Elliott 112 laps led away from possible NASCAR record
By Dominic Aragon
December 18, 2017
If Chase Elliott leads 112 or more laps before he wins a Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, he will hold what might be a series record.
Elliott, who has led 918 laps in the Cup Series, sits second all-time in most laps led without a victory, according to data from Racing Reference.
The 22-year-old driver has led the most laps in a Cup race twice and has finished second in seven premier series races.
Mike Skinner, who raced in the Cup Series across four decades, appears to hold the record with 1,029 laps led according to available data.
Skinner led the most laps in four races between 1998 and 2000, finishing a career-high of runner-up once in 2000.
Between 1951 and 1974, data is not available on lap leaders for 146 races.
Of the top-10 drivers all-time who have led the most laps but have never recorded a victory, two are active drivers.
In 2018, Elliott will pilot the No. 9 Chevrolet for Hendrick Motorsports and Erik Jones, who ranks seventh on the list, will drive the No. 20 Toyota for Joe Gibbs Racing.
TOP-10 ALL-TIME MOST LAPS LED WITHOUT A WIN*
1) Mike Skinner 1,029
2) Chase Elliott 918
3) Banjo Matthews 495
4) Rick Mast 478
5) Hut Stricklin 476
6) Tommy Irwin 352
7) Erik Jones 311
8) Dave Blaney 301
9) Todd Bodine 276
10) Ted Musgrave 266
*Information based on available data.
BOLD indicates active driver.
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