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NASCAR 167 43 Top NASCAR Sprint Cup road-course racers 30074059 Road warriors Road+warriors NASCAR

NASCAR Sprint Cup drivers must be able to master a series of challenges over the course of a season. Among those are the nuances of road-course racing. There are only two tracks on the schedule that feature these winding tracks: Infineon Raceway and Watkins Glen International.

Despite their limited experience on this style of tracks, NASCAR drivers are starting to master them. So who are the best road-course racers in NASCAR? We've got your answers right here.

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NASCAR 167 43 Top NASCAR Sprint Cup road-course racers 30073072 Jeff Gordon Jeff+Gordon+ NASCAR

Jeff Gordon is always among the favorites when twisting road courses loom on the schedule. He has amassed a stunning nine wins, and led 670 laps, on them.

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NASCAR 167 43 Top NASCAR Sprint Cup road-course racers 30072073 Tony Stewart Tony+Stewart+ NASCAR

Tony Stewart is a masterful road-track competitor, particularly at Watkins Glen, where he has five wins and 10 Top 10 finishes in 12 starts. Overall, he has seven career wins on road courses. He has led 307 laps on them and has 25 lead-lap finishes in 26 starts. That nets him an average finish of 9.3 on the road courses.

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NASCAR 167 43 Top NASCAR Sprint Cup road-course racers 30072072 Mark Martin Mark+Martin+ NASCAR

Mark Martin was dominating road courses while some of his current competitors were still driving go-carts. The 52-year-old hasn't lost his edge. Over his career, Martin has snared four road-course wins, led 367 laps and had 41 lead-lap finishes in 47 starts. He has an average finish of 10.2 on the road courses, including the days when he raced Riverside International Raceway.

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NASCAR 167 43 Top NASCAR Sprint Cup road-course racers 30072071 Juan Pablo Montoya Juan+Pablo+Montoya+ NASCAR

Juan Pablo Montoya brought an impressive road-course resume into his Cup career by virtue of his open-wheel racing. He continued to be strong on those tracks as he transitioned to the stock cars. Montoya has two road-course wins, has led 89 laps on the road courses and has nine lead-lap finishes in 10 starts. That nets him an average finish of 10.2.

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NASCAR 167 43 Top NASCAR Sprint Cup road-course racers 30074058 Marcos Ambrose Marcos+Ambrose NASCAR

Since joining the Sprint Cup Series, Ambrose has been a threat to win in  every road-course race he's run. He earned his first win victory on the winding tracks with an aggressive run through the final laps at the 2011 race at Watkins Glen. Overall, he has six top-five finishes, has led 73 laps and has been running on the lead lap at the finish in seven of his eight attempts. The Richard Petty Motorsports driver has an average finish of 8.1 on Cup road courses.

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NASCAR 167 43 Top NASCAR Sprint Cup road-course racers 30072074 Kyle Busch Kyle+Busch+ NASCAR

Kyle Busch steadily has gained ground on the road courses during his Sprint Cup career. As with most things concerning the Joe Gibbs Racing driver, once he mastered the style of racing, he had it down pat. He has two wins on road courses and has led 204 laps on them. He has 12 lead-lap finishes in 14 starts, with an average finish of 14.1. 

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NASCAR 167 43 Top NASCAR Sprint Cup road-course racers 30072076 Carl Edwards Carl+Edwards+ NASCAR

While Edwards has yet to win on a road course at the Cup level, he has been impressive. The Roush Fenway Racing driver has four top-five finishes, has 13 lead-lap finishes in 14 starts and an average finish of 12.6.

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NASCAR 167 43 Top NASCAR Sprint Cup road-course racers 30072079 Jimmie Johnson Jimmie+Johnson+ NASCAR

Since NASCAR's Chase for the Sprint Cup debuted, drivers and fans have debated whether there should be a road course in the final 10 title-determining races. That would be fine with five-time defending champ Jimmie Johnson. The Hendrick Motorsports driver has conquered these tracks almost as well as he has the field in recent years. Although he only has one road-course win, Johnson has six top-five finishes on road courses and has led 96 laps on them. He has 17 lead-lap finishes in 20 starts, with an average finish of 14.4.

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NASCAR 167 43 Top NASCAR Sprint Cup road-course racers 30072075 Kevin Harvick Kevin+Harvick+ NASCAR

Harvick has stealthily made his way into an elite group of road-course racers. The Richard Childress Racing driver has only one win, but five top-five finishes and 19 lead-lap finishes in 22 career starts. He has an average finish of 14.5 on the tracks.

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NASCAR 167 43 Top NASCAR Sprint Cup road-course racers 30069890 Robby Gordon Robby+Gordon+ NASCAR

Expect Gordon to be a factor on road courses every outing. He even competes in off-road events throughout the year while also competing in NASCAR. Overall, he has two wins on road courses and 10 top fives on them. Gordon has led 237 laps and has an average finish of 17.9.

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