14 Days until the Daytona 500

 

In Sprint Cup Series competition the #14 car has started 1,130 races and has 42 wins, 40 poles, 203 top 5s, 371 top 10s, and 353 DNFs.

  • For the 2009 season Tony Stewart  left Joe Gibbs racing to cofound Stewart-Haas Racing and drive the #14.

Allstate 400 Practice

The team won the 2009 Sprint All-Star Race , which was the first win for Gene Haas. A few weeks later, Stewart brought the team its first points paying win at Pocono Raceway in the 2009 Pocono 500 . At the 2009 Coke Zero 400  at Daytona, Stewart would win his second race under the Stewart-Haas banner, with Burger King  as the sponsor. Stewart continued his winning ways with wins at Watkins Glen and Kansas. He managed a 6th place finish in points.

Stewart struggled for the early portion of the 2010 season, which prompted Old Spice  to leave Stewart-Haas for the 2011 season. Stewart recovered later in the year to win 2 races at Atlanta and Auto Club Speedway and managed to make the Chase. He finished 7th in points. It was later announced thatMobil 1  would be the replacement sponsor for Old Spice. Stewart started the 2011 season with a dominant run at Las Vegas but a speeding penalty put the team out of contention late. Stewart was winless entering the Chase. During the 10 race Chase, Stewart won 5 races at Chicagoland, New Hampshire, Martinsville, Texas and Homestead  to win the team’s first Sprint Cup  championship, tying Carl Edwards in points, but winning the tiebreaker by virtue of most victories (Edwards with 1 victory). The title also made Stewart the only NASCAR driver to have won championship titles under the Winston Cup (2002), Nextel Cup (2005), and Sprint Cup (2011) brands.

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Stewart, 2011 Sprint Cup Champion

For the 2012 season, both Office Depot and Mobil 1 returned to sponsor Stewart as well as having a minor presence on Ryan Newman’s 39 car’s right left and right rear quarter panels. Burger King would leave the 14 car for BK Racing. Stewart and his team got off to a quick start in 2012 after finishing second in the non-points Budweiser Shootout, winning the first Gatorade Duel, the Kobalt Tools 400 at Las Vegas, and the rain-shortened Auto Club 400 at Fontana. Later in the season he won the Coke Zero 400 at Daytona. For 2013, Stewart received a new primary sponsor in Bass Pro Shops , which moved over from Earnhardt Ganassi Racing to replace Office Depot. Bass Pro joined Mobil 1, which sponsored eleven races while Bass sponsored eighteen.

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Stewart, 2013

Stewart subsequently won the 2013 FedEx 400. On August 4, Stewart broke his right leg  in a sprint car accident, and was replaced by Max Papis at Watkins Glen and Austin Dillon at Michigan. After the Michigan race, it was announced that Stewart would miss the remainder of the season, with Mark Martin stepping in as a replacement for twelve of the thirteen races, with Dillon driving at Talladega.

 

At the 2014 Cheez-It 355 at The Glen, Regan Smith replaced Stewart after the latter had hit and killed driver Kevin Ward Jr. during a sprint car race the night before. Jeff Burton replaced Stewart for the Pure Michigan 400 and the Irwin Tools Night Race. While Stewart was cleared of all criminal charges from the incident, it is clear that the Ward incident was difficult for Stewart, and his 2014 & 2015 performance suffered. Stewart announced in 2015 that he would retire following the 2016 Sprint Cup Season.

 

On January 31, Stewart injured his back while riding a dune buggy outside of San Diego with fellow driver Greg Biffle. Four days later, Stewart-Haas Racing announced he had suffered a burst fracture in his lumbar vertebra, which would prevent him from competing in the Daytona 500.  Stewart was replaced by Brian Vickers and Ty Dillon. Stewart missed the first eight races of the season. On April 24, Stewart returned to racing in the Toyota Owners 400 at Richmond, where he finished 19th. Before the Richmond race, NASCAR granted Stewart a waiver from the rule saying that a driver must attempt every race to be eligible for the Chase. If Stewart won a race and finished in the top 30 in the standings by the autumn Richmond race, he will qualify for the 2016 Chase for the Sprint Cup.

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Brian Vickers, 2016

For the running of the GEICO 500 at Talladega, Stewart would struggle at the beginning of the race but he would switch with Ty Dillon after the first caution and Dillon would drive the rest of the race; the doctor advised Stewart not to drive the whole race to avoid further injury. The No. 14 car would get the free pass after the first caution. Dillon would finish 7th, but Stewart would get the credit since he started the race and would get his first top 10 of the year. He finished 12th at Kansas the following week. At Michigan for the running of the FireKeepers Casino 400, Stewart would have his best race of the year so far, he would qualify a strong 3rd and run great all race long and would finish 7th.

The very next week at Sonoma, Stewart took advantage of a late caution and was able to lead the last 20 laps, winning for the first time in three years after making a last lap pass on Denny Hamlin, who wheel-hopped in the final turn and hit the wall, allowing Tony to pass him for the win. The win was very popular amongst the garages and the win vaulted Stewart from 34th to 31st in the standings, just 9 points out of the top 30. Then the next race at Daytona, Stewart finished 26th due to a late wreck, but moved up to 30th in the points and became part of the Chase for the first time since 2012. He did much better at Kentucky, finishing a solid 5th and further propelling him to 20th in owner’s points. The next week at New Hampshire he would continue his streak of strong races and get a 2nd-place finish, followed by two 5th-place finishes at Pocono and Watkins Glen.

At Richmond, Stewart was involved in controversy with 28 laps to go in the race. Stewart, while racing former teammate Ryan Newman for 10th place, wrecked Newman in turn 3, causing a 5-car pileup and ending Newman’s chase chances. In an interview minutes after the crash, Newman was outspoken about his displeasure against Stewart and said “I guess he thought he was in a sprint car again and didn’t know how to control his anger. It’s disappointing that you have somebody who should be retired the way he drives. It’s just ridiculous.”

Prior to the 23rd running of the Brickyard 400, Stewart was inducted into the USAC Hall of Fame in recognition of his sterling United State Auto Club (USAC) career. He was the 1994 USAC National Midget champion; in 1995, Stewart became the first driver ever to claim all three of United States Auto Club National championships in a single season and is one of only six USAC “Triple Crown Champions.” To date, Stewart racing has also won seven USAC Silver Crown Series titles.

Stewart retired at the end of the 2016 seasons after featuring a special paint scheme at Homestead to commemorate his final ride.  Stewart started 262 races in the #14 with 16 wins and one of his three championships. Stewart will remain active in NASCAR as an co-owner of Stewart Haas Racing which will field Clint Bowyer in the #14 car for the 2017 season in addition to the 4, 10, & 41 cars.

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Tony Stewart’s car for his final Cup start, 2016

 

  • Coo Coo Marlin  started car #14 in 129 races from 1972-1980. Primarily a local Tennessee short track racer, Marlin never ran a full season in Winston (Sprint) Cup, and never earned a victory.
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CooCoo Marlin
  • Sterling Marlin  began his racing career as a tire changer  for his father’s car, but by the late 1970s Sterling was driving his father’s #14 for a few races every year. Sterling would go on to have a successful  career of his own winning in several numbers including #40 & #4. In 2006 Sterling signed with now defunct Ginn Racing  to drive his father’s 14 car. Sterling drove until midway through 2007 before being replaced by Regan Smith, and mostly entering into retirement. Sterling started #14 a total of 62 times between 1978-2007 with no wins in the number.
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Sterling (left) seen changing the tires on his dad’s car.
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Sterling Marlin, 2007
  • Fonty Flock  had an illustrious driving career even before the formation of NASCAR driving on the Daytona Beach course and winning several national championships of other Stock Car organizations. Since NASCAR was founded in 1949, Fonty started 103 of his 153 races in the #14 car and earned 14 of his 19 wins.

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  • Hershel McGriff  was a long time West Coast Late Model (K&N West) racer who made 85 Cup series starts across his career. McGriff’s only full time season in Cup was 1954 where he drove his #14 to victory 4 times in 21 starts. These 4 races are the only Cup wins of his career. In 1955 McGriff returned home to the West Coast and continued to dominate the Late Model division. McGriff continued to race part time for several decades, mostly racing only when the Cup series came to the West coast. His most recent Cup start was at Sonoma in 1993. His most recent K&N West start was at Sonoma in 2012 at age 84 .
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McGriff
  • From 1956-1958 Billy Myers  drove #14 in 52 races including 1 win.
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Meyers, 1957
  • From 1961-1971 Jim Paschal  started the #14 car 76 times earning 7 of his 25 career wins, including his final win in 1967.

 

  • The Famous USAC Indy Car driver A.J. Foyt  loved to race whatever he could get his hands on, and always made a handful of NASCAR starts every year since 1964. Foyt’s venture into the world of racing with fenders earned him 7 Cup Series wins including the 1972 Daytona 500. Foyt’s success in the 1960s and 1970s came with driving for several different car owners, most notably the Wood Brother in the #21. In 1973 Foyt began fielding his own car, #50. In 1983 he changed the number to #14 , the number he made famous in Indy cars, for Gilman-Foy Racing. Unfortunately, Foyt never found victory lane in his 42 starts in the #14.
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Foyt’s #14 Indy Car
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Foyt at Daytona, 1987

In 1988 Foyt was banned from NASCAR for 6 months after an incident at the Winston 500 at Talladega. The 53-year-old Texan got into a fender-banging incident  with Alan Kulwicki under a caution flag late in the race. Foyt and Kulwicki were black-flagged and kept on pit road for one lap.

 

As Foyt left the pits, he drove past Kulwicki’s parked car, nearly side-swiping it. NASCAR officials black-flagged Foyt again and stopped scoring him. Foyt drove his Oldsmobile back onto the pit road, as ordered, but hardly slowed down. He nearly hit several officials, driving behind one man standing on pit road, then sped back onto the track. Foyt, black-flagged a third time, locked up his brakes and spun as he got near the exit to the garage area.

Foyt “retired” after the 1990 season, but would race again in the inaugural Brickyard 400  in 1994 and again in 3 Truck Series races in 1995.

 

  • In 1993 Terry Labonte  drove 30 races for Billy Hagan in #14 without a win. Terry would join Hendrick motorsports the next year.
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Labonte, 1993
  • Following Labonte’s departure John Andretti  took over the #14 Billy Hagan car. In 2004 Andretti again began driving #14 for PPC Racing , but lack of funding caused the team to disband after 3 starts in 2005. Andretti has a total of 25 starts in the number.
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Andretti, 1994
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Andretti, 2004
  • In 2000 A.J Foyt revived his Cup series team with driver Mike Bliss, but Bliss was quickly replaced by Rick Mast  who made 24 starts. In 2001 Ron Hornaday Jr.  ran the full season for Foyt. The 2003 season saw Mike Wallace and Stacy Compton drive the car.
  • In 2003 AJ’s Grandson and adopted son Larry Foyt  took over the #14 machine with terrible results. The team lost funding from Harrah’s after finishing 41st in points and closed its doors after a few unsponsored races in 2004.
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Larry Foyt, 2003

Other notable names in #14

  • Mark Martin 12 starts
  • Curtis Turner, 11 starts
  • Bobby Allison, 7 starts, 1 win
  • Steve Park, 4 starts
  • Boris Said, 2 starts
  • Randy Lajoie, 3 starts
  • Julian Petty (Lee Petty’s Brother), 2 starts
  • Mario Andretti, 1 start

 

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