Close finishes are the norm in NASCAR's Winston Cup series, on the track and in the point standings. The season champion has been decided in the last race 16 times since the scoring system now in use was adopted in 1975. History is on the side of the driver who holds the lead going into the finale; only twice has a driver come from behind in that race to win the championship. In 1992 Alan Kulwicki (right) made up a 30-point deficit when points leader Davey Allison crashed with 74 laps to go ( Allison finished third in the standings, behind second-place Bill Elliott). And in 1979 Richard Petty overcame Darrell Waltrip's two-point lead to win the title—his seventh—by 11 points. Here are the 10 closest finishes in Winston Cup history.
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