Since its inception in 2004, 36 drivers have made at least once playoff appearance (a.k.a Chase for the Cup). Jimmie Johnson remains the only driver to make the the playoffs every season as of 2018.
Kurt Busch, Denny Hamlin, Kevin Harvick
Kyle Busch, Jeff Gordon
Dale Earnhardt Jr., Ryan Newman
Greg Biffle, Clint Bowyer, Brad Keselowski,
Kasey Kahne, Martin Truex Jr.
Jeff Burton, Mark Martin
Austin Dillon, Chase Elliott, Kyle Larson, Jamie McMurray
Aric Almirola, Ryan Blaney, Jeremy Mayfield
A.J. Allmendinger, Alex Bowman, Chris Buescher, Erik Jones, Paul Menard, Juan Pablo Montoya, Elliott Sadler, Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Brian Vickers, Rusty Wallace
BOLD indicates active driver.
GREEN indicates 2018 playoff driver.
List is current through 2018.
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