NASCAR: The 3 drivers who have completed every lap so far

Denny Hamlin, Joe Gibbs Racing, NASCAR (Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images)
Denny Hamlin, Joe Gibbs Racing, NASCAR (Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images) /

Three drivers have completed every lap throughout the first five races of the 2021 NASCAR Cup Series season, while six others have missed just one.

Five races into the 2021 NASCAR Cup Series season, and we have seen five different drivers visit victory lane, including two who had never done so before and only two who did so last season.

However, fewer than five drivers have completed every lap that has been run through these first five races. After five events, none of which went to overtime, that number is down to just three.

The season-opening Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway was a 200-lap race around the four-turn, 2.5-mile (4.023-kilometer) high-banked oval in Daytona Beach, Florida.

Just 11 drivers finished on the lead lap.

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The O’Reilly Auto Parts 253 at the Daytona International Speedway road course was a 70-lap race around the 14-turn, 3.61-mile (5.810-kilometer) road course. A total of 32 drivers finished on the lead lap, including eight who finished the Daytona 500 on the lead lap.

Of those eight remaining drivers, seven finished on the lead lap in the 267-lap Dixie Vodka 400 at the four-turn, 1.5-mile (2.414-kilometer) Homestead-Miami Speedway oval in Homestead, Florida, when 25 drivers finished on the lead lap.

Then in the 267-lap Pennzoil 400 presented by Jiffy Lube at the four-turn, 1.5-mile (2.414-kilometer) Las Vegas Motor Speedway oval in Las Vegas, Nevada, 14 drivers finished on the lead lap, including only three of the seven who had entered the race having run every lap in 2021.

All three of those drivers were among the 24 drivers who finished this past Sunday’s 312-lap Instacart 500 on the lead lap at the four-turn, 1.022-mile (1.645-kilometer) Phoenix Raceway oval in Avondale, Arizona.

The three drivers who have completed all 1,116 laps (1.865.70 miles) so far this season are Joe Gibbs Racing’s Denny Hamlin, who leads the point standings, and Hendrick Motorsports teammates Kyle Larson and reigning champion Chase Elliott. Only Larson has won a race this year among this trio, as he won at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

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Six drivers have missed just one lap this season. Those six drivers are Team Penske teammates Brad Keselowski and Joey Logano, Stewart-Haas Racing’s Kevin Harvick, Joe Gibbs Racing’s Christopher Bell, Richard Childress Racing’s Austin Dillon and Front Row Motorsports’ Michael McDowell. JTG Daugherty Racing teammates Ryan Preece and Ricky Stenhouse Jr. have both missed two.

Larson and Elliott are tied for fifth place in the point standings with two top five finishes each, although Larson has two additional top 10 finishes while Elliott does not have any. Hamlin leads the series with four top five finishes and is tied with Larson and Harvick for the lead with four top 10 results.

Hamlin has led a series-high 183 laps this season. Larson ranks fourth in that category with 110 while Elliott ranks seventh with 73. Hamlin’s average finish of 5.2 leads the series. Larson’s ranks sixth at 10.4 while Elliott’s ranks eighth at 11.00.

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Who will be the last man standing among these three drivers as far as completing every lap is concerned? Today’s race, the Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500, is set to be broadcast live from Atlanta Motor Speedway on Fox beginning at 3:00 p.m. ET this afternoon.