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NASCAR Cup Series off to a historically-competitive start in 2022

From L to R: The NASCAR Cup Series field takes the green flag for the Feb. 20 Daytona 500 (Photo by Dominic Aragon/TRE); Alex Bowman, Christopher Bell, Martin Truex Jr. and Ross Chastain race closely in the Mar. 6 Pennzoil 400 at Las Vegas (Photo by Maurteen Vigil/TRE), Joey Logano and Kyle Larson race for the lead in the Feb. 27 Wise Power 400 at Auto Club Speedway (Photo by Amanda Montoya/TRE)

LAS VEGAS – For the first time since 1971, no driver has led more than 100 laps through the first three races of the NASCAR Cup Series season.

Tyler Reddick has led the most laps this season – 90 of 675 – of any NASCAR Cup Series driver.

In 1971, Ray Elder and Richard Petty each led 67 laps through three NASCAR Cup Series races. There were 291 total laps run in the first three races, compared to 675 laps this season.

Elder led 67 laps during his win at the season-opening race at Riverside Int’l Raceway. Petty led 62 laps during the Riverside race and 5 laps during his Duel at Daytona – when the Duels counted as official points races.

This is the first time since 2009 that no driver has led 100 laps in a single one of the first three races.

In 2009, Jimmie Johnson led 92 laps at Las Vegas – the most dominant performance during the three races in 2009.

Reddick led 90 laps in the Feb. 27 Wise Power 400 at Auto Club Speedway – the most dominant performances during the first three races this season.

Photo by Dominic Aragon/TRE

NASCAR Cup Series’ Top 10 Lap Leaders, following the Pennzoil 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway:
Tyler Reddick (90 at Auto Club)
Ross Chastain (83 at Las Vegas)
Kyle Busch (77; 28 at Daytona, 49 at Las Vegas)
Brad Keselowski (70; 3 at Las Vegas; 67 at Daytona)
Kyle Larson (56; 1 at Daytona, 28 at Auto Club, 27 at Las Vegas)
Ryan Blaney (47; 36 at Daytona, 1 at Auto Club, 10 at Las Vegas)
Christopher Bell (32 at Las Vegas)
Denny Hamlin (31 at Las Vegas)
William Byron (25; 1 at Daytona, 16 at Auto Club, 8 at Las Vegas)
Austin Cindric/Erik Jones (21 at Daytona/21 at Auto Club)
denotes most laps led in a race


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