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)

Last Update: February 11, 2021
(list combines last-place finisher from Races 1 and 2 from 1960 to present, plus the single qualifying race held in 1959)

(2) Dave Blaney, Delma Cowart, Bobby Gerhart, Tommy Irwin, Carl Long, Hershel McGriff, B.J. McLeod, Casey Mears, Greg Sacks, Boris Said, Ronnie Sanders, Morgan Shepherd, J.J. Yeley

(1) Grant Adcox, Davey Allison, Donnie Allison, A.J. Allmendinger, Aric Almirola, L.D. Austin, H.B. Bailey, Buck Baker, Buddy Baker, John Banks, Phil Barkdoll, Trevor Bayne, Arnold Bennett, Norm Benning, Eddie Bierschwale, Josh Bilicki, Lem Blankenship, Mike Bliss, Brett Bodine, Joe Booher, Jim Bray, Earl Brooks, Chris Buescher, 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, Ben Hess, Joe Hines, Jimmie Johnson, Brad Keselowski, Steve Kinser, Terry Labonte, Kyle Larson, 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, Ken Ragan, Tim Richmond, Bob Riley, Scott Riggs, Tommy Robbs, Greg Sacks, Hermie Sadler, Ronnie Sanders, Jim Sauter, Bob Schacht, Mike Skinner, Mark Stahl, Don Stives, Bub Strickler, Daniel Suarez, Al Terrell, Dick Trickle, Curtis Turner, Rusty Wallace, Blackie Wangerin, Cody Ware, Bobby Wawak, Allan West, Cole Whitt, Josh Wise, Ricky Woodward

Saturday, January 24, 2009

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

Last Update: June 15, 2021
(list includes the 1986 race held in Atlanta and 2020-present at tracks other than Charlotte)

(2) Kurt Busch, Carl Edwards, Kyle Petty, Greg Sacks, Rusty Wallace

(1) John Andretti, Johnny Benson, Jr., Greg Biffle, Geoffrey Bodine, Neil Bonnett, Alex Bowman, Jeff Burton, Kyle Busch, Ricky Craven, Bobby Hamilton, Denny Hamlin, Kevin Harvick, Ernie Irvan, Erik Jones, 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.

Last-Place Finishers: The Clash at Daytona

Last Update: February 11, 2021
(list does not include last-place finishers of Bud Shootout Qualifiers run from 1998-2000)

(4) Terry Labonte

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

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

*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.

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

Last Update: November 7, 2021
(list excludes non-points races)

(116) Jeff Green

(24) Jeff Fuller

(19) Morgan Shepherd

(16) Matt DiBenedetto

(15) Mike Harmon, Kevin Lepage
(14) Johnny Chapman, Blake Koch, Dennis Setzer

(13) Ed Berrier

(12) Tommy Houston, Brad Teague, J.J. Yeley

(10) Mark Green, John Linville

(9) Justin Ashburn, Derrike Cope, Shane Hall

(8) Steve Grissom, Stephen Leicht, Bosco Lowe, Randy Porter, Joe Thurman
(7) Kertus Davis, Tommy Ellis, Jimmy Lawson, Shawna Robinson, Elton Sawyer
(6) Lyndon Amick, Joe Bessey, Eddie Falk, Joey Gase, John Jackson, Brandon Jones, Joe Nemechek, Mike Porter, Tommy Sigmon
(5) Jordan Anderson, Michael Annett, Casey Atwood, Dave Blaney, Jim Bown, Jeff Burton, Dale Earnhardt, Kevin Grubb, Jimmy Hensley, Doug Heveron, Timmy Hill, Dale Jarrett, Jason Keller, Mark Martin, Rick Mast, Patty Moise, Phil Parsons, Mike Potter, Brett Rowe, David Starr, Josh Wise

(4) Josh Bilicki, Mike Bliss, Chuck Bown, Bayley Currey, Jeffrey Earnhardt, Ryan Ellis, Tim Fedewa, Ed Ferree, David Green, Larry Gunselman, Kevin Hamlin, Bill Hoff, Jack Ingram, Jennifer Jo Cobb, Davey Johnson, Jimmy Kitchens, Dickie Linville, Mike McLaughlin, Chase Miller, Tony Raines, Dale Shaw, Bob Shreeves, Jimmy Spencer, Brian Weber, Danny Weese

(3) Mike Alexander, Willie Allen, Brandon Baker, Stanton Barrett, Troy Beebe, Johnny Benson, Jr., Jeff Berry, Jack Bland, Phil Bonifield, Landon Cassill, Chad Chaffin, Kevin Conway, Chris Cook, Dave Davis, Kerry Earnhardt, Danny Efland, Christian Elder, Aaron Fike, Harry Gant, Gray Gaulding, Joe Graf, Jr., Noah Gragson, Joe Harrison, Robert Ingram, Glenn Jarrett, Jason Jarrett, Brian Keselowski, Richard Lasater, Charles Lewandoski, Carl Long, Charlie Luck, Randy MacDonald, Justin Marks, Jeremy Mayfield, Joey McCarthy, Eric McClure, Michael McDowell, Brett Moffitt, Donnie Neuenburger, Danny O’Quinn, Jr., Robert Pressley, Max Prestwood, Jeff Purvis, Orvil Reedy, Dave Rezendes, Josh Richeson, Hermie Sadler, Johnny Sauter, Ken Schrader, Pete Silva, Ronnie Silver, Jack Sprague, Dick Trickle, Merv Treichler, Kenny Wallace, Mike Wallace, Darrell Waltrip, Mark Whitaker, Rick Wilson, Scott Wimmer

(2) Blaise Alexander, Bobby Allison, Davey Allison, A.J. Allmendinger, Dexter Bean, T.J. Bell, Tanner Berryhill, Greg Biffle, Kelly Bires, Ray Black, Jr., Todd Bodine, Johnny Borneman III, Dickie Boswell, Kirk Bryant, Joe Buford, Kenny Burks, Kyle Busch, Matt Carter, Austin Cindric, Jeremy Clements, Ricky Craven, Ronnie Davidson, Justin Diercks, Bobby Dotter, Carl Edwards, Matt Frahm, Chad Finchum, Mike Garvey, Derrick Gilchrist, David Gilliland, Kenny Gragg, Wayne Grubb, Bobby Hamilton, Jr., Tom Harrington, Bob Hatley, Brett Hearn, Kenny Hendrick, Bobby Hillin, Jr., Shane Hmiel, Lance Hooper, Sam Hornish, Jr., Robert Huffman, Al Hylton, James Hylton, Ernie Irvan, Eric Jones, Kasey Kahne, D.J. Kennington, Brad Keselowski, Jeff Krogh, Terry Labonte, Randy LaJoie, Jason Leffler, Tracy Leslie, Ashton Lewis, Butch Lindley, Curtis Markham, Tommy Joe Martins, Dick McCabe, C.J. McLaughlin, B.J. McLeod, L.W. Miller, Matt Mills, Vinnie Miller, Kelly Moore, Billy Myers, Bubba Nissen, Billy Parker, Hank Parker, Jr., Larry Pearson, Adam Petty, Paul Radford, Josh Reaume, Stevie Reeves, David Reutimann, Robert Richardson, Jr., Mike Riley, Andy Santerre, Jay Sauter, Tim Schendel, Lowe Smith, Scott Speed, Jeff Spraker, Dexter Stacey, Kody Vanderwal, Michael Waltrip, Gus Wasson, Kyle Weatherman, Jason White, Josh Williams
(1) Billy Adkins, Ken Alexander, Glenn Allen, Jr., Loy Allen, Jr., Aric Almirola, Tony Anderson, Tim Andrews, Allen Applegate, Jairo Avila, Jr., Caesar Bacarella, Brad Baker, Randy Baker, Dillon Bassett, Christopher Bell, Ryan Blaney, David Blankenship, David Bonnett, Mike Borkowski, Ron Bouchard, Ken Bouchard, Spencer Boyd, Stan Boyd, Gary Bradberry, Babe Branscome, Wayne Broome, Brandon Brown, Clay Brown, Frank Bumgarner, Harrison Burton, Ward Burton, Nathan Buttke, Terry Cannon, Tom Carey, Jr., Larry Carroll, Larry Cates, Mike Chase, Rodney Childers, Ted Christopher, Mitchell Clark, John Cleek, James Cogdill, Rodney Combs, Stacy Compton, Carlos Contreras, Terry Cook, Joe Cooksey, Ronald Cooper, Angela Cope, Bobby Cox, Robbie Crouch, Rodney Cundiff, Bennie Davis, Marc Davis, Natalie Decker, Kelly Denton, Chris Diamond, Mason Diaz, Brian Donley, Bobby Dragon, Milka Duno, Kieran Dynes, Wayne Edwards, Bill Elliott, Bud Elliott, Casey Elliott, Grant Enfinger, Cecil Eunice, C.J. Faison, Adrian Fernandez, Christian Fittipaldi, J.R. Fitzpatrick, Bob Freeze, Steve Gatz, Scott Gaylord, Kaz Grala, Jeff Gordon, Tina Gordon, Tator Grady, Justin Haley,  Denny Hamlin, John Hayden, Jay Hedgecock, Daniel Hemric, Shawn Hendricks, Jeff Hensley, Scott Herberg, Riley Herbst, Billy Hess, Tommy Hilbert, Tracy Hines, Tommy Hirschman, Justin Hobgood, D.J. Hoelzle, Chris Horn, Ron Hornaday, Jr., Marty Houston, Colby Howard, Tom Hubert, Matt Hutter, Haywood Jacobs, Jimmie Johnson, Buckshot Jones, Page Jones, P.J. Jones, Joel Kauffman, Joe Kelly, Matt Kenseth, Benny Kerley, Scott Kilby, Stuart Kirby, Parker Kligerman, Kyle Krisiloff, Mark Krogh, Alex Labbe, Bobby Labonte, Justin Labonte, Scott Lagasse, Jr., Kyle Larson, Gary Laton, Steve Lawrence, Anthony Lazzaro, Dwayne Leik, Donny Lia, Johnny Ling, Jr., Jesse Little, John Livingston, Brad Loney, Johanna Long, Dylan Lupton, Damon Lusk, Scott Lynch, Dave Mader III, Rick Markle, Mike Marlar, Sterling Marlin, Rafael Martinez, Mason Massey, Jerry McCart, Jeff McClure, Jamie McMurray, Joey Michaels, Brandon Miller, Butch Miller, Joe Millikan, Brent Moore, Ralph Morris, Brad Mueller, Dylan Murcott, Jeff Neal, Ryan Newman, Gary Niece, Mike Olsen, Clarence Ogle, L.D. Ottinger, Max Papis, Ruben Pardo, Bob Park, Steve Park, Stefan Parsons, Danica Patrick, Roy Payne, Todd Peck, Tom Peck, Andy Petree, Robert Powell, Ryan Preece, Bob Pressley, Kevin Prince, Scott Pruett, Spencer Pumpelly, David Ragan, Tyler Reddick, Bryan Reffner, Doug Reid, Robbie Reiser, Roger Reuse, Clay Rogers, Tony Roper, Johnny Rumley, Lonnie Rush, Jr., Greg Sacks, Elliott Sadler, Darryl Sage, Tim Sauter, Rounder Saverance, Rodney Sawyers, Jason Schuler, Kevin Schwantz, Dan Shaver, Kirk Shelmerdine, Brent Sherman, Paul Shull, Ryan Sieg, Jamie Skinner, Mike Skinner, R.D. Smith, Garrett Smithley, Ed Spencer III, Billy Standridge, Ed St. Angelo, Jr., Mike Stefanik, Jeff Stevens, Tony Stewart, David Stremme, Hut Stricklin, Glenn Sullivan, Mike Swaim, Sammy Swindell, Doug Taylor, Ronnie Thomas, Matt Tifft, Kyle Tilley, Perry Tripp, Ryan Truex, Max Tullman, Bryan Tyler, Mike Urciuoli, Larry Utsman, Ryan Vargas, Brian Vickers, Auggie Vidovich, Mark Voigt, Tyler Walker, Chrissy Wallace, Scot Walters, Mike Weeden, Jimmy Weller, Derek White, Drew White, Haskell Willingham, Eric Wilson, Chris Wimmer, Jon Wood