Road Courses are a great place for a driver looking for his first win

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With all the unknowns and the outstanding unpredictability of the competition this season, this week’s new venue – the Circuit of The Americas – could offer a great opportunity for a driver to grab a first-time win. 

Road course events are notorious for granting drivers their first career win in the NASCAR Cup Series. The most recent example of that was at the Daytona Road Course earlier this season when Joe Gibbs Racing’s Christopher Bell grabbed his first Cup career victory. Even the sport’s ‘Most Popular’ driver Chase Elliott, now considered a road course favorite, grabbed his first career NASCAR Cup Series win at Watkins Glen International in 2018. In total, 16 different drivers in the NASCAR Cup Series have earned their first NASCAR Cup Series career victory on a road course.

Drivers That Earned Their First NASCAR Cup Series Win On A Road Course

First-Time WinnersDatesRoad Courses
Christopher BellSunday, February 21, 2021Daytona RC
Chase ElliottSunday, August 5, 2018Watkins Glen
AJ AllmendingerSunday, August 10, 2014Watkins Glen
Marcos AmbroseMonday, August 15, 2011Watkins Glen
Juan Pablo MontoyaSunday, June 24, 2007Sonoma
Steve ParkSunday, August 13, 2000Watkins Glen
Bill ElliottSunday, November 20, 1983Riverside
Ricky RuddSunday, June 5, 1983Riverside
Tim RichmondSunday, June 13, 1982Riverside
Mark DonohueSunday, January 21, 1973Riverside
Ray ElderSunday, January 10, 1971Riverside
Darel DieringerSunday, November 3, 1963Riverside
Dan GurneySunday, January 20, 1963Riverside
Eddie GraySunday, June 1, 1958Riverside
Parnelli JonesSunday, August 4, 1957Kitsap
Chuck StevensonSunday, November 20, 1955Lancaster

This weekend, 19 different drivers entered at the Circuit of The Americas are looking for their first career NASCAR Cup Series win.

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