51 Days until the Daytona 500

In Sprint Cup Series competition, the #51 has 463 total starts with 83 drivers, 2 wins, 4 poles, 22 top 5s, 59 top 10s, and 183 DNFs.

 

  •  Justin Allgaier  has the most starts in the number with 75 from 2013-2015. In 2016 Allgier moved to the XFINITY Series to drive the JRM #7 car. Clint Bowyer took over the HScott Motorsports ride, renumbered to #15.
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Justin Allgaier, 2013

 

  • Gober Sosebee  has 56 career starts in #51 from 1950-1955, including his only 2 career wins and the only 2 wins the number has at Hayloft Speedway and Central City Speedway
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Sosebee, 1952

 

  • In 1984 & 1985 Greg Sacks  drove the #51 car, owned by his father. In 32 starts Sacks led 2 laps.
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Greg Sacks, 1984

 

  • Dub Simpson  drove #51 in select races from 1969-1974 for a total of 31 starts.
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Simpson, 1972

 

  • In 2012 Kurt Busch  made a total of 29 starts for Pheonix racing.
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Kurt Busch at Talladega, 2012

 

 

  • Stan Meserve  drove #51 for 28 starts in 1968.

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  • Jeff Purvis  has 25 starts in #51 from 1990-2001.

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  • In 2011 Landon Cassill  drove #51 for 21 races in James Finch’s car.
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Landon Cassill, 2011

 

  • From 1962-1963 Bob Cooper made 17 starts in #51.
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Bob Cooper, 1963

 

  • AJ Foyt  made 16 starts in #51 from 1977-1982
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AJ Foyt

 

  • No one else has more that 15 starts in #51. Regan Smith, Austin Dillon, Kyle Larson, Ryan Truex, Jacques Villeneuve, Brendan Gaughan, Mike Bliss, Michael McDowell, Bobby Labonte, Owen Kelly, AJ Allmendinger, David Reutimann, and Boris Said  have all made at least 1 start in #51 from James Finch since 2011.
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Kyle Larson’s first Cup start, 2013
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Austin Dillon, 2013

 

  • In 1994 Neil Bonnett  was scheduled to compete in at least 6 races for James Finch in #51, but after a practice crash in turn 4 before the Daytona 500 Bonnett was killed. 7 years later the same turn would claim the life of his his best friend, Dale Earnhardt.

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  • Other notable names in #51:
    • Stuart Kirby, 7 races.
    • Kevin Lepage, 5 races.
    • David Simko, 6 races.
    • Tony Raines, 4 races.
    • Fireball Roberts, 1 race.
    • Michael Waltrip , 1 race.
    • Speedy Thompson, 1 race.
    • Hut Sticklin, 1 race.
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Michael Waltrip, 2010

 

In the XFINITY Series, #51 is driven by  Jeremy Clements.

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In the truck series, #51 is run by Kyle Busch Motorsport with several drivers, most notably Kyle Busch, Eric Jones, Aric Almirola, Daniel Suarez, Denny Hamlin, and Kurt Busch. The paint scheme and theme behind the KBM #51 is based off of the Rowdy Burns  car from the movie “Days of Thunder.”

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Kyle Busch, 2013
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Rowdy Burns from the 1990 movie “Days of Thunder.”
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