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The 2024 NASCAR Cup Championship goes to William Byron…maybe

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William Byron won three times in the first eight weeks of the cup season. Based on NASCAR history, it's time to crown him champion…or at least consider him one of the favorites.

Since 1995, there have been ten Cup seasons in which a driver won three races in the first eight weeks. Five of those seasons ended with that driver winning the championship.

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Two of these drivers accomplished this feat multiple times, while several others finished the year in the top five points.

History shows that drivers with three wins in the first eight weeks of the season have a higher probability of winning the championship, but the one-race format for the title could limit Byron's chances.

In the current playoff format, there have been three seasons in which a driver won three races in the first eight weeks. Only one driver won the title. Byron could be the second.

Winner of three races in the first eight weeks since 1995

1995: Jeff Gordon was the first driver to achieve this feat. In the first six weeks of the season he won at Rockingham, Atlanta and Bristol. Gordon won seven races and the championship.

1996: Gordon won the first six races of the season at Richmond, Darlington and Bristol. After winning ten races, he took second place in the championship standings.

1997: Gordon started the year by winning the Daytona 500. He then won at Rockingham, Bristol and Martinsville in the first eight weeks of the season. Gordon won 10 races and the 1997 championship.

2001: Dale Jarrett became the second driver to win three races in the first eight weeks of the season. He won at Darlington, Texas and Martinsville. Jarrett won four times in 2001 and finished the year fifth in the championship standings.

2007: Jimmie Johnson delivered his own ten-win season in 2007. In the first six weeks of the season he won in Las Vegas, Atlanta and Martinsville. He added seven more wins and finished the season with his second consecutive championship.

2008: Johnson won his third championship in 2008, but it was Carl Edwards who won three times in the first eight races. He won in Fontana, Las Vegas and Texas. EAfter a season with nine wins, Dwards finished second in the Cup championship standings.

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William Byron has two wins in the last three Cup races.

2010: Johnson won the championship for the fifth consecutive year in 2010 after a season with six wins. Three of those wins – Fontana, Las Vegas and Bristol – came in the first five weeks of the season.

2018: Kevin Harvick put on a show at the start of the 2018 season. In the first four weeks of the season he won three races – Atlanta, Las Vegas and Phoenix. After five more wins he then reached championship 4. Harvick finished the year third in the Cup standings while Joey Logano won the season finale and the championship.

2019: Three different drivers won the first three races of the 2019 season, but it was Kyle Busch who then won three of the next five. He won trophies in Phoenix, Fontana and Bristol. Busch won five races and the championship that season.

2024: Byron started the year by winning the Daytona 500. He then won the sixth race of the season – the Circuit of the Americas. The eighth race of the season – Martinsville – was the scene of Byron's most recent victory. Will he win the championship? Only time can tell.