NASCAR’s Closest Margins of Victory

(Ricky Craven and Kurt Busch photo courtesy

Here are some interesting statistics for close finishes at NASCAR races.  Listed below are the slimmest margins of victory recorded by NASCAR since the advent of the electronic scoring, which began in 1993.  The following list is only for points races.

Closest Sprint Cup Race Finishes:
Margin Winner Runner-up Track Date
.002 Ricky Craven, Kurt Busch, Darlington, March 16, 2003
.005 Jamie McMurray, Kyle Busch, Daytona, July 7, 2007
.005 Dale Earnhardt, Ernie Irvan, Talladega, July 25, 1993
.006 Kevin Harvick, Jeff Gordon, Atlanta, March 11, 2001
.008 Jimmy Spencer, Ernie Irvan, Daytona, July 2, 1994
.010 Dale Earnhardt, Bobby Labonte, Atlanta, March 12, 2000
.010 Matt Kenseth, Kasey Kahne, Rockingham, February 22, 2004
.011 Kevin Harvick, Jamie McMurray, Talladega, April 25, 2010
.017 Greg Biffle, Mark Martin, Homestead, November 20. 2005
.020 Kevin Harvick, Mark Martin, Daytona, February 18, 2007
.025 Jimmy Spencer, Bill Elliott, Talladega, July 24, 1994
.027 Jimmie Johnson, Bobby Labonte, Charlotte, May 29, 2005
.028 Carl Edwards, Jimmie Johnson, Atlanta, March 20, 2005
.028 Elliott Sadler, Kasey Kahne, Texas, April 4, 2004
.029 John Andretti, Terry Labonte, Daytona, July 5, 1997

Here at WorkingOnMyRedneck (WOMR) the belief is that NASCAR has put the excitement back into the racing by allowing the drivers to race hard and self police the aggressive driving!  Bump drafting is a part of the the restrictor plate racing, so you got to “let the boys race”!  There was a record set for for the most lead changes in a NASCAR race.  Those were the official lead changes that occur at the start/finish line. That number was 88 official lead changes involving 29 leaders, however the actual number was over 150 lead changes that occurred during the race!

How did this Talladega race compare in excitement to last fall’s “follow the leader” race?


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