Kyle Larson burst onto the NASCAR in 2014. Despite his near-wins, he was not able to win his first NASCAR Cup Series race until 2016. Larson is currently a big part of NASCAR’s bright future.
Lia is a two-time NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Champion. The Jerico, N.Y. native won the title in 2007 and 2009 and was the Rookie of the Year in 2003. He also ran 39 truck races between 2007 and 2010 with a win in the Ohio 250 in Mansfield, Ohio. Lia also won the Race of Champions four consecutive times from 2004-2007.
Donny Lia wins in Ohio in 2008 (video above).
In 2014 Shepherd made headlines for being the oldest driver to start a Cup race at the age of 72. At 73, Shepherd still runs Xfinity races. He has four wins in the Cup series and 168 top-10s to go along with 15 Xfinity wins and 67 top-10’s over the course of his 29 year career. Shepherd has been running in this sport for nearly 30 years and that alone is quite the accomplishment.
Cope makes this list with two wins in the NASCAR Cup Series. In 1990, Dale Earnhardt ran over debris and cut a tire and Cope passed him in turn 3 to win the Daytona 500. Cope also won later in 1990 at Dover. Although Cope has only won twice in NASCAR one of those wins was the Daytona 500 and that is something that will forever keep him in a special place in the NASCAR history books.
Hendrick was known as Mr. Modified in his career despite never winning a title. He does have more than 700 modified victories which is somewhat of a mind-boggling number if you think about it. Hendrick’s Modified runs earned him a cup of coffee at the two higher levels in NASCAR. He ran 17 Cup races and seven Xfinity races with 10 top-10 finishes combined between the two.
Enjoy these career highlights for Ray Hendrick.
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