Pacing the field: Martin Truex, Kyle Busch lead the way

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Martin Truex Jr. and Kyle Busch each led more than 2,000 laps this season, the first time that has happened since 1989 when Dale Earnhardt (2,735 laps led) and Rusty Wallace (2,020) topped that threshold.

Truex led a career-high 2,253 laps this season. Busch was next with a career-high 2,023 laps led. Combined, the two drivers led 40.4 percent of the 10,581 laps run this season.

Also, Truex led the most miles (3,508) since 1990 when Earnhardt led 3,205 miles.

Here’s a look at who led the most laps this season and how Truex’s season-high total compares to previous years.

Lap Led This Season

2,253 — Martin Truex Jr.

2,023 — Kyle Busch

1,362 — Kyle Larson

   850 — Kevin Harvick

   778 — Brad Keselowski

   710 — Denny Hamlin

   560 — Chase Elliott

   421 — Matt Kenseth

   376 — Joey Logano

   310 — Erik Jones

   301 — Ryan  Blaney

   217 — Jimmie Johnson

Most Laps Led in Last 10 Seasons

2017 — Martin Truex Jr. (2,253)

2016 — Martin Truex Jr. (1,809)

2015 — Kevin Harvick (2,294)

2014 — Kevin Harvick (2,137)

2013 — Jimmie Johnson (1,985)

2012 — Jimmie Johnson (1,744)

2011 — Kyle Busch (1,455)

2010 — Jimmie Johnson (1,315)

2009 — Jimmie Johnson (2,238)

2008 — Jimmie Johnson (1,959)

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