Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series drivers often get talked about in terms of their skill set at the high-speed restrictor-plate tracks.
But the truth is, winning on short tracks is every bit as difficult, if not more so.
With the short-track season set to begin Sunday at Martinsville Speedway with the running of the STP 500 (coverage starts at 12:30 p.m. ET on FS1), here’s a fairly mind-boggling statistic: Just 12 of the 38 drivers entered in the race have ever won a short-track race in NASCAR’s top division. Here they all are.
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Ryan Newman, 2 short-track wins
In 2012, Newman famously stole a victory at Martinsville when Clint Bowyer wrecked leaders Jeff Gordon and Jimmie Johnson on a green-white-checkers restart. For his career, Newman has led 771 laps at short tracks.
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Clint Bowyer, 2
Both of Stewart-Haas Racing’s newest driver’s short-track victories came at Richmond International Raceway. All told, Bowyer has been on point for 841 laps at short tracks.