Sprint Cup Series All-Time Starts

updated on 8-23-2014

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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, 889* [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, 777* [4]
    10) Ken Schrader, 763 [4]
    11) Jeff Gordon, 749* (consecutive)[91]
    11) Sterling Marlin, 748 [10]
    13) Bobby Labonte, 721* [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, 663* [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, 542* [48]
    29) Elmo Langley, 535 [2]
    30) Matt Kenseth, 532* [31]
    31) Dale Earnhardt, Jr. 529* [22]
    32) Benny Parsons, 526 [21]
    33) Morgan Shepherd, 517* [4]
    34) Neil Castles, 500 [0]
    * = active drivers, who ran a race within the last year
    (unofficial - compiled from many sources, including racing-refernce.info)(8-17-2014)

  • 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 8-23-2014)
    Jeff Gordon, 749 [longest ever from the start of career, never missed a race] - started Atlanta 11/1992
    Matt Kenseth, 526
    Jimmie Johnson, 456
    Ryan Newman, 456
    Kevin Harvick, 448
    Jamie McMurray, 424
    Greg Biffle, 408
    Carl Edwards, 353
    Martin Truex Jr., 312
    Clint Bowyer, 312
    David Ragan, 276
    Paul Menard, 260
    Marcos Ambrose, 208
    Joey Logano, 204
    Brad Keselowski, 172
    David Gilliland, 148
    Casey Mears, 131
    Kyle Busch, 98 [was at 249 before being parked at Texas in Nov 2011]
    Aric Almirola, 96
    Kurt Busch, 82 [was at 229 before being suspended for Pocono race June 2012]
    Dale Earnhardt, Jr., 64 [was 461 before sitting out 2 races late in 2013 for concussion]
    Ricky Stenhouse Jr., 61
    Danica Patrick, 61
    Kyle Larson, 25
    A.J. Allmendinger, 24
    Cole Whitt, 24
    Brian Vickers, 24 [Missed final 5 races of 2013 with illness]
    Michael Annett, 24
    Alex Bowman, 24
    Austin Dillon, 24
    Justin Allgaier, 24
    Reed Sorenson, 24
    Josh Wise, 22
    Landon Cassill, 21
    Denny Hamlin, 19 [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]
    Dave Blaney, 3
    J.J. Yeley, 2
    Ryan Truex, 1
    David Stremme, 1
    Tony Stewart, 0 [was 521 before getting injured and missing final 15 races of 2013]
    (8-23-2014)

  • Top-10 All-time Consecutive NASCAR Sprint Cup Starts:
    1)  Ricky Rudd, 788 [ended Nov 2005, retired]
    2)  Jeff Gordon, 749*
    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, 526*
    11) Tony Stewart, 521 [ended August 2013, after being injured in sprint car wreck before Watkins Glen]
    12) Richard Petty, 513
    13) Darrell Waltrip, 499 [ended July 1990 at Daytona, injured]
    * active streak.(8-23-2014)


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