32 Days until the Daytona 500

In Sprint Cup Series competition the #32 car has started 853 races with 106 drivers and has 2 wins, 3 pole, 35 top 5s, 109 top 10s, and 261 DNFs.

  • In 2000 car owner Cal Wells brought PPI Motorsports, a former CART team, to NASCAR with driver Scott Pruett, a former Trans Am driver. Pruett struggled all year- he failed to qualify for several races and finished in the top 10 only once in his 28 starts, a 10th place finish at Indianapolis.
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Scott Pruett, 2000
  • Ricky Craven  took over the Tide ride beginning in the 2001 season. Craven turned the team around by qualifying for every single race that season and running very strong on a number of occasions.
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Craven, 2001

 

Late in 2001, Craven would earn his first career victory at Martinsville  and would finish 21st in the championship standings. Craven ran strong in 2002 and, although he failed to win a race for the team, he managed to improve his championship standing and finishing 15th overall. This was the team’s last season in a Ford, as they switched to Pontiac the next season. At Darlington in 2003 Craven barely edged Kurt Busch to win the closest race in NASCAR history  by .002 of a second. This would be the final win for Craven, PPI, and Pontiac. In 2004 Craven struggled and was replaced before the end of the season. He started 133 races in #32.

 

 

  • Bobby Hamilton Jr. replaced Craven and in 2005 the team switched to Chevrolet since Pontiac left the sport and eventually dissolved the brand. Hamilton struggled all year and finished 34th in points. After 42 starts, Hamilton was replaced.
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Hamilton Jr, 2005

 

  • In 2006 Travis Kvapil got behind the wheel of the Tide #32, but also struggled. At the end of the season Tide left PPI, and with no prospective sponsors the company dissolved in a deal that gave assets and employees to Michael Waltrip Racing to form the #00 team. Cal Wells became the Executive Vice President of Operations for MWR until they folded following the 2015 season.In 2014, Kvapil would again drive the #32 as one of many drivers for Go Fas Racing.
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Kvapil, 2006
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Kvapil, 2014

 

  • In 2010, Braun Racing (Now Turner-Scott Motorsports) started to field a part time #32 Sprint Cup car in addition to it’s successful XFINITY teams. Jason Leffler , Mike Bliss, Reed Sorenson, and Jacques Villeneuve all made starts.
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Jason Leffler, 2010

 

  • Starting in 2011 Go FAS Racing has fielded the #32 full time with a plethora of drivers all making occasional starts. Some of the drivers in this car have been Boris Said , Ken Schrader, J.J. Yeley, Reed Sorenson, Timmy Hill, and Terry Labonte .
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Boris Said
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Ken Schrader
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JJ Yeley
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Reed Sorenson
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Timmy Hill
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Terry Labonte

The fall 2014 Talladega race would be the last ever for Texas Terry, so Go FAS created a special paint scheme  that represented 3 of Terry’s most famous cars. After being reviewed by NASCAR the team had to make both sides the same color; they chose the yellow/red Kelloggs side and rewrapped the car.

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Terry Labonte’s last race, Talladega 2014

In 2015 the Go FAS team returned to run 30 of the 36 races with names like Mike Bliss, Joey Gase, Josh Wise, Travis Kvpail, and Will Kimmell III behind the wheel. Bobby Labonte ran all 4 restrictor plate tracks in the #32 car, and Boris Said returned to the car to run both road courses.

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Josh Wise, 2015. A throwback paint scheme to Ricky Craven’s Darlington win.
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Bobby Labonte, 2015

 

 

Before 2016 started it was announced that Jefferey Earnhardt would start all non-restrictor plate races in the #32 Go FAS Car, with Bobby Labonte starting the races at Daytona and Talladega. As the season progressed, however, the team began removing Earnhardt occassionally in favor of drivers like Joey Gase, Eddie McDonald, Boris Said, Jeb Burton, Boris Said, & Patrick Carpentier. By the end of the season Earnhardt, who started #32 19 times, was racing for BK Racing. It is unclear what lies ahead for Jeffery, but the #32 team intends to field Matt DiBenedetto full time in 2017.

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Jeffrey Earnhardt
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Jeffery’s “Throwback” car, Darlington 2016
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DiBenedetto

 

 

  • Dick Brooks  started 78 races in #32 from 1969-1974. Brooks never won in #32, but he did have one career win at Talladega in 1977- the last win for Plymouth in NASCAR.

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  • Jimmy Horton  started 22 races from 1992-1993.
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Jimmy Horton

 

  • Dick Trickle  raced 25 times in the 1994 season driving #32.
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Trickle, 1994

Other notable names in #32

  • Tiny Lund, 16 starts
  • Greg Sacks, 6 starts
  • Ron Fellows, 4 starts
  • Alan Kulwicki, 3 starts
  • Mike Skinner, 1 start
  • Junior Johnson, 1 start
  • Buck Baker, 1 start
  • Mike Wallace, 1 start
  • Elmo Langley, 1 start
  • Jim Sauter, 1 start

In the XFINITY Series Race at Daytona in February 2013 Kyle Larson  went for a wild ride  that destroyed his car  and injured spectators. Turner Scott has also fielded XFINITY cars and Trucks with drivers like Reed Sorenson, Mark Martin, James Buescher, Brian Vickers, Miguel Paludo, Jason Leffler, and Ron Hornaday.

 

during practice at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway in Las Vegas, NV.
Mark Martin, 2011
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