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In Sprint Cup Series competition the #47 car has started 1047 races and has 25 wins, 31 poles, 143 top 5s, 292 top 10s, and 344 DNFs.

  • Fonty Flock  made 11 starts in #47 from 1949-1950, including the first of his 11 career wins. Fonty was part of a NASCAR pioneer family of drivers including brother’s Tim Flock, Bob Flock, and his sister Ethel Mobley, NASCAR’s 2nd female driver.
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Fonty Flock

 

  • Buck Baker is best known for driving #87 , but he did start #47 twice in his career including 1 win in 1960.
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Buck Baker, 1960
  • Dick Hutcherson is best known for piloting car #29 , but in 1965 he drove #47 in one race, for the only time. He won that race, giving him a 100% win rate in the number.
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Dick Hutcherson
  • A.J. Foyt  drove the #47 in 5 races in his NASCAR career. He won his first NASCAR race behind the wheel of the #47 in the 1964 Firecracker 400 at Daytona.
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AJ Foyt
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AJ Foyt
  • Jack Smith  won 21 races  in his NASCAR career, and 18 of those came in his 193 races in #47 from 1958-1964. Jack was a pioneer of NASCAR, racing in the very first sanctioned Strictly Stock (now Sprint Cup Series) event in 1949 with a 13th place finish. In addition to his wins, Jack is best known for his spectacular crash at Darlington in 1958 that launched him over  the  guardrail . Jack was the 3rd person to be named NASCAR’s Most Popular Driver, winning the award in 1958. In 2001, Jack Smith died of heart failure. He was 77.
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Jack Smith
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Smith and his many trophies.

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Jack Smith goes over the guard rail, Darlington 1958.
  • Cecil Gordon got his start driving the #47 in 49 races from 1968-1969. Gordon would become better known for his next 15 years spent driving the #24 car . Go figure, a Gordon in #24.

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  • From 1970-1973 Raymond Williams  started 85 races in #47.
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Raymond Williams

 

  • In 1974 Bruce Hill  took over the #47 and would make 63 starts from 1974-1977.
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Bruce Hill
  • Harry Gant , seen here racing Dale Earnhardt, drove the #47 in 54 races for Jack Beebe and Race Hill Farms from 1979-1981. After the first 4 races of 1981, Gant left to drive the car where he would find the most success, the #33 Skoal Bandit Car.
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Gant (47) racing Dale Earnhardt (2), 1980
  • Ron Bouchard  piloted the #47 in 193 starts from 1981-1986. He is most famously remembered for earning his only career win in an upset victory  in 1981 at Talladega. Bouchard, Darrell Waltrip, and Terry Labonte came out of the trioval 3 wide, and Bouchard beat them by inches to claim the win. Bouchard  owned several car dealerships in and around his hometown of Fitchburg in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts until his death on December 10, 2015.
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Ron Bouchard, 1982

 

  • Morgan Shepherd  drove the #47 in 16 starts in 1986 & 1988. Shepherd earned his 2nd of 15 career wins during this time. Shepherd is known for being one of the most interesting personalities in the NASCAR garages.
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Morgan Shepherd
  • Marcos Ambrose  started driving for JTG Daugherty racing in 2008 in the Cup Series. He also drove the #59  for the team in the Nationwide Series starting in 2007, and would continue to drive #47 in select Nationwide  races during his Cup career. Ambrose made 78 Cup Series starts in #47. While he does have 2 career Cup wins, neither of them came while driving #47. However, 2 out of Ambrose’s 5 XFINTIY Series wins came in #47.
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Marcos Ambrose at Watkins Glen

 

  • Like his brother Terry, Bobby Labonte  became a popular driver for smaller teams because of his Past Champions Provisional (meaning he was pretty much guaranteed to start every race) and his ability to take care of equiptment . Bobby drove the #47 in 99 starts for JTG Daugherty Racing from 2011-2013, following the departure of Marcus Ambrose for RPM.
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Bobby Labonte
  • In 2013 Bobby Labonte was injured in a cycling accident and had to miss 2 races. Controversial driver A.J. Allmendiner, AKA The ‘Dinger  was tapped to replace Labonte. Knowing that ‘Dinger had extensive road racing experience, he was asked back to the #47 for the Watkins Glen Race, where he earned a top 10 finish. Several races after this, the team announced that ‘Dinger would replace Labonte for the remainder of the year and the 2014 season.
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Allmendinger, 2015

 

2014 would prove to be a break out season for JTG Daugherty and Allmendinger who scored 1 thrilling victory  at Watkins Glen and earned a spot in the Chase  for the Sprint Cup. Though ‘Dinger was eliminated in the first round of the Chase, he had a career best season with 5 top 10s, and is expected to remain a contender as his team continues to grow. Though 2015 was not as successful for Allmendinger, he earned 3 top 10 finishes, 2 poles, and signed a long term contract extension with JTG Daugherty Racing. A.J.’s 2016 season was mild but consistent. Allmendinger scored a career best 9 top-10 finishes and 2 top-5 finishes across the season, and nearly won the STP 500 at Martinsville before finishing 2nd to Kyle Busch.  To date, AJ has 117 starts in #47.

 

 

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Allmendinger in the Chase, 2014

 

 

  • As mentioned above, the #47 has been fielded in the XFINITY Series for JTG Daugherty and Marcos Ambrose. JTG Daugherty, and the versions of the company that came before it, have fielded the number since 1996. Other drivers in this car include Robert Pressley, Michael McDowell, Jon Wood, Kelly Bires, and Andy Lally.

 

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Marcos Ambrose
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Robert Pressley
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Michael McDowell
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Jon Wood
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Kelly Bires
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Andy Lally
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