The 10 best active drivers without a Daytona 500 win
With the days winding down to the 2016 Daytona 500 on FOX, here's a breakdown and countdown of the 10 best active drivers who haven't captured NASCAR's most prestigious race.
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Martin Truex Jr.
The good news for Truex is that he heads to Daytona on the heels of by far his best season ever. The bad news is that his record at Daytona – nary a top five and just two top 10s in 21 points races – is not very good.
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In 24 points-paying starts at The World Center of Racing, Kahne – a 17-time Sprint Cup race winner – owns just two top-five finishes.
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Winless in 20 points-paying starts at Daytona, Bowyer has finished no better than fourth at the high-banked facility in Central Florida, but he’s done so three times.
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Biffle’s first career Sprint Cup win came in the July 2003 race at Daytona but he hasn’t been back to Victory Lane since at the 2.5-mile superspeedway. Biffle, a 19-time Cup winner, heads to Daytona this year looking to end a two-and-a-half year drought.
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Despite enjoying considerable success in the preliminary races leading up to the Daytona 500, Hamlin has never triumphed in 10 attempts to win the main event of Speedweeks. He’s also 0 for 10 in the July race at Daytona. Hamlin’s nearest miss in the 500 came two years ago, when he finished second to Dale Earnhardt Jr.
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Edwards has gone to Victory Lane 25 times in NASCAR’s top series, but never in the sport’s biggest race. Edwards finished second in the 2011 Daytona 500 when 20-year-old Trevor Bayne shocked the world.
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Despite winning three times at Talladega, the Sprint Cup Series’ other restrictor-plate track, Keselowski hasn’t managed to carry the success over to Daytona, where he’s winless in 13 points races.
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The 2004 Sprint Cup champion, who missed last year’s Daytona 500 while serving a NASCAR suspension, is a three-time runner-up in The Great American Race.
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The reigning Sprint Cup Series champion missed last year’s Daytona 500 after suffering major foot and leg injuries in a crash during the previous day’s XFINITY Series race. In his 10 attempts to win the 500, Busch has never finished better than fourth.
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Widely considered the most successful driver to never prevail in The Great American Race, Stewart has been close on multiple occasions but hasn’t managed to close the deal. Unfortunately, the three-time Sprint Cup champ won't get to compete in what was scheduled to be his last Daytona 500, as he is sidelined with a back injury suffered in an ATV accident while vacationing on the West Coast.