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Waltrip's 1981 rebound largest championship comeback under current point system
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla.Roush Racing driver
A maximum of 151 points can be made up in a single race - a race win with a maximum of 10 bonus points versus a last-place finish - so even the largest of leads can quickly evaporate with some misfortune and the pursuers going on a tear.
Darrell Waltrip is a testament to that, rebounding from a 341-point deficit in the final 17 races to claim the 1981 NASCAR Winston Cup championship and pace the NASCAR Top 10 for the largest comeback under the current point system. His other two championship runs also rank in the NASCAR Top 10, giving him three of the top-10 comebacks and making him one of two drivers on the list with more than one.
Let's take a look at the NASCAR Top 10 greatest comebacks under the current point system: