Superspeedway racing is a lot like Texas Hold 'Em poker: It's not so much about how good you are as it is about how lucky you are.
Of course, there's a great level of skill in it too. Drivers who can master the bump draft are likely to find better drafting partners, bringing them up to the front. And some manufacturers have found an edge over others in recent years. Meanwhile, some drivers hang back and save their cars until the end of the race for a late charge.
But more often than not, late-race accidents ruin great finishes for a lot of drivers, and the driver who wins is the driver who avoids trouble the best. It's part of the reason why some names that don't normally run up front can score strong finishes at Daytona or Talladega and why an average finish of 15th or better—considered pedestrian at most tracks—is a huge indicator of both luck and talent at those tracks.
Simply put, it's all about managing your resources and avoiding trouble in order to be the last driver standing, much like poker. The following 20 drivers are the best in NASCAR at doing that.
The first few did their best work in previous eras, but remain in the conversation for rides every year, while many of these drivers only excel at one track or the other. Only the top few have done well at both tracks. But barring the major accidents that mark most restrictor-plate events, these are your best bets for a good finish at a big race.
All statistics via Racing-Reference.info.