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DNF Woes: Examining 2023 NASCAR Cup Series Drivers’ Struggles

DNF Woes: Throughout the Cup Series, Austin Dillon faced challenges, leading in failed finishes across ten races and concluding the season with an average finish of 21.8, marking the lowest of his full-time career.

Transitioning into the Next Gen era, Dillon’s track record changed significantly, tallying 23 DNFs in seven full-time seasons. Remarkably, he had a flawless rookie year in 2014 with no DNFs, but with the Next Gen car, he’s clocked 18 DNFs over two seasons.

This season saw four Cup drivers enduring six or more DNFs, notably Kyle Larson, who secured second place in the championship standings. Seven drivers shared the mark of four DNFs, including Jimmie Johnson, who faced DNFs in all three of his starts.

However, amidst these struggles, Corey LaJoie emerged as the sole full-time driver in the Cup without a DNF, a testament to his consistency on the track.

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In a breakdown of the drivers with the most DNFs this season:

  1. Austin Dillon (10) – He had eight DNFs in 2022, marking the second-highest in the series.
  2. Kyle Larson (8) – Larson experienced seven DNFs in 2022.
  3. Kyle Busch (6) – In his final season with Joe Gibbs Racing, Busch recorded six DNFs in 2022.
  4. Daniel Suarez (6) – Suarez faced four DNFs in 2022.
  5. Bubba Wallace (5) – Wallace encountered seven DNFs in 2022.
  6. Joey Logano (5) – Prior to winning his second Cup championship, Logano had four DNFs in 2022.
  7. Ty Gibbs (5) – Gibbs notched four DNFs in 2022 during his 15 starts with 23XI Racing.
  8. Ryan Preece (5) – Making two starts for Rick Ware Racing, Preece encountered one DNF in 2022.
  9. Christopher Bell (4) – Bell faced six DNFs in 2022 before entering the Championship 4 for the first time.
  10. Ross Chastain (4) – Chastain encountered five DNFs in 2022 before making his first Championship 4 appearance.

The season was marked by drivers grappling with DNFs, impacting their performance and standings across the races, showcasing the challenges faced by these athletes throughout the series.

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Our Reader’s Queries

What is the difference between DNF update and DNF upgrade?

The latest versions of dnf have made the update option an alias for dnf upgrade. This implies that dnf update now performs the same function as dnf upgrade. To ensure that all installed packages are updated to the latest versions, it is advisable to use the dnf upgrade command.

What is DNF in Linux?

DNF, also known as Dandified YUM, is the latest iteration of the Yellowdog Updater, Modified (yum). This package manager is designed specifically for .rpm-based Linux distributions, providing users with a streamlined and efficient way to manage their software packages. With DNF, you can easily install, update, and remove packages with just a few simple commands. Its advanced features and user-friendly interface make it a popular choice among Linux users of all skill levels.

Khushal Bhatia
Khushal Bhatia
Khushal Bhatia, a distinguished BA (Hons) English graduate from St. Stephen College (University of Delhi) and a holder of a Post Graduate Diploma in Journalism (English) from IIMC Delhi, is an accomplished journalist. Currently affiliated with, Khushal is an expert in covering a range of sports topics with a specialization in motorsports, particularly NASCAR. His insightful articles explore the nuances of the sporting world, providing readers with comprehensive analysis and the latest updates. With a commitment to unbiased reporting, Khushal's expertise and authoritative voice make him a reliable source for sports enthusiasts.


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