Sprint Cup Series All-Time Starts

updated on 4-19-2015

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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) Jeff Gordon, 769* (consecutive)[92]
    11) Ken Schrader, 763 [4]
    12) 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%]
    26) Tony Stewart, 562* [48]
    28) Buddy Arrington, 561 [0]
    29) Matt Kenseth, 552* [32]
    30) Dale Earnhardt, Jr. 549* [23]
    31) Elmo Langley, 535 [2]
    32) Benny Parsons, 526 [21]
    33) Morgan Shepherd, 517 [4]
    34) Kurt Busch 512* [25]
    35) Kevin Harvick 510* [30]
    36) Neil Castles, 500 [0]
    * = active drivers, who ran a race within the last year
    (unofficial - compiled from many sources, including racing-reference.info)(3-22-2015)

  • 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 4-19-2015)
    Jeff Gordon, 769 [longest ever from the start of career, never missed a race] - started Atlanta 11/1992
    Matt Kenseth, 546
    Jimmie Johnson, 476
    Ryan Newman, 476
    Kevin Harvick, 468
    Jamie McMurray, 444
    Greg Biffle, 437
    Carl Edwards, 373
    Martin Truex Jr., 332
    Clint Bowyer, 332
    David Ragan, 296
    Paul Menard, 280
    Joey Logano, 224
    Brad Keselowski, 192
    David Gilliland, 168
    Casey Mears, 151
    Aric Almirola, 116
    Dale Earnhardt, Jr., 84 [was 461 before sitting out 2 races late in 2013 for concussion]
    Danica Patrick, 80
    A.J. Allmendinger, 45
    Cole Whitt, 44
    Michael Annett, 44
    Austin Dillon, 44
    Landon Cassill, 41
    Denny Hamlin, 39 [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, 20 [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, 16
    Ricky Stenhouse Jr., 12 [missed Talladega in Oct 2014, DNQ]
    Justin Allgaier, 12 [missed Talladega in Oct 2014, DNQ]

    Trevor Bayne, 9
    Sam Hornish Jr., 8
    Alex Bowman, 7
    Josh Wise, 7
    Brett Moffitt, 7
    Kurt Busch, 5 [was at 94 before being suspended for Daytona and longer Feb 2015]
    Mike Bliss, 5
    Matt DiBenedetto, 5
    Chris Buescher, 4
    Alex Kennedy, 3
    Kyle Larson, 2 [was 43 before missing Martinsville in March 2015 due to a fainting spell]
    Michael McDowell, 2
    Jeb Burton, 1
    Brendan Gaughan, 0
    Ron Hornaday, 0 (part-time)
    Ryan Blaney, 0 (part-time)
    Regan Smith, 0 (subbed for Kurt Busch & Kyle Larson)
    Brian Vickers, 0 [out with illness, blood clots]
    Kyle Busch, 0 [was at 210 before getting injured in Daytona INFINITY race in Feb 2015]
    (4-19-2015)

  • All-time Consecutive NASCAR Sprint Cup Starts:
    1)  Ricky Rudd, 788 [ended Nov 2005, retired]
    2)  Jeff Gordon, 769*
    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, 546*
    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.(4-19-2015)


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