Potential milestones in 2018
By Dominic Aragon
January 15, 2018
There are less than five weeks remaining until the 2018 Daytona 500. The season could provide the potential for various driver milestones in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series.
2—If Jimmie Johnson is able to score at least two victories in 2018, he will move to fourth on the all-time wins list.
Johnson currently has 83 career victories and is tied for sixth on the Cup Series all-time wins list with Cale Yarborough. Bobby Allison and Darrell Waltrip have 84 victories.
Furthermore, if Johnson can win 10 races next season, he will tie Jeff Gordon for third all-time on the list at 93.
3—Three drivers who ran full time in 2017 are 10 or less top-five finishes away from scoring their 100th career top-five finish in the series in 2018.
Kasey Kahne has 92 career top-five finishes, Joey Logano has 91 and Brad Keselowski has 90.
40 drivers have hit the mark in the history of the series.
Denny Hamlin was the last driver to score their 100th top-five finish in the series with his third-place finish at Darlington Raceway in September of 2015.
8—A championship win by Jimmie Johnson in 2018 would make the 42-year-old driver the most title-winning driver in series history at eight.
A Johnson championship this year would mark his eighth title in 13 seasons.
Johnson’s 2016 title tied him with Richard Petty and the late-Dale Earnhardt for first on the all-time championship wins with seven apiece.
200—If Darrell Wallace Jr. can win a Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race in 2018, it will mark the 200th win for the No. 43 car in the series.
Richard Petty Motorsports announced in October Wallace Jr. would run for Rookie-of-the-Year honors with the team.
Richard Petty won a total of 192 times with the No. 43.
Drivers Bobby Hamilton and Jim Paschal won twice in the No. 43; and Aric Almirola has won once with the number along with John Andretti and Lee Petty.
A total of 1,054 races in the series were run from 1959 to 1984, with the No. 43 car winning 195 times, or approximately 18.5 percent.
The last time the No. 43 visited Victory Lane was with Aric Almirola in July 2014 at Daytona International Speedway.
The No. 43 is the second most winning car in the history of the series. The No. 11 car has visited victory lane a total of 211 times.
600—2 drivers have the chance to make their 600th start in NASCAR’s top series in 2018.
Ryan Newman (584) and Jimmie Johnson (579) are the only active drivers who can reach the mark this season.
If the two do not miss races, Newman would hit the milestone at Sonoma Raceway in June, while Johnson would reach it at Pocono Raceway in July.
Newman and Johnson would respectively become the 29th and 30th drivers in series history to reach start No. 600.
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