62 Days until the Daytona 500

In Sprint Cup Series competition the #62 car has started 308 races and has  1 win, 0 poles, 12 top 5s, 54 top 10s, and 141 DNFs.

 

  • Curtis “Crawfish” Crider  started 135 race in #62 from 1961-1964, the majority of his 232 career races.  Crider was a bootlegger, and was one of the early independent drivers in NASCAR, making his first career start in 1959. Crider earned the name “Crawfish” after crashing his car into Daytona’s Lake Lloyd.
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Crider, 1962

 

 

  • Steve Christman started #62 a total of 20 times in the 1987 season., the only Cup series starts that Christman ever made.
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Christman (62), 1987
  • Rick Wilson began his NASCAR Career in 1980 driving the #62 in the Firecracker 400 at Daytona. Wilson made a handful of starts ever year until 1983 for a total of 20 starts. After not racing in 1984, Wilson returned in 1985 full time to drive the Morgan McClure #4.
Rick Willson #62 racing Neil Bonnett #21 _McKenzie Photo_
Rich Wilson (62) and Neil Bonnett (21)
  • Brad’s Uncle Ron Keselowski made 18 starts in #62 from 1970-1971.
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Ron Keselowski, 1970
  • Frankie Schneider made 9 starts in #62. He won a race at Old Dominion Speedway in 1958. It is the only victory for both Schneider and #62. Schneider was the only New Jersey native to win in the Cup series until Martin Truex Jr. won the Autism Speaks 400 in Dover on June 4, 2007.

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  • In 2015 Brendan Gaughan  started 8 of the 16 race he attempted with Premium Racing. After the July Daytona race Gaughan left the team citing disagreements with the team. Presumably, Gaughan did not want to start-&-park.

NASCAR 2015:   Sprint Cup Series FedEx 400 Benefiting Autism Speaks May 29

 

Gaughan has become synonymous with the #62 for his racing in other series. In 2000 & 2001 Gaughan ran a total of 5 Truck Series races for Billy McAnally. Starting in 2002, Gaughan began running full time in the truck series piloting the #62 Napa truck for Orleans Racing. He would win 2 races in 2002, and 6 more in 2003.

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Gaughan (62), 2002

In 2003 Gaughan lead the Truck series points going into the season finale at Homestead, but would finish a dissapointing 4th in points after a controversial wreck. An extra Jim Smith racing Truck was entered in the race, the #10 of Marty Houston. Smith also owned the #1 truck of Ted Musgrave. When the #10 crashed the #62 it seemed to hand the championship to Musgrave, but Musgrave would be black flagged late in the race for passing a truck before the restart line. Travis Kvapil would ultimately be crowned the champion.

 

After a breif stint driving the #77 Jasper car in the Cup series, Gaughan would bounce between the Trucks and XFINITY series for next several years. In 2009 & 2010, Gaughan would drive the #62 Toyotas and Chevy’s for Rusty Wallace Racing.

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Gaughan, 2009

In 2011 Gaughan would leave RWR to return to the truck series, driving the #62 for Germain Racing.

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Gaughan, 2011

Gaughan was supposedly unhappy with the performance of the Germain team, and joined Richard Childress Racing in 2012. The year he did not run in any series for points, but drove the RCR #33 in all 3 premier series. 2013 would see Gaughan drive the #62 full time in the Truck series with occasional Nationwide (XFINITY) starts in #21. Gaughan did not win a truck race that year, but finished they year with an impressive 10 top-5 finishes.

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Gaughan, 2012

For 2014 Gaughan moved up to the Nationwide Series full time with RCR, earning 2 wins at Road America and Kenutcky.  He returned to the team in 2015, but was unable to repeat his victories. Gaughan is expected to return to RCR in the XFINITY Series for 2016.

 

 

  • Other notable names in #62
    • Buddy Arrington, 12 starts
    • Bobby Wadell, 4 start
    • Timmy Hill, 7 starts
    • Bill Amick, 1 start
    • Dave Marcis, 1 start
    • Reed Sorrenson, 1 start
    • Austin Cameron, 1 start
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