Elliott closing in on possible NASCAR record


By Dominic Aragon
April 13, 2018


Chase Elliott is 104 laps led from a possible Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series record.


Elliott, who has led a career total of 926 laps in the Cup Series, sits second all-time in most laps led without a victory, according to data from Racing Reference.


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 racing this season.


Elliott has led eight laps this season and could hit the mark this weekend at Bristol Motor Speedway.


In four prior starts at Bristol, Elliott has combined for 16 laps led and finished a high of fourth-place in the spring 2016 race.


The 22-year-old driver has led the most laps in a Cup race twice and has finished second-place in seven premier series races.


TOP-10 ALL-TIME MOST LAPS LED WITHOUT A WIN*
1) Mike Skinner 1,029
2) Chase Elliott 926
3) Banjo Matthews 495
4) Rick Mast 478
5) Hut Stricklin 476
6) Erik Jones 386
7) Tommy Irwin 352
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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SOURCES

Racing-Reference.info