An Update on NASCAR’s Winners Lists

While NASCAR enjoys its Easter break, we thought it would be good time to give our readers a quick update on who’s who on the sport’s all-time win lists. In truth, the top ten rankings haven’t changed all that much, and that’s primarily a result of the “young guns” beginning to make the scene, the middle age veterans slowly padding their win totals, and the “senior statesmen” of the sport beginning to age out of the scene. Anyway, we think expanding the list to the top 20 instead of the top 10 will give you a better perspective on how individual careers are progressing.

To begin, though, we need to address the issue that long-time fans usually bring up–those that know Richard Petty (“The King”) has recorded 200 wins in point races at the highest level—the “Cup” level. Nobody’s even close to that total—David Pearson is next in line with a “mere” 105 Cup-level wins. But most racing historians are quick to point out that Petty’s win total includes 140 recorded before what is referred to as NASCAR’s modern era: 1972 forward. Discounting those wins, then, The King falls to 6th on the Modern Era all-time list.

Here, so you don’t need to look it up, is an update on the leading NASCAR winners through this year’s April 9 O’Reilly Auto Parts 500 weekend at Texas Motor speedway:

Monster Energy Cup Series Winners:

All-Time (1949 – present)* Modern Era (1972 – present)*
1.      Richard Petty (200)
2.      David Pearson (105)
3.      Jeff Gordon (93)
4.      Bobbie Allison (84)
5.      Darrell Waltrip (84)
6.      Cale Yarborough (83)
7.      Jimmie Johnson (81)**
8.      Dale Earnhardt (76)
9.      Rusty Wallace (55)
10.    Lee Petty (54)
11.    Ned Jarrett (50)
12.    Junior Johnson (50)
13.   Tony Stewart (49)
14.   Herb Thomas (48)
15.   Buck Baker (46)
16.   Bill Elliott (44)
17.   Mark Martin (40)
18.   Tim Flock (39)
19.   Kyle Busch (38)**
20.   Matt kenseth (38)**
1.      Jeff Gordon (93)
2.      Darrell Waltrip (84)
3.      Jimmie Johnson (81)**
4.      Dale Earnhardt (76)
5.      Cale Yarborough (69)
6.      Richard Petty (60)
7.      Bobbie Allison (55)
8.      Rusty Wallace (55)
9.      Tony Stewart (49)**
10.    David Pearson (45)
11.    Bill Elliott (44)
12.    Mark martin (40)
13.    Kyle Busch (38)**
14.    Matt Kenseth (38)**
15.    Kevin Harvick (35)**
16.    Dale Jarrett (32)
17.    Kurt Busch (29)**
18.    Denny Hamlin (29)**
19.    Carl Edwards (28)
20.    Dale Earnhardt Jr. (26)**

(*) these statistics are current as of the April 9, 2017 O’Reilly Auto Parts 500 weekend at Texas Motor speedway:

(**) These drivers are still active, and can possibly move further up this list during the remainder of their careers. The still-active drivers with the next highest total wins are Brad Keselowski (23), Ryan Newman (18), Joey Logano (17) and Kasey Kane (17).

Xfinity Series Winners:

All-Time (1982-present)*

  1. Kyle Busch (87)**
  2. Mark martin (49)
  3. Kevin Harvick (46)**
  4. Carl Edwards (38)**
  5. Brad Keselowski (34)**
  6. Jack Ingram (31)
  7. Matt Kenseth (29)**
  8. Joey Logano (28)**
  9. Jeff Burton (27)
  10. Tommy Houston (24)
  11. Dale Earnhardt Jr. (24)**
  12. Tommy Ellis (22)
  13. Sam Ard (22)
  14. Dale Earnhardt (21)
  15. Harry Gant (21)
  16. Greg Biffle (20)**
  17. Joe Nemechek (16)**
  18. Jeff Green (16)**
  19. Larry Pearson (15)
  20. Randy LaJoie (15), Todd Bodine (15), Morgan Shepherd (15), Denny Hamlin (15)**

(*) these statistics are current as of the April 8, 2017 MY BARIATRIC SOLUTIONS 300 at Texas Motor Speedway.

(**) These drivers are still active, and can possibly move further up this list during the remainder of their careers. The still-active drivers with the next highest total wins are Elliott Sadler (13)  and Martin Truex Jr. (13).

Camping World Truck Series Winners:

All-Time (1995-present)*

  1. Ron Hornaday (51)
  2. Kyle Busch (46)**
  3. Mike Skinner (28)
  4. Jack Sprague (28)
  5. Todd Bodine (22)
  6. Dennis Setzer (18)
  7. Ted Musgrave (17)
  8. Greg Biffle (16)**
  9. Johnny Benson (14)
  10. Kevin Harvick (14)**
  11. Mike Bliss (13)**
  12. Matt Crafton (13)**
  13. Joe Ruttman (13)
  14. Johnny Sauter (13)**
  15. Bobby Hamilton (10)
  16. Timothy Peters (10)**
  17. Travis Kvapil (9)**
  18. Brendan Gaughan (8)**
  19. William Byron (7)**, Austin Dillon (7)**, Erik Jones (7)**, Mark Martin (7)

(*) these statistics are current as of the

(**) These drivers are still active, and can possibly move further up this list during the remainder of their careers. The still-active drivers with the next highest total wins are James Buescher (6) and Darrell Wallace Jr. (5).

(Editorial Note: These statistics come from a variety of sources, but most notably from Wikipedia)

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