The Frontstretch: Frontstretch Power Rankings: Top 15 Drivers Still Winless in NASCAR by Mike Neff -- Wednesday April 23, 2008

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With an off week in the schedule, the Frontstretch staffers decided to take a second look at a series of drivers looking for that lucky break. Our writers voted in the Top 15 drivers who have never won a Sprint Cup race in their careers; and while these men might have been special in other forms of stock car racing, they were never special enough to make it to Victory Lane at the highest level (at least, not yet).

Does your perception match our reality on this controversial topic? Be sure to read below to find out; and once you do, don't be afraid to let us know who else should be on the list!

RankDriver (First Place Votes)Points
1Dick Trickle (2)59
 For a man who's won on short tracks more times than most people could count, how sad is it that we never got to hear the "Dick Trickle" joke played out during a Cup race on SportsCenter?
2Mike Skinner57
 Would not have been on this list if the Japan experiment succeeded.
3Kenny Wallace (1)56
 You have to love the Hermanator. Pushed Dale Earnhardt to his final victory and is a sponsor's dream, but never took the checkered flag first ... yet.
4Rick Mast50
 Who can forget Mast's late-race loss to Earnhardt at 1994 in Rockingham? If only Senior knew what the rest of the guy's career would look like, maybe he would have backed off and let him have the win. On second thought …
5Ted Musgrave47
 Had some great success in the Truck Series, but it was never meant to be in Sprint Cup despite driving for Roush for several years.
6Mike Wallace (1)40
 Who knows what Wallace's career would look like if Roger Penske had decided to keep the No. 12 car going after the 2001 Cup season.
7Dave Blaney39
 A World of Outlaws Champion, Blaney's been in the Top 10 almost 10% of the time in Cup, but never closed the deal.
8Coo Coo Marlin34
 Much better than the equipment he had in his Cup career. Sterling's talent didn't just come out of nowhere; plus, ya gotta love the Coo Coo noise on Back in the Day.
9Richard Childress32
 I'd think Childress is at peace with the decision to step out of his car winless and let a little man named Earnhardt slide behind the wheel.
10Joe Ruttman26
 Dominated in the Truck Series as a senior citizen, but missed out on many Cup opportunities in his prime; the 1982 Daytona 500 sticks out as one.
11Hut Stricklin24
 Over $7,000,000 in earnings, but never got a trophy.
11Jeff Green24
 Had one of the most dominating Nationwide performances before the Cup invasion en route to a championship season in 2000. But that success was never duplicated in Cup.
13Tony Raines19
 Grew up in Indiana, but didn’t get quite the same jeans as some of the other Cup regulars from the Hoosier state.
13David Stremme19
 Very talented, just never gelled with his Cup teams to date.
15J.D. McDuffie18
 28 years, 653 races: you’d think he’d have put it all together at least once.
15Mike Bliss18
 13 wins and a title in Trucks, a victory in Nationwide ... but only one Top 5 in 81 Cup races. 

Also receiving votes:

Sam Ard (16)

Joey Logano (16)

Loren Wallace (16)

Michael Schumacher (15)

Boris Said (14)

Matt Crafton (13)

Steve Grissom (12)

Scott Riggs (12)

Jack Ingram (12)

Regan Smith (12)

Todd Bodine (11)

Kenny Irwin, Jr. (11)

Ashton Lewis (10)

Chad Little (10)

Stanton Barrett (9)

Buddy Arrington (9)

Bill Champion (9)

Robert Pressley (8)

Scott Wimmer (8)

Ella Gordon (8)

Frank Kimmel (6)

Jimmy Means (6)

Jay Sauter (5)

Wally Dallenbach, Jr. (5)

Neil Castles (5)

Kevin LePage (5)

A.J. Allmendinger (4)

Mark Green (3)

Cecil Gordon (2)

Scott Pruett (2)

Michael Waltrip (2)

Erik Darnell (1)

G.C. Spencer (1)

Writers voting this week: Tom Bowles, Mike Neff, Tony Lumbis, and Bryan Keith

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John
04/23/2008 08:25 AM
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How about Steve Kinser ??

Scott
04/23/2008 10:27 AM
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Michael Waltrip?? Very funny – He won 4 times, though never a non-restrictor plate race. How about Johnny Sauter or JJ Yeley?

Gordon81Wins
04/23/2008 12:05 PM
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Ella Gordon?

Racin Jason
04/23/2008 01:49 PM
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I think it’s hilarious you have Loren Wallace on the alos receiving votes list. I’d have not put Stremme up that high he only had two mediocre seasons with CGR. Blaney should be higher… good list though

 

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