By admin | October 30, 2012
By Richard Allen
With the powerful teams of Hendrick Motorsports and Richard Childress Racing, Chevrolet is not used to enduring long losing streaks. However, the manufacturing giant has been through a bit of a dry spell in terms of race victories throughout the second half of the NASCAR Sprint Cup season.
When Jimmie Johnson took the checkered flag in Martinsville this past Sunday it was the first win for Chevrolet since Jeff Gordon scored a first place finish at Pocono on August 5th. That was a stretch of eleven races without a win for the ‘Bow Tie’ brand. Rarely has such a winless drought occurred for the manufacturer, especially over the past few years.
Since the inception of the Car of Tomorrow, the longest losing streak for Chevrolet had been six races back in 2010. Prior to the beginning of the dry spell, Chevy drivers had collected eleven race winning trophies in 2012.
From the time of Gordon’s Pocono win in August there have been five victories by Toyota, four by Ford and two by Dodge. Overall, however, Chevrolet still leads the total 2012 Sprint Cup win total count with twelve. Toyota has amassed ten wins with Ford scoring six and Dodge five.
Moreover, don’t feel too sorry for Chevrolet. The manufacturer had six of its drivers qualify for the twelve man Chase for the Championship field. And furthermore, Johnson leads the current standings as he looks to claim his sixth title in seven years.
The American based brand has earned the past seven championships with Johnson and Tony Stewart collecting all of those titles. An eighth Sprint Cup would no doubt make up for a nearly three month only losing streak incurred during the mid-season.
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