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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 WinnersTotalDaytona 500Summer Race
1Richard Petty1073
2Cale Yarborough954
3David Pearson835
4Fireball Roberts743
5Bobby Allison633
Jeff Gordon633
7Bill Elliott422
Dale Earnhardt Jr422
Dale Jarrett431
Junior Johnson440
Tony Stewart404
Active Daytona WinnersWins
Denny Hamlin3
Jimmie Johnson3
Kevin Harvick2
Matt Kenseth2
Aric Almirola1
Austin Dillon1
Brad Keselowski1
Erik Jones1
Joey Logano1
Kurt Busch1
Kyle Busch1
Ricky Stenhouse Jr1
Ryan Newman1

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:

RankActive DriversAvg FinishRaces
1Ty Dillon8.6674
2Erik Jones11.0004
3Bubba Wallace14.6674
4Corey Lajoie16.0004
5Ryan Newman16.00019
6Austin Dillon16.1677
7Clint Bowyer16.21415
8Kyle Busch16.33316
9Matt Kenseth16.38919
10Ricky Stenhouse Jr16.8578
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