List of 2022 NASCAR national, regional and eSports champions


NASCAR Pintys Series champion Marc-Antoine Camirand, NASCAR Advance Auto Parts Weekly Series champion Layne Riggs, ARCA Menards Series champion Nick Sanchez, and ARCA Menards Series West champion Jake Drew pose for a photo at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville
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With the 2022 racing season in the books, it’s time to recognize stock-car racing’s championship performances from all levels of the sport. Recap the hardware-winning seasons for multiple NASCAR, ARCA and touring series, plus the title laurels handed out in eNASCAR.

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Joey Logano celebrates his second Cup Series title at Phoenix Raceway
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CUP SERIES

2022 champion: Joey Logano

Season review: The Team Penske driver sealed his second Cup Series championship with a dominant victory in the season finale at Phoenix Raceway. The 32-year-old closed out a four-win campaign with the No. 22 Ford team, including a triumph in the year-opening exhibition Busch Light Clash at the LA Coliseum. His victory in the Round of 8 opener clinched his fifth Championship 4 berth. Once there, Logano rode a wave of confidence to a clinching win from the pole position, outdistancing fellow title contenders Ross Chastain, Christopher Bell and Chase Elliott. Logano is now only the second active driver with multiple championships, joining Kyle Busch. (Recap)

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Ty Gibbs cradles the Xfinity Series championship trophy
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XFINITY SERIES

2022 champion: Ty Gibbs

Season review: Gibbs wrapped up a sterling 2022 season with a clinching victory in the Phoenix finale, pacing 125 of 200 laps for his seventh win of the year. The 20-year-old driver carried the No. 54 Toyota owned by his grandfather, Coach Joe Gibbs, past the other three title hopefuls from JR Motorsports — Noah Gragson, Justin Allgaier and Josh Berry — in the final. The championship came in the young Gibbs’ first full Xfinity Series season, but it was marked by tragedy with the death of his father, Coy, in the hours after the Phoenix race. Ty Gibbs will join the Cup Series next season, driving for Joe Gibbs Racing. (Recap)

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Zane Smith kisses the Truck Series championship trophy
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CAMPING WORLD TRUCK SERIES

2022 champion: Zane Smith

Season review: Smith washed away the sour taste of runner-up finishes in the previous two Truck Series seasons, warding off Ben Rhodes in two laps of overtime to clinch his first championship. The 23-year-old California native was a four-time winner through the season for the No. 38 Front Row Motorsports Ford team, claiming the Regular Season Championship and finishing the year out with his victory from the pole position in the closing event at Phoenix. Rhodes, Ty Majeski, and Chandler Smith — all Toyota drivers — were the other finalists. The series will shift its entitlement sponsorship from Camping World to Craftsman next season. (Recap)

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Nick Sanchez wrapped up the 2022 ARCA Menards Series title at Toledo Speedway on Oct. 8, 2022
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ARCA MENARDS SERIES

2022 champion: Nick Sanchez

Season review: Sanchez made the most of his first full-time ARCA Menards Series campaign, converting in his season-long title pursuit by a 14-point margin over Daniel Dye. The 21-year-old driver won three times during the year (Talladega, Kansas, Michigan), handing his Rev Racing team its first touring-series championship since 2012. Sanchez also dipped his toe into the Xfinity Series waters last season, recording a best finish of seventh with Big Machine Racing at Martinsville. He’ll continue his relationship with Max and Jennifer Siegel’s Rev Racing team in 2023, but full-time in the Craftsman Truck Series. (Recap)

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Sammy Smith celebrates his victory and ARCA Menards Series East title at Bristol Motor Speedway
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ARCA MENARDS SERIES EAST

2022 champion: Sammy Smith

Season review: Smith notched his second consecutive championship in the East Series, winning five of the seven races for Kyle Busch Motorsports and outdistancing Taylor Gray by 41 points in the final standings. Smith also claimed the Sioux Chief Showdown title, finishing out his dominant run with a victory under the lights at Bristol Motor Speedway. The 18-year-old driver plans to move to the Xfinity Series for a full schedule in Joe Gibbs Racing’s No. 18 Toyota next year. In 2022, Smith ran a nine-race schedule for JGR in Xfinity competition, recording a best finish of third place at Watkins Glen in August. (Recap)

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Jake Drew celebrates a victory at Portland International Raceway
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ARCA MENARDS SERIES WEST

2022 champion: Jake Drew

Season review: Drew overcame the heartbreak of the 2021 West campaign, rushing to his first title on the strength of consistency and a four-win season. Drew had lost the previous year’s West championship with a last-lap twist in the Phoenix finale that handed the crown to Jesse Love. The 2022 margin was far more comfortable, and Drew needed only to start the final race to clinch the title. The driver of Bob and Maureen Bruncati’s No. 6 Ford held a 53-point edge over runner-up Tanner Reif in the final standings. His season was highlighted by a three-race win streak as the calendar turned to the summer months, with victories on Portland and Sonoma’s road circuits and the Irwindale short track. (Recap)

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Jon McKennedy, left, driver of the No. 79 Middlesex Interiors Modified, celebrates after winning the 2022 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour championship at Martinsville Speedway on October 27, 2022.
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WHELEN MODIFIED TOUR

2022 champion: Jon McKennedy

Season review: McKennedy avoided potential disaster in a late-race crash in the Martinsville Speedway finale, holding on for his first Modified Tour championship in just his second year of full-time competition. McKennedy had come close before, finishing second overall in a 2020 season truncated by the COVID-19 outbreak. But his 2022 campaign was marked by a series-leading 13 top-10 finishes in 16 races, highlighted by a victory at Claremont (N.H.) Motorsports Park. The 35-year-old Massachusetts native drove the No. 79 for car owners Tim and Sheryl Lepine. Tommy Baldwin Racing claimed the team owners’ championship. (Recap)

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Layne Riggs with the trophy beside his No. 99 racer at South Boston Speedway
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ADVANCE AUTO PARTS WEEKLY SERIES

2022 champion: Layne Riggs

Season review: At 20 years old, Riggs became the youngest winner of the NASCAR Advance Auto Parts Weekly Series national championship. The second-generation Late Model Stock driver edged the previous year’s champ, Peyton Sellers, by just four points to lock up his first national crown. Riggs clinched by netting 16 wins in 43 starts across five tracks in North Carolina and Virginia, a performance that included a track championship at South Boston (Va.) Speedway. Riggs — the son of former Cup Series driver Scott Riggs — is a full-time student at UNC Charlotte. He also made three Truck Series starts last season, logging a best result of seventh in his debut at Clermont, Ind. (Recap)

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Marc-Antoine Camirand hugs crew chief, Robin McCluskey, after winning the WeatherTech 200 at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park.
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PINTY’S SERIES

2022 champion: Marc-Antoine Camirand

Season review: Camirand iced his first Pinty’s Series championship by a convincing margin, outpacing Kevin Lacroix by 27 points to cap off a three-win season. The 43-year-old Quebec native registered a series-best 11 top-10 finishes in 13 races, prevailing at Eastbound Speedway, Edmonton International Raceway and Canadian Tire Motorsport Park. Camirand also topped the Canada-based series with 803 laps led and an average finish of 5.6 for the newly formed Paillé Racing Team. (Recap)

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Alon Day celebrates another Euro Series championship
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WHELEN EURO SERIES

2022 champion: Alon Day

Season review: The Israeli driver marched into history with his fourth Whelen Euro Series championship, securing a third-place finish in the finale to best Alexander Graff by 20 points. Day led the series with five victories and nine top-10 results in the 2022 season’s 12 rounds. The driver of the PK Carsport No. 24 Chevrolet Camaro also hoisted the Euro Series trophy in 2017, 2018 and 2020, and he has posted multiple victories in each season since joining the circuit in 2015. (Recap)

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Ruben Garcia Jr. celebrates his 2022 Mexico Series title
NASCAR Mexico Series

MEXICO SERIES

2022 champion: Rubén García Jr.

Season review: García landed his record fourth Mexico Series championship in the No. 88 Toyota, winning four times during the season to clinch the year-ending award. The 27-year-old driver won three times in the first six races of the year, including back-to-back triumphs at Querétaro and Chihuahua to establish himself as a title contender. The former Rookie of the Year (2012) also won the Mexico Series championship in 2015, 2018 and 2019. (Recap)

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Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Casey Kirwan flank the championship trophy award to Kirwan for winning the eNASCAR iRacing championship.
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eNASCAR COCA-COLA iRACING SERIES

2022 champion: Casey Kirwan

Season review: Under the spotlight of a live season finale for the first time at the NASCAR Hall of Fame, Kirwan raced to a second-place finish to secure the eNASCAR Coca-Cola iRacing Series title by one point over Bobby Zalenski. The XSET team driver was presented with the inaugural Dale Earnhardt Jr. Trophy from its namesake and pocketed a $100,000 payday in his first playoff appearance. Kirwan ended the season with one win (Pocono, July 19) and a series-best 12 top-10 finishes. Stewart-Haas eSports, led by Steven Wilson’s series-leading four wins, finished first in the overall team standings. (Recap)