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Tracker: Aric Almirola has now finished in every possible position

With 36 races in a year and 40 available finishing positions on the track, it’s practically inevitable a driver ends up finishing in every possible place at some point — you win some, you lose some, as they say. Quoth Ricky Bobby, “If you ain’t first, you’re last.”

Aric Almirola joined the list at Texas Motor Speedway when he finished second in the Round of 8 playoff race — the only finishing position he was missing. He joins Ryan Blaney as drivers to accomplish this during the 2019 Playoffs. Blaney’s 21st-place finish at Kansas Speedway was the last piece to his puzzle.

As you continue to watch the 2019 postseason, keep in mind some drivers might be chasing more than a championship trophy — a few are in position to complete the massive 40-row bingo board that is the list of possible finishing positions in NASCAR.

Drivers who have completed the ‘All 40 Challenge’

Aric Almirola
Ryan Blaney
Alex Bowman
Clint Bowyer
Kurt Busch
Kyle Busch
Denny Hamlin
Kevin Harvick
Jimmie Johnson
Joey Logano
Paul Menard
Ryan Newman
Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
Martin Truex Jr.

One Position Remaining

David Ragan: 9th

David Ragan has driven for plenty of teams in his 13 full-time seasons at NASCAR’s top level, but he’s somehow never finished in ninth place. He’s retiring from full-time racing at the end of the season, too.

 

Two Positions Remaining

Austin Dillon: 2nd and 40th

Brad Keselowski: 28th and 40th

Kyle Larson: 22nd and 32nd

 

Three Positions Remaining

• Erik Jones: 28th, 32nd and 37th

 

Four Positions Remaining

• Matt DiBenedetto: 1st, 3rd, 10th and 11th

• Chase Elliott: 25th, 26th, 28th and 40th

• Daniel Suarez: 1st, 25th, 27th, 39th

 

Bonus Data: Never Last

Since we were already analyzing the data anyway, you might want to keep these names in your back pocket: six full-time drivers have never finished in exactly 40th place (also known as last place in a 40-car field):

William Byron
Austin Dillon*
Ty Dillon
Chase Elliott
Brad Keselowski*

Bubba Wallace

*finished worse than 40th before field size rules were changed, but never finished exactly 40th

Here’s the complete list of non-rookie full-time drivers and their status entering the 2019 ISM Raceway playoff race. If a driver hasn’t finished in a particular position, it’s highlighted in gold. Drivers with grayed-out names have completed the challenge.