In 2015, 12 full-time Sprint Cup drivers combined to win all 36 races.
That left 25 full-time drivers and a handful of part-time and substitute drivers who didn’t visit victory lane over the course of the season.
Then there are seasoned veterans who have plenty of experience thanking a long list of sponsors for a winning car, but haven’t gotten the chance in two years or more.
A new season with 36 chances to win begins on Feb. 21 with the Daytona 500. Here is a chronological look, beginning with the earliest, at confirmed full-time drivers who have wins that weren’t victorious in 2015 and how long it has been since they celebrated a points win.
Casey Mears, No. 13 Chevrolet for Germain Racing (306 starts)
- Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway, May 27, 2007; first career win
Trevor Bayne, No. 6 Ford for Roush Fenway Racing (93 starts, four part-time seasons)
- Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway, Feb. 20, 2011; first career win
Paul Menard, No. 27 Chevrolet for Richard Childress Racing (160 starts)
- Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, July 31, 2011; first career win
Clint Bowyer, No. 15 Chevrolet for HScott Motorsports (113 starts)
- Bank of America 500 at Charlotte Motor Speedway, Oct. 13, 2012
Tony Stewart, No. 14 Chevrolet for Stewart-Haas Racing (77 starts; 18 races missed due to injury and a leave of absence)
- FedEx 400 Benefiting Autism Speaks at Dover International Speedway, June 2, 2013
Greg Biffle, No. 16 Ford for Roush Fenway Racing (93 starts)
- Quicken Loans 400 at Michigan International Speedway, June 16, 2013
Ryan Newman, No. 31 Chevrolet for Richard Childress Racing (88 starts)
- Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, July 28, 2013
Jamie McMurray, No. 1 Chevrolet for Chip Ganassi Racing (76 races)
- Camping World RV Sales 500 at Talladega Superspeedway, Oct. 20, 2013
Aric Almirola, No. 43 Ford for Richard Petty Motorsports (54 starts)
- Coke Zero 400 at Daytona International Speedway, July 6, 2014; first career win
AJ Allmendinger, No. 47 Chevrolet for JTG-Daugherty Racing (50 starts)
- Cheez-It 355 at Watkins Glen International, Aug, 10, 2014; first career win
Kasey Kahne, No. 5 Chevrolet for Hendrick Motorsports (47 starts)
- Oral-B USA 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway, Aug. 31, 2014
Notable full-time drivers (confirmed for 2016) without Sprint Cup wins: Danica Patrick, Austin Dillon, Kyle Larson, Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Chase Elliott, Chris Buescher, Ryan Blaney Brian Scott, Alex Bowman and Michael Annett.