99 Days until the Daytona 500

 

In Sprint Cup Series competition the #99 car has started 1,092 races and has 48 wins, 23 poles, 267 top 5s, 454 top 10s, and 266 DNFs.

 

  • In 2016 Ryan Reed made his Sprint Cup Series debut behind the wheel of the #99 car for Roush Fenway Racing. Reed started 18th at Talladega and finished on the lead lap in 26th position.

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  • Carl Edwards has the most starts in the #99 car with 373 from 2004-2014 including 23 wins.

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In 2004, Edwards was driving the #99 Truck for Roush Racing in the Craftsman Truck  Series (now Camping World Truck Series). In August, Edwards was tapped to replace Jeff Burton in the #99 NEXTEL Cup Car (now Sprint Cup) as Burton moved to Richard Childress Racing. Edwards drove 13 races in the 2004 season, mostly unsponsored.

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In March 2005 Edwards scores his first Busch Series (XFINITY) and Cup Series wins in one weekend at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Edwards rallied late to make a  pass in the final turn, barely besting Jimmie Johnson for the win.

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Edwards would continue to have a stellar 2005 season, winning 3 more races, making the Chase for the Sprint Cup, finishing 3rd in points, and earning Rookie of the Year honors in the Busch Series. Edwards was not eligible to win the 2005 Rookie of the Year title in the Cup Series since he ran more than 7 races in the 2004 season, but was bested by Kasey Kahne.

2006 was not as kind to Carl, as he would not find victory lane and failed to make The Chase, finishing 12th. “Cousin Carl” would rebound in 2007 earning 3 wins at Michigan, Bristol, and Dover.

Edwards does his signature back flip celebration following his win at the Bristol Night Race in 2007.

2008 was a Edward’s best career year to date. His 8 wins made him a serious title contender, but would eventually finish 2nd, 69 points behind Jimmie Johnson. The #99 team’s win at Las Vegas became a center of controversy, as NASCAR found in post-race inspection that the car’s oil tank cover was off. Edwards was penalized 100 regular season points and the bonus points the win would have earned him for Chase seeding, in addition to a $100,000 fine and a 6 race suspension for Crew Cheif Bob Osborne.

2009 would be another winless year for Edwards. The April race at 2009 was his best chance at victory, but he was turned by Brad Keselowski on the final lap. The violent impact sent Edward’s car into the catch fence, and resulted in Keselowski’s first career win. Edwards finished 23rd, technically a DNF despite his attempt to run across the finish line.

2010 started slowly for Edwards. His reputation as the “nice guy” in the garage was challenged in the Spring race in Atlanta as Edwards got his revenge on Brad Keselowski for the incident at Talladega. Edwards was put on probation for 3 races for his actions, deemed intentional. Edwards would break his 70 race winless streak by winning the final 2 races of the season at Phoenix and Homestead-Miami. His late season surge caused him to finish 4th in points.

2011 saw only 1 points paying  win from the 99 team, though they did also win the Sprint All-Star Race. Edwards finished 2nd 7 times in 2011, and that allowed him to be a contender for the championship. Edwards ended the year tied in points with Tony Steward, but Stewart’s 5 wins allowed him to take home the trophy as the tie-breaker.

2012 would be another winless year for Edwards, but early in the 2013 season he would break his 70 race winless streak at Phoenix International Raceway, the second time in his career he broke a 70 race winless streak at the track. Edwards would also win at Richmond in late summer, propelling him into The Chase. He would ultimately finish 13th in the 2013 standings.

Edwards would find victory lane twice in 2014, including Edward’s first career road course win at Sonoma.  In late May, Edwards announced that he would not be returning to the #99 team in 2015. Roush and Edwards announced that the split was mutual and that there was no falling out or loss of respect between the two parties. In September 2014 Edwards announced that he would head to Joe Gibbs Racing and Toyota in 2015 to drive the #19 Car.

  • Jeff Burton drove the #99 car for Roush Racing for 293 starts and 17 wins from 1996-2004
A young Jeff Burton talks with Dale Earnhardt.

In 1996, Burton left the Stavola Brothers for Roush Racing. Driving the #99 Exide Batteries-sponsored Ford for his new team, he finished 13th overall in the season points standings despite failing to qualify for the Purolator 500 in March as a new team (provisionals in the first four races were based on 1995 points, and Burton’s team did not have points from 1995).

Burton’s #99 Car from 1996

In 1997, Jeff would earn his first career win at the Interstate Batteries 500 at Texas Motors Speedway, the first time NASCAR visited the track.

Over the next 3 years Burton would win 14 races including a career high 6 races in 1999. In 2000 Burton finished 3rd in points, the best of his career. From 1997-2000, Burton dominated at New Hampshire International Speedway winning at least 1 of the 2 annual races each year. In Septermber 2000 he led every single lap of the Dura Lube 300 at New Hampshire, the only NASCAR race to be run with restrictor plates  at a track besides Talladega of Daytona. The bizarre rule was added after crashes at New Hampshire claimed the live of Adam Petty and Kenny Irwin.

Jeff Burton’s #99 Ford in 2000.

In 2001 CITGO became the primary sponsor of the #99, and Burton would score wins at Charlotte and Phoenix. These would be Burton’s final wins in the #99 Car.

Jeff Burton, 2002

In 2002 Burton and Crew Chief Frank Stoddard  turned some heads when they exploited a loophole in the All-Star Race Open by pitting on the final lap. The strategy has since been outlawed.

In the 2004 season, Burton drove the #99 without a sponsor for most of the season after CITGO left the team. Burton’s personal sponsor SKF stepped in to finance a few races, but the lack of full time funding caused uncertainty about the future of the #99 car at ROUSH. After the 2004 Brickyard 400, Burton announced that he had signed a deal with Richard Childress Racing and immediately left the #99 team to drive the #30 for RCR.

  • Dave Blaney  has only one start in the #99 car. After the departure of Jeff Burton in 2004, Carl Edwards took over the seat of the #99 Car. Edwards was also driving full time in the Truck Series at the time, so a conflict with the Truck Race at Las Vegas caused Edwards to miss the Fall 2004 race at Charlotte. Blaney drove the #99 for this one race.
Dave Blaney in the #99, Charlotte 2004
  • Paul Goldsmith drove the #99 in 65 races from 1966-1969 with 3 wins.
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  • Shorty Rollins started the #99 Car 34 times from 1958-1959 with 1 win.
Shorty Rollins
  • Gene Hobby Started the #99 a total of 34 times from 1964-1965
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  • Bobby Isaac is best know for driving the #71 car, but he did pilot the #99 car 25 times in 1963.

    Bobby Isaac (99) chases Ned Jarrett (11) in 1963.
  • Curtis Turner drove the #99 car 22 times from 1955-1957 for 1 win

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  • Charlie Glotzbach drove the #99 Car 19 times from 1969-1970 earning of his 3 career wins in the car.

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  • Other Notable Names in #99
    • Wilbur Rakestraw, 19 starts
    • Fred Lorenzen, 14 starts
    • Tim Richmond, 13 starts
    • DK Ulrich, 9 starts
    • Ron Keselowski, 6 starts
    • Norm Benning, 3 starts
    • Dick Trickle, 3 starts
    • Marvin Panch, 2 starts
    • Norm Nelson, 2 starts, 1 win
    • Richard Brickhouse, 2 starts 1 win
    • Buddy Baker, 1 start
    • Dale Jarrett, 1 start
    • LeeRoy Yarbrough, 1 start
    • Sterling Marlin, 1 start
    • Bobby Unser, 1 start
      • Tim Richmond in 1981
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2 thoughts on “99 Days until the Daytona 500

  1. These countdowns are awesome! They deserve more attention; you should visit Reddit NASCAR (and Jayski.com) and post links to your work. I especially like the 50’s, 60’s, and 70’s photos! Please keep up the great work!

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