How hard is it to win at the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series level?
Really, really hard.
In the last 100 Cup races, there have been just 18 different drivers who have won races.
And only 12 of them won more than one race in that period.
Here are all 12 drivers with multiple victories in the last 100 Cup points races.
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Kurt Busch, 4 victories
Busch has been a consistent performer since joining Stewart-Haas Racing in 2014, winning at least one race each season with the team. None was bigger, of course, than his recent Daytona 500 triumph.
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Jeff Gordon, 5
Now an analyst with FOX’s NASCAR team, Gordon ranks third all-time in Premier Series race victories with 93.
Denny Hamlin, 5
Like Kurt Busch, Hamlin’s biggest victory came in the Daytona 500. In Hamlin’s case, he won the Great American Race in 2016.
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Martin Truex Jr., 5
Last year was a breakout season for Truex, who won four races, including the Coca-Cola 600, where he set a record by leading 392 of 400 laps.
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Carl Edwards, 5
Edwards may go down as this generation’s Mark Martin — the best driver who never won a championship.
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Dale Earnhardt Jr., 6
What’s impressive about Earnhardt’s total is it likely would be even higher had he not missed the second half of 2016 with a concussion.
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Matt Kenseth, 7
In 2003, Kenseth won the Premier Series championship. And since joining Joe Gibbs Racing in 2013, he’s been a high-level producer.
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Kyle Busch, 9
In 2015, Busch missed the first eight Cup races of the year with serious foot and leg injuries suffered in a NASCAR XFINITY SERIES crash at Daytona. And he came back and won the championship anyway.
Kevin Harvick, 10
From the moment of his first test with Stewart-Haas Racing in late 2013, Harvick has been bad fast. He has won a lot of races and piled up tons of points with SHR. He won the Cup championship in 2014 and finished second a year later.