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Matt Kenseth clinched the 2003 NASCAR Winston Cup championship despite only one victory through 35 events. Following are the Winston Cup champions since 1975, the year the current points system started, with the number of races they won, the margin of their championships and the driver who won the most races that year:

November 10, 2003

*With one race remaining Sunday at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

*--* Year Champion Pts. margin No. of wins Driver w/most wins 2003 Matt Kenseth *226 *1 Ryan Newman (8) 2002 Tony Stewart 28 3 Matt Kenseth (5) 2001 Jeff Gordon 349 6 Jeff Gordon (6) 2000 Bobby Labonte 265 4 Tony Stewart (6) 1999 Dale Jarrett 201 4 Jeff Gordon (7) 1998 Jeff Gordon 364 13 Jeff Gordon (13) 1997 Jeff Gordon 14 10 Jeff Gordon (10) 1996 Terry Labonte 37 2 Jeff Gordon (10) 1995 Jeff Gordon 34 7 Jeff Gordon (7) 1994 Dale 444 4 Rusty Wallace (8) Earnhardt 1993 Dale 80 6 Rusty Wallace (10) Earnhardt 1992 Alan Kulwicki 10 2 D. Allison/B. Elliott (5) 1991 Dale 195 4 Davey Allison (5) Earnhardt 1990 Dale 26 9 Dale Earnhardt (9) Earnhardt 1989 Rusty Wallace 12 6 R. Wallace/D. Waltrip (6) 1988 Bill Elliott 24 6 B. Elliott/R. Wallace (6) 1987 Dale 489 11 Dale Earnhardt (11) Earnhardt 1986 Dale 288 5 Tim Richmond (7) Earnhardt 1985 Darrell 101 3 Bill Elliott (11) Waltrip 1984 Terry Labonte 65 2 Darrell Waltrip (7) 1983 Bobby Allison 47 6 B. Allison/D. Waltrip (6) 1982 Darrell 72 12 Darrell Waltrip (12) Waltrip 1981 Darrell 53 12 Darrell Waltrip (12) Waltrip 1980 Dale 19 5 Cale Yarborough (6) Earnhardt 1979 Richard Petty 21 5 Darrell Waltrip (7) 1978 Cale 474 10 Cale Yarborough (10) Yarborough 1977 Cale 386 9 Cale Yarborough (9) Yarborough 1976 Cale 195 9 David Pearson (10) Yarborough 1975 Richard Petty 722 13 Richard Petty (13)

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