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All the Winless Full-Time NASCAR Cup Series Drivers

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We’ve discussed drivers with the longest current losing streaks in NASCAR, but, we have yet to look at drivers who have yet to win a NASCAR Cup Series race. Winning a Cup Series race is often the pinnacle of a driver’s career, and it’s something only 204 drivers have ever done. Here is every 2024 Cup Series driver yet to be added to this list.

  • This list will be limited to full-time Cup Series drivers. Anyone competing part-time in the series no matter how many races is ineligible for the list.
  • The drivers will be organized by how many Cup Series starts they have from fewest to most. Some drivers are just starting their careers, but, others have waited a long time to get their first taste of victory.
  • Fans give drivers who haven’t won a hard time for multiple reasons. Every driver hopes to win, but, winning is hard to do.

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Carson Hocevar – 18 Starts

Carson Hocevar is in the midst of his rookie season, so, winning immediately is not a priority for him. He’s shown some promise in his first few Cup Series starts, but, he’s yet to record his first Cup Series top-10. A win feels like an eventuality for Hocevar, but, time will tell.

Zane Smith – 18 Starts

Zane Smith also has rookie stripes on his bumper, so, it’s still a bit early to put him under too much pressure to win. He does have one Cup Series top-10 coming in the 2023 Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Like Hocevar, a win should come for Smith, but, it may be a while.

Josh Berry – 21 Starts

Josh Berry is in his first full-time season with Stewart-Haas Racing. He cut his teeth in late models across the Southeast, and he’s finally in the Cup Series at age 33. He’s finished as high as 2nd in the Cup Series, and he did score a non-points win at the 2023 All-Star Open at North Wilkesboro.

Noah Gragson – 48 Starts

Noah Gragson has yet to complete a full-time Cup Series season, but, he finally seems to be turning the corner in 2023. After an abysmal rookie season, he’s found new life in the #10 car for Stewart-Hass Racing. He’s yet to show true winning speed, but, that could come soon.

John Hunter Nemechek – 50 Starts

John Hunter Nemechek only had 1 Cup Series lap led heading into his second full-time season in 2024. He now races for Legacy Motor Club, Toyota’s newest Tier One team. Nemechek has found victory lane in the Truck and Xfinity Series, so, can he do the same in the Cup Series?

Daniel Hemric – 56 Starts

Daniel Hemric has exactly 1 NASCAR National Touring Series win, and that clinched him the 2021 Xfinity Series Championship at Phoenix. Aside from that, there’s been an invisible force field around victory lane for Hemric at all levels. Hemric getting a victory before his career is done is far from a guarantee.

Ty Gibbs – 63 Starts

Ty Gibbs might be the next driver to win his first career race. He’s shown borderline winning speed at Bristol and Phoenix early in 2023, and he is racing for one of the best teams in the garage. With Gibbs, it’s truly not a matter of if he wins, but when he wins.

Todd Gilliland – 81 Starts

Todd Gilliland is in his 3rd full-time season for the up-and-coming Front Row Motorsports. With FRM getting better and better, Gilliland seems more likely than ever to win a Cup Series race, but, he only has 6 career top-10s. His equipment is capable on the right day, and it’s up to Gilliland to close the deal.

Harrison Burton – 82 Starts

Harrison Burton is on the hot seat at The Wood Brothers, and he continues to underwhelm. He hasn’t even come close to sniffing victory lane at the sport’s highest level, and The Wood Brothers have not won a race in nearly 6 seasons.

Ryan Preece – 160 Starts

Ryan Preece has scrapped for any ride he can across all levels of NASCAR. He’s shown flashes of brilliance, and his move to Stewart-Haas Racing in 2023 felt like his best chance to score a win. Unfortunately, things have not panned out so far.

Corey LaJoie – 245 Starts

Corey LaJoie has continually been in backmarker equipment throughout his career, but, Spire Motorsports seems to be on the upswing. He’s flirted with victory a few times, but, this is easily the best opportunity LaJoie has had yet in terms of equipment. A win is not a guarantee for LaJoie, but, expectations are high for him.

This list will be updated as the season goes on and drivers get their first wins.

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