WATCH: Iconic NASCAR Photograph Captures 499 Cup Wins in One Shot

Published 12/28/2021, 11:34 AM EST


Recently, a photograph from the 2014 AAA Texas 500 went viral on social media. This is because it featured 11 cars in one frame and they all boast a combined 499 NASCAR wins between them. The gaggle of cars consisted of Jimmie Johnson, Brad Keselowski, Jeff Gordon, and Kyle Busch heading the pack. Right behind them were Jamie McMurray, Denny Hamlin, Kevin Harvick, and Dale Earnhardt Jr. Finally, the back of this pack comprised Kyle Larson, Tony Stewart, and Joey Logano.

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Between all of them, they also have 20 Cup Series titles. Out of them, only Hamlin, Earnhardt Jr, and McMurray have not won a Cup title. In the end, it was Jimmie Johnson who emerged victorious, ahead of Harvick and Keselowski. Meanwhile, all the above-mentioned drivers finished in the Top 15, except for poor old Gordon. He could only muster 29th after a collision with Keselowski, and they later brawled about it.

How do these NASCAR drivers stack up in the wins department?

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Out of the 11 drivers, McMurray has the least wins, with seven under his belt. After him comes Larson with 16 career wins, out of which, 10 came in the 2021 season. Meanwhile, Dale Earnhard Jr has notched up 26 NASCAR Cup Series wins. In all honesty, it is impressive, considering that he is not a Cup champion.

May 16, 2021; Dover, Delaware, USA; NASCAR Cup Series driver Kyle Larson (5) leads the field on a restart during the Drydene 400 at Dover International Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Matthew OHaren-USA TODAY Sports

Just ahead of him is Joey Logano on 27 wins, and he has a chance to add more. Eight wins ahead is Brad Keselowski, who has just made the switch to Roush Fenway Keselowski Racing. Denny Hamlin is also another impressive driver, as he has amassed 46 wins despite no titles. Hamlin is just three behind Tony Stewart and has a chance to leapfrog him.

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However, they are miles behind Kevin Harvick and Kyle Busch on 58 and 59 wins, respectively. Finally, nobody can match Jimmie Johnson and Jeff Gordon’s tallies of 83 and 93, respectively. Now the big question is, which one of them will be the first to take the number to 500?

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Dhruv George

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Dhruv George is a senior Motorsports author for EssentiallySports, having authored nearly 12000 articles spanning different sports like F1, NASCAR, Tennis, NFL, and eSports. He graduated with a PG Diploma in Journalism from the Xavier Institute of Communications. Dhruv has also conducted interviews with F1 driver Pierre Gasly and Moto2 rider Tony Arbolino.

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