Name
NASCAR Cup Series

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Established
1949 (71 years old)

First Recorded Event
2009-02-07

Sport
Motorsport

Location
USA

Gender
Mixed

Alternate Names
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series

Last Edit
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Upcoming Events
Auto Club 400 (01 Mar 2020)
FanShield 500 (08 Mar 2020)
Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 (15 Mar 2020)
NASCAR Cup Series Race At Homestead (22 Mar 2020)
O’Reilly Auto Parts 500 (29 Mar 2020)
Food City 500 (05 Apr 2020)
TOYOTA OWNERS 400 (19 Apr 2020)
GEICO 500 (26 Apr 2020)
NASCAR Cup Series Race at Dover (26 Apr 2020)
NASCAR Cup Series Race at Martinsville (09 May 2020)

Latest Results
Pennzoil 400 presented by Jiffy Lube (23 Feb 2020)
DAYTONA 500 (16 Feb 2020)
Duel 1 At DAYTONA (14 Feb 2020)
Duel 2 At DAYTONA (14 Feb 2020)
The Clash at DAYTONA (09 Feb 2020)
Ford EcoBoost 400 (17 Nov 2019)
Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series at ISM Raceway (10 Nov 2019)
AAA Texas 500 (03 Nov 2019)
First Data 500 (27 Oct 2019)
Hollywood Casino 400 (20 Oct 2019)

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The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (often shortened to Sprint Cup or the Cup Series) is the top racing series of the National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing (NASCAR). The series is named for its current sponsor, the Sprint Corporation, and has been known by other names in the past. It was originally known as the Strictly Stock Series (1949) and shortly became the Grand National Series (1950–1970). While leasing its naming rights to R. J. Reynolds Tobacco Company, it was known as the Winston Cup Series (1971–2003). A similar deal was made with NEXTEL in 2003, becoming the NEXTEL Cup Series (2004–2007) and it became the Sprint Cup after Sprint acquired NEXTEL in 2005. The name "Sprint" refers specifically to the subsidiary of Japanese telecommunications company SoftBank which is the entitlement sponsor; sprint car racing is a separate racing discipline.

The drivers' champion is determined by a point system where points are given according to finishing placement and laps led. The season is divided into two segments. After the first 26 races, 16 drivers, selected primarily on the basis of wins during the first 26 races, are seeded based on their total number of wins and compete in the last 10 races with the difference in points greatly minimized. This is called the Chase for the Championship.

The series holds strong roots in the Southeastern United States with half of its 36-race season in that region. The current schedule includes tracks from around the United States. Regular season races were previously held in Canada, and exhibition races were held in Japan and Australia. The Daytona 500, its most prestigious race, had a television audience in the U.S. of about 16 million viewers in 2009.

Sprint Cup Series cars are unique in automobile racing. The engines are powerful enough to reach speeds over 200 mph (320 km/h), but high weight – coupled with a (relatively) simple aerodynamic package – makes for poor handling. Their bodies and chassis are strictly regulated to ensure parity, and electronics are generally spartan in nature.

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1990 Season

2009 Season

2010 Season

2011 Season

2012 Season

2013 Season

2014 Season

2015 Season

2016 Season

2017 Season

2018 Season

2019 Season

2020 Season

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Chip Ganassi NASC

Front Row Motorsp

Germain Racing

Go FAS Racing

Hendrick Motorspo

Jay Robinson Raci

Joe Gibbs Racing

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Richard Childress

Richard Petty Mot

Rick Ware Racing

Roush Fenway Raci

Spire Sports

Starcom Racing

Stewart-Haas Raci

Team Penske NASCA

Wood Brothers Rac

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