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It’s been awhile: Sprint Cup regulars who haven’t won since before 2015

This year Kyle Busch became the sixth driver to win a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series title in the Chase format and the NASCAR America crew discusses whether or not the new playoff format makes it harder for drivers to repeat.

In 2015, 12 full-time Sprint Cup drivers combined to win all 36 races.

That left 25 full-time drivers and a handful of part-time and substitute drivers who didn’t visit victory lane over the course of the season.

For every Joey Logano (six wins) there is a driver like Paul Menard. Menard has competed full-time in the Sprint Cup for eight seasons, but can claim only one win.

Then there are seasoned veterans who have plenty of experience thanking a long list of sponsors for a winning car, but haven’t gotten the chance in two years or more.

A new season with 36 chances to win begins on Feb. 21 with the Daytona 500. Here is a chronological look, beginning with the earliest, at confirmed full-time drivers who have wins that weren’t victorious in 2015 and how long it has been since they celebrated a points win.

Casey Mears, No. 13 Chevrolet for Germain Racing (306 starts)

  • Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway, May 27, 2007; first career win

Trevor Bayne, No. 6 Ford for Roush Fenway Racing (93 starts, four part-time seasons)

  • Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway, Feb. 20, 2011; first career win

Paul Menard, No. 27 Chevrolet for Richard Childress Racing (160 starts)

  • Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, July 31, 2011; first career win

Clint Bowyer, No. 15 Chevrolet for HScott Motorsports (113 starts)

  • Bank of America 500 at Charlotte Motor Speedway, Oct. 13, 2012
Fedex 400 Benefiting Autism Speaks

DOVER, DE - JUNE 02: Tony Stewart, driver of the #14 Code 3 Associates/Mobil 1 Chevrolet, celebrates with a burnout after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series FedEx 400 benefiting Autism Speaks at Dover International Speedway on June 2, 2013 in Dover, Delaware. (Photo by Jerry Markland/Getty Images)

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Tony Stewart, No. 14 Chevrolet for Stewart-Haas Racing (77 starts; 18 races missed due to injury and a leave of absence)

  • FedEx 400 Benefiting Autism Speaks at Dover International Speedway, June 2, 2013

Greg Biffle, No. 16 Ford for Roush Fenway Racing (93 starts)

  • Quicken Loans 400 at Michigan International Speedway, June 16, 2013

Ryan Newman, No. 31 Chevrolet for Richard Childress Racing (88 starts)

  • Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, July 28, 2013

Jamie McMurray, No. 1 Chevrolet for Chip Ganassi Racing (76 races)

  • Camping World RV Sales 500 at Talladega Superspeedway, Oct. 20, 2013

Aric Almirola, No. 43 Ford for Richard Petty Motorsports (54 starts)

  • Coke Zero 400 at Daytona International Speedway, July 6, 2014; first career win

AJ Allmendinger, No. 47 Chevrolet for JTG-Daugherty Racing (50 starts)

  • Cheez-It 355 at Watkins Glen International, Aug, 10, 2014; first career win

Kasey Kahne, No. 5 Chevrolet for Hendrick Motorsports (47 starts)

  • Oral-B USA 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway, Aug. 31, 2014

Notable full-time drivers (confirmed for 2016) without Sprint Cup wins: Danica Patrick, Austin Dillon, Kyle Larson, Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Chase Elliott, Chris Buescher, Ryan Blaney Brian Scott, Alex Bowman and Michael Annett.

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