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Did You Notice?: NASCAR Has No First-Time Winners Left

Corey LaJoie walks down pit road at Talladega Superspeedway. (Photo: NKP)

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Well, none that have an immediate chance outside of a superspeedway or road course, that is.

Numbers Game: Cheez-It 355

0 Career wins for Jimmie Johnson at Watkins Glen, a drought extended by Sunday’s 10th-place finish. Johnson, who has only led 17 laps there during his career is also winless at Chicagoland, Kentucky, and Homestead among active Sprint Cup tracks. 1 Lap led by race winner Joey Logano out of 90. Logano led a race-high …

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Numbers Game: Brickyard 400

0 Laps led by Jeff Gordon in his final Brickyard 400 start. Gordon ends his career with a NASCAR-high five victories at Indianapolis – along with 528 laps led. 1 Victory for Toyota in the Brickyard 400 (Kyle Busch – Sunday). Toyota has now won at every active Sprint Cup Series track on the circuit. …

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Numbers Game: Federated Auto Parts 400

0 Drivers who worked their way in or out of the Chase at Richmond for the second consecutive year. 1 Year in NASCAR’s playoff history in which Roush Fenway Racing has failed to make the Chase with any of its entries: 2015. 2 The number of cautions for wrecks in the last two Richmond regular …

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Numbers Game: Sylvania 300

0 Wins for Kevin Harvick at Dover in the Sprint Cup Series. Harvick, the reigning series champion will likely need a victory there to advance into the next round of this Chase. 1 Lap led by Joey Logano this Chase. Logano, third at Loudon would be the season points leader if the standings didn’t reset …

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Numbers Game: MyAFibRisk.com 400

0 Cars who failed to finish at Chicagoland. In fact, no one even experienced a mechanical failure of any kind that put them behind the wall for a time. It’s the first time in track history that’s ever happened in a Sprint Cup event (dating back to 2001). 1 Win for Denny Hamlin all-time at …

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Numbers Game: Southern 500

0 Laps led by Jamie McMurray in the season’s first 25 races. McMurray, 14th at Darlington currently holds the last playoff spot in NASCAR’s 16-driver Chase for the championship. 1 Driver inside the top 10 in points from Hendrick Motorsports. Chase Elliott (10th) is the only one heading into the sport’s regular season finale at Richmond …

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Numbers Game: AAA 400 Drive For Autism

0 Top-five finishes by Cup Series rookies this season. A sixth by Daniel Suarez Sunday was a season best for all freshmen. Ty Dillon, of course, led 27 laps and was in contention to win until a late wreck wiped out an opportunity for a better ending. 0 Top-five finishes for Kurt Busch since the …

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Numbers Game: Southern 500

0 Career wins for Dale Earnhardt Jr. in 22 starts at Darlington. He was 22nd in Sunday’s race. Dale Earnhardt Sr., by comparison had nine. 1 Lap led for Martin Truex Jr. with Furniture Row Racing throughout the entire 2014 season. Less than three years later, he officially clinched one regular season points championship with the …

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