As the race for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Championship narrows to fewer drivers in contention, one championship title was clinched at the end of the race in Martinsville.
When the checkered flag was waived in the Tums Fast Relief 500 at Martinsville Speedway, Jimmie Johnson captured a win to help in the standings but he also gave Chevrolet the Manufacturers championship in the Cup Series. Chevy’s 2012 manufacturers championship is the 36th title for the manufacturer and the 10th consecutive title.
In a statement released by Team Chevy after the Cup Series race, U.S. Vice President of Performance Vehicles and Motorsports Jim Campbell mentioned that it is an honor to win the 2012 Manufacturers title.
“Chevrolet is truly honored to win the 2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Manufacturer’s Championship for the 10th consecutive year and the 36th time overall,” said Campbell. “This award is the result of a relentless effort by the Chevrolet team owners, drivers, crew chiefs, crews and technical partners.”
In the 2012 season 12 victories have been captured by teams that compete in Chevrolet, many of those teams include Hendrick Motorsports, Richard Childress Racing, Stewart-Haas Racing and Earnhardt-Ganassi Racing.
This season Johnson, Tony Stewart, Kasey Kahne, Dale Earnhardt Jr, Jeff Gordon and Ryan Newman posted wins to help carry Chevy to the title. Kevin Harvick, Paul Menard and Jamie McMurray also contributed in posting points for Chevy.
Heading out of Martinsville, Johnson is in contention to becoming the latest Chevy driver to try to win the Cup Series title as he currently leads in the points standings. Throughout his career, Johnson has raced in Chevys, so he is happy to be a part of the championship team.
“I’ve raced my whole career in a Chevy. Anything I can do to help them with stats, I’m happy and proud to be a part of it,” said Johnson. “We work so close with them. We know how much racing means to them as a brand, how important it is to the overall vision of Chevrolet. We’re happy to carry the torch today and help them secure that championship.”