2009.
Jimmie Johnson has won at every race track on the circuit except for Martinsville Speedway where he's finished second three times. His favorite track is Daytona International Speedway, where he has eight victories.
Johnson, a seven-time Cup Series winner, is the most recent driver to win four straight races and the only driver to do it this century. Johnson's run began in October and November of 2007, and he rode it to his second Cup Series title. He has not finished outside the top five since he first led the point standings.
He won six times in 2008 and nine times overall. His 469 points were enough to beat Jeff Gordon by one point for the series championship.
The only other driver to win four straight races was Richard Petty, who did it from May 1975 to April 1976. He is the only driver to win four consecutive championships.
Petty's average finish over those four seasons was third, behind Jimmie Johnson's current mark of 320.0 and Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s current average of 319.8.
The all-time leader in race wins is Johnson with 160. The record is held by Johnson with seven wins this year. He is one victory away from tying Junior Johnson's record of eight victories in a season.
The all-time leader in pole positions is Johnson with 78. He will likely move past this mark this year when he qualifies on the back end of the field for the 100th Running of the Indianapolis 500. He already holds the record for most poles at one venue with 14.
Jimmie Johnson (pictured in 2013) became the third driver to win seven Drivers' Championships. As of the end of the 77th season (2019), 33 different drivers had won the NASCAR Cup Series Drivers' Championship, with 16 of these drivers having won multiple times. The other 17 drivers have won only once.
Johnson won his seventh and most recent championship in 2018. He is the first driver to win seven championships. Dale Earnhardt was the last champion to win six titles before Johnson's victory in the final race of the 2008 season. Jeff Gordon has won five championships over the course of his career.
Tony Stewart has won four championships and is the second-most successful driver of all time behind Johnson. Richard Petty is the winner of the most races with 372 wins. He also holds the record for most seasons won with 24. Johnny Rutherford is next with 14 victories followed by Darrell Waltrip with 10 wins. Mark Martin, Bobby Allison, and Ward Burton each have one win during their careers.
There have been two deaths at the hands of a driver racing in the NASCAR Cup Series. In 2004, Dave Blaney was racing an ARCA Re/Max series event when he collided with a concrete wall at approximately 180 miles per hour, killing him instantly.
Matt Crafton, who won his third title in 2019, is the most recent driver's champion. The championship has been won by fourteen different drivers, with Ron Hornaday Jr. holding the record with four titles. Crafton holds the record for the most consecutive Drivers' Championships, having won two in 2013 and 2014.
Kyle Busch broke Ron Hornaday Jr.'s NASCAR Camping World Truck Series win record in 2019, collecting his 52nd career victory at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Now that Busch has 60 wins in the series, let's see who else has at least 10 victories.
Johnson also won five consecutive races from 2006 to 2010. Aside from Petty and Earnhardt, no one else has ever won five titles in a succession. Aside from Johnson, the longest title streak is three, which was set by Cale Yarborough from 1976 to 1978.
Yarborough is the only person to win three straight championships before Johnson's victory in 2017. He did it with help from Richard Petty during the 1976 and 1977 seasons when Petty didn't have his own team. Yarborough went on to win four more races in 1978 - 1983 while working for Petty's team.
After Yarborough, Johnson is the first driver to win five titles in a row. His record is now tied with Darrell Waltrip and Dale Earnhardt Jr. for most wins in a season with 51.
In addition to winning five titles in a row, Johnson has other records that he holds currently or will soon be breaking. He is the only driver to win the first three races of a season (2006, 2007, 2008). In fact, no one else has even finished first, second, and third in any of the first three races of a season. The next best result is fourth place, which Johnson accomplished twice (2009, 2010).
He is also the only driver to win the first race of a season after leading most of the race from the start (2007).
For Hendrick Motorsports, at least 8 different drivers have won at least one NASCAR Cup Series race.