With a win this weekend Denny Hamlin could join elite club

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Three major pillars within the NASCAR Cup Series schedule, some even refer to them as the ‘Crown Jewel events’ of the series – the Daytona 500, the Southern 500 and this weekend’s Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway – are all extremely difficult to win by themselves, but even more so, is conquering all three. In NASCAR Cup Series history only 11 drivers have won all three major events, and with a win this weekend, Joe Gibbs Racing’s Denny Hamlin could be the 12th.    

NASCAR Hall of Famer and current FOX Sports TV Analyst Jeff Gordon leads the series in ‘Crown Jewel’ wins with a combined 12 victories across the three events – three Daytona 500 wins (1997, 1999, 2005), six Southern 500s (1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 2002, 2007) and three Coca-Cola 600s (1994, 1997, 1998). Stewart-Haas Racing’s Kevin Harvick is the only active driver to already accomplish the feat with five combined victories across the three historic events – one Daytona 500 (2007), two Southern 500s (2014, 2020) and two Coca-Cola 600s (2011, 2013).

NASCAR Cup Series Drivers With Wins In All Three Events

RankDriversDaytona 500Southern 500Coca-Cola 600Combined
1Jeff Gordon36312
2Richard Petty71210
3Bobby Allison34310
4Jimmie Johnson2248
5Dale Earnhardt1337
6Darrell Waltrip1157
7David Pearson1337
8Buddy Baker1135
9Kevin Harvick1225
10Matt Kenseth2114
11LeeRoy Yarbrough1113

Denny Hamlin is one of 10 active drivers that have already won at least one of the three events – the Daytona 500, Southern 500 or Coca-Cola 600 – and leads all active drivers in combined wins of the races with five victories – three Daytona 500s (2016, 2019, 2020) and two Southern 500s (2010, 2017).

Active NASCAR Cup Series Drivers With Wins In At Least One Of The Three Events

RankActive DriversDaytona 500Southern 500Coca-Cola 600Combined
1Denny Hamlin3205
2Martin Truex Jr0123
3Austin Dillon1012
4Kurt Busch1012
5Brad Keselowski0112
6Joey Logano1001
7Michael McDowell1001
8Ryan Newman1001
9Erik Jones0101
10Kyle Busch0011

Hamlin is joined by Team Penske’s Joey Logano, Front Row Motorsport’s Michael McDowell, Roush Fenway Racing’s Ryan Newman and Richard Petty Motorsport’s Erik Jones as the drivers with wins in at least one of the three events that are still looking for a Coca-Cola 600 win.

Hamlin has made 29 NASCAR Cup Series starts at Charlotte Motor Speedway posting two poles, 10 top fives and 18 top 10s; including three runner-up finishes. Hamlin finished second to Chase Elliott in the most recent race at Charlotte (5/28/20) last season.

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