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NASCAR 167 8 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series 2011 race winners 29784909 Regan Smith, one win Regan+Smith%2C+one+win NASCAR

Regan Smith celebrates with his Furniture Row Racing crew in Victory Lane after earning his first career NASCAR Sprint Cup win. Smith took the trophy in the prestigious Showtime Suothern 500 at Darlington Raceway.

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NASCAR 167 8 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series 2011 race winners 30042969 Paul Menard, one win Paul+Menard%2C+one+win+ NASCAR

Paul Menard added his name to the list of NASCAR Sprint Cup winners with a stirring victory in one of NASCAR's biggest events - the Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

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NASCAR 167 8 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series 2011 race winners 29955416 David Ragan, one win David+Ragan%2C+one+win NASCAR

Roush Fenway Racing's David Ragan has been strong on restrictor-plate tracks since moving into the series. He finally went to Victory Lane at one, winning the Cole Zero 400 at Daytona International Speedway for his first career win.

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NASCAR 167 8 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series 2011 race winners 30001536 Ryan Newman, one win Ryan+Newman%2C+one+win+ NASCAR

Ryan Newman turned up the heat at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, taking the pole position then holding on for the victory. He edged teammate Tony Stewart to give Stewart-Haas Racing its first one-two finish in the Sprint Cup ranks.

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NASCAR 167 8 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series 2011 race winners 30367092 Kasey Kahne, one win Kasey+Kahne%2C+one+win+ NASCAR

Kasey Kahne wanted to earn a victory in his lone season with Red Bull Racing. He did just that in the second-to-last race of the season, topping the field at Phoenix International Raceway.

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NASCAR 167 8 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series 2011 race winners 29912591 Denny Hamlin, one win Denny+Hamlin%2C+one+win+ NASCAR

Hamlin and his Joe Gibbs Racing crew were a threat often in the early season, but it wasn't until he took the lead on a final stop and held off the challengers at Michigan International Speedway that he returned to Victory Lane.

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NASCAR 167 8 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series 2011 race winners 29687882 Carl Edwards, one win Carl+Edwards%2C+one+win+ NASCAR

Carl Edwards picked up the 2011 NASCAR Sprint Cup season where he left off in 2010 - with top performances.

He won the season's third race of the year, at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, to give him three wins in a five-race stretch that spanned 2010 and 2011.

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NASCAR 167 8 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series 2011 race winners 30292908 Clint Bowyer, one win Clint+Bowyer%2C+one+win+ NASCAR

Clint Bowyer joined the ranks of 2011 NASCAR Sprint Cup winners when he took the checkered flag at Talladega Superspeedway.

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NASCAR 167 8 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series 2011 race winners 29689479 Trevor Bayne, one win Trevor+Bayne%2C+one+win+ NASCAR

Trevor Bayne captured the imagination of fans everywhere with his stunning win in the season-opening Daytona 500.

Bayne, a 20-year-old rookie who had never been in a Cup race at the track, edged the field of top contenders to take NASCAR's biggest prize.

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NASCAR 167 8 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series 2011 race winners 30086338 Marcos Ambrose, one win Marcos+Ambrose%2C+one+win+ NASCAR

Marcos Ambrose finally took home the trophy in a road-course race after running exceptionally well on the tracks throughout his NASCAR Sprint Cup career. Ambrose earned his first career Cup win in the rain-delayed race at Watkins Glen International.

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NASCAR 167 8 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series 2011 race winners 29715850 Jimmie Johnson, two wins Jimmie+Johnson%2C+two+wins NASCAR

Jimmie Johnson showed a flair for the exciting, pushing his way to the lead in the final yards of the NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Talladega Superspeedway to take his first victory of the season. He waited until the Chase was under way to return to Victory Lane, winning at Kansas Speedway in October.

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NASCAR 167 8 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series 2011 race winners 29698379 Matt Kenseth, three wins Matt+Kenseth%2C+three+wins NASCAR

Matt Kenseth broke a 76-race winless streak with a win at the Samsung Mobile 500 at Texas Motor Speedway in April to nab his first victory of the season. He soon followed with the win at Dover International Speedway. Then, once the Chase for the Sprint Cup got under way, Kenseth won at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

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NASCAR 167 8 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series 2011 race winners 29935539 Kurt Busch, two wins Kurt+Busch%2C+two+wins NASCAR

Busch snapped a 38-race winless streak, and earned his first road-course win, with the victory in June at Infineon Raceway. He followed that up with a win in the third race of the Chase for the Sprint Cup, at Dover International Speedway.

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NASCAR 167 8 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series 2011 race winners 29868597 Brad Keselowski, three wins Brad+Keselowski%2C+three+wins+ NASCAR

Keselowski earned his first victory of 2011 when he took over late at Kansas Speedway. He snapped a 61-race winless streak with the win. He added a second win in a gutsy performance with a broken ankle at Pocono Raceway. And then he continued to make his move toward a title run with his third win of the season, which came at Bristol Motor Speedway.

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NASCAR 167 8 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series 2011 race winners 29693134 Jeff Gordon, three wins Jeff+Gordon%2C+three+wins NASCAR

Jeff Gordon entered the 2011 NASCAR Sprint Cup season nursing a winless streak - but he cast that aside relatively quickly.

The four-time champion returned to victory rather quickly, earning a win in the season's second race of the year, at Phoenix International Raceway. He followed that up with a second victory at Pocono Raceway in June, his fifth at that track. In September, he made history by snaring his 85th career win, and third of the season, at Atlanta Motor Speedway.

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NASCAR 167 8 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series 2011 race winners 29687866 Kevin Harvick, four wins Kevin+Harvick%2C+four+wins NASCAR

Kevin Harvick and his Richard Childress Racing team took the early edge in victories.

After winning in Harvick's home state of California at Auto Club Speedway - passing five-time champion Jimmie Johnson late to do so - Harvick topped the field again the following week at Martinsville Speedway. He added to his victory total in the prestigious Coca-Cola 600 on Memorial Day weekend. Then Harvick returned to his top form just before the Chase for the Sprint Cup started, winning at Richmond International Raceway in September.

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NASCAR 167 8 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series 2011 race winners 29693135 Kyle Busch, four wins Kyle+Busch%2C+four+wins+ NASCAR

Kyle Busch has been a contender in most of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races this season, and has already become the season's second multiple-race winner.

He topped the field for the first time at Bristol Motor Speedway on a weekend when he also won the Nationwide Series race. He followed that with the win at Richmond International Raceway in April, taking the victory just two days before his 26th birthday. Then he went out and won in dominating fashion in the debut Cup race at Kentucky Speedway in July and scooted past Jimmie Johnson late to win at Michigan in August.

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NASCAR 167 8 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series 2011 race winners 30180410 Tony Stewart, five wins Tony+Stewart%2C+five+wins NASCAR

Tony Stewart waited for the perfect moment for his return to Victory Lane in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. Stewart saved fuel and managed his race well to earn his first win of the season - in the first race of the Chase, at Chicagoland Speedway. He followed that up with the victory at New Hampshire Motor Speedway to take the lead in the Chase. He then rallied late and battled into the lead to earn his third win of the Chase, at Martinsville Speedway. And kept going with his fourth win of the Chase, which came the following week at Texas Motor Speedway. Stewart then capped his stellar season with the victory in the season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway for five Chase wins - and the Sprint Cup title.

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NASCAR 167 8 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series 2011 race winners 29687885 Winning ways Winning+ways+ NASCAR

The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series opened the year with a slate of different race winners.

Kevin Harvick became the first multiple race winner with his back-to-back victories at Auto Club Speedway and Auto Club Speedway.

So who has been on top this season? Here's a look at the 2011 race winners:

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