23 Days until the Daytona 500

In Sprint Cup Series competition the #23 car has started 784 races and has 3 wins, 7 poles, 36 top 5s, 102 top 10s, and 275 DNFs.

  • Jimmy Spencer  has 157 starts in #26 from 1995-1999. In 1995 Spencer reunited with Travis Carter, his former car owner who was now fielding the #23 Smokin’ Joe’s Ford. He finished in the top-ten four times in 1995 and in 1996, Spencer had two top-fives en route to a fifteenth-place finish in points. He fell to twentieth in 1997. In 1998, Winston/No Bull  became his team’s new primary sponsor and he was eleventh in points when he suffered injuries at the Brickyard 400, forcing him to sit out the next two races to recover and fall to fourteenth in points. After a 20th-place finish in 1999, Winston left the team, and Kmart became the team’s new sponsor with Spencer switching to the #26.

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  • Doug Yates, no relation to Robert Yates, started #23 61 times from 1960-1962.

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  • Hut Stricklin  drove the #23 for Travis Carter  in 1994, and later Bill Davis Racing from 2001-2002. Hut had a tough time  driving #23; in 52 starts he earned 1 top 10 in the number.

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  • From 2002-2003 Kenny Wallace  drove the #23 Bill Davis Dodge in 46 races in 2002 & 2003.

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  • Eddie Bierschwale  was a driver from San Antonio, Texas who drove the #23 car fielded by a team he and his brother owned. Eddie made 43 starts in #23 from 1988-1992 .

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  • Alex Bowman drove the #23 for all 36 starts of the 2014 season, his rookie year. BK Racing fielded the #23 to tie in with the “23 flavors” mantra of sponsor Dr. Pepper. In 2015 Bowman left to drive the #7 for Tommy Baldwin Racing, and J.J. Yeley took overs the #23 machine. After 23 races Yeley moved to the #26 car for BK Racing, and Jeb Burton took over the #23 for the remaining 11 races. The switch was motivated by the fact that Jeb Burton had guaranteed sponsorship and the #23 car was high enough in the points standings to be guaranteed a qualifying spot.  David Ragan drove the #23 in 36 races during the 2016.  In 2017 Joey Gase is expected to start 3 races in #23 beginning with the Daytona 500, while Grey Gaulding will start the remaining 33 races for BK Racing as he seeks the Rookie of the Year title.
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Alex Bowman, 2014
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Jeb Burton’s Darlington Throwback car, 2015
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Jeb Burton, 2015
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David Ragan, 2016

 

 

  • In 1986 Michael Waltrip drove the #23 KoolAid/Hawaiian Punch in Pontiac 33 races during his rookie season. Waltrip finished 2nd to Alan Kulwicki in the Rookie of the Year standings. Waltrip’s first Cup win wouldn’t come for another 15 years.

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  • Frank Mundy drove the #23 Studebaker for 24 races in 1951 earning 2 of his 3 career wins.

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  • Al Keller  started #23 a total of 15 times split between 1952 & 1954 including 1 of his 2 career wins in 1954. In late 1954, Keller turned his complete attention to the AAA & USAC Championship Car Series. He raced Champ Cars, Sprints, and Midgets over the next several seasons, and also competed in the Indianapolis 500 several times scoring a best finish of fifth in 1961. Sadly, later that year he perished in a fiery crash at the Arizona State Fairgrounds.

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Other notable names in #23

In the Truck Series, Johnny Benson Jr.  won the 2008 Series Championship for Bill Davis Racing.

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Scott Wimmer  drove the #23 in the XFINITY Series from 2001-2003 with 5 wins for Bill Davis Racing. He also started 2 Cup races in the number.

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