||Made stock-car racing debut May 25, finishing 22nd in the World 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
||Earned first victory on April 1 at Bristol, Tenn; Won Rookie of the Year Award.
||Won first Winston Cup Championship, becoming only driver to win Rookie of the Year and season championship back-to-back.
||Won five races to take second Winston Cup Championship.
||Won 11 races for third Winston Cup Championship, finishing in top five 21 times in 29 races.
||Won nine times to take fourth Winston Cup Championship, earning a then-record $3,083,056.
||Won four races for fifth Winston Cup Championship.
||Won six races to earn sixth Winston Cup Championship.
||Won seventh Winston Cup Championship, tying Richard Petty for most career titles. Topped $3-million mark in earnings for third time in five years.
||Became third driver to start 500 consecutive Winston Cup races.
||Became first driver to reach $30 million in American Motor Sports winnings and first race car driver to appear on box of Wheaties Cereal.
||Won first Daytona 500 in 20th career start, breaking a 59-race winless streak overall. Finished eighth in season standings, his 18th top 10 finish in 20 years.
||Won 10th consecutive Twin 125 qualifying race at Daytona.
||Won Winston 500 on Oct. 15 at Talladega Superspeedway for final career victory.
Career Pole Positions: 22. |
Career top 5 finishes: 268.
Career top 10 finishes: 404.
Winston Cup Championships: 7 (1980, '86, '87, '90, '91, '93, '94).
IROC Championships: 3 (1990, '95, '99).
American Driver of the Year: 2 (1987, '94).
Won record nine races at Talladega Superspeedway.
Owns record 34 victories in all forms of racing at Daytona Speedway.