Most laps led champion by season
Year Driver Laps Led No. of drivers who led 1,000+ laps Time
2014 Kevin Harvick 2,137 4 1
2013 Jimmie Johnson 1,985 3 6
2012 Jimmie Johnson 1,744 3 5
2011 Kyle Busch 1,455 2 1
2010 Jimmie Johnson 1,315 3 4
2009 Jimmie Johnson 2,238 3 3
2008 Jimmie Johnson 1,959 3 2
2007 Jeff Gordon 1,300 2 6
2006 Tony Stewart 1,360 2 2
2005 Tony Stewart 1,845 3 1
2004 Jimmie Johnson 1,312 3 1
2003 Jeff Gordon 1,639 3 5
2002 Dale Earnhardt Jr. 1,068 1 1
2001 Jeff Gordon 2,320 2 4
2000 Rusty Wallace 1,731 3 3
1999 Jeff Gordon 1,319 6 3
1998 Mark Martin 1,730 2 1
1997 Dale Jarrett 2,083 2 1
1996 Jeff Gordon 2,314 1 2
1995 Jeff Gordon 2,610 3 1
1994 Rusty Wallace 2,142 4 2
1993 Rusty Wallace 2,860 4 1
1992 Davey Allison 1,377 3 1
1991 Hary Gant 1,684 3 1
1990 Dale Earnhardt 2,438 3 5
1989 Dale Earnhardt 2,735 2 4
1988 Dale Earnhardt 1,778 2 3
1987 Dale Earnhardt 3,357 2 2
1986 Dale Earnhardt 2,127 3 1
1985 Bill Elliott 1,920 3 1
1984 Darrell Waltrip 2,030 3 5
1983 Darrell Waltrip 2,363 3 4
1982 Darrell Waltrip 3,028 3 3
1981 Darrell Waltrip 2,517 4 2
1980 Cale Yarborough 2,810 3 6
1979 Darrell Waltrip 2,130 5 1
1978 Cale Yarborough 3,587 3 5
1977 Cale Yarborough 3,218 4 4
1976 Cale Yarborough 3,777 4 3
1975 Richard Petty 3,158 3 7
1974 Cale Yarborough 3,530 3 2
1973 Cale Yarborough 3,167 3 1
1972 Bobby Allison 4,343 4 1
1971 Richard Petty 4,932 3 6
1970 Richard Petty 5,007 3 5
1969 Bobby Isaac 5,053 5 1
1968 Richard Petty 4,242 5 4
1967 Richard Petty 5,537 4 3
1966 David Pearson 3,174 2 1
1965 Junior Johnson 3,984 3 2
1964 Richard Petty 3,534 5 2
1963 Fred Lorenzon 2,419 4 1
1962 Richard Petty 1,435 3 1
1961 Junior Johnson 2,364 2 1
1960 Glen Wood 766 0 1
1959 Lee Petty 1,052 1 1
1958 Fireball Roberts 877 0 2
1957 Fireball Roberts 1,415 1 1
1956 Speedy Thompson 2,037 2 1
1955 Tim Flock 3,227 1 2
1954 Herb Thomas 1,252 1 2
1953 Herb Thomas 1,216 1 1
1952 Tim Flock 1,354 2 1
1951 Fonty Flock 1,468 1 1
1950 Curtis Turner 1,110 1 1
1949 Bill Blair 325 0 1

Italics indicates a driver who led the most laps in a particular season, yet, failed to reach 1,000 total laps led on the season.