Sprint Cup Series All-Time Starts

updated on 3-1-2015

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  • Drivers with 500 or more NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Starts [wins]:
    1)  Richard Petty, 1185 [200, 16.9%](also in some pubs as 1184 starts)
    2)  Ricky Rudd, 906 [23]
    3)  Terry Labonte, 890 [22]
    4)  Dave Marcis, 883 [5]
    5)  Mark Martin, 882 [40]
    6)  Kyle Petty, 829 [8]
    7)  Bill Elliott, 828 [44]
    8)  Darrell Waltrip, 809 [84, 10.4%]
    9)  Michael Waltrip, 779* [4]
    10) Ken Schrader, 763 [4]
    10) Jeff Gordon, 763* (consecutive)[92]
    11) Sterling Marlin, 748 [10]
    13) Bobby Labonte, 722* [21]
    14) Bobby Allison, 718 [84, 11.7%]
    15) Rusty Wallace, 706 [55]
    16) Buddy Baker, 699 [19]
    17) Jeff Burton, 695 [21]
    18) Dale Earnhardt, 676 [76, 11.2%]
    19) Dale Jarrett, 668 [32]
    20) Joe Nemechek, 667* [4]
    21) JD McDuffie, 653 [0]
    22) Buck Baker, 636 [46]
    23) James Hylton, 602 [2]
    24) Geoff Bodine, 575 [18]
    25) David Pearson, 574 [105, 18.3%]
    26) Cale Yarborough, 562 [83, 14.8%]
    27) Buddy Arrington, 561 [0]
    28) Tony Stewart, 556* [48]
    29) Matt Kenseth, 546* [31]
    30) Dale Earnhardt, Jr. 543* [23]
    31) Elmo Langley, 535 [2]
    32) Benny Parsons, 526 [21]
    33) Morgan Shepherd, 517 [4]
    34) Kurt Busch 507* [25]
    35) Kevin Harvick 504* [28]
    36) Neil Castles, 500 [0]
    * = active drivers, who ran a race within the last year
    (unofficial - compiled from many sources, including racing-reference.info)(2-22-2015)

  • Current Consecutive NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Starts:
    Jeff Gordon is the current leader
    Ricky Rudd is the all time leader with 788 before he took the 2006 season off
    the list of current streaks:
    (thru 3-1-2015)
    Jeff Gordon, 763 [longest ever from the start of career, never missed a race] - started Atlanta 11/1992
    Matt Kenseth, 540
    Jimmie Johnson, 470
    Ryan Newman, 470
    Kevin Harvick, 462
    Jamie McMurray, 438
    Greg Biffle, 431
    Carl Edwards, 367
    Martin Truex Jr., 326
    Clint Bowyer, 326
    David Ragan, 290
    Paul Menard, 274
    Joey Logano, 218
    Brad Keselowski, 186
    David Gilliland, 162
    Casey Mears, 145
    Aric Almirola, 110
    Dale Earnhardt, Jr., 78 [was 461 before sitting out 2 races late in 2013 for concussion]
    Danica Patrick, 74
    Kyle Larson, 39
    A.J. Allmendinger, 39
    Cole Whitt, 38
    Michael Annett, 38
    Austin Dillon, 38
    Landon Cassill, 35
    Denny Hamlin, 33 [was 264 from start of his career, until being injured and sitting out 4 races in 2013, then 31 races before sitting out Auto Club Speedway in 2014]
    Tony Stewart, 14 [was 521 before getting injured and missing final 15 races of 2013, then sitting out 3 races after an accident in a Sprint Car race in August 2014]
    J.J. Yeley, 10
    Ricky Stenhouse Jr., 6
    Justin Allgaier, 6
    Michael McDowell, 5
    Trevor Bayne, 3
    Sam Hornish Jr., 2
    Ron Hornaday, 1
    Jeb Burton, 1
    Brendan Gaughan, 0
    Alex Bowman, 1
    Josh Wise, 1
    Mike Bliss, 1
    Joe Nemechek, 1
    Mike Wallace, 0
    Ty Dillon, 0
    Michael Waltrip, 0
    Ryan Blaney, 0
    Johnny Sauter, 0
    Brian Vickers, 0 [Missed first 2 races of 2015 after surgery]
    Reed Sorenson, 0
    Kyle Busch, 0 [was at 210 before getting injured in Daytona INFINITY race in Feb 2015]
    Kurt Busch, 0 [was at 94 before being suspended for Daytona and longer Feb 2015]
    (3-1-2015)

  • All-time Consecutive NASCAR Sprint Cup Starts:
    1)  Ricky Rudd, 788 [ended Nov 2005, retired]
    2)  Jeff Gordon, 763*
    3)  Bobby Labonte, 704 [ended June 2013, sat out Kentucky]
    4)  Rusty Wallace, 697 [ended Nov 2005, retired]
    5)  Terry Labonte, 655 [ended Aug 2000 at Indy]
    6)  Dale Earnhardt, 648 [ended when he was killed at Daytona in 2001]
    7)  Jeff Burton, 626 [ended Feb 2014, part time]
    8)  Mark Martin, 621 [ended March 18, 2007 after Atlanta]
    9)  Ken Schrader, 579 [ended Aug 2003 at Indy]
    10) Matt Kenseth, 540*
    11) Tony Stewart, 521 [ended August 2013, after being injured in sprint car wreck before Watkins Glen]
    12) Richard Petty, 513 [ended March 26, 1989 at Richmond when Petty failed to qualify for the race]
    13) Darrell Waltrip, 499 [ended July 1990 at Daytona, injured]
    * active streak.(3-1-2015)


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