Who Was the Most Incident-Free NASCAR Cup Series Driver in 2021?

Published 12/19/2021, 9:35 AM EST
Daytona Beach, FL, USA; NASCAR Cup Series driver William Byron (24) leads the field during the Bluegreen Vacations Duel 2 at Daytona International Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports


The 2021 NASCAR season was one of the better ones in recent memory. Yes, one driver emerged as the favorite from quite early on, and deservedly took home the title, but that doesn’t mean there weren’t any battles in the bid for the championship and race wins. There were many of those through the field, throughout the year. And such battles often lead to incidents and collisions.

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Yet, despite the dramatic moments, the feuds, and the sour patches, there were some drivers who finished the season as ‘the nice guys’; drivers who were involved in the fewest racing incidents.

The driver with the fewest incidents was BJ McLeod of Team Live Fast with only 2 incidents in the entire season. He was followed by Garrett Smithley with 2 incidents as well. But Smithley was in second place as he only started in 27 races while McLeod started in 28.

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Then came Justin Haley with 6, Matt DiBenedetto with 8, Joey Logano and Josh Bilicki with 9, Chris Buescher with 10, and Erik Jones with 11 incidents.

Pretty ‘neat’ list, isn’t it?

Who was the NASCAR driver with the most incidents in 2021?

But just as there is fire to water, there were drivers who had a LOT of racing incidents.

According to TobyChristie, the ‘honor’ for most incidents on track goes to Ryan Newman of Roush-Fenway Racing. Newman was involved in 21 incidents in 36 starts with an average of 0.583 incidents per race.

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Anthony Alfredo and Ricky Stenhouse Jr. with 20, the trio of Kyle Busch, Brad Keselowski, and Bubba Wallace with 19, and Ross Chastain, Alex Bowman, and Chase Briscoe with 18 incidents closely followed him.

Feb 14, 2021; Daytona Beach, Florida, USA; NASCAR Cup Series drivers Ryan Newman (6), Erik Jones (43), William Byron (24) Tyler Reddick (8), Martin Truex Jr. (19), Aric Almirola (10) and Chris Buescher (17) wreck during the Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

While incidents are part of the sport, racing incidents are particularly more costly and dangerous for obvious reasons.

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We hope that in the coming season, more drivers can be like BJ McLeod; driving safely while giving fans exciting racing action.

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Shaharyar

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Shaharyar is a Formula 1 & NASCAR writer at EssentiallySports. A graduate in Journalism from Amity University, he has been a passionate follower of motorsports for better part of the decade. A Max Verstappen and Ferrari supporter, he dreams of a pairing of the two in future.

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