Beneficiary Rule - Statistics


According to, seven drivers have won a race being the beneficiary in NASCAR Sprint Cup alone, with two drivers doing it twice.

  1. Ryan Newman, Dover, Sept. 2003 and Michigan, June 2004
  2. Mark Martin, Dover, June 2004
  3. Jeff Gordon, Martinsville, April 2005
  4. Kyle Busch, Phoenix, Nov. 2005 and Talladega, April 2008
  5. Kurt Busch, Bristol, March 2006
  6. Kasey Kahne, Michigan, June 2006
  7. Joey Logano, New Hampshire, June 2009
  8. Kevin Harvick, Daytona, July 2010

Most Beneficiaries accumulated in a race:

  1. Kyle Busch, 5, Watkins Glen, August 2006, finished 9th
  2. David Reutimann, 5, Daytona, July 2008, finished 21st
  3. Kevin Lepage, 4, Charlotte, October 2005, finished 21st
  4. Bobby Labonte, 4, Talladega, April 2007, finished 20th
  5. David Gilliland, 4, Talladega, October 2007, finished 27th
  6. Kevin Lepage, 3, Charlotte, May 2005
  7. Kevin Lepage, 3, Chicago, July 2005
  8. Mike Wallace, 3, Bristol, August 2005
  9. Dale Earnhardt Jr., 3, Bristol, August 2005
  10. Kyle Petty, 3, Talladega, October 2005
  11. Rusty Wallace, 3, Charlotte, October 2005, 24th
  12. Terry Labonte, 3, Bristol, March 2006, finished 27th
  13. Jeff Gordon, 3 Martinsville Speedway, April 2005, finished 1st.
  14. Jeff Gordon, 3 Indianapolis, August 2006, finished 16th
  15. David Stremme, 3 Michigan, August 2006, finished 28th
  16. David Ragan, 3, Martinsville, October 2006, finished 25th
  17. Jimmie Johnson, 3, Pocono, August 2009, finished 13th

NOTE: Kyle Busch was the beneficiary in five consecutive caution periods at the 2006 AMD at the Glen; the beneficiary rule was not used on road course events in 2004. The first driver not on the lead lap—no matter how many laps they are behind the leader—gains one lap back per beneficiary; another reason the rule is somewhat unpopular. In Busch's case, he lost five laps from repairs caused by an oil leak, and upon returning to the track, gained all five laps back through the beneficiary rule because no other driver was between him and the lead lap on any of the caution periods.

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