Five active Cup Series drivers with no restrictor plate win


By James Jackson
June 30, 2017


Restrictor plate tracks are like lottery; everyone can play but it takes some skill and a lot of luck to conquer the superspeedway tracks of Daytona and Talladega.

Many drivers have made a valiant effort to capture a win only to have it slip through their fingers. Five drivers who will be racing Saturday night in the Coke Zero 400 have yet to capture a superspeedway win in their Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series career.

Kasey Kahne (54 starts)

Kahne leads all active drivers with the most superspeedway points-paying starts without a victory.

The Hendrick Motorsports driver has had six top-five and 15 top-10 finishes, leading 125 laps between Daytona and Talladega. He has also found himself with 9 DNFs.

In his most recent Superspeedway race at Talladega in the Geico 500, Kahne finished in fifth place.

Elliott Sadler (50 starts)

Sadler has started in both restrictor plate races this season, running the No. 7 Tommy Baldwin Racing Chevrolet. He finished 20th in the Daytona 500 and 17th at Talladega.

Sadler has finished inside the top five on five occasions, with a best finish of second in the 2002 Daytona 500.


Martin Truex Jr. (49 starts)

Truex has had several strong runs at Daytona and Talladega since joining Furniture Row Racing in 2014.

Truex’s best finish at a restrictor plate venue came at the 2016 Daytona 500. He finished second to Denny Hamlin in the closest finish in Daytona 500 history.


Paul Menard (42 starts)

Paul Menard isn’t a name you hear often contending for a win but if you take a minute and look back at the results he is very good at restrictor plate tracks.

Back when Menard was driving the No. 15 car for DEI in 2008, he finished second to Tony Stewart in the AMP Energy 500. In 2017, Menard has finished fifth and ninth at both restrictor plate tracks so far this season driving the No. 27 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet.


A.J. Allmendinger (31 starts)

Allmendinger has finished inside the top five three times at restrictor plate races, with a best finish of third in the 2009 and 2017 Daytona 500.
In the Geico 500 at Talladega this season, Allmendinger was collected in “The Big One” while running inside the top-five with about 20 laps left in the race.



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Which driver will finish highest at Daytona Saturday?
No. 5 Kasey Kahne
No. 7 Elliott Sadler
No. 27 Paul Menard
No. 47 A.J. Allmendinger
No. 78 Martin Truex Jr.
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