Brian Lawdermilk / Getty ImagesJOLIET, IL - SEPTEMBER 17: Martin Truex Jr., driver of the #78 Furniture Row/Denver Mattress Toyota, poses with the trophy in Victory Lane after winning the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Tales of the Turtles 400 at Chicagoland Speedway on September 17, 2017 in Joliet, Illinois. (Photo by Brian Lawdermilk/Getty Images)
Martin Truex Jr. is now among the biggest names in NASCAR history.
Truex Jr. became just the 12th driver in the modern NASCAR era, since 1972, to lead for 2,000 laps in a season, according to NASCAR.com. That’s some accomplishment. But he still has a long way to go before matching some of the others.
Darrell Waltrip and Cale Yarborough each led for more than 2,000 laps in a season an insane seven times! For single season dominance, how about Bobby Allison’s 1972, when he led for 4,343 laps?
Who are the others? Here’s the info from NASCAR’s files.
Dale Jarrett: Led 2.083 laps in 1997
Jimmie Johnson: 2,238 in 2009
David Pearson: 2,658 laps in 1973
Kevin Harvick: He’s done it twice, most recently in 2015 2,294 laps led
Bobby Allison: Also did it twice, and led 4,343 laps in 1972
Jeff Gordon: Did it three times, with a high of 2,610 laps led in 1995
Rusty Wallace: Did it three times, with a high of 2,860 laps led in 1993
Richard Petty: The King did it twice, with a high of 3,158 laps led in 1975
Dale Earnhardt: Did it four times, with a high of 3,357 laps led in 1987
Darrell Waltrip: He did it an incredible seven times with a high of 3,028 laps led in 1982
Cale Yarborough: Not to be outdone, he also did it seven times with a high of 3,587 laps led in 1978