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Active Cup wins list after 2019

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The 71st NASCAR Cup Series season is in the books.

Over the course of the 36-race season, 13 different drivers took their cars to victory lane.

Seven drivers won multiple races and three won five or more.

Of the drivers who won just a single race, two were first-time winners, Alex Bowman and Justin Haley.

Three drivers who won in 2018 did not win this season: Clint Bowyer, Austin Dillon and Aric Almirola.

There was one big shakeup from last year’s end-of-the-year wins list, as Martin Truex Jr. leaped over Joey Logano on the list and is now seventh among active drivers.

The following list is made up of drivers who started in the season finale, including Joe Nemechek, who started in seven of the last 11 races. It also includes Paul Menard and David Ragan, who made their final full-time Cup starts in Miami:

1. Jimmie Johnson – 83 wins (Winless in last 95 starts)
2. Kyle Busch – 56 wins (Five wins in 2019. Has at least five wins in four of the last five seasons.)
3. Kevin Harvick – 49 wins (Four wins in 2019)
4. Denny Hamlin – 37 wins (Six wins in 2019, his most since 2010)
5. Kurt Busch – 31 wins (One win in 2018; Has won at least once in last six seasons)
6. Brad Keselowski – 30 wins (Three wins in 2019; Has three wins in each of the last three season.)
7. Martin Truex Jr. – 26 wins (Seven wins in 2019; At least four wins in each of last four seasons)
8. Joey Logano – 23 wins (Two wins in 2019)
9. Ryan Newman – 18 wins (Winless in last 104 starts)
10. Clint Bowyer – 10 wins (Winless in last 57 races)
12. Chase Elliott, Kyle Larson – 6 wins
13. Joe Nemechek – 4 wins (None since 2004)
14. Ryan Blaney – 3 wins (One win in each of last three seasons)
19. Aric Almirola, Austin Dillon, Ricky Stenhouse Jr., David Ragan, Erik Jones – 2 wins
23. Alex Bowman, Chris Buescher, Paul Menard, Justin Haley – 1 win

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A look at the Cup active wins list ahead of 2018

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When the 2018 Cup season opens with the 60th Daytona 500 in February, the field will include 22 drivers who own at least one win in their career.

Six of those drivers are past champions.

Not among them will be Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Matt Kenseth. Earnhardt ended his Cup career in 2017 with 26 victories, the last coming in the fall 2015 Phoenix race. Kenseth likely capped off his career with his 39th Cup win in this years’ fall Phoenix race.

Here’s how the active wins list will look when the season begins in February in Daytona.

Jimmie Johnson, 83 wins: The seven-time Cup champion won three times in 2017. His win at Dover in June tied him with childhood hero Cale Yarborough. A win by Johnson in 2018 would move him into a three-way tie with Darrell Waltrip and Bobby Allison for fourth on the all-time wins list. Johnson is 10 wins behind Jeff Gordon.

Kyle Busch, 43 wins: The Joe Gibbs Racing driver won five times in 2017. He began the year tied with Kenseth with 38 wins. He moved past Hall of Famers Tim Flock and Mark Martin on the all-time wins list.

Kevin Harvick, 37 wins: The 2014 Cup champion won twice in 2017, winning at Sonoma and Texas. The Texas victory advanced him to the Championship 4. Harvick is three wins away from having 100 over all three of NASCAR’s national series.

Denny Hamlin, 31 wins: The Joe Gibbs Racing driver visited Victory Lane twice in 2017 at New Hampshire and the Southern 500. He’s won at least two races in the last three seasons. He’s the winningest Cup driver without a championship. A win in 2018 would tie Hamlin with Hall of Famer Dale Jarrett.

Kurt Busch, 29 wins: The Stewart-Haas Racing driver earned the biggest win of his career in 2017, claiming the 59th Daytona 500. Busch has won at least one race in all four of his seasons with Stewart-Haas Racing.

Brad Keselowski, 24 wins: The Team Penske driver began the year tied with Bobby Labonte, Jeff Burton, Hall of Famer Benny Parsons and Jack Smith with 21 wins. His three victories at Atlanta, Martinsville and Talladega now have him above Hall of Famer Terry Labonte (22 wins) and Ricky Rudd (23 wins).

Ryan Newman, Joey Logano and Kasey Kahne, 18 wins: Each driver won a single race in 2017.

Martin Truex Jr, 15 wins: The 2017 champion won eight times this season. Three years ago, he had just two wins in his first nine full-time Cup seasons. He is tied with Ernie Irvan on the all-time wins list.

Clint Bowyer, eight wins: The Stewart-Haas Racing driver has not won a race since 2012.

Jamie McMurray, seven wins: The Chip Ganassi Racing driver has not won since 2013.

Kyle Larson, five wins: The Chip Ganassi Racing driver claimed four victories in 2017 after finally breaking through with his first win in 2016.

Ricky Stenhouse Jr, David Ragan, two wins: Both drivers’ two wins have come at restrictor-plate tracks.

Drivers with one win: Ryan Blaney, Austin Dillon, Chris Buescher, AJ Allmendinger, Aric Almirola, Trevor Bayne and Paul Menard.


How Cup Series active wins list looks without Tony Stewart, Carl Edwards and Jeff Gordon

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The last two years have seen a significant statistical shift in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series with the departures of some of NASCAR’s biggest stars.

With the absence of Jeff Gordon, Tony Stewart and on Wednesday, Carl Edwards, the active record books are a bit thinner with 170 fewer wins.

Gordon took 93 career wins with him, Stewart finished with 49 and Edwards leaves with a respectable 28.

Here’s a look at the top 10 of the active wins list among full-time Cup Series drivers heading into the 2017 season.

  1. Jimmie Johnson – 80 wins.
  2. Kyle Busch, Matt Kenseth – 38 wins
  3. Kevin Harvick – 35 wins
  4. Denny Hamlin – 29 wins
  5. Kurt Busch – 28 wins
  6. Dale Earnhardt Jr. – 26 wins
  7. Brad Keselowski – 21 wins
  8. Kasey Kahne, Joey Logano and Ryan Newman – 17 wins
  9. Clint Bowyer – eight wins
  10. Jamie McMurray, Martin Truex Jr. – seven wins

Nine of the 14 drivers in the top 10 won a race during the 2016 season. Eight won multiple races.

Earnhardt’s last win was at Phoenix International Raceway in November 2015.

Newman is winless since the 2013 Brickyard 400. Kahne last won at Atlanta Motor Speedway in August 2014.

Clint Bowyer, who joins Stewart-Haas Racing this season, is winless since the October 2012 race at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

Jamie McMurray’s last victory came in the fall 2013 Talladega race.

Greg Biffle, who has not yet announced plans for this season, has 19 wins.