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Helmet Trick: A look at the 10 racers who have won in Cup, Busch and Truck

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Ryan McGee

 
   
 
Watch NASCAR Nation on SPEED Channel, Monday-Thursday at 7 p.m. ET/PT, to learn more about this exclusive club. When we talk about stick-and-ball sports, we love to talk about exclusive statistical clubs, achievements that instantly push athletes to another level in the eyes of fans and peers alike. Like 500 homers or 3,000 hits or 2,000 yards rushing.

So why doesn't NASCAR have clubs like that?

One hundred wins won't work because there would be only two members, Richard Petty and David Pearson. Owning seven championships is out for the same reason — only Petty and Dale Earnhardt would be eligible.

But have no fear, ladies and gentlemen. Steve Park has shown us the way. Amid the well-deserved cheers and celebration surrounding Park's stunning comeback win in the Craftsman Truck Series race at Fontana, Calif., something very cool quietly happened. Park became a member of one of the most exclusive groups in NASCAR history.

His California victory placed him on a list of the ultimate stock car cross-trainers. I'm talking about the men who have won at least one race in all three of NASCAR's top divisions — Craftsman Truck, Busch and Nextel Cup.

This weekend at Las Vegas, two drivers are looking to join the club. Kasey Kahne owns one NBS win and two NCTS victories, and Mike Bliss has landed one trophy in Busch and a dozen in Trucks.

Kahne and Bliss are trying to make the club an even dozen, joining Mark Martin, Terry Labonte, Tony Stewart, Bobby Hamilton, Ken Schrader, Greg Biffle, Kevin Harvick, Jimmy Spencer, Jamie McMurray, and now Park.

These 10 men are the owners of the rare NASCAR Hat Trick... or should it be Helmet Trick? Here's the breakdown of wins, series by series, in order of most overall wins to the least:

Kevin Harvick Wins
Cup 4
Busch 13
Truck 2
Total 19
Tony Stewart Wins
Cup 19
Busch 1
Truck 2
Total 22
Terry Labonte Wins
Cup 22
Busch 11
Truck 1
Total 34
Greg Biffle Wins
Cup 4
Busch 16
Truck 16
Total 36
Mark Martin Wins
Cup 34
Busch 46
Truck 1
Total 81

Steve
Park
Wins
Cup 2
Busch 3
Truck 1
Total 6
Ken
Schrader
Wins
Cup 4
Busch 2
Truck 1
Total 7
Jamie McMurray Wins
Cup 1
Busch 7
Truck 1
Total 9
Bobby Hamilton Wins
Cup 4
Busch 1
Truck 9
Total 14
Jimmy Spencer Wins
Cup 2
Busch 12
Truck 1
Total 15

Six of our 10 have taken their success one step further, winning a race and a pole in all three divisions — Biffle, Labonte, McMurray, Spencer, Schrader and Park. Stewart owns a pole in Nextel Cup and the Busch Series, but none in the Trucks.

In the "close but no carburetor" category sits Johnny Benson, who owns a pole in all three series and a win in Cup and Busch, but is 0-for-27 in the Truck Series. But one would think that Benson and Ricky Craven (4 Busch, 2 Cup) will likely join the big 10 now that they are full-timers in the Trucks.

Of course, stock car racing isn't simply limited to the big three series. Each and every weekend, NASCAR sanctions seven different Regional Touring Series — the Grand National and Elite divisions as well as the Featherlite Modifieds — each covering some pretty large chunks of regional real estate. And each of our 10 Helmet Trickers have tried their hand at least one of them. Which means that if you really want to get neurotic about all of this, we can go even deeper into the ranks of NASCAR to find the most versatile racer of them all.

Ken Schrader leads the pack with wins in four of these smaller NASCAR divisions, meaning he owns at least one trophy from seven different tours. Though even with the additional victories he still trails Martin by an overall mile.

Schrader (17 wins, 4 series): NASCAR West Series (10), NASCAR Southwest Series, (4), NASCAR Northwest Series (1), Busch North (1)
Park (18 in 2): NASCAR Modifieds (16), Busch North (2)
NASCAR Modifieds (15), Busch North (2)
NASCAR Midwest Series (16), Northwest (1)
Harvick (8 in 2): NASCAR West Series (5), Southwest Series (3)
Biffle: Northwest Series (1)

In addition to the Regional Touring Series, nearly every current NASCAR Nextel Cup star has spent at least a little time racing in the sanctioning body's eight different divisions of Dodge Weekly Series. But I don't have the time or the cranial power to process all of that information.

Anyway, before we all drown in this deluge of arithmetic, my point is this... Shouldn't we make a big deal out of this? Shouldn't we welcome each new member into the Helmet Trick group by giving them a ring or by placing a bronze bust in a special wing on the soon-to-be NASCAR Hall of Fame?

I vote yes. Three times over.


Ryan McGee is the managing editor at NASCAR Images and Senior Producer of NASCAR Nation on SPEED Channel. He can be reached at his e-mail address: rmcgee@foxsports.com.
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