The top three National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing (NASCAR) national divisions are: Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, operating since 1949; Xfinity Series, operating since 1982, and; Gander Outdoors Truck Series, operating since 1995. NASCAR drivers who have won in each of top three series are labeled Triple Threats.
Starting with the inaugural 1995 season of the Camping World Truck Series, counting through the middle of the 2018 NASCAR racing season, only 31 drivers have earned the Triple Threat moniker. The first driver to accomplish the feat was Ken Schrader, with his "Truck" win on 15 April 1995. The most recent driver to join the list is Chase Elliott, with his Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series win on August 5, 2018.
Below is a list of 31 drivers, through August 5, 2018, who have won at least one race in each of the top three NASCAR national divisions.
The shortest time from first win to Triple Threat, and the youngest driver to become a Triple Threat, was accomplished by Kyle Busch, scoring his first win in each series within a 16-month span from May 14, 2004 to September 4, 2005—completing the feat at 20 years 4 months of age.
While no driver has completed all three of their first-ever Triple Threat wins in a single season, 7 of these drivers did go on to score a subsequent Triple Threat season: Terry Labonte (1995), Kevin Harvick (2003, 2010), Kyle Busch (2005–2011, 2013–2019), Denny Hamlin (2011), Brad Keselowski (2014), Joey Logano (2015), and Kyle Larson (2016).
With a win in the Truck 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 race at Bristol on August 21, 2010, Kyle Busch became the first driver to complete a Triple Threat on the same weekend, winning the Bristol Motor Speedway-hosted: O'Reilly Auto Parts 200; Food City 250; and Irwin Tools Night Race. Kyle 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 Monster Energy Cup
|1st Xfinity Series Win||1st Gander Outdoors Truck|
|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||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||Mosport|
Drivers with wins in two of the top three series
Below is an alphabetical list of drivers who have scored victories in just two of the top three series, as of the 2018 NASCAR racing season.
Driver championships in two of the top divisions
In the history of NASCAR (to the end of the 2017 season), only eight 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 (now the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series) to go with his championship season in the 1991 Busch Series (now the Xfinity Series).
The quickest to accomplish this feat, from the start of his NASCAR career, is Austin Dillon, who started NASCAR racing in a regional series 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 Monster Energy Cup
|1st Xfinity Championship||1st Gander Outdoors Truck|
|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|
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