Team Chevy Cinches 33rd Championship, As HMS Power Continues Dominance

Sal Sigala Jr.Senior Analyst IOctober 5, 2009

"It is no secret these are stressful and turbulent times at General Motors.”

Mark Kent, manager of GM racing couldn’t have used a better set of words to express the importance of Chevrolet clinching the 2009 Manufacturer’s Championship, with seven races still remaining in the season.

Kent also added that, "Winning the 2009 Manufacturers' Championship in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series is a remarkable achievement for GM Racing and our outstanding Chevrolet teams and drivers.”

Chevrolet has now won the last seven manufacturer championships to bring their grand total to 33, with their first championship coming way back in 1958 since the award was first debuted in 1950.

The championship is presented to the automobile manufacturer whose current models in NASCAR Sprint Cup competition earn the most points for a win (nine points), second (six points), third (four points), or fourth-best (three points) finish.

Chevrolet has once again flexed its power thanks to the 15 victories thus far this season, with all of them coming from the almost unstoppable HMS chassis engine combo.

Unlike last season, when RCR had their share of wins to help Chevrolet win the championship, this season it has been Mark Martin (five), Jimmie Johnson (four), Tony Stewart (four), Jeff Gordon (one), and Brad Keselowski (one) who have contributed the victories.

Additionally, top finishes by Kevin Harvick, Clint Bowyer, Ryan Newman, and Juan Pablo Montoya have given Chevrolet the points required to claim this title.

Kent knew this season would not be an easy one for the manufacturer, especially looking back to the 2008 season, when two Roush Fenway drivers would finish second and third in the season ending standings, and Chevrolet picking up the next four spots.

And it wasn’t until the sixth race of the 2009 season that Chevrolet would finally get its first win, after watching Roush Fenway win the first two races, and Toyota and Dodge following up with wins of their own.

"The competition this season has been as intense as any time in the history of the sport. Many men and women have spent countless hours maximizing the performance of every aspect of the Impala SS race car,” said Kent.

Brent Dewar, vice president of Chevrolet global was just as excited about the championship, knowing just how much significance the award has to the employees that were involved in helping to win their seventh championship.

"This award is exceptionally gratifying for everyone at Chevrolet and GM, especially in this challenging economic environment. Chevrolet is here to stay, and we look forward to using our award winning engines and vehicles to win races and championships for many years to come."

Dewar also expressed his gratitude for all the hard work that went into winning the championship with these words.

"The level of the NASCAR Sprint Cup on-track competition is second to none. We salute our Chevy teams, owners, and drivers for all their hard work and dedication in achieving this exceptional recognition," added Dewar.

"We are very proud of the 15 victories so far this year and the overall on-track success by our Impala SS drivers that put Team Chevy on top.”

Sunday would also be a day of celebration for Tony Stewart as well, since it was Stewart who picked up his fourth win of the season in the Price Chopper 400 while clinching the championship for Chevrolet.

With the win, Stewart was able to move within 67 points of series leader Mark Martin for the Sprint Cup Championship, and at the same time moving up one spot while giving Chevrolet the top four spots.

"To be the team that wins the race today and locks down the championship for them, is a huge sense of pride for us and something that we hope they're as proud of us helping and doing our part in that as we are," said a very excited Stewart.

Kent would finish with, "Congratulations to all of our Team Chevy organizations, drivers, crews, GM Racing and to everyone at General Motors who contributed to this championship effort for this much deserved accomplishment."


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