Through the first 20 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series races, 47 drivers have earned the free pass at least once in a race this year.
David Ragan leads the competition with six free passes awarded total.
Five drivers have each earned the free pass five times; Ross Chastain, Denny Hamlin, Jimmie Johnson, and Chip Ganassi Racing teammates Kyle Larson and Jamie McMurray.
Absent from the list are Kyle Busch and Martin Truex Jr., who have combined to score nine wins this season.
Erik Jones is the only driver this year to earn a free pass in the same race and win. Jones earned a free pass while scored off the lead lap during a caution in the third stage of the July Daytona race. He went on to score his first career victory in the series.
There have been 133 caution flags in the first 20 races with the free pass awarded 122 times, or approximately 92 percent of the time.
The free pass, also known as the beneficiary rule and the “Aaron’s Lucky Dog” award in the past, allows the first car off of the lead lap at the time of caution to earn one lap back, barring the driver is not the reason for the yellow flag.
Last year, 44 drivers total earned the free pass at least once.
FREE PASSES THROUGH 20 RACES
|10||Darrell Wallace Jr.||4|
|20||Ricky Stenhouse Jr.||3|
|23||Ray Black Jr.||2|
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