Kyle Busch celebrating his championship win at Homestead-Miami Speedway in 2019.

Kyle Busch celebrating his championship win at Homestead-Miami Speedway in 2019.

The 2021 NASCAR Cup Series season has started in historic fashion becoming just the third season in series history to with two first-time winners to win the first two races of the year; joining the series’ inaugural season 1949 and 1950. Now the 2021 season, has the opportunity to join the inaugural 1949 season as just the second season in series history to start the year with three consecutive first-time winners to win the first three races of the year. A feat that will be difficult, because this weekend’s NASCAR Cup Series race, the Dixie Vodka 400 (3:30 p.m. ET on FOX, MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio), will be hosted by Homestead-Miami Speedway, a track that has never had a Cup Series first-time winner.

The inaugural NASCAR Cup Series season holds the record for the most consecutive first-winners to start the season with five.

1949 NASCAR Cup Series Consecutive First-Time Winners

Series

Date

Track

First-Time Winners

Season

Race No.

Cup

Sunday, June 19, 1949

Charlotte (Old)

Jim Roper

1949

1

Cup

Sunday, July 10, 1949

Daytona B&R

Red Byron

1949

2

Cup

Sunday, August 7, 1949

Occoneechee

Bob Flock

1949

3

Cup

Sunday, September 11, 1949

Langhorne

Curtis Turner

1949

4

Cup

Sunday, September 18, 1949

Hamburg

Jack White

1949

5

Three or more consecutive first-time winners has only happened three times in the NASCAR Cup Series. The first, was the five consecutive first-time winners in 1949. The other two times it occurred was in 1950. 

1950 NASCAR Cup Series Consecutive First-Time Winners 

Series

Date

Track

First-Time Winners

Season

Race No.

Cup

Tuesday, May 30, 1950

Canfield

Bill Rexford

1950

5

Cup

Sunday, June 18, 1950

Vernon

Bill Blair

1950

6

Cup

Sunday, June 25, 1950

Dayton

Jimmy Florian

1950

7

Cup

Monday, September 4, 1950

Darlington

Johnny Mantz

1950

13

Cup

Sunday, September 17, 1950

Langhorne

Fonty Flock

1950

14

Cup

Sunday, September 24, 1950

North Wilkesboro

Leon Sales

1950

15

This season, Front Row Motorsport’s driver Michael McDowell grabbed his first-career win at Daytona International Speedway in the Daytona 500. He is the eighth different driver to win their first-career race in the Daytona 500. McDowell got the win in his 358th start, the second largest amount of starts before a first Cup win behind Michael Waltrip’s 463. 

Then the following week at the DAYTONA Road Course, Joe Gibbs Racing’s Christopher Bell led just five laps en route to his first-career NASCAR Cup Series victory in just his second season at the premier level. 

This weekend, 16 of the 38 drivers entered at Homestead-Miami Speedway are looking for their first NASCAR Cup Series career victory. Six former NASCAR Cup Series Homestead-Miami Speedway winners are entered this weekend, led by Joe Gibbs Racing’s Denny Hamlin with three victories; followed by his Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Kyle Busch (two wins) and Joey Logano, Kurt Busch, Kevin Harvick, Martin Truex Jr. each with one win.

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