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2003 NASCAR Winston Cup Recap


2003 NASCAR Winston Cup Standings

Matt Kenseth dominated the 2003 NASCAR Winston Cup season with amazing consistency. The Cambridge, Wisconsin, native only won one race but held the points lead for most of the year. With a fourth-place finish in the March 9 Bass Pro Shops MBNA 500 at Atlanta, Kenseth moved atop the points standings and never trailed again. He had only two DNFs the entire year.

Kenseth coasted home 90 points in front of runner-up Jimmie Johnson, and became the fourth driver to capture the title with only one win.

Kenseth led the points after 33 of the 36 races, the most dominating perfor­mance since Dale Earnhardt led all but two races in 1987. He also led the points standings more than any driver since Richard Petty led after 41 of 48 races in '71.

Kenseth, who gave owner Jack Roush his first title, was also the final champion crowned by series sponsor Winston. Effective in 2004, Nextel Communi­cations became the title sponsor for NASCAR's top stock car racing series.

Sort through all the final standings in this last season of its kind with the 2003 NASCAR Winston Cup standings chart that follows.

2003 NASCAR Winston Cup Standings

RankDriver
Points
WinsEarnings
1 Matt Kenseth
5,022 1 $9,422,764
2 Jimmie Johnson
4,932 3 7,745,530
3 Dale Earnhardt, Jr.
4,815 2 6,880,807
4 Jeff Gordon
4,758 3 6,622,002
5 Kevin Harvick
4,770 1 6,237,119
6 Ryan Newman
4,711 8 6,100,877
7 Tony Stewart
4,549 2 6,136,633
8 Bobby Labonte
4,377 2 5,505,018
9 Bill Elliott
4,303 1 5,008,530
10 Terry Labonte
4,162 1 4,283,625
11 Kurt Busch
4,150 4 5,587,384
12 Jeff Burton
4,109 0 4,384,752
13 Jamie McMurray
3,965 0 3,258,806
14 Rusty Wallace
3,850 0 4,246,547
15 Michael Waltrip
3,934 2 4,929,620
16 Robby Gordon
3,856 2 4,157,064
17 Mark Martin
3,769 0 4,486,560
18
Sterling Marlin
3,745
0
4,384,491
19 Jeremy Mayfield
3,736 0 3,371,879
20 Greg Biffle
3,696 1 2,805,673
21 Ward Burton
3,550 0 3,628,600
22 Elliott Sadler
3,525 0 3,795,174
23 Ricky Rudd
3,521 0 3,240,614
24 Johnny Benson, Jr.
3,448 0 3,544,793
25 Joe Nemechek
3,426 1 2,626,484
26 Dale Jarrett
3,358 1 4,121,487
27 Ricky Craven
3,334 0 3,216,211
28 Dave Blaney
3,194 0 2,828,692
29
Jimmy Spencer
3,147
0
2,565,803
30 Kenny Wallace
3,061 0 2,480,492
31 Todd Bodine
2,976 0 2,521,724
32 Steve Park
2,923 0 2,686,915
33 Tony Raines
2,772 0 2,122,739
34 Jeff Green
2,656 0 2,693,533
35 Casey Mears
2,638 0 2,639,178
36 Ken Schrader
2,451 0 2,007,424
37 Kyle Petty
2,414 0 2,293,222
38 John Andretti
2,379 0 2,577,616
39 Mike Skinner
1,960 0 1,782,804
40 Jack Sprague
1,284 0 1,187,834
41 Larry Foyt
1,228 0 1,180,994
42 Mike Wallace
1,189 0 1,031,103
43 Kevin Lepage
877 0 742,077
44 Christian Fittipaldi
857 0 1,265,835
45 Jerry Nadeau
844 0 861,628
46 Derrike Cope
822 0 1,030,691
47 Jason Leffler
764 0 594,500
48 Scott Wimmer
599 0 487,060
49 Brian Vickers
379 0 263,484
50 Hermie Sadler
373 0 552,741

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