91 Days until the Daytona 500

Car number 91 has started 322 races and has 16 wins, 15 poles, 56 top 5s, 90 top 10s, and 127 DNFs in the NASCAR Cup Series.

 

  • Tim Flock has the most starts in #91 with 90 from 1951-1954 with 16 wins.

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    Tim Flock (91) racing against Herb Thomas (92)

Flock was one of NASCAR’s first drivers, finishing 5th in the inaugural race, but was forced to sit out after injuries sustained in a 4 car pile-up.

Returning to racing in 1951, Flock won seven races. 1952 brought eight wins and four poles. At the end of the 1952 NASCAR season, Tim Flock had 106 more points than Herb Thomas, earning Flock his first Grand National (MENCS) Championship title, despite flipping in the final race at West Palm Beach. Flock later joked, “I was the only driver to ever win a championship upside-down.”

Tim had a Rhesus monkey co-driver named “Jocko Flocko” with him in his May 16, 1953 Grand National win at Hickory Motor Speedway. Jocko Flocko became the only winning monkey ever. The monkey was retired two weeks later at Raleigh, where the monkey pulled the device to allow the driver to observe the right front tire and was hit by a pebble. (At the time, drivers used a device to lift the wheel well to observe tire wear in case of a tire failing). Tim had to do a pit stop to remove the monkey, and he finished third. He would have won without the problem.

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Jocko Flocko

In 1954, Flock was disqualified despite winning at the Daytona Beach Road Course for illegally screwed carburetor screws. Partway through the 1954 season, Flock switched his car from #91 to #300, where he would continue his winning ways including another championship in 1955.

In 1961, in his final race before “retiring” Tim Flock was disqualified and banned from NASCAR as a result of “having too much solder on his carburetor screw” which was illegal. This was widely known by the public to be retaliation by NASCAR management for Flock’s support of a NASCAR driver’s union. Like Curtis Turner, he faced a life ban from NASCAR.

 

  • Richard Brown  drove the #91 car 23 times between the 1971-1972 seasons.

 

 

  • In the 1998 season Kevin Lepage started the underfunded #91 car in 16 races. As a rookie, Lepage out-drove his equiptment and collected several good finishes. His performance caught the eye of Jack Roush and landed him a ride in the #16 car midway through the season.
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Lepage, 1998

 

 

 

  • Harold Miller drove the #91 in 14 races from 1975-1977

 

 

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Harold Miller

 

  • Bill Elliott drove the #91 in select events car for Evernham racing during 2004 & 2005, Elliott’s first year of semi-retirement. Elliott made a total of 14 starts in the number.
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Bill Elliott
  • Reed Sorenson started the #91 10 times in the 2012 season.
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    Reed Sorrenson

     

  • Other notable names in #91
    • Todd Bodine, 9 starts
    • Mike Wallace, 7 starts
    • Dick Trickle, 7 starts
    • Morgan Shepherd, 6 starts
    • Casey Atwood, 3 starts
    • Ralph Earnhardt, 3 starts
    • Herb Thomas, 2 starts
    • Fonty Flock, 2 starts
    • Charlie Glotzbach, 2 starts
    • Jason Leffler, 1 start

 

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