94 Days until the Daytona 500

In Sprint Cup Series competition the #94 car has started 524 races and has 0 wins, 2 poles, 28 top 5s, 119 top 10s, and 152 DNFs.

  • Bill Elliott has the most starts in car #94 with 185 from 1995-2000. After leaving Junior Johnson’s racing team following the 1994 season, Bill began competing as an owner/driver.
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Bill Elliott and his 1995 Car

Bill chose the #94 because it was the number used by his nephew Casey Elliott in the Slim Jim All Pro Series (a now-defunct NASCAR regional series) and NASCAR Busch Series (XFINITY). In 1994 Casey’s racing career would end when he was diagnosed with bone cancer in his right thigh, so Bill chose to run his number in support. Unfortunately, the disease took Casey’s life in 1996, he was just 21 years old.

 

Elliott finished 8th in the 1995 standings. In 1996 Elliott was in an accident at Talladega and missed seven races to recover from a broken hip. He was replaced by Dorsey Schroeder,  Todd Bodine, Bobby Hillin Jr., and Tommy Kendall. Harry Gant also came out of retirement to run Elliott’s car at the 1995 All-Star race.

 

Returning full-time in 1997, Elliott had fourteen top tens and another eighth place finish in points.

Elliott’s operation went multi-car full-time in 1998, teaming up with Dan Marino the team being renamed Elliott-Marino Racing. The year was marked with sadness when Elliott had to miss the fall Dover race to attend the funeral of his father. In his place was Matt Kenseth, who finished sixth in his debut Cup race.

After a disappointing 1999 season which saw his multi-car operation dissolve back into #94, Elliott announced in early 2000 he was selling his equipment to championship-winning crew chief Ray Evernham to become part of Dodge’s return to NASCAR. The team would also switch to #9.

Though Elliott and his team did not invent the idea of the “special” paint scheme, he and his McDonalds crew certainly pushed the idea into uncharted territory.

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Batman Forever “Thunderbat,” 1995
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Mac Tonight, 1997
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McFlurry, 2000
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Toy Story 2, 1999
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QPC Code Name Game, 1999
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Groovy Big Mac, Driven by Matt Kenseth, 1998
  • Sterling Marlin drove the Billy Hagan #94 Sunoco car for 59 starts between the 1989-1990 seasons.
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Sterling Marlin’s 1990 Oldsmobile
  • In 1991 Marlin left to join Junior Johnson’s team and Terry Labonte took his place driving the #94 with 58 starts from 1991-1992.
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    Texas Terry Labonte, 1991

     

  • Clarence DeZalia drove the #94 in all 58 of his career starts from 1957-1959 with a career best finish of 6th place.
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    DeZalia (94)

     

  • Don Biederman was a very successful late model racer in Ontario Canada in the 1960s, and became the first  Canadian to attempt a full season in The NASCAR Cup Series. Beiderman always drove his signature #43 car, but since that number was being used in NASCAR he started #94 in 35 of his 42 career starts from 1966-1968. Following his venture into NASCAR, he returned to racing late models in Canada until the 1990s. Beiderman would lose his battle with cancer in 1999, but his memory lives on with the running of the “The Don Biederman Memorial” race at Flamboro Speedway in Millgrove, Ontario.
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Biederman in Ontario, 1975
  • Banjo Matthews started the #94 a total of 26 time from 1960-1962.
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    Banjo Matthews, 1962

     

  • Bobby Wawak typically drove #74 during his 17 year NASCAR career, but changed his car to #94 on 23 occassions during the 1981-1982 seasons.

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    Bobby Wawak, 1981
  • Other notable names in #94
    • Stanton Barrett Jr., 5 starts
    • David Green, 2 starts
    • Speedy Thompson, 2 starts
    • Wendell Scott, 1 start
    • Morgan Shepherd, 1 start
    • Mike Skinner, 1 start
    • Cecil Gordon, 1 start
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