Sprint Cup Series Wins by Car Number

updated on 4-12-2014

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  • 103 different car numbers have won a Cup series race.

  • Car Numbers that have never won a Cup POINTS race:
    #'s 02,03,04,05,08,35,36,50,57,61,63,65,67,68,69,70,74,76,79,82,84,93,94,95

  • Where did I compile this info from?
    I used the Forty Years of Stock Car Racing, Vols 1 thru 4 and the plus the Four 1990-1993 volume
    all by Greg Fielden. Other sources: The Stock Car Encyclopedia and the UMI Press Guides and Yearbooks. This page is UNOFFICIAL but compiled and checked to the best of my ability

  • First win for car #41 since 1965: When Kurt Busch won the STP 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Martinsville Speedway on March 30, 2014, it was the first time since October 31, 1965 that a driver had won a Sprint Cup Series race in a car #41. Curtis Turner won at Rockingham. The car #41 has 23 Sprint Cup Series wins in its history.(3-31-2014)

  • Car Numbers that have produced three or more Daytona 500 victories:
    Car Number (wins) - Drivers (years)
    o #43(7) - Richard Petty (1964, '66, '71, '73, '74, '79, '81)
    o #21(5) - Tiny Lund (1963), Cale Yarborough (1968), A.J. Foyt (1972), David Pearson (1976) and Trevor Bayne (2011)
    o #28(5) - Fred Lorenzen (1965), Buddy Baker (1980), Cale Yarborough (1983 and 1984) and Davey Allison (1992).
    o #88(4) - Bobby Allison (1982), Dale Jarrett (1996, 2000), Dale Earnhardt Jr. (2014)
    o #4(3) - Ernie Irvan (1991), Sterling Marlin (1994 and 1995)
    o #15(3) - Bobby Allison (1978), Michael Waltrip (2001 and 2003)
    o #17(3) - Darrell Waltrip (1989), Matt Kenseth (2009 and 2012)
    o #24(3) - Jeff Gordon (1997, 1999 and 2005)
    (NASCAR)(2-23-2014)

  • First win for car #55 since 2001: When Brian Vickers won the Camping World RV 301 Sprint Cup Series race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on July 14, 2013, it was the first time since April 22, 2001 that a driver had won a Sprint Cup Series race in a car #55. Bobby Hamliton won at Talladega. The car #55 has 13 Sprint Cup Series wins in its history.(7-14-2013)

  • Only 2nd win for car #56: The win by Martin Truex Jr at Sonoma in the #56 Toyota is only the 2nd time in NASCAR Sprint Cup Series history that the car #56 has won a NSCS race. The other time was when Jim Hurtubise won at Atlanta on March 27th, 1966 in the #56 Plymouth.(6-23-2013)

  • First win for car #34 since 1963: When David Ragan won the Aaron's 499 Sprint Cup Series race at Talladega on May 5, 2013, it was the first time since December 1, 1963 that a driver had won a Sprint Cup Series race in a car #34. Wendell Scott won at Jacksonville on that day. Ragan's win was only the third time a car #34 won a Sprint Cup Series race. The first was by Jim Roper at Charlotte in 1949, the first ever NASCAR race. The car #34 has three wins in its history.(5-9-2013)

  • Win 201 for #11: #11-Denny Hamlin's win in the AdvoCare 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Atlanta Motor Speedway was car #11's 201st win in the Sprint Cup Series. This win is now three wins ahead of the iconic #43 for all-time wins in Sprint Cup Series history for a car number. Richard Petty, who drove the #43 for most of his 200 wins, actually won 192 races running the #43 and 8 in other car numbers [#41 & #42]. The car number in third is the car #3 with 97 wins.(9-2-2012)

  • Breakdown of wins by driver in the #11:
    Cale Yarborough (55)
    Ned Jarrett (49)
    Darrell Waltrip (43)
    Denny Hamlin (23)
    Junior Johnson (11)
    Bill Elliott (6)
    Geoff Bodine (4)
    Terry Labonte (4)
    Bobby Allison (3)
    Buddy Baker (2)
    A.J. Foyt (1)
    Mario Andretti (1)
    Parnelli Jones (1). TOTAL = 203(11-17-2013)

  • Win 200 for #11: #11-Denny Hamlin's win in the Irwin Tools Night Race Sprint Cup Series race at Bristol Motor Speedway was car #11's 200th win in the Sprint Cup Series. This win is now 2 wins ahead of the iconic #43 for all-time wins in Sprint Cup Series history for a car number. Richard Petty, who drove the #43 for most of his 200 wins, actually won 192 races running the #43 and 8 in other car numbers [#41 & #42]. The car number in third is the car #3 with 97 wins.(8-25-2012)

  • New record, win 199 for car #11: #11-Denny Hamlin's win in the STP 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Kansas Speedway was car #11's 199th win in the Sprint Cup Series. This win passes the #43 for all-time wins in Sprint Cup Series history for a car number. Richard Petty, who drove the #43 for most of his 200 wins, actually won 192 races running the #43 and 8 in other car numbers [#41 & #42]. The car number in third is the car #3 with 97 wins.(4-22-2012)

  • First win for #4 since 1998: Kasey Kahne's win in the 2011 Kobalt Tools 500 at Phoenix International Raceway was the 45th ever win for a car #4 and the first since Bobby Hamilton won at Martinsville, VA running the #4 on April 20, 1998.(11-13-2011)

  • First win for #78 since 1955: Regan Smith's win in the 2011 Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway was the 5th ever win for a car #78 and the first since Jim Paschal won at Columbia, SC running the #78 on July 9, 1955.(5-7-2011)

  • #39 is the 103rd car number to win: when Ryan Newman won the Subway Fresh Fit 600(k) at Phoenix International Raceway on Saturday, April 10, 2010, it was the first Sprint Cup win ever for a car number 39, being the 103rd different car number [as far as I can calculate] that has won in the Sprint Cup series.(4-10-2010)

  • Martin sets wins in a season for a #5 car: Mark Martin made 2009 the most successful season ever [in term of wins] for the #5 car in terms of wins, Martin won five races in 2009, the most ever by the #5 car. The car #5 has won a total of 39 races in 1277 starts. Below are the top four seasons for wins by the #5 car.
    Year, Driver, Wins
    2009, Mark Martin, 5
    1995, Terry Labonte, 3
    1994, Terry Labonte, 3
    1984, Geoff Bodine. 3
    Most Wins in car #5: Terry Labonte with 12
    BUT Terry Labonte won the 1996 Sprint Cup Championship running the #5 car, winning 2 races.(ESPN and Racing Reference)(11-27-2009)

  • First win for #83 since 1988: With Brian Vickers win in the CARFAX 400 at Michigan International Speedway on August 16th, it was only the second ever win for a car using the #83 in Sprint Cup Series history. The last and only other time a car using the #83 won a Sprint Cup race was on March 27, 1988, when Lake Speed got his only career win at Darlington Raceway, running the #83 Wynn's Oldsmobile.(8-17-2009)

  • 1st win for the car #14 since 1968: with #14-Tony Stewart's win at Pocono on 6/7/2009, it is the first time the #14 has visited victory lane in the Sprint Cup Series since Bobby Allison won at Montogomery, AL on Decemer 8, 1968. It is the 27th time a car with the #14 has won in the series. The first time the #14 won was in 1951 with Fonty Flock. The #43 has the most with 198 [Richard Petty didn't win all his races in the #43] followed by the #11 with 184 [besides Hamlin others who have won in #11 include Junior Johnson, Ned Jarrett, Mario Andretti, Cale Yarborough, Darrell Waltip, Bill Elliott among many others].(6-7-2009)

  • #00 is the 102nd car number to win: when David Reutimann won the Coca Cola 600 at Lowe's Motor Speedway on Monday, May 25, 2009, it was the first Sprint Cup win ever for a car number 00, being the 102nd different car number [as far as I can calculate] that has won in the Sprint Cup series. It was also David Reutimann's first Sprint Cup Series win.(5-25-2009)

  • #09 is the 101st car number to win: when Brad Keselowski won the Aaron's 499 at Talladega Superspeedway on Sunday, April 26, 2009, it was the first Sprint Cup win ever for a car number 09, being the 101st different car number [as far as I can calculate] that has won in the Cup series. It was also Brad Keselowski's first Cup Series win.(4-26-2009)

  • #07 is the 100th car number to win: when Clint Bowyer won the Sylvania 300 at New Hampshire International Speedway on Sunday, Sept 16, 2007, it was the first Cup win ever for a car number 07, being the 100th different car number [as far as I can calculate] that has won in the Cup series. It was also Clint Bowyer's first Cup Series win.(9-17-2007)

  • 1st win for the car #26 since 1990: with #26-Jamie McMurray's win at Daytona on July 7th, it is the first time the #26 has visited victory lane in the Nextel Cup Series since Brett Bodine won at North Wilkesboro Speedway on March 22, 1990. It is the 21st time a car with the #26 has won in the series. The first time the #26 won was in 1958 with Curtis Turner. The #43 has the most with 198 [Richard Petty didn't win all his races in the #43] followed by the #11 with 183 [besides Hamlin other who have won in #11 include Junior Johnson, Ned Jarrett, Mario Andretti, Cale Yarborough, Darrell Waltip, Bill Elliott among many others].(7-7-2007)

  • #31 back in the winners circle: Jeff Burton is only the 2nd person to ever win a Cup race running the #31 after winning at Dover on Sept 24, 2006. Robby Gordon [also for RCR] was the last winner in the #31, at Watkins Glen in August 2003 and was the first winner ever in the #31 at New Hampshire in November 2001, the #31 has now won four times.(9-26-2006)


Car Numbers that have never won a Cup POINTS race:
#'s 02,03,04,05,08,35,36,50,57,61,63,65,67,68,69,70,74,76,79,82,84,93,94,95

Count Rank Car# Wins Last Driver to Win Race Date First Driver to Win Race Date
1 1 11 203 Denny Hamlin Homestead 11/17/2013 Parnelli Jones Bremerton, WA 8/4/1957
2 2 43 198 John Andretti Martinsville 4/18/1999 Lee Petty North Wilksboro, NC 4/5/1959
3 3 3 97 Dale Earnhardt Talladega 10/15/2000 Dick Rathmann Oakland, CA 3/28/1954
4 4 21 91 Trevor Bayne Daytona 2/20/2011 Harold Kite Daytona Beach 2/5/1950
5 5 24 88 Jeff Gordon Martinsville 10/27/2013 Jeff Gordon Charlotte(CMS) 5/29/1994
6 6 6 83 David Ragan Daytona 7/2/2011 Marshall Teague Daytona Beach 2/11/1951
7 7 2 77 Brad Keselowski Las Vegas, NV 3/9/2014 Bill Blair Vernon, NY 6/18/1950
8 8 28 76 Ricky Rudd Sonoma 6/23/2002 Fred Lorenzen Martinsville, VA 4/9/1961
9 9 48 69 Jimmie Johnson Texas 11/3/2013 Bill Norton Gardena, CA 11/11/1951
10   42 69 Juan Pablo Montoya Watkins Glen 8/8/2010 Lee Petty Pittsburgh, PA 10/2/1949
11   17 69 Matt Kenseth Kansas 10/21/2012 David Pearson Richmond, VA 3/24/1968
12 10 88 68 Dale Earnhardt Jr Daytona 2/23/2014 Buck Baker Wilson, NC 5/9/1954
13 11 22 60 Joey Logano Texas 4/7/2014 Red Byron Daytona Beach 7/10/1949
14 12 12 58 Ryan Newman Daytona 2/17/2008 Speedy Thompson Macon, GA 9/13/1953
15 13 9 53 Marcos Ambrose Watkins Glen 8/12/2012 Herb Thomas North Wilksboro, NC 10/26/1952
16 14 27 52 Paul Menard Indianapolis 7/31/2011 Jimmy Florian Dayton, OH 6/25/1950
17 15 18 49 Kyle Busch Auto Club 3/23/2014 Marvin Burke Oakland, CA 10/14/1951
18 16 99 47 Carl Edwards Bristol 3/16/2014 Curtis Turner Darlington, SC 9/3/1956
19   4 47 Kevin Harvick Darlington 4/12/2014 John Soares Gardena, CA 5/30/1954
20 17 71 44 Dave Marcis Richmond, VA 2/21/1982 Fireball Roberts Hillsboro, NC 8/13/1950
21 18 92 43 Marvin Panch LeHi, AR 7/14/1957 Herb Thomas Martinsville, VA 10/15/1950
22   15 43 Clint Bowyer Charlotte 10/13/2012 Tim Flock Elkhart Lake, WI 8/12/1956
23   5 43 Kasey Kahne Pocono 8/4/2013 Cotton Owens Spartanburg, SC 8/16/1960
24   20 43 Matt Kenseth New Hampshire 9/22/2013 Marvin Panch Daytona IS 2/26/1961
25 19 14 41 Tony Stewart Dover, DE 6/2/2013 Fonty Flock Hillsboro, NC 4/15/1951
26 20 29 40 Kevin Harvick Phoenix, AZ 11/10/2013 Nelson Stacy Darlington, SC 9/4/1961
27 21 8 38 Dale Earnhardt Jr Richmond 5/6/2006 Joe Weatherly Daytona IS 2/24/1961
28 22 16 32 Greg Biffle Michigan 6/16/2013 Glen Wood Winston-Salem, NC 4/18/1960
29 23 87 27 Buck Baker Greenville, SC 4/13/1963 Buck Baker Langhorne, PA 5/3/1953
30 24 98 25 John Andretti Daytona 7/5/1997 Johnny Mantz Darlington, SC 9/4/1950
31 25 47 24 Morgan Shepherd Atlanta 3/16/1986 Fonty Flock Langhorne, PA 9/17/1950
32 26 33 23 Clint Bowyer Talladega 10/23/2011 Lou Figaro Gardena, CA 6/30/1951
33   7 23 Geoffrey Bodine Watkins Glen 8/11/1996 Bob Flock Hillsboro, NC 8/7/1949
34   41 23 Kurt Busch Martinsville 3/30/2014 Curtis Turner Langhorne, PA 9/11/1949
35 27 26 22 Jamie McMurray Talladega 11/1/2009 Curtis Turner Atlanta, GA 4/13/1958
36 28 25 21 Casey Mears Charlotte 5/27/2007 Jack White Hamburg, NY 9/18/1949
37 29 1 19 Jamie McMurray Talladega 10/20/2013 Lloyd Dane Portland, OR 9/23/1956
38 30 300 18 Speedy Thompson Hickory, NC 11/11/1956 Tim Flock Daytona Beach 2/27/1955
39 31 97 17 Kurt Busch Richmond 9/10/2005 Bill Amick Sacramento, CA 6/22/1957
40 32 91 16 Tim Flock Hickory, NC 5/16/1953 Tim Flock Mobile, AL 4/8/1951
41 33 72 14 Benny Parsons Riverside, CA 6/11/1978 Joe Weatherly Nashsville, TN 8/10/1958
42 34 44 13 Terry Labonte Rockingham, NC 3/2/1986 Curtis Turner Columbia, SC 6/6/1954
43   55 13 Brian Vickers New Hampshire 7/14/2013 Junior Johnson Hickory, NC 5/7/1955
44 35 10 10 John Benson Jr Rockingham 11/3/2002 Greg Sacks Daytona 7/4/1985
45   120 10 Dick Rathmann Langhorne, PA 9/20/1953 Dick Rathmann Martinsville, VA 4/6/1952
46 36 40 9 Jamie McMurray Charlotte 10/13/2002 Tommy Thompson Detroit, MI 8/12/1951
47   46 9 Jack Smith Concord, NC 11/5/1961 Speedy Thompson Lancaster, SC 7/30/1957
48 37 301 8 Buck Baker Phoenix, AZ 1/22/1956 Tim Flock Phoenix, AZ 5/8/1955
49 38 31 7 Jeff Burton Charlotte 10/11/2008 Robby Gordon New Hampshire 11/23/2001
50   38 7 Elliott Sadler Fontana, CA 9/5/2004 Gwyn Staley Myrtle Beach, SC 8/26/1957
51 39 49 6 Bob Welborn Weaverville, NC 8/16/1959 Bob Welborn Martinsville, VA 10/6/1957
52   45 6 LeeRoy Yarbrough Greenville, NC 5/30/1964 Eddie Pagan San Mateo, CA 8/19/1956
53   75 6 Neil Bonnett Rockingham, NC 3/6/1988 Jim Paschal Oklahoma City, OK 8/3/1956
54   300B 6 Buck Baker Wilson, NC 11/18/1956 Herb Thomas Portland, OR 5/27/1956
55   300c 6 Speedy Thompson Rochester, NY 6/22/1956 Buck Baker Atlanta, GA 3/25/1956
56 40 78 5 Regan Smith Darlington, SC 5/7/2011 Dick Passwater Charlotte Speedway 4/5/1953
57 41 89 4 Joe Lee Johnson Charlotte(CMS) 6/19/1960 Buck Baker Columbia, SC 4/12/1952
58   121 4 Dan Gurney Riverside, CA 1/21/1968 Dan Gurney Riverside, CA 1/19/1964
59   39 4 Ryan Newman Indianapolis 7/28/2013 Ryan Newman Phoenix 4/10/2010
60 42 19 3 Jeremy Mayfield Michigan 8/21/2005 John Rostek Phoenix, AZ 4/3/1960
61   23 3 Al Keller Savannah, GA 3/28/1954 Frank Mundy Columbia, SC 6/16/1951
62   34 3 David Ragan Talladega 5/5/2013 Jim Roper Charlotte Speedway 6/19/1949
63   54 3 Lenny Pond Talladega 8/6/1978 Jimmy Pardue Richmond, VA 5/4/1962
64   59 3 Tom Pistone Richmond, VA 6/21/1959 Lloyd Moore Winchester, IN 10/15/1950
65   500B 3 Buck Baker Columbia, SC 9/29/1956 Buck Baker Greenville, SC 5/10/1956
66 43 0 2 Darel Dieringer Monroe, NC 5/13/1966 Jim Cook Sacramento, CA 9/11/1960
67   32 2 Ricky Craven Darlington 3/16/2003 Ricky Craven Martinsville, VA 10/15/2001
68   51 2 Gober Sosebee Macon, GA 4/25/1954 Gober Sosebee Augusta, GA 6/1/1952
69   52 2 Earl Ross Martinsville, VA 9/29/1974 Neil Cole Thompson, CT 10/12/1951
70   56 2 Martin Truex Jr. Sonoma 6/23/2013 Jim Hurtubise Hampton, GA(AMS) 5/27/1966
71   64 2 Elmo Langley Manassas, VA 7/7/1966 Elmo Langley Spartanburg, SC 6/4/1966
72   73 2 Johnny Beauchamp Nashville, TN 8/7/1960 Johnny Beauchamp Atlanta, GA 3/22/1959
73   83 2 Brian Vickers Michigan 8/16/2009 Lake Speed Darlington, SC 3/27/1988
74   85 2 Manny Zervakis Norwood, MA 6/17/1961 Manny Zervakis Greenville, SC 4/1/1961
75   96 2 Ray Elder Riverside, CA 6/18/1972 Ray Elder Riverside, CA 1/10/1971
76   500 2 Speedy Thompson Shelby, NC 7/27/1956 Speedy Thompson Columbia, SC 5/5/1956
77   502 2 Jack Smith Martinsville, VA 10/28/1956 Buck Baker Martinsville, VA 5/20/1956
78   07 2 Clint Bowyer Richmond 5/3/2008 Clint Bowyer New Hampshire 9/16/2007
79   00 2 David Reutimann Chicago 7/10/2010 David Reutimann Charlotte 5/25/2009
80   300A 2 Tim Flock North Wilksboro 4/8/1956 Tim Flock Daytona Beach 2/26/1956
81 44 13 1 Johnny Rutherford Daytona 2/22/1963 Johnny Rutherford Daytona(DIS) 2/22/1963
82   30 1 Speedy Thompson Martinsville 10/16/1955 Speedy Thompson Martinsville, VA 10/16/1955
83   37 1 Bobby Issac Columbia, SC 4/18/1968 Bobby Issac Columbia, SC 4/18/1968
84   53 1 Bob Burdick Atlanta 3/26/1961 Bob Burdick Hampton, GA(AMS) 3/26/1961
85   58 1 Johnny Allen Winston-Salem, NC 6/16/1962 Johnny Allen Winston-Salem, NC 6/16/1962
86   60 1 Bill Rexford Canfield, OH 5/30/1950 Bill Rexford Canfield, OH 5/30/1950
87   62 1 Frankie Schneider Manassas, VA 4/25/1958 Frankie Schneider Manassas, VA 4/25/1958
88   66 1 Larry Frank Darlington, SC 9/3/1962 Larry Frank Darlington, SC 9/3/1962
89   77 1 Joe Lee Johnson Nashville, TN 8/9/1959 Joe Lee Johnson Nashville, TN 8/9/1959
90   80 1 Jim Paschal Martinsville, VA 10/18/1953 Jim Paschal Martinsville, VA 10/18/1953
91   81 1 Danny Graves Sacramento, CA 9/8/1957 Danny Graves Sacramento, CA 9/8/1957
92   86 1 Buck Baker Hartsville, SC 6/23/1961 Buck Baker Hartsville, SC 6/23/1961
93   90 1 Jody Ridley Dover, DE 5/17/1981 Jody Ridley Dover, DE 5/17/1981
94   115 1 Parnelli Jones Riverside, CA 1/22-29/1967 Parnelli Jones Riverside, CA 1/22-29/1967
95   225 1 Lloyd Dane Sacramento, CA 7/8/1956 Lloyd Dane Sacramento, CA 7/8/1956
96   297 1 Speedy Thompson LeHi, AR 10/9/1955 Speedy Thompson LeHi, AR 10/9/1955
97   299 1 Norm Nelson Las Vegas, NV 10/16/1955 Norm Nelson Las Vegas, NV 10/16/1955
98   01 1 Joe Nemechek Kansas 10/10/2004 Joe Nemechek Kansas 10/10/2004
99   06 1 Cale Yarborough Valdosta, GA 6/27/1965 Cale Yarborough Valdosta, GA 6/27/1965
100   09 1 Brad Keselowski Talladega 4/26/2009 Brad Keselowski Talladega 4/26/2009
101   14W 1 Billy Myers West Palm Beach, FL 3/4/1956 Billy Myers West Palm Beach, FL 3/4/1956
102   15N 1 Royce Hagerty Portland, OR 8/26/1956 Royce Hagerty Portland, OR 8/26/1956
103   22N 1 Art Watts Portland, OR 4/28/1957 Art Watts Portland, OR 4/28/1957
Total Races Run     2397            

Driver in RED is the last car# to win
Drivers in BLUE has won a race in the current season

More info on Car Number stats at racing-reference.info


NOTES: had a few questions on why the #43 is not at 200 which is how many wins Richard Petty had
but Petty won races using the #41(6) and the #42(2).
Also other drivers have won with the #43. See Chart below:

Other Drivers Who won in the #43
Driver Track Date
Lee Petty N Wilkesboro 4/5/1959
Jim Paschal Bowman-Gray Stadium 4/15/1963
Jim Paschal Tar-Heel Speedway 5/5/1963
Bobby Hamilton Phoenix 10/27/1996
Bobby Hamilton Rockingham 10/27/1997
John Andretti Martinsville 4/18/1999
Richard Petty 192 wins  
so 192+1+1+2+2=198
     
Richard Pettys other wins, diff #'s
Driver Track Date
#41 Columbia Speedway 5/2/1963
#41 Old Dominion Speedway 5/18/1963
#41 Birmingham 6/9/1963
#41 Greenville Pickens 7/30/1963
#41 South Boston 10/20/1963
#41 Harris Speedway 10/25/1965
#42 Roanoke Speedway 8/15/1962
#42 Augusta Speedway 11/14/1965
so 192+2+6=200


  • NOTE: in August 1971, Bobby Allison won at Bowman-Gray Stadium in Winston-Salem, NC running a Mustang [Ford], the #49, Allison was not and has not been credited with that victory [is listed as 84 wins not 85], as he ran an 'unapproved car'. NASCAR's weekly media book lists 48 races run in 1971 but only 47 manufacters counted as winning.
    from many sources and kept up to date since by Jayski. The #49 is not credited a win on this chart.(4-30-2011)

  • Win 198 for #11 ties the #43: #11-Denny Hamlin's win in the Subway Fit Fresh 500(k) Sprint Cup Series race at Phoenix International Raceway was car #11's 198th win in the Sprint Cup Series. Now tied for all-time in Sprint Cup Series history for a car number. #43, which also has 198 wins in 2319 Sprint Cup races is tied with with the #11, 3rd is the #3 at 97 wins.(3-4-2012)

  • Win 197 for #11: #11-Denny Hamlin's win in the Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Michigan International Speedway was car #11's 197th win in the Sprint Cup Series. Second all-time in Sprint Cup Series history for a car number. #43, which has 198 wins in 2296 Sprint Cup races is the leader, 3rd is the #3 at 97 wins.(6-19-2011)

  • History of the #8: in part from an ESPN.com article: 82 drivers have run the #8, beginning with Billy Carden, from Mableton, Ga., started third and finished 15th in NASCAR's second-ever Strictly Stock (now Nextel Cup) race, run on the grueling 4.15-mile beach and road course in Daytona. The #8 has run a total of 1,264 Cup races, steered by two Jacks, three Joes, six Dicks, and guys named Possum, Pop, Tiny, Skip, Banjo, Elmo, Bud, L.D., J.D., E.J. and D.K. Earnhardt is the third Junior to drive the car and isn't even the first Dale Earnhardt. Senior made one start at Charlotte in '75. Dale Jr. is not the racer responsible for the majority of the #8's visits to Victory Lane. That distinction belongs to Little Joe Weatherly, considered by some to be the most talented driver ever to own a NASCAR license and by most to be among the greatest partyers in American history. Weatherly slipped into the #8 in 1961, having already won four races with other teams and numbers as he bounced from team to team. But it was in car owner Bud Moore's Pontiac that Weatherly became a legend. From 1961 to '63, he started 109 races in the #8, earning 20 wins, 16 poles, and back-to-back championships in '62 and '63. For those of you scoring at home, that means Little Joe tops Little E in wins, poles, championships. Unfortunately, Weatherly died behind the wheel of #8 at the Riverside, Calif., road course only five races into the '64 season and the numeral went into a nosedive. For the next 35 years, the number won only one race despite having some all-time all-stars behind the wheel. However, between Weatherly's last win on Oct. 27, 1963, and Dale Jr.'s first on April 2, 2000, one other man was able to celebrate a victory as Driver #8. On July 27, 1986, at Talladega Superspeedway, Hillin was the original, check that, only young gun in the Winston Cup Series. On a wild day that saw 26 different leaders and an epic multicar crash on the final lap, the pride of Midland, Texas, became the third-youngest driver to win a Cup race. Of the 82 men who have driven the #8, his win is one more win than 79 of them. Totals (as of Watkins Glen, Aug. 17): 1,264 starts, 38 wins, 300,817 laps run, 8,465 laps led $41,227,649 won. (see full article and list of drivers who have driven the #8 at ESPN.com)(8-20-2007)

  • #9: Bill Elliott won 38 races in the #9 and 6 in the #11; Herb Thomas won 1 race in the #9, Donald Thomas 1 race in the #9 and a car with the #9 didn't win again until Elliott in 1983. Kasey Kahne has won any races in the #9 since he started in the #9 in 2004.(5-28-2006)

  • #16 when Greg Biffle won with the #16 at Daytona on July 5th, 2003, it was the first time since September 1st, 1975 at Darlington when Bobby Allison won that the #16 has been in victory lane.(7-9-2003)

  • #38 Breaks Long Streak: when was the last time a car with the number 38 won a Cup race? How about on 11/26/1959, when Ned Jarrett won at Columbia, SC. The #38 has now won 6 times with Elliott Sadler's win at Texas. Twenty (20) car numbers that have NOT won yet [not count 0x or numbers with more then two digits] #'s: 35, 36, 39, 50, 57, 61, 63, 65, 67, 68, 69, 70, 74, 76, 79, 82, 84, 93, 94, 95. Of those numbers, only the #50 with Arnold Motorsports is a full-time team.(4-7-2004)

  • 1-2 #21 and #43 and vs: After the historically reminiscent 1-2 finish by the 21 and 43 cars last Sunday a lot of people wrote to ask me when was the last time that happened. I finally broke out the books and a half cup of rock and rye to research it. The best I can tell the last time the 21 and 43 cars finished 1-2 in that order was the 1976 Southern 500. (The 43 and 21 cars finished 1-2 three times that year, most notably in the Daytona 500, with Pearson winning all three races.) The last time the 43 and 21 car finished 1-2 in that order was the June, 1977 Riverside race. ( Petty and Pearson also finished 1-2 in the race previous to Riverside, the World 600.)(3-30-2001)


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