Last year, Kyle Busch got the monkey off his back by winning his first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship. This year could see another new winner from among the 10 active drivers with the most race victories but no series titles, including Jamie McMurray (left) and Dale Earnhardt Jr. (right). Check out the list.
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10. Martin Truex Jr., 3 career victories
In 2015, Truex and Furniture Row Racing made it all the way to the Championship Round of the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup. A switch to Toyota this year might be the final puzzle piece to push him over the top.
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9. Jamie McMurray, 7 career victories
He’s won the Daytona 500, the Brickyard 400, the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race and the fall race at Charlotte Motor Speedway. What McMurray doesn’t have is a championship.
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8. Clint Bowyer, 8 career victories
Realistically, 2016 likely will be a placeholder year for Bowyer at HScott Motorsports. But in 2017, Bowyer will replace Tony Stewart in the N0. 14 Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet and will be a threat to win it all. Don’t forget, he finished second to Brad Keselowski in 2012.
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7. Joey Logano, 14 career victories
Just now hitting his stride, 11 of Logano’s 14 career victories have come in the last two seasons with Team Penske. Logano led the Sprint Cup Series in victories last year with six and will be one of the preseason favorites to win it all this year.
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5 (tie). Kasey Kahne, 17 career victories
After two consecutive disappointing seasons with the No. 5 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet, Kahne is one of the drivers who needs a big year to reestablish himself. In 2006, Kahne wheeled Ray Evernham’s Dodges to six victories, the most wins he has posted in a single season.
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5 (tie). Ryan Newman, 17 career victories
Newman is a big-game performer: Two seasons ago, he finished second in points behind Kevin Harvick. In 2002, he was the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Sunoco Rookie of the Year and won the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race. And Newman won the 2008 Daytona 500 and the 2013 Brickyard 400.
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4. Greg Biffle, 19 career victories
In 2005, Biffle won six races and finished second in points, both career bests. He also owns championships in the NASCAR XFINITY and Camping World Truck Series. But Roush Fenway Racing needs to find more speed if the Biff wants to win.
3. Carl Edwards, 25 career victories
Edwards has five top-five points finishes, including 2011, when he tied with Tony Stewart, but Stewart won the championship on a tiebreaker. In 2008, when he drove for Roush Fenway Racing, Edwards won nine races in a single season. No other driver has won that many races in any one year since.
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1 (tie). Denny Hamlin, 26 career victories
In 2010, Hamlin came within a whisker of the championship but lost it to Jimmie Johnson in the final race of the season. He’s also finished third in points twice. Since his rookie season with Joe Gibbs Racing in 2006, Hamlin has won at least one race every single year.
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1 (tie). Dale Earnhardt Jr., 26 career victories
Over the last two seasons, Earnhardt posted seven victories in in the No. 88 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet. Last year, in his first season with new crew chief Greg Ives, Earnhardt’s average finish was 11.3, second-best of his career.