The top three National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing (NASCAR) national divisions are: NASCAR Cup Series, operating since 1949; Xfinity Series, operating since 1982, and; Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series, operating since 1995. NASCAR drivers who have won in each of top three series are labeled Triple Threats.
Beginning with the inaugural season of the Truck Series in 1995, 34 drivers have accomplished the Triple Threat feat. The first driver to do so was Ken Schrader, with his Truck Series victory at Saugus Speedway on April 15, 1995. The most recent driver to accomplish the feat is William Byron, with his Cup Series victory at Daytona International Speedway on August 29, 2020.
Below is a list of 34 drivers who have won at least one race in each of NASCAR's three national divisions, through August 29, 2020.
The shortest time from first victory to Triple Threat, and the youngest driver to accomplish the feat, were both achieved by Kyle Busch, who scored his first victory in each series within a 16-month span from May 14, 2004 to September 4, 2005, completing the achievement at 20 years, 4 months of age.
While no driver has achieved all three of their first Triple Threat wins in a single season, seven drivers have gone on to subsequently accomplish a Triple Threat season: Terry Labonte (1995), Kevin Harvick (2003, 2010), Kyle Busch (2005–2011, 2013–2020), Denny Hamlin (2011), Brad Keselowski (2014), Joey Logano (2015), and Kyle Larson (2016).
With his win in the Truck Series race at Martinsville on April 9, 2005, Bobby Labonte became the first driver to complete a Triple Threat at the same track: 1992 Busch Winston Classic; 2002 Winston Cup Virginia 500; and 2005 Craftsman Truck Kroger 250.
With his win in the Cup Series race at Bristol on August 21, 2010, Kyle Busch became the first driver to complete a Triple Threat in the same weekend, winning the Bristol Motor Speedway-hosted: O'Reilly Auto Parts 200; Food City 250; and Irwin Tools Night Race. Busch repeated a one-stop Triple Threat – still the only driver to accomplish the feat – sweeping the three Bristol races on August 16, 18 and 19, 2017.
Showing only their first win in each of the top three NASCAR national divisions, the Triple Threat drivers are:
|Driver||1st Cup Series Win||1st Xfinity Series Win||1st Truck Series Win|
|3.||Mark Martin||10-22-1989||Rockingham||05-30-1987||Dover||09-28-1996||North Wilkesboro|
|6.||Greg Biffle||07-05-2003||Daytona||04-14-2001||Nashville SS||05-08-1999||Memphis|
|7.||Jimmy Spencer||07-02-1994||Daytona||03-25-1989||Hickory||09-13-2003||New Hampshire|
|10.||Steve Park||08-13-2000||Watkins Glen||04-19-1997||Nashville||02-25-2005||Fontana|
|15.||Ricky Craven||10-15-2001||Martinsville||07-07-1991||Oxford Plains||10-22-2005||Martinsville|
|17.||Johnny Benson Jr.||11-03-2002||Rockingham||9-17-1994||Dover||06-17-2006||Michigan|
|18.||Clint Bowyer||09-16-2007||New Hampshire||06-12-2005||Nashville SS||11-03-2006||Texas|
|19.||Ryan Newman||09-15-2002||New Hampshire||08-18-2001||Michigan||10-25-2008||Atlanta|
|20.||David Reutimann||05-25-2009||Charlotte||10-27-2007||Memphis||08-13-2005||Nashville SS|
|23.||Denny Hamlin||06-11-2006||Pocono||03-05-2006||Mexico City||10-29-2011||Martinsville|
|25.||Brad Keselowski||04-26-2009||Talladega||06-07-2008||Nashville SS||08-21-2014||Bristol|
|26.||Joey Logano||06-28-2009||New Hampshire||06-14-2008||Kentucky||03-28-2015||Martinsville|
|31.||Chase Elliott||08-05-2018||Watkins Glen||04-04-2014||Texas||09-01-2013||Bowmanville|
|33.||Cole Custer||07-12-2020||Kentucky||11-18-2017||Homestead||09-20-2014||New Hampshire|
Drivers with wins in two of the top three series
Driver championships in two of the top divisions
In the history of NASCAR (through the end of the 2019 NASCAR season), only nine drivers have accomplished championship seasons in more than one of the top three national divisions. Of these, five have championships in both the Cup and Xfinity Series, while three have championships in both the Xfinity and Truck Series.
The feat was first accomplished by Bobby Labonte, with a championship season in the 2000 NASCAR Winston Cup Series to go with his championship season in the 1991 NASCAR Busch Series (now Xfinity Series).
The quickest to accomplish this feat, from the start of his NASCAR career, is Austin Dillon, who started NASCAR racing in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East in 2008 and had won national championships in both the Xfinity and Truck Series by 2013.
All of these drivers except Martin Truex Jr. are also members of the Triple Threat club shown above.
|Driver||1st Cup Championship||1st Xfinity Championship||1st Truck Championship|
|1.||Bobby Labonte||2000 Champion||Winston Cup Series||1991 Champion||Busch Series|
|2.||Greg Biffle||2002 Champion||Busch Series||2000 Champion||Craftsman Truck Series|
|3.||Johnny Benson Jr.||1995 Champion||Busch Series||2008 Champion||Craftsman Truck Series|
|4.||Brad Keselowski||2012 Champion||Sprint Cup Series||2010 Champion||Nationwide Series|
|5.||Austin Dillon||2013 Champion||Nationwide Series||2011 Champion||Camping World Truck Series|
|6.||Kevin Harvick||2014 Champion||Sprint Cup Series||2001 Champion||Busch Series|
|7.||Kyle Busch||2015 Champion||Sprint Cup Series||2009 Champion||Nationwide Series|
|8.||Martin Truex Jr.||2017 Champion||Monster Energy Cup Series||2004 Champion||Busch Series|
|9.||Chase Elliott||2020 Champion||Cup Series||2014 Champion||Nationwide Series|
|Accomplished Triple Threat in career|