56 Days until the Daytona 500

The number 56 car has been driven in 291 Sprint Cup Series races with 2 wins, 3 poles, 32 top 5s, 85 tops 10s, and 86 DNFs.

 

  • Martin Truex Jr. claims exactly half of the total starts #56 has made with 144 from 2010-2013. During that time Truex Jr. earned 1 win at Sonoma and accumulated 3 poles while completing 96% of all possible laps.

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Truex Jr. and Michael Waltrip Racing would lose NAPA as a sponsor following the “Spingate”cheating scandal of 2013 leading to Truex Jr’s move to the #78 Furniture Row Car.

 

  • 56 is the family number of the Truex Family, as Martin Truex Sr.  drove the number for most of his starts in the NASCAR XFINITY Series between 1993-1996.
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Martin Truex Sr.’s XFINITY Series car,

 

  • Jim Hurtubise  was a successful USAC  and Indy Car  driver who experimented in NASCAR running a career total of 36 races, but piloted #56, his open wheel number, for 13 races between 1966 & 1968. Hurtubise has the only other win  in the #56 in 1966 at Atlanta.

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Hurtubise’s USAC Indy Car, 1964
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Another Hurtubise Indy Car (year unknown).
  • Bill Morton drove the #56 in 15 Grand National Races from 1958-1965. Morton also ran the number in the other NASCAR divisions of the time including modified  and convertibles .
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Bill Morton (56), 1958
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Bill Morton’s modified, 1968
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Bill Morton’s car in the NASCAR Convertible Series, 1958

 

  • Ed Livingston  is the only other driver with more than just a handful of starts in #56. From 1963-1964 Livingston started #56 13 times, but would be best known for his career in #68.
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Livingston, 1963
  • In 1987 Ernie Irvan made his Cup series debut driving #56 at Richmond, sponsored by Dale Earnhardt’s Chevrolet Dealership. Irvan would start the number once more later that year at Charlotte.
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Ernie Irvan, 1987
  • Other notable names in #56:
    • Leeroy Yarbrough, 6 races
    • Marvin Panch, 3 races
    • Tiny Lund, 1 race
    • Elmo Langley, 1 race
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