Sprint Cup Series All-Time Starts

updated on 9-14-2014

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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, 752* (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, 666* [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, 545* [48]
    29) Matt Kenseth, 535* [31]
    29) Elmo Langley, 535 [2]
    31) Dale Earnhardt, Jr. 532* [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)(9-14-2014)

  • 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 9-14-2014)
    Jeff Gordon, 752 [longest ever from the start of career, never missed a race] - started Atlanta 11/1992
    Matt Kenseth, 529
    Jimmie Johnson, 459
    Ryan Newman, 459
    Kevin Harvick, 451
    Jamie McMurray, 427
    Greg Biffle, 420
    Carl Edwards, 356
    Martin Truex Jr., 315
    Clint Bowyer, 315
    David Ragan, 279
    Paul Menard, 263
    Marcos Ambrose, 211
    Joey Logano, 207
    Brad Keselowski, 175
    David Gilliland, 151
    Casey Mears, 134
    Kyle Busch, 101 [was at 249 before being parked at Texas in Nov 2011]
    Aric Almirola, 99
    Kurt Busch, 85 [was at 229 before being suspended for Pocono race June 2012]
    Dale Earnhardt, Jr., 67 [was 461 before sitting out 2 races late in 2013 for concussion]
    Ricky Stenhouse Jr., 64
    Danica Patrick, 63
    Kyle Larson, 28
    A.J. Allmendinger, 28
    Cole Whitt, 27
    Brian Vickers, 27 [Missed final 5 races of 2013 with illness]
    Michael Annett, 27
    Alex Bowman, 27
    Austin Dillon, 27
    Justin Allgaier, 27
    Reed Sorenson, 27
    Josh Wise, 25
    Landon Cassill, 24
    Denny Hamlin, 22 [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]
    Ryan Truex, 4
    Tony Stewart, 3 [was 521 before getting injured and missing final 15 races of 2013]
    Mike Bliss, 3
    Joe Nemechek, 3
    Travis Kvapil, 2
    Michael McDowell, 1
    Joey Gase, 1
    (9-14-2014)

  • Top-10 All-time Consecutive NASCAR Sprint Cup Starts:
    1)  Ricky Rudd, 788 [ended Nov 2005, retired]
    2)  Jeff Gordon, 752*
    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, 529*
    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.(9-14-2014)


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