In just a little over a week, the NASCAR kicks off the regular Cup Series season with the Daytona 500. While it officially begins the season, the 500 is the biggest race of the season. Putting their car in victory lane is not only a coveted win, but it is also a big high mark in a driver’s record book.

Winning the race more than once is a big deal for the teams but a massive feat accomplished by only a small number of drivers. The winningest driver at Daytona, Dale Earnhardt Sr took 20 tries before he managed to cross the finish line first. He died protecting his drivers on the last lap of the 500 in 2001.

Matt Kenseth, Jimmie Johnson, Michael Waltrip, Dale Earnhardt Jr, Sterling Marlin, and Bill Elliott have all won the big race twice.

Denny Hamlin, Jeff Gordon, Bobby Allison, and Dale Jarrett have all made three 500 visits to victory lane.

Cale Yarborough did it four times, but The King himself, Richard Petty tops the list of winners with a total of seven Daytona 500 wins!

But there is one NASCAR driver who has amassed over 200 career wins but has yet to notch a Daytona 500 win on his list of accomplishments. In 16 years as a Cup Series driver, he has finished the 500 in the top 10 only four times.

Speaking at a teleconference Busch said, “I’ve yet to win that race. That’s kind of the biggest thing, the last checkbox on my radar, my career that I’ve yet to get.” He added, “that would be nice. And to do it in the Next Gen car would be fantastic as the first superspeedway race with it.”

The new Next Gen car made its debut during The Busch Light Clash at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on February 6 but will get its first real test on the high banks of the two and a half mile track of Daytona when the drivers will make 188 laps around the track.

Kyle Busch is currently the only active driver with more than one Cup Series championship – one in 2015 and one in 2019. He has 59 career Cup Series wins over 100 wins in the Xfinity Series and 60 Camping World Truck Series wins.