77 Days until the Daytona 500

Car number 77 has started 876 races and has 1 win, 4 poles, 29 top 5s, 104 top 10s, and 269 DNFs in the NASCAR Cup Series.

  • In 2016, Furniture Row Racing announced that it would field 2 cars for 2017 with young Erik Jones behind the wheel of the #77 Toyota. Erik Jones, a Joe Gibbs Racing development driver, is seen as one of the rising stars of the sport, but with JGR already fielding 4 full time cars there was no room for Jones to compete at the Cup level with that team. However, the recent technical alliance between JGR and FRR makes the #78 & new #77 car psuedo-teammates with the JGR stable.

Erik Jones made 36 starts in the number earning 5 top-5 finishes and a pole at Bristol. Unfortunately, Jones did not find victory lane in 2017. Next year, Jones will replace Matt Kenseth as the driver of the JGR #20 car, and Furniture Row Racing will cease operation of car #77.

Erik Jones’ 2017 car
  • Jasper Motorsports was formed in 1991, but began running #77 in 1995 with Bobby Hillin Jr. running most of the races in the 1995 & 1996 seasons. After 10 starts in the 1997 season, Hillin was replaced. He has 67 total starts in the number.
Bobby Hillin Jr., 1995
  • In 1997, Hillin was replaced by Robert Pressley who has the most starts in #77 with 133.
Robert Pressley, 1998

In 1998 he had a then-career-best finish of 3rd at Texas. 1999 was a tumultulous year for the team, struggling with qualifying and finishing 39th in points. For the 2000 season, Ryan Pemberton came aboard as crew chief and made a huge difference as Pressley finished 25th in points the next two years, finishing 2nd at the 2001 Tropicana 400 at Chicagoland Speedway.

  • In 2002, Dave Blaney took the helm of the #77 Jasper Motorsports car. Earning 9 top-10s in 2 years, Blaney failed to gain consistency in the #77 car. His best finish would be a 3rd place at Darlington in 2003, behind one of the most spectacular finishes in NASCAR history. Blaney would be released following the 2003 season.  In 2014, Dave Blaney started 4 races in #77 for Randy Humphrey Racing. Blaney has a total of 76 starts in the number.
Dave Blaney, 2003
  • For the 2004 season Roger Penske bought a majority stake in Jasper Motorports. The team would switch to Dodge as a manufacturer, Kodak came on as a sponsor, and Truck series star Brendan Gaughan was named as the driver. Gaughan earned 4 top-10s in his rookie year, finishing 28th in points. His best run came when he lead 7 laps and finishing 4th at Talladega. These 36 races would be Gaughan’s only full year in the Cup series, as he was unexpectedly replaced for the 2005 season.
Gaughan’s Kodak Scheme, 2004
Gaughan’s Jasper Scheme, 2004
  • In 2005 Travis Kvapil was named as the driver of the #77, however Kvapil struggled. He finished the year 33rd in points with only 2 top-10 finishes in 36 races. The #77 car would not be fielded in 2006 and the owner’s points would be sold to Bill Davis Racing.
Travis Kvapil, 2005
  • The #77 team was revived for the 2008 season, now fully owned by Team Penske. Indy-car star Sam Hornish Jr. would be named the driver with Mobil 1 acting as primary sponsor.
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Hornish, 2010

Hornish undoubtably struggled during his time in the #77, earning 8 top-10 finishes in his 3 years. After 106 starts Mobil 1 left Penske for Stewart-Haas racing, essentially ending the #77 team. Hornish would be reassigned to the XFINITY series for Penske, where he would win 3 races. The highlight of his tenure in the #77 came at the 2009 Sprint All Star Race, where he won the Sprint Showdown.

  • Charlie Roberts started #77 a total of 67 times from 1971-1974. During this time he earned 3 top-10 finishes.


  • Greg Sacks started 13 races in #77 in 1985 and ran most of the full season in 1994 for a combined 44 races.
Greg Sacks, 1985
  • Ken Ragan started 38 of his 50 career races in #77 from 1983-1990. At Darlington in 2015 Ken’s son David Regan ran a ‘throwback’ pain scheme to resemble Ken’s #77.
Ken Ragan (77), 1987
NASCAR 2015:   Sprint Cup Series Bojangles' Southern 500 Sep 04
David Ragan’s 2015 throwback scheme.
  • Joe Lee Johnson was an early NASCAR star, winning the 1959 NASCAR Convertible Series Championship in his #77 car. He also started 19 of his 55 career Grand National (Sprint Cup) races in #77. He won his first Grand National race at Nashville Fairgrounds in 1959 driving the #77.
Joe Lee Johnson, 1959
  • Other notable names in #77
    • Marvin Panch, 8 starts
    • Dick Passwater, 7 starts
    • Morgan Shepherd, 5 starts
    • Boris Said, 2 starts
    • Steve Wallace, 1 start
    • PJ Jones, 1 star
    • Andy Lally, 1 start
    • Dale Earnhardt, 1 start
Steve Wallace, 2011 Daytona 500 (his only Sprint Cup Series start)
Dale Earnhardt, 1976 Firecracker 400

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