Winning at one of NASCAR’s most prestigious tracks, Daytona International Speedway, is a major accomplishment. So, it is not all that surprising that the top 10 series winningest drivers at Daytona are all in the NASCAR Hall of Fame.
|NASCAR Cup Series|
|Top 10 Winningest Drivers at Daytona|
|Daytona Winners||Total||Daytona 500||Summer Race|
|Dale Earnhardt Jr||4||2||2|
|Active Daytona Winners||Wins|
|Ricky Stenhouse Jr||1|
This weekend the NASCAR Cup Series field will have 13 former Daytona International Speedway winners entered, led by Jimmie Johnson and Denny Hamlin with three wins each.
The most recent winner at Daytona that is entered this weekend is Denny Hamlin who won the last two Daytona 500s (2019, 2020). Spire Motorsports Justin Haley won the rain shortened summer race last season but is not entered in the Cup race this weekend.
Joe Gibbs Racing’s Denny Hamlin is not only tied for the lead in wins at Daytona among active drivers, he has also spent the most time out front of the field at the 2.5-mile superspeedway among active drivers, leading 521 laps of 4,981 laps completed (10.4%) in 30 starts.
Since the ‘Win and Your In’ format to the Playoffs was initiated in 2016, Erik Jones’ 2018 summer race win is the only summer race at Daytona to catapult a driver into the postseason – the other three winners were either not eligible for the Playoffs due to not competing for a championship in the series (Haley in 2019) or the drivers had already previously one in the same season (Keselowski in 2016 and Stenhouse in 2017).
But optimism is still permeating throughout the garage for the drivers on the outside of the Playoff cutoff as several have run quite well in the summer months at Daytona. Below is the top-10 in average finish in the summer race at Daytona:
|Rank||Active Drivers||Avg Finish||Races|
|10||Ricky Stenhouse Jr||16.857||8|