Allmendinger leads drivers with most free passes in 2017
By Dominic Aragon
November 24, 2017
A.J. Allmendinger finished 2017 as the leader of the most free passes earned among all drivers in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series.
Three drivers—Allmendinger, Jeffrey Earnhardt and Paul Menard—entered the last race of the year tied for the most free passes with 14 apiece.
Allmendinger earned one free pass during the season finale, the Ford EcoBoost 400, at Homestead-Miami Speedway, bringing his total to 15.
The free pass, also known as the beneficiary rule and the “Aaron’s Lucky Dog” award in the past, allows the first car off of the lead lap at the time of caution to earn one lap back as long as the driver did not bring out the yellow flag.
There were a total of 296 cautions this season in the premier series. The free pass was awarded a total of 257 times, or approximately 87 percent of all cautions.
A total of 44 drivers earned the free pass at least one time in 2017, including 15 of the 16 Playoff drivers. Jamie McMurray was the only driver who made the playoffs to not be awarded the beneficiary rule this season.
See the full list here: 2017 CUP SERIES FREE PASS LIST