79 Days until the Daytona 500

In Sprint Cup Series competition the #79 car has started 476 races and has 0 wins, 0 poles, 3 top 5s, 38 top 10s, and 201 DNFs

 

  • Frank Warren is really the only name associated with #79 in the Cup Series. From 1963-1980, Warren made 348 of his 396 career starts in #79. Many considered Warren to be a  brilliant mechanic and tenacious driver, but his lack of funding proved to be the biggest detriment to his career. He earned only 1 top-10 in his entire NASCAR career.  Warren often used 1 car for multiple years of competition, driving a Dodge all the way until the 1980 season. In 1981, NASCAR required teams to shorten the wheel-bases of all cars to 110 inches, and Warren simply could not afford to make the change.

He drove a few more years in the ARCA series, but retired from racing soon after. Warren, a Georgia native, is 82 years old.

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Frank Warren, 1970s
  • Other notable names in #79
    • Derrike Cope, 5 starts
    • Jim Paschal, 4 starts
    • Kelly Bires, 3 starts
    • Scott Speed, 2 starts
    • LeeRoy Yarbrough, 1 start
    • Tiny Lund, 1 start
    • Mike Skinner, 1 start
    • Ned Jarrett, 1 start
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