85 Days until the Daytona 500

In Sprint Cup Series competition the #85 car has started 137 races and has 2 wins, 3 poles, 22 top 5s, 44 top 10s, and 57 DNFs.

 

  • Emanuel Zervakis has the most starts in #85 with 52 from 1960-1961. Zervakis drove #85 during the most successful years of his career. He began driving in NASCAR in 1956, but he did not score a single top ten finish until 1960. After that, he was in the top ten more than he was out. In 1961 he won the only 2 races of his career at Greenville-Pickens and Norwood Arena Speedway and finished third in the point standings, only behind Ned Jarrett and Rex White.

 

He ran his last race in 1963. He also made 6 starts in the now-defunct Convertible Series.  Zervakis was also a team owner. He might be remembered most for fielding a car for Dale Jarrett’s first Winston Cup race. his Cup team competed in 39 events total, with a best finish was a second-place finish by Butch Lindley at Martinsville. He also had five wins in the Nationwide series, including Ricky Rudd’s only XFINITY win in his first start, and four wins by Butch Lindley in 1982, where he finished ninth in points despite running a partial schedule.

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Emanuel Zervakis (85), 1961

 

  • ARCA Series star Bobby Gerhart has only started 24 Sprint Cup Series races in his career, but 13 of those came in the #85 between 1986-1992. Gerhart and his team Gerhart racing fielded the #85 in a handful of races each year, particuarly at Pocono, Michigan, Daytona, and Talladega.

More recently, Gerhart has driven his #85 in the XFINITY Series at restrictor plate races.

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Gerhart in his XFINITY Series #85 at Daytona, 2013

 

  • Other notable names in #85
    • Carl Tyler, 10 starts
    • Tommy Irwin, 9 starts
    • Carl Long, 6 starts
    • Ken Bouchard, 4 starts
    • Tim Flock, 1 start
    • Mike Skinner, 1 start
    • Darrell Waltrip, 1 start
    • Tim Flock, 1 start
    • Fireball Roberts, 1 start

FUN FACT: The #85 has not been started in a Sprint Cup Series race since 2002.

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