NASCAR's premiere racing division, the Sprint Cup Series, has seen many close finishes since the electronic scoring system was instituted in May during the 1993 season. To date the closest finish in the Sprint Cup Series occurred during the 2003 Carolina Dodge Dealers 400. Ricky Craven won the race in a stunning, side panel rubbing battle to the checkers with Kurt Busch at Darlington Raceway, at the start/finish line Craven edged out Busch by mere inches.
Beginning May 1993, NASCAR switched from using handheld stopwatches or analog timing clocks to integrated electronic scoring.
Before margins of victory were scored in laps, car lengths or feet. Geoffrey Bodine defeated Ernie Irvan by 0.53 seconds in the 1993 Save Mart Supermarkets 300K. It was the first race utilizing electronic scoring. Now scoring can be measured down to seconds, or fractions of a second.
|NASCAR Sprint Cup Series closest finishes|
|Race||Margin (seconds)||Winner||2nd Place||Track||Date|
|2003 Carolina Dodge Dealers 400||0.002||Ricky Craven||Kurt Busch||Darlington Raceway||March 16, 2003|
|2007 Pepsi 400||0.005||Jamie McMurray||Kyle Busch||Daytona International Speedway||July 7, 2007|
|1993 DieHard 500||0.005||Dale Earnhardt||Ernie Irvan||Talladega Superspeedway||July 25, 1993|
|2001 Cracker Barrel Old Country Store 500||0.006||Kevin Harvick||Jeff Gordon||Atlanta Motor Speedway||March 11, 2001|
|1994 Pepsi 400||0.008||Jimmy Spencer||Ernie Irvan||Daytona International Speedway||July 2, 1994|
|2004 Subway 400||0.010||Matt Kenseth||Kasey Kahne||North Carolina Speedway||February 22, 2004|
|2000 Cracker Barrel Old Country Store 500||0.010||Bobby Labonte||Dale Earnhardt||Atlanta Motor Speedway||March 12, 2000|
|2005 Ford 400||0.017||Greg Biffle||Mark Martin||Homestead-Miami Speedway||November 20, 2005|
|2007 Daytona 500||0.020||Kevin Harvick||Mark Martin||Daytona International Speedway||February 18, 2007|
|1994 DieHard 500||0.025||Jimmy Spencer||Bill Elliott||Talladega Superspeedway||July 24, 1994|
|2005 Coca-Cola 600||0.027||Jimmie Johnson||Bobby Labonte||Lowe's Motor Speedway||May 29, 2005|
|2005 Golden Corral 500||0.028||Carl Edwards||Jimmie Johnson||Atlanta Motor Speedway||March 20, 2005|
|2004 Samsung/Radio Shack 500||0.028||Elliott Sadler||Kasey Kahne||Texas Motor Speedway||April 5, 2004|
|1997 Pepsi 400||0.029||John Andretti||Terry Labonte||Daytona International Speedway||July 5, 1997|