Even in instances of nice change, it’s all in regards to the numbers.
So it goes with NASCAR, which comes off its most original season up to now and is making ready for an additional one which could possibly be equally as compelling.
The championship stays the final word aim for the game’s high drivers, however lots of them also can put some necessary numbers on their resumes in 2021.
Here’s a have a look at choose milestones that could be reached…
Kevin Harvick can crack 60 profession Cup wins with two extra victories in 2021. That might look like a reachable aim, as he has earned a number of wins in eight consecutive seasons.
He additionally enters this season on a run of 676 consecutive begins, which dates again to April 21, 2002 at Talladega Superspeedway.
The weekend earlier than at Martinsville Speedway, Harvick was parked for the Cup race after being penalized for tough driving in opposition to Coy Gibbs in that weekend’s Truck Sequence race.
Offered he doesn’t miss any races, Harvick can attain 700 consecutive begins on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway street course on Aug. 15.
Moreover, with 13 extra begins, he can attain 1,200 profession begins throughout the three NASCAR nationwide collection.
Like Harvick, Kyle Busch also can get to 60 Cup wins – however he wants three extra to get there.
A win this season would lengthen his ongoing streak to 17 consecutive seasons with a Cup victory. That might match David Pearson (1964-80) for the second-longest run. Richard Petty (1960-77) holds the longest run at 18 profitable seasons.
Offered he doesn’t miss any races, Busch can attain 600 profession Cup begins at his residence observe of Las Vegas Motor Speedway throughout the playoffs on Sept. 26.
Lastly, Busch can attain 100 Xfinity Sequence wins with three extra victories, and 60 profession Tenting World Truck Sequence with yet one more victory.
Denny Hamlin has a chance to turn out to be the primary driver to say three consecutive Daytona 500 wins. He grew to become the fourth back-to-back winner in “500” historical past final February, becoming a member of Petty, Cale Yarborough and Sterling Marlin.
Hamlin enters the season with 44 Cup wins and is on the right track to succeed in 50 if he maintains his current run. He has claimed 13 victories during the last two seasons.
Martin Truex Jr. is in placing distance of reaching 30 Cup wins this season, coming in with 27 victories. He earned only one win in 2020, which was his first one-win marketing campaign since 2015. The next yr, in 2016, he received 4 instances.
Truex Jr. is also poised to succeed in 10,000 profession laps led in Cup. He must tempo 144 laps to hit the mark. Final season, he led 950 laps and hasn’t led lower than 567 because the 2015 season.
Additionally near getting into the 30-win membership is Joey Logano, who has 26 victories to his credit score. He’s earned a number of wins in three consecutive seasons. Nevertheless, he hasn’t earned not less than 4 wins in a season since 2015, when he received six.
10,000 profession laps led in Cup are in sight for Kurt Busch. He wants to steer 98 extra laps to hit the mark. Final yr, he led 169 laps.
Reigning Cup champion Chase Elliott is 2 wins away from tying Jeff Gordon’s file of six consecutive Cup street course victories.
The primary two street races of the yr come Feb. 21 at Daytona Worldwide Speedway and Might 23 at Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas.
With simply 11 extra begins, Ryan Newman can attain 700 for his Cup profession. Offered he doesn’t miss any races, he can get to 700 on Might 2 at Kansas Speedway.
He’s additionally two wins shy of 20 in his Cup profession, however hasn’t gone to Victory Lane since 2017.
Eight extra begins will convey Ricky Stenhouse Jr. to 300 in his Cup profession. Offered he doesn’t miss any races, he’ll hit this milestone on April 10 at Martinsville.
Austin Dillon is at 264 profession Cup begins, however can attain 300 by operating your complete 36-race schedule this season.
Final season, he missed the inaugural Cup race on the Daytona street course after testing constructive for COVID-19; Kaz Grala made his Cup debut in his place.
Joe Gibbs Racing
JGR’s earlier driver secure of Kyle Busch, Truex, Hamlin and Erik Jones blitzed the sphere for a mixed 19 wins and a championship in 2019. Final yr, Hamlin was the clear primary because the group took a collective step again, incomes simply 9 wins. With Christopher Bell changing Jones within the No. 20 Toyota, can they regain their type from two years in the past? In that case, they will make a correct pursuit of 200 Cup wins; they enter the season at 185 victories.
Wooden Brothers Racing
NASCAR’s oldest crew has been caught on 99 Cup wins since Ryan Blaney‘s victory at Pocono Raceway in June 2017. Since that day, the crew has posted simply 5 top-five finishes – however three of them got here final season with Matt DiBenedetto. The Californian remains to be looking for his first Cup win, and with Austin Cindric changing him within the No. 21 Ford in 2022, a victory can be necessary for his future.
NOTABLE FULL-TIMERS WITHOUT A CUP WIN (Coming into 2021 Season)
Michael McDowell – 357 begins
Michael McDowell enters his fourth full season within the No. 34 Ford for Entrance Row Motorsports. His greatest end within the entry is a pair of fifths in 2019 on the Daytona 500 and the autumn race at Talladega Superspeedway.
His career-best Cup end was a fourth-place exhibiting at Daytona for Leavine Household Racing in July 2017.
Matt DiBenedetto – 212 begins
Matt DiBenedetto’s two runner-up finishes final season, each at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, tied his career-best lead to Cup, which he first achieved within the 2019 Bristol race.
Daniel Suarez – 143 begins
Daniel Suarez will get a contemporary begin in 2021 with Trackhouse Racing, led by co-owners Justin Marks and Pitbull. The previous Xfinity Sequence champion’s greatest end in Cup is a runner-up outcome at Pocono Raceway in July 2018 for Joe Gibbs Racing.
Corey LaJoie – 129 begins
Becoming a member of a rising operation at Spire Motorsports, Corey LaJoie remains to be looking for his first top-five end in Cup. He completed eighth in final yr’s Daytona 500 for Go Fas Racing, which has scaled again to a part-time schedule.
Timmy Hill – 128 begins
Timmy Hill is amongst these hoping to race their approach into this yr’s Daytona 500. His greatest end in Cup is 14th at Indianapolis Motor Speedway within the 2017 Brickyard 400.
Bubba Wallace – 112 begins
Many eyes, each out and in of NASCAR, can be on Bubba Wallace and the brand new 23XI Racing crew this season. Two of Wallace’s three profession top-five finishes in Cup have come at Daytona, together with his runner-up efficiency on the 2018 Daytona 500.
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Potential milestones for 2021 NASCAR Cup drivers, teams initially appeared on NBCSports.com