The top three drivers in the 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup driver rankings were Kevin Harvick, Ryan Newman and Denny Hamlin. Harvick captured the series championship by winning the Ford EcoBoost 400 at the Homestead Miami Speedway on Nov. 16th, 2014.
Ryan Newman of Richard Childress Racing placed second in the Sprint Cup standings for 2014, while Denny Hamlin of Joe Gibbs Racing finished the season in third. Harvick won the series with a total of 5043 points, narrowly edging out Newman for the top spot. Despite never winning a single race during the series, Newman's consistency in finishing in the Top 10 awarded him enough points for a spot on the podium.
The Sprint Cup Series is NASCAR's top racing series, and is named for its sponsor, the Sprint Corporation, as of 2015. Previously, the series had been known by other names, such as the Winston Cup Series and the NEXTEL Cup Series. The series champion is determined by a point system in which the drivers earn points based both on their finishes and the number of laps led during the race. The current series schedule features 36 regular-season races at tracks around the United States, primarily in the Southeast region of the country.