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Aside from Consistent Dominators, No Other NASCAR Drivers Have Led 75% of a Cup Race in Nearly Five Years

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NASCAR’s grid is filled with talented drivers, making it anyone’s game and difficult to predict potential winners. However, recent data has revealed two drivers who have dominated significantly over the past five years: Kyle Larson and Martin Truex Jr. These drivers have more times when they led more than 75% of laps in races, showcasing their impressive performance on the track.

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Recently, Trey Ryan shared statistics on his X account, highlighting Chase Elliott’s exceptional performance. Elliott led an astounding 88.9% of the race at Watkins Glen, demonstrating his skill and dominance on the track. Following Elliott, the list of drivers who have achieved similar levels of dominance is sparse, with Truex and Larson standing out as the primary contenders.

NASCAR All-Star Race Introduces Tire Strategy

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The NASCAR All-Star Race is gearing up for an exciting 2024 edition, and this year, there’s a twist that could impact the outcome: multiple tire choices.

NASCAR competition officials are exploring ways to enhance the series’ short-track package. The decision to introduce tire alternatives comes after a March 17 race at Bristol Motor Speedway, where increased tire wear led to intriguing strategy twists. At Bristol, teams had to manage their tires carefully, balancing conservation with performance.

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  1. Prime Tire (Baseline): Developed through Goodyear testing at the repaved track last month, the prime tire features conventional yellow lettering on the sidewalls.
  2. Option Tire (Softer): This tire has distinctive red sidewall lettering and uses the same rubber compound as the wet-weather tires. It provides improved short-term grip but wears out more rapidly.
  3. Wet-Weather Tires: Teams will also have wet-weather tires on hand in case conditions warrant their use.

The All-Star Race provides a low-risk trial balloon for NASCAR. Without the pressure of points being paid, officials can experiment with new formats. If the tire strategy proves successful, it could potentially be considered for future races.

READ MORE: Goodyear Insider Reveals Decision-Making Process Behind Selection of Multiple Tire Compounds for NASCAR All-Star Race

 

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Moin
Moin
I'm Moin Akhunji, a passionate sports writer renowned for my unique storytelling approach. My expertise spans across various sports, notably NASCAR, F1, and IndyCar. I hold a profound admiration for athletes like Chase Elliott and Dale Earnhardt Jr. When I'm not crafting articles, you'll likely find me trekking in the hills, indulging in my favorite hobby.
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