Chevrolet Secure Cup Manufacturers' Title
“On behalf of the men and women at General Motors, it is an honor for Chevrolet to clinch our 32nd NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Manufacturers' Cup title. It is a proud achievement based on a comeback run for the title given the tough competition we face every week on and off the racetrack.”
“This championship has been earned through the perseverance and dedication of Team Chevy's drivers, owners and crews with the collaboration of our GM Racing engineers. We look forward to carrying the momentum of achievement in to the 2009 NASCAR Sprint Cup season,” said Terry Dolan, manager of Chevy Racing.
The 2008 Sprint Cup title was Chevrolet's 32nd and General Motors' 38th in the series (Oldsmobile also clinched the manufacturers' title back in the '50s). The last marque to take the manufacturers' crown in the top NASCAR series was Ford, back in 2002.
With Chevrolet already winning one competition against Ford this year, the GM marque will do all that is necessary to also help their driver Jimmie Johnson clinch his 3rd consecutive Cup title ahead of Ford's Carl Edwards.
The season finale is scheduled for next Sunday, at Homestead-Miami. Johnson is currently holding a 141-point lead over Edwards in the drivers' standings and only needs a 36th place or best in Florida to tie Yarborough's record of 3 consecutive Cup titles.
Toyota have already secured the Nationwide and Craftsman manufacturers' titles this year, with Chevrolet finishing runner-ups in both series.