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When did McDonald's score its last win in NASCAR?

Jake Nichol October 5, 2021
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Bubba Wallace secured victory in a rain-shortened NASCAR race at Talladega with McDonald’s as the primary sponsor. It’s been a long time since the brand’s last Cup win, so when was it?

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McDonald’s was just one of a number of blue chip sponsors to join 23XI Racing for the team’s debut season in 2021.

It’s been a tricky year for 23XI, with the team struggling operationally in the first few races.

Wallace scored the team’s first top 10 at Pocono and finished second in the regular season finale at Daytona.

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For the final superspeedway race of the season at Talladega – McDonald’s was the primary sponsor for Wallace’s #23 Toyota Camry.

Always good on superspeedways, Wallace worked the draft expertly and worked his way to the front.

With just five laps to go in stage two, contact between Ryan Preece and William Byron brought out the caution.

As a rain cell then moved across Talladega, NASCAR opted to call the race, handing Wallace a first Cup win.

In doing so, Wallace claimed the first win for McDonald’s as a primary sponsor in NASCAR since 1994.

Who took McDonald’s last win in NASCAR?

Ironically, it was at Talladega back in July 1994 that McDonald’s last went to victory lane as a primary sponsor.

Jimmy Spencer steered the #27 to victory lane, ahead of Bill Elliott and Ernie Irvan.

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Over the course of those 27 years, McDonald’s had a record of 0-441 in terms of races entered as a primary sponsor.

In that time, drivers such as Elliott, Jimmie Johnson and Matt Kenseth had all driven McDonald’s cars in NASCAR.

As of October 4th, 2021, Spencer’s win on July 24th, 1994 came 9,934 days before Wallace’s success at the 2.66-mile oval.

What about Kyle Larson in 2019?

For 2019, McDonald’s joined Chip Ganassi’s #42 operation as a primary sponsor to Kyle Larson.

That year, in the second Dover race, Larson would claim his only win of the season – and indeed last for Ganassi.

However, Larson’s primary sponsor for that race was Clover.

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Jake can usually be found writing about or watching anything to do with motorsport – from Formula 1 to NASCAR to British Truck Racing. His work as a motorsport journalist has been published by the likes of Autosport, Motorsport.com and Motorsport News – all highly respected names. Away from racing he is a keen amateur astronomer, podcast listener and enjoys long walks in the park with his three dogs.