50 Days until the Daytona 500

In Sprint Cup Series competition, the #50 has 312 total starts with 74 drivers, 0 wins, 5 poles, 11 top 5s, 41 top 10s, and 149 DNFs.

  • For the 1998 season Hendrick Motorsports changed the number of the #25 Budweiser Chevy to #50 in honor of NASCAR’s 50th anniversary. Ricky Craven  drove the #25 car the previous year and began 1998 in the seat. After 4 races Wally Dallenbach  and Randy Lajoie filled in for Craven when he missed several races due to concussion complications. Craven drove the car in 4 more races and won a pole at New Hampshire, but was permanently replaced by Dallenbach due to poor performance.
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Ricky Craven, 1998
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Wally Dallenbach, 1998

 

Ricky Craven  would return to the #50 midway through 1999, the number now fielded by Midwest Transit Racing. Craven replaced Rookie Dan Pardus  who only qualified for one race.

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Craven, 1999

 

  • Geoff Bodine  drove #50 in the 1982 season for 24 starts.
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Bodine, 1982

 

  • Greg Sacks  drove #50 for 24 starts between 1987-1988
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Greg Sacks
  • Bruce Hill  has 19 starts in #50 from 1979-1981.
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Bruce Hill
  • In 2012 Bill Elliott  drove the #50 in a one off race at the July Daytona event for Turner Motorsports. It did not go well .
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Elliott, 2012

Joey Logano, Regan Smith, Jeff Gordon, Bill Elliott

 

  • In 2005 Jimmy Spencer  made 9 starts driving part time for Arnold Motorsports. Derrike Cope, Todd Bodine, and P.J. Jones also drove for the team.
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Jimmy Spencer, 2005

 

  • AJ Foyt  drove the 50 Car in 6 Cup races, the most recent being 1994 at the inaugural Brickyard 400.
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AJ Foyt

 

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Foyt at the 1994 Brickyard 400
  • Other notable names in #50:
    • Gober Sosebee, 12 races.
    • Fred Lorenzen, 7 races
    • Joe Millikan, 6 races
    • Larry Foyt, 3 races
    • Mike Wallace, 3 races
    • Wendell Scott, 1 race
    • Johnny Beauchamp, 1 race
    • Al Unser, 1 race 
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