Six potential milestones in 2016

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Hendrick Motorsports teammates Jimmie Johnson and Dale Earnhardt Jr. race during the 
Windows 10 400 at Pocono Raceway in August 2015.

By Dominic Aragon
January 18, 2015


We are less than five weeks away from the Daytona 500. The 2016 season could provide the potential for various driver milestones.

1—If Jimmie Johnson notches at least one win this season, he will tie the late-Dale Earnhardt for seventh on the all-time Sprint Cup Series win list. Furthermore, if he captures eight wins this season, he will tie Cale Yarbrough at sixth all-time.

2—Two full-time drivers are set to make their 500th Sprint Cup Series start in 2016.

Barring any missed races, Jamie McMurray (474) and Greg Biffle (474) would hit the 500 start mark at Richmond International Raceway in September.

2—Two full-time drivers are set to make their 400th Sprint Cup Series start in 2016.

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Jamie McMurray practices at Phoenix International Raceway in March 2014.

Barring any missed races, Kyle Busch (390) would hit the 400 start mark at Talladega Superspeedway in May and Martin Truex Jr. (369) would hit the mark at Kansas Speedway in October. 

13—If Tony Stewart wins two or more races in his final season, he will become the 13th driver in NASCAR history to eclipse 50 career Sprint Cup wins. The last driver to hit the 50 win mark was Jimmie Johnson in 2010 at Bristol Motor Speedway.

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Tony Stewart leads A.J. Allmendinger and others at Phoenix International Raceway in March 2015.

14—If Chevrolet wraps up the manufacturer’s title in 2016, it will be the 14th consecutive title for the manufacturer and 40th overall.

15—If Jimmie Johnson places in the top-ten at least 20 times in 2016, it will mark his 15th consecutive season of Johnson scoring at least 20 top-ten finishes in a season. Johnson has accomplished the mark every year he’s run full-time.

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