DNFs Up After 23 Races in 2022

BROOKLYN, MICHIGAN - AUGUST 07: The #16 Chevy Accessories Chevrolet, driven by Noah Gragson is towed after an on-track incident during the NASCAR Cup Series FireKeepers Casino 400 at Michigan International Speedway on August 07, 2022 in Brooklyn, Michigan. (Photo by Mike Mulholland/Getty Images) | Getty Images


BROOKLYN, MICHIGAN – AUGUST 07: The #16 Chevy Accessories Chevrolet, driven by Noah Gragson is towed after an on-track incident during the NASCAR Cup Series FireKeepers Casino 400 at Michigan International Speedway on August 07, 2022 in Brooklyn, Michigan. (Photo by Mike Mulholland/Getty Images) | Getty Images

Drivers in the NASCAR Cup Series have racked up 151 DNFs (did not finish) through 23 races this season. That’s 55.6% more cars leaving the race before the final laps than during the first 23 races of 2021. The 2022 total is the highest after 23 races since 2017, but it is only short by three.

Crashes remain the most significant cause of DNFs. They usually comprise 60-75% of the total number.

Ryan Blaney and Martin Truex Jr. — the two drivers battling for what is currently the last available playoff berth by points — have three and two DNFs, respectively.

— See a much more detailed breakdown at NBC Sports —

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