59 Days until the Daytona 500

In Sprint Cup Series competition the #59 car has started 241 races and has  3 wins, 4 poles, 39 top 5s, 81 top 10s, and 124 DNFs.

 

  • “Tiger” Tom Pistone has the most starts in #59 with 95 from 1959-1967. Tom won 2 races in 1959, the only Grand National (Sprint Cup) wins of his career. He did, however, also find victory lane twice in the now defunct NASCAR Convertible series.

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  • Lloyd Moore started 45 of his 49 career races in #59 from 1949-1955 including his 1950 win at Winchester speedway.

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  • Blackie Pitt drove #59 in 43 of his 81 career races from 1955-1958. Pitt was the recipient of the 1954 NASCAR Rookie of the Year award although he never received an official trophy.

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  • In 2016, Michael McDowell started 2 races in the #59 for Levine Family Racing. McDowell was displaced from his typical #95 car for a few races in 2016 to allow young Ty Dillon a guaranteed starting position. For 2 of these races the Levine team fielded a second car for McDowell, including his second top-10 of the season, a 10th place finish at Homestead-Miami.
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McDowell at Homestead-Miami, 2016

The complicated arrangement was a result of Richard Childress Racing’s alliance with the Levine Team, allowing  Ty Dillon, an RCR driver in the XFINITY Series, to get some seat time in a Cup Series ride. McDowell also benefited from the arrangement, as he was able to pilot the RCR #2 car to his first NASCAR win in the XFINITY Series race at Road America.

McDowell will return to Levine’s #95 car in 2017. With Ty Dillon taking over the #13 car for Germain, McDowell is expected to start every race in the #95 car in 2017. There are currently no plans to field the #59 car in 2017, but there are swirling rumors that the Levine team may use it as a ‘celebrity car’ at restrictor plate tracks and road courses.

 

  • Other notable names in #59
    • Andy Belmont, 9 starts
    • Bill Rexford, 3 starts
    • Donnie Allison, 3 starts
    • Jim Hurtubise, 3 starts
    • Richard Brickhouse, 3 starts
    • Curtis Turner, 2 starts
    • Bobby Gerhart, 2 starts
    • Junior Johnson, 1 start
    • Roy Mayne, 1 start
    • Klauf Graf, 1 start
    • Tiny Lund, 1 start
    • Buck Baker, 1 start
    • Ralph Earnhardt, 1 start
    • Fireball Roberts, 1 start
    • Wendell Scott, 1 start
    • Carl Long, 1 start
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