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Richard Petty Driver of the Year

Determined by vote of the membership, the Richard Petty Driver of the Year award has been presented annually since 1969 to recognize the season’s most outstanding driver. It is named in honor of Richard Petty, NASCAR’s all-time leader in Cup victories.

RICHARD PETTY DRIVER OF THE YEAR

Year  Recipient
2013 – Jimmie Johnson
2012 – Brad Keselowski
2011 – Tony Stewart
2010 – Jimmie Johnson
2009 – Jimmie Johnson
2008 – Carl Edwards
2007 – Jimmie Johnson
2006 – Jimmie Johnson
2005 – Tony Stewart
2004 – Jimmie Johnson
2003 – Ryan Newman
2002 – Tony Stewart
2001 – Kevin Harvick
2000 – Bobby Labonte
1999 – Dale Jarrett
1998 – Jeff Gordon
1997 – Dale Jarrett
1996 – Terry Labonte
1995 – Jeff Gordon
1994 – Dale Earnhardt
1993 – Rusty Wallace
1992 – Davey Allison
1991 – Harry Gant
1990 – Dale Earnhardt
1989 – Mark Martin
1988 – Rusty Wallace
1987 – Dale Earnhardt
1986 – Tim Richmond and Dale Earnhardt
1985 – Bill Elliott
1984 – Terry Labonte
1983 – Bobby Allison
1982 – Darrell Waltrip
1981 – Darrell Waltrip
1980 – Dale Earnhardt
1979 – Cale Yarborough
1978 – Cale Yarborough
1977 – Cale Yarborough
1976 – Darrell Waltrip
1975 – Richard Petty
1974 – Richard Petty
1973 – David Pearson
1972 – Bobby Allison
1971 – Bobby Allison
1970 – Bobby Issac
1969 – LeeRoy Yarbrough