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.”

Ryan Blaney joined the list at Kansas Speedway when he finished 21st in the Round of 12 finale — the only finishing position he was missing.

There were other firsts from Kansas, too: William Byron earned his first fifth-place finish, Matt DiBenedetto finished 15th for the first time and Bubba Wallace’s 35th-place effort was his first at that exact position.

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’

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

Two drivers are one finish away.

Aric Almirola: 2nd

Somehow, despite finishing fifth in the 2018 standings, Aric Almirola has yet to score a second-place finish in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series after more than 300 career starts.

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

Four Positions Remaining

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

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

• Erik Jones: 20th, 28th, 32nd and 37th

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

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