Sunday, January 25, 2009

10 Last-Place Facts

1) Only four of the eleven top-ranked last-place finishers have failed to win a NASCAR Sprint Cup race, and all four of them were prolific owner-drivers: J.D. McDuffie, G.C. Spencer, Jimmy Means, and Neil Castles.

2) Derrike Cope holds the record for the most last-place finishes in a single season when he picked up six driving for owner Raynard McGlynn in 2006.

3) Jimmy Means’ owner-driver operation holds the modern-era record for most last-place finishes by a team in a single season when the team picked up 9 in 1992. Means picked up three while co-drivers John McFadden and Graham Taylor picked up four and two, respectively.

4) The most laps led by any last-place finisher was 95 by Greg Biffle, the polesitter for last May’s Dodge Avenger 500 at Darlington. An engine failure knocked him out on lap 234.

5) Drivers have finished last without completing a single lap of the race 131 times in NASCAR history, most recently in 2006 when Tom Hubert crashed on the first lap of the Toyota/Save Mart 350 at the Infineon Raceway.

6) The season with the fewest first-time last-place finishers was one in 1997: when Buckshot Jones crashed out of the finale at Atlanta. Every NASCAR season has had at least one first-time last-place finisher.

7) No driver has ever picked up more than two last-place finishes in a row, but in May of 1997, Geoffrey Bodine’s team finished last in three straight races: Sears Point, Talladega, and Charlotte. Geoffrey drove the team’s #7 in the first two races, but was injured in a practice wreck at Charlotte. Geoffrey's brother Todd took over driving duties that weekend and was taken out in an early crash. As a side note, Geoffrey returned to the #7 the following week at Dover and finished next-to-last with Bobby Hillin, Jr. taking last place.

8) Not only have all three of road racer Tom Hubert’s last-place finishes come at the Infineon Raceway, but they happened in three consecutive years (2004, 2005, 2006).

9) Dale Earnhardt has five last-place finishes, including three in 1992, but he never finished 43rd.

10) Entering 2009, some notable active drivers without a single last-place finish include Clint Bowyer, David Gilliland, Kevin Harvick, Jimmie Johnson, Kasey Kahne, Chad McCumbee, David Ragan, Boris Said, Johnny Sauter, and Regan Smith.

Last-Place Finishers: Can-Am Duel at Daytona (1959-present)

(most-recent last-place finishers from both races in bold)

1st) Dave Blaney, Delma Cowart, Bobby Gerhart, Tommy Irwin, Steve Kinser, Carl Long, Hershel McGriff, Casey Mears, Greg Sacks, Boris Said, Morgan Shepherd (2)

2nd) Grant Adcox, Davey Allison, Donnie Allison, L.D. Austin, H.B. Bailey, Buck Baker, Buddy Baker, John Banks, Phil Barkdoll, Trevor Bayne, Arnold Bennett, Norm Benning, Lem Blankenship, Mike Bliss, Brett Bodine, Joe Booher, Jim Bray, Earl Brooks, Ward Burton, Rick Carelli, Landon Cassill, Neil Castles, Rene Charland, Richard Childress, Jim Cook, Ricky Craven, Jimmy Crawford, Johnny Dollar, Gerald Duke, Phil Finney, Woody Fisher, George Follmer, Dario Franchitti, Jeff Fuller, Tommy Gale, Mark Gibson, David Gilliland, Jack Goodwin, Robby Gordon, David Green, Jimmy Hensley, Ben Hess, Timmy Hill, Joe Hines, Jimmie Johnson, Brad Keselowski, Terry Labonte, Kevin Lepage, Dwayne Leik, Terry Link, Dave Mader, Jocko Maggiacomo, Coo Coo Marlin, Sterling Marlin, Rick Mast, Dick May, Dick McCabe, Buzz McCann, J.D. McDuffie, Jimmy Means, Ken Meisenhelder, Juan Pablo Montoya, Joe Nemechek, Ryan Newman, Dan Pardus, Steve Park, Joe Penland, Dick Poling, Tim Richmond, Bob Riley, Scott Riggs, Tommy Robbs, Greg Sacks, Hermie Sadler, Ronnie Sanders, Jim Sauter, Bob Schacht, David Simko, Mike Skinner, Reed Sorenson, Mark Stahl, Don Stives, Bub Strickler, Al Terrell, Dick Trickle, Curtis Turner, Rusty Wallace, Blackie Wangerin, Bobby Wawak, Allan West, Cole Whitt, Josh Wise, Ricky Woodward, J.J. Yeley (1)

(Rankings represent the combined last-place finishers from races 1 and 2 from 1960-present, plus the single qualifying race held in 1959.)

Saturday, January 24, 2009

Last-Place Finishers: The All-Star Race (1985-present)

(most-recent last-place finisher in bold)

1st) Carl Edwards, Kyle Petty, Greg Sacks, Rusty Wallace (2)

2nd) John Andretti, Johnny Benson, Jr., Greg Biffle, Geoffrey Bodine, Neil Bonnett, Jeff Burton, Kurt Busch, Kyle Busch, Ricky Craven, Bobby Hamilton, Kevin Harvick, Ernie Irvan, Kasey Kahne, Matt Kenseth, Brad Keselowski, Alan Kulwicki, Bobby Labonte, Terry Labonte, Joey Logano, Danica Patrick, Ricky Rudd, Ken Schrader, Tony Stewart, Hut Stricklin, Martin Truex, Jr. (1)

(Rankings include the 1986 race held at Atlanta)

Last-Place Finishers: The Clash at Daytona

(most-recent last-place finisher in bold)

1st) Terry Labonte (4)

2nd) John Andretti**, Geoffrey Bodine, Derrike Cope, Jeff Gordon, David Pearson, Ricky Rudd (2)

3rd) Donnie Allison, Chuck Bown*, Jeff Burton, Kurt Busch, Bill Elliott, Harry Gant, Jeff Green**, Bobby Hamilton**, Kevin Harvick, Jimmy Hensley, P.J. Jones, Kasey Kahne, Brad Keselowski, Jason Leffler, Joey Logano, J.D. McDuffie, Jimmy Means, Joe Milikan, Benny Parsons, Tim Richmond, Morgan Shepherd, Darrell Waltrip, Michael Waltrip (1)

*Both Bown and Ernie Irvan did not start the ‘95 running; Bown was officially credited with last place.
**Hamilton, Green, and Andretti (in his one start for Petty Enterprises) did not start their Petty cars in the field because the 43 team rendered itself ineligable for the Busch / Bud Pole Award.

(Rankings do not include the last-place finishers of the Bud Shootout Qualifiers run from 1998-2000)

CUP: Most Last-Place Finishes (1949-present)

(list does not include non-points races)
(most-recent last-place finisher in bold)

1st) Joe Nemechek (33)

2nd) J.D. McDuffie (32)

3rd) Michael McDowell (28)

4th) Derrike Cope (26)

5th) Dave Blaney (24)

6th) Mike Bliss, G.C. Spencer (19)

7th) Morgan Shepherd (18)

8th) Buddy Baker, Jimmy Means, Cale Yarborough (17)

9th) Todd Bodine, Neil Castles, Junior Johnson, Kyle Petty, Darrell Waltrip (16)

10th) Buddy Arrington, Ward Burton, Richard Petty, Reed Sorenson, Roy Tyner, J.J. Yeley (15)
11th) Bobby Labonte, Mike Skinner, Michael Waltrip (14)

12th) Buck Baker, Henley Gray, Dick May, Joe Ruttman, Rusty Wallace (13)

13th) Ricky Craven, Cecil Gordon, Terry Labonte, Sterling Marlin, Wendell Scott (12)

14th) John Andretti, Geoffrey Bodine, Earl Brooks, Bill Champion, Robby Gordon, Jimmy Helms, Rick Newsom, Greg Sacks (11)

15th) Curtis Crider, Harry Gant, Kevin Lepage, Ed Negre, Jimmy Pardue, Phil Parsons, Tony Raines, Scott Riggs, E.J. Trivette (10)

16th) Aric Almirola, Landon Cassill, Dale Earnhardt, Jr., Bruce Hill, James Hylton, Dave Marcis, Ryan Newman, Jim Paschal, Dick Trickle, Kenny Wallace, Frank Warren, Josh Wise (9)

17th) Brett Bodine, Jeff Burton, James Cox, Bill Elliott, Joe Frasson, Jimmie Lewallen, Chad Little, Mark Martin, Robert Pressley, Ricky Rudd, Bill Shirey, Ronnie Thomas, Brian Vickers, Mike Wallace (8)

18th) Richard D. Brown, Bobby Hillin, Jr., Ned Jarrett, Elmo Langley, Jason Leffler, Tiny Lund, Rick Mast, Benny Parsons, Hermie Sadler, Ken Schrader, Bill Seifert, Jack Smith, Lake Speed, Scott Speed, Tony Stewart, Hut Stricklin, Rick Wilson (7)

19th) A.J. Allmendinger, Neil Bonnett, Clint Bowyer, Dick Brooks, Kyle Busch, Wally Dallenbach, Jr., Dean Dalton, Bobby Hamilton, Denny Hamlin, Dale Jarrett, Travis Kvapil, Coo Coo Marlin, John McFadden, David Pearson, Larry Pearson, Lee Petty, Tom Pistone, Blackie Pitt, Bob Schacht, Wayne Smith, Jimmy Spencer, Curtis Turner, Martin Truex, Jr., D.K. Ulrich, Bobby Wawak, Bob Welborn (6)

20th) Johnny Allen, Bobby Allison, L.D. Austin, Walter Ballard, Trevor Bayne, Kurt Busch, Earle Canavan, Darel Dieringer, Dale Earnhardt, Larry Frank, Jeff Fuller, Wayne Gillette, Jeff Gordon, Jeff Green, Andy Hillenburg, Tommy Irwin, John Kennedy, Brownie King, Roy Mayne, Max Papis, Baxter Price, Elliott Sadler, John Sears, Jabe Thomas, Jim Vandiver, Joe Weatherly, Raymond Williams, Doug Yates, Emanuel Zervakis (5)

21st) Jack Anderson, H.B. Bailey, Johnny Benson, Jr., Eddie Bierschwale, Greg Biffle, Alex Bowman, Darrell Bryant, Rodney Combs, Stacy Compton, Matt DiBenedetto, Jeffrey Earnhardt, Stick Elliott, David Gilliland, David Green, Fred Harb, Friday Hassler, Jimmy Hensley, Timmy Hill, Bill Hollar, Ernie Irvan, Bobby Isaac, Bobby Johns, Dick Johnson, Ralph Liguori, Jeremy Mayfield, Hershel McGriff, Casey Mears, Paul Menard, Bud Moore, Frank Mundy, Cotton Owens, Steve Park, George Parrish, Mike Potter, Billy Rafter, Jim Reed, Fireball Roberts, Elton Sawyer, Kirk Shelmerdine, Eddie Skinner, Gwyn Staley, Billy Standridge, Donald Thomas, Larry Thomas, Jimmy Thompson, Travis Tiller, Bobby Waddell, Rex White (4)

22nd) Mike Alexander, Loy Allen, Jr., Davey Allison, Michael Annett, Stanton Barrett, Larry Baumel, Dick Beaty, Bunkie Blackburn, Gary Bradberry, Jim Bray, Patrick Carpentier, Raymond Carter, Kevin Conway, Bill Dennis, Bob Derrington, C.H. Dingler, Fred Dove, Clark Dwyer, Joe Eubanks, Fonty Flock, Tim Flock, A.J. Foyt, Tommy Gale, Walson Gardner, Dick Getty, George Green, Steve Grissom, Bobby Hamilton, Jr., Larry Hess, Paul Dean Holt, Andy Houston, Tom Hubert, Kenny Irwin, Jr., Joe Lee Johnson, Slick Johnson, P.J. Jones, Matt Kenseth, Ron Keselowski, Carl Long, Larry Manning, Bobby Mausgrover, Jamie McMurray, Ken Meisenhelder, Butch Miller, Larry Miller, Lloyd Moore, Arden Mounts, Billy Myers, Jerry Nadeau, Richie Panch, Lennie Pond, Benny Rakestraw, Maurice Randall, Dick Rathman, David Reutimann, Ken Rush, Gober Sosobee, Joe Staton, Ricky Stenhouse, Jr., Don Tarr, Graham Taylor, Speedy Thompson, Billy Wade, Blackie Wangerin, Cole Whitt (3)

23rd) Justin Allgaier, George Alsobrook, Bill Amick, Don Angel, Charlie Baker, Ivan Baldwin, Gary Balough, Andy Belmont, Bill Benson, Tony Bettenhousen, Don Biederman, Gene Black, Ryan Blaney, Pete Boland, Joe Booher, Rodney Bottinger, Ron Bouchard, Trevor Boys, Richard Brickhouse, Leonard Brock, Perk Brown, Chris Buescher, Carl Burris, Scotty Cain, John Callis, Billy Carden, Rene Charland, Richard Childress, Jerry Churchill, Jim Cook, Bob Cooper, Doug Cooper, Joe Cote, Tom Cox, Jimmy Crawford, Pepper Cunningham, Lloyd Dane, Joel Davis, Dave Dion, Ray Duhigg, Glenn Dunaway, Hoss Ellington, Tommy Ellis, Ron Esau, Rod Eulenfeld, Christian Fittipaldi, Larry Foyt, Allen Franklin, Hideo Fukuyama, Mike Garvey, Joey Gase, Brendan Gaughan, Wally Gervais, Steve Gray, Allan Harley, Ferrel Harris, Gene Hobby, Sam Hornish, Jr., Ron Hutcherson, Jimmy Insolo, Markey James, Ken Johnson, Buckshot Jones, Henry Jones, Joe Jones, Possum Jones, Ed Jordan, Kasey Kahne, Bobby Keck, John Kenney, Stuart Kirby, John Krebs, Randy LaJoie, Sonny Lamphear, Shep Langdon, Kyle Larson, Larry LeMay, Paul Lewis, Ed Livingston, Owen Loggins, Fred Lorenzen, Dave Mader, Jocko Maggiacomo, Jimmy Massey, Harold Mays, Junior Miller, Juan Pablo Montoya, Ralph Moody, Bunk Moore, David Mote, Ted Musgrave, Gary Myers, G.T. Nolan, Whitey Norman, Jerry O'Neil, Danica Patrick, Bob Perry, Dick Poling, George Poulos, Jeff Purvis, J.T. Putney, David Ragan, Ken Ragan, Lee Reitzel, Tim Richmond, Jody Ridley, Bert Robbins, Marty Robbins, Shorty Rollins, Clay Rogers, Jackie Rogers, Ermon Rush, Jim Sauter, Johnny Sauter, Dorsey Schroeder, Tighe Scott, Dub Simpson, Slick Smith, Pete Stewart, Don Stives, Brad Teague, Marshall Teague, Dave Terrell, Roscoe Thompson, T.A. Toomes, Dick Walters, Cody Ware, Gayle Warren, Blackie Watt, Bill Whitley, LeeRoy Yarbrough (2)

24th) Carl Adams, Weldon Adams, Grant Adcox, Donnie Allison, George Altheide, Bernard Alvarez, Marcos Ambrose, Eddie Anderson, John Anderson, Ole Anderson, Wayne Anderson, Bob Apperson, Sam Ard, Frank Arford, Pete Arnold, Joey Arrington, Woody Arrington, Brandon Ash, Bob Ashbrook, Bruce Atchley, Casey Atwood, Tony Ave, Jimmy Ayers, Randy Baker, Rick Baldwin, John Banks, Johnny Barnes, Charles Barrett, Bob Barron, Ed Baugess, Herman Beam, Johnny Beauchamp, Ed Benedict, Arnold Bennett, Jim Bennett, Ben Benz, Leo Bergeron, Max Berrier, Jim Bickerstaff, Rich Bickle, Fred Bince, Art Binkley, Kelly Bires, Gordon Birkett, Bill Blackwell, Bill Blair, Chad Blount, David Ray Boggs, Al Bonnell, Chuck Bown, Al Brand, Doug Branson, Kenny Brightbill, Barry Brooks, Brownie Brown, Cannonball Brown, Len Brown, Robert Brown, Woody Brown, Andy Bruni, Bob Burdick, Dick Burns, Jeb Burton, Terry Byers, Danny Byrd, Wally Campbell, Ted Cannady, Pete Cardenas, Rick Carelli, Crash Carson, Don Carr, Pancho Carter, Chad Chaffin, Ted Chamberlain, Ronnie Childress, Ted Christopher, George Clark, Joe Clark, Sherman Clark, Allan Clarke, June Cleveland, Ernie Cline, Bill Clinton, Ed Cole, Hal Cole, Leland Colvin, Dean Combs, R.L. Combs, Jim Conway, Smokey Cook, Edward Cooper, Ernie Cope, Delma Cowart, A.J. Cox, Doug Cox, Freddie Crawford, Spook Crawford, Charlie Creger, Ray Crowley, Tommie Crozier, Bay Darnell, Gene Darragh, Hugh Darragh, Dan Daughtry, George Davis, Keith Davis, Dizzy Dean, Jim Delaney, Matt DeMatthews, Arnold Denley, Bud Diamond, Austin Dillon, Jim Dimeo, Francis Dionne, John Dodd, Jr., Russ Dohlen, Johnny Dollar, Jack Donohue, Paul Dorrity, Jerry Draper, Bob Duell, Gerald Duke, Ralph Dutton, Harvey Eakin, Kerry Earnhardt, Carl Edwards, Don Eggett, Ray Elder, Bill Elswick, Bob England, Bud Erb, Erik Erickson, Ray Erickson, Mike Ernest, Bill Ervin, Wimpy Ervin, Herbert Estes, Ernest Eury, Frog Fagan, Lee Faulk, Lou Faver, Pat Fay, Ron Fellows, Joe Fields, Lou Figaro, Chet Fillip, Jimmy Finger, Ken Fischer, Bobby Fisher, Woody Fisher, Pat Flaherty, Bobby Fleming, Walt Flinchum, Jimmy Florian, Bill Flowers, Sam Fogle, Elliott Forbes-Robinson, Billy Foster, George Fox, Dario Franchitti, Dick Freeman, Bubba Furr, Frank Gardner, Dick Garlington, Bill Gazaway, Bobby Gerhart, Whitey Gerken, Vince Giamformaggio, Mickey Gibbs, Shorty Gibbs, Elmer Gilliam, Butch Gilliland, Joe Gillow, Jack Goodwin, Marc Goossens, Matt Gowan, Frank Graham, Jim Graham, Danny Graves, Eddie Gray, Bill Green, Dick Grice, Charley Griffith, Cecil Grubbs, Larry Gunselman, Johnny Halford, Bill Hall, Jeff Halverson, John Hamby, Roger Hamby, Don Hamilton, Pete Hamilton, Jeff Handy, Jack Harden, Rock Harn, Jack Hauher, J.T. Hayes, Louis Headley, Jason Hedlesky, Jay Hedgecock, Harvey Hege, Buddy Helms, Kenny Hemphill, Harvey Henderson, Ray Hendrick, Ed Hessert, Boyce Hildreth, Elton Hildreth, Morris Hill, Ray Hill, Jimmy Hindman, Joe Hines, Shane Hmiel, Cotton Hodges, Bob Hogle, Al Holbert, Jerry Holden, Armond Holley, Jack Holloway, Harland Holmes, Jeff Hooker, Ronnie Hopkins, Jimmy Horton, Lee Hough, Tommy Houston, Chuck Huckabee, Cliff Hucul, Curtis Hunt, Jim Hurlbert, Mark Hurley, Jim Hurtubise, Dick Hutcherson, Jimmy Ingalls, Jack Ingram, Bubba Into, Bill Jarlick, Harry Jefferson, John Jennings, Fran Jischke, Fred Johnson, Gary Johnson, Jimmie Johnson, Jerry Jolly, Alton Jones, Britton Jones, Erik Jones, Jim Jones, Ralph Jones, Richard Jones, J.L. Justice, Reds Kagle, Tex Keene, Al Keller, Mike Kempton, John Kieper, Glenn Killian, Frank Kimmel, Harold Kite, Mike Klapak, Todd Kluever, Alan Kulwicki, Corey LaJoie, Bill Latham, Coleman Lawrence, Jack Lawrence, Harry Leake, Dawson Lechlider, Max Ledbetter, Ted Lee, Irv Leitch, Frank Lies, Dick Linder, Virgil Livengood, Joey Logano, Sterling Long, Clarence Lovell, Clyde Lynn, Paul Lyons, Johnny Mackinson, Emory Mahon, Chuck Mahoney, Jimmy Mairs, Bill Majot, Larry Mann, Skip Manning, Dave Marburger, Ed Markstellar, Ken Marriott, Dick Martin, Otis Martin, Bill Massey, Lyle Matlock, Nace Mattingly, Buzz McCann, Joe Bill McGraw, Norman McGriff, Major Melton, Joe Merola, Stan Meserve, Joe Mihalic, Joe Milikan, Joe Million, Pat Mintey, Artie Mitchell, Tommy Moon, Steve Moore, Tony Moretti, Earl Moss, Terry Murchison, Charles Muscatel, Johnny Nave, Joe Edd Neubert, Gus Newman, A.F. Nichols, Don Noel, Brad Noffsinger, Ed Normi, Dan Obrist, Randy Ogden, Jackie Oliver, Keith Olson, Bill Osborne, Nelson Oswald, Ken Pace, Sammy Packard, Lennie Page, Norm Palmer, Marvin Panch, Vic Parsons, Ed Paskovich, Donny Paul, Dell Pearson, Peck Peckham, Gene Peltier, Joe Penland, Dominic Persicketti, M.R. Peterson, Julian Petty, Maurice Petty, Eddie Pettyjohn, Andy Pierce, Ed Pimm, Hank Pollard, Bobby Poole, Don Porter, Marvin Porter, Charles Powell, Bob Presnell, Bob Price, Scott Pruett, Ray Pruitt, Sherral Pruitt, Smokey Purser, Don Puskarich, Paul Radford, Randy Renfrow, Jack Reynolds, Willy T. Ribbs, Charlie Roberts, Robby Robinson, Bob Rose, Bob Ross, Earl Ross, Jim Russell, Johnny Rutherford, Terry Ryan, Leon Sales, Bobby Sands, Don Satterfield, Jay Sauter, Lucky Sawyer, Connie Saylor, Don Schissler, Chuck Schroedel, Volney Schulze, Brian Scott, Arley Scranton, George Seeger, Mack Sellers, Graham Shaw, Ron Shephard, David Simko, Buck Simmons, Brian Simo, Dick Skillen, Gordon Smith, Louise Smith, R.K. Smith, Stanley Smith, Gene Simpson, John Soares, Cy Spencer, Junior Spencer, Jack Sprague, Fred Starr, Bill Stickler, Tim Steele, Fred Steinbroner, Bugs Stevens, Billy Stiles, Gene Stokes, Dick Stone, Ramo Stott, Victor Strassburg, Jim Street, David Stremme, Bub Strickler, Bill Tanner, Frank Tanner, T.W. Taylor, Al Terrell, Herb Thomas, Johnny Thompson, Tommy Thompson, Herb Tillman, Cliff Timberman, Randy Tissot, Warren Tope, Maynard Troyer, Ryan Truex, Paul Tyler, Red Untiedt, John Utsman, Layman Utsman, Bill Vanderhoff, Robert Vaughn, Rich Vogler, Jack Wade, Kenneth Wagner, Robert Wales, Jimmy Walker, Bryant Wallace, Walter Wallace, Jerome Warren, Bill Weiman, Jack Weisemeyer, Al White, J.C. White, Ken White, Jim Whitman, Brandon Whitt, Bill Widenhouse, Dink Widenhouse, Felix Wilkes, Jerry Wimbish, Don Woodard, Cliff Woodson, Bruce Worrell, Bailey Wynkoop, Eddie Yarboro, Buddy Young, Steve Young, Jack Zink (1)