Sunday, May 30, 2010

CUP: Blaney’s Transmission Goes Bust at Charlotte


Dave Blaney picked up the 16th last-place finish of his Sprint Cup career in Sunday’s Coca-Cola 600 at the Charlotte Motor Speedway when his unsponsored #66 PRISM Motorsports Toyota fell out with transmission problems after completing 25 of the race’s 400 laps.

Blaney was the fastest “go-or-go-home” car in Thursday’s qualifying session, securing the 17th starting spot with a speed of 184.932 mph. It was his best qualifying run since he started 3rd at Bristol in March. After skipping Happy Hour, Blaney started Sunday’s 600-mile contest, but pulled behind the wall under green 25 laps into the race. Teammate Michael McDowell followed suit nine laps later while previous last-place leader Joe Nemechek went behind the wall on lap 46, 21 laps after Blaney.

The finish again moved Blaney and the #66 team into a tie with Joe Nemechek and his #87 for the current lead in both the 2010 Sprint Cup driver and team LASTCAR rankings. Blaney has also climbed into sole possession of 6th in the all-time LASTCAR rankings, five finishes away from Nemechek in 5th.

STATS AND FACTS
*The race marked Blaney’s first last-place finish in a Cup race at Charlotte. Blaney does have a last-place finish at Charlotte in the Nationwide Series, the 1998 Carquest Auto Parts 300.
*It’s the first time the #66 had finished last in a Cup race at Charlotte since Darrell Waltrip lost his engine 32 laps into the 1999 Coca-Cola 600.
*It’s the first time a driver finished last in a Cup race at Charlotte due to transmission problems since Joe Frasson fell out 70 laps into the 1974 World 600.

THE BOTTOM FIVE
43) #66-Dave Blaney / 25 laps / transmission
42) #55-Michael McDowell / 34 laps / brakes
41) #36-Johnny Sauter / 37 laps / transmission
40) #64-Todd Bodine / 41 laps / transmission
39) #87-Joe Nemechek / 46 laps / overheating

CUP DRIVER RANKINGS
1st) Dave Blaney, Joe Nemechek (3)
2nd) Aric Almirola, Michael McDowell (2)
3rd) Robby Gordon, Johnny Sauter, Reed Sorenson (1)

CUP TEAM RANKINGS
1st) #66-PRISM Motorsports, #87-NEMCO Motorsports (3)
2nd) #55-PRISM Motorsports, #09-Phoenix Racing (2)
3rd) #7-Robby Gordon Motorsports, #32-Braun Racing, #36-Tommy Baldwin Racing (1)

N’WIDE: Green Gobbled-Up In Early Crash At Charlotte


Mark Green picked up the 8th last-place finish of his Nationwide Series career in Saturday’s Tech-Net Auto Service 300 at the Charlotte Motor Speedway when his #70 WebsterRadiator.com Chevrolet was involved in a multi-car crash on lap 3 of the 203-lap race.

Green qualified a respectable 25th for Saturday’s race at a speed of 181.671 mph, fifth-fastest among the drivers not locked-into the field. However, three laps into the race, Paul Menard spun Steve Arpin out of the top 10 in turn one, and Green was in the wrong place at the wrong time. Green lost control in the high groove and stuffed Mike Wallace into the outside wall, causing extensive right-side damage to both cars. While Wallace returned to the race, Green did not, giving him his first last-place finish of 2010. Green did, however, drive in relief of Brendan Gaughan later in the race as Gaughan was suffering from carbon monoxide poisoning after another early crash.

Last-place leader Dennis Setzer finished 39th in the #92 that still leads the 2010 Team Rankings after twelve races.

STATS AND FACTS
*This was Green’s first last-place finish since the 2009 O’Reilly Challenge at Texas, when he and the #49 GetMoreVacations.com Chevrolet went behind the wall two laps into the 200-lap race with handling problems. That finish was the fifth Green picked up that year alone. Also in 2009, Green was the one who ended Johnny Chapman’s three-race last-place streak at Chicagoland after Chapman failed to qualify.
*It was the first time the #70 had finished last at Charlotte since Bosco Lowe lost the engine of his Bailey / Temple Oldsmobile 9 laps into the 1984 Mello Yello 300.
*The #70 had not finished last in a Nationwide Series race since Justin Diercks lost the rear end of his BIOMET/ForeTravel Chevrolet in the 2007 Federated Auto Parts 300 at the Nashville Superspeedway. Like Green’s car on Saturday, Diercks’ car was also owned by Mary Louise Miller.

THE BOTTOM FIVE
43) #70-Mark Green / 3 laps / crash
42) #61-Josh Wise / 5 laps / electrical
41) #91-David Gilliland / 8 laps / crash
40) #6-Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. / 8 laps / crash
39) #92-Dennis Setzer / 13 laps / vibration

N’WIDE DRIVER RANKINGS
1st) Dennis Setzer (4)
2nd) Michael Annett, Johnny Borneman III, Johnny Chapman, David Gilliland, Mark Green, Brian Keselowski, Danny O’Quinn, Jr., Chrissy Wallace (1)

N’WIDE TEAM RANKINGS
1st) #92-K-Automotive Motorsports (5)
2nd) #15-Germain Racing, #41-Rick Ware, #70-Mary Louise Miller, #83-John Borneman, Jr., #90-D’Hont Humphrey Motorsports, #91-D’Hont Humphrey Motorsports, #96-K-Automotive Motorsports (1)

Sunday, May 23, 2010

CUP: Edwards Wrecks, Finishes Last In All-Star Race


Carl Edwards finished last in Saturday night’s NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race XXVI at the Charlotte Motor Speedway when his #99 Aflac Ford was involved in a multi-car accident 90 laps into the 100-lap race.

Edwards’ up-and-down weekend began on qualifying day when, right after Showdown last-placer Joe Nemechek’s run, Edwards rolled out as one of the four final cars to make a timed lap. On his warm-up lap, Edwards suddenly slowed off turn four when he saw rain on his windshield. He drove backwards around the track and returned to pit road, but the qualifying session was soon cancelled, trapping Edwards back in the 26th spot in the Showdown due to his late qualifying draw.

Edwards finished 10th in the Showdown, but was then voted-in to the main event, securing him the 21st and final starting spot in the All-Star Race. His uneventful run that night ended with a bang when he was unable to avoid a multi-car crash in turn one at the start of the fourth and final ten-lap segment. Trapped between Jeff Gordon and Dale Earnhardt, Jr. in the outside groove, Edwards was unable to avoid slamming into the wrecked car of Mark Martin. All of the bottom five finishers were involved in the wreck.

STATS AND FACTS
*The race marked the first time Edwards had finished last in the All-Star Race.
*It is the second time the #99 had ever finished last in the All-Star Race; Jeff Burton was the first in 1997.
*Edwards completed the most laps of any All-Star Race last-place finisher. The previous record was held by Greg Sacks, who completed 82 of the 83 laps in the 1986 All-Star Race in Atlanta.
*Edwards has just one last-place finish in a Cup points race: a crash in the 2006 Daytona 500.

THE BOTTOM FIVE
21) #99-Carl Edwards / 90 laps / crash
20) #24-Jeff Gordon / 90 laps / crash
19) #00-David Reutimann / 90 laps / crash
18) #1-Jamie McMurray / 90 laps / crash
17) #5-Mark Martin / 90 laps / crash

CUP: Nemechek Loses Electrics In Sprint Showdown


Joe Nemechek finished last in Saturday night’s Sprint Showdown at the Charlotte Motor Speedway when his unsponsored #87 NEMCO Motorsports Toyota fell out with electrical problems after completing 9 of the race’s 40 laps.

Nemechek was the final car to make his qualifying run in Friday’s qualifying for the Showdown before rain came and ultimately ended the session. Due to his late draw, this kept Nemechek at the back of the pack on Saturday in the 25th spot. During the opening green-flag run, Nemechek went behind the wall. Norm Benning went behind the wall just before Nemechek, but came back out and managed to finish on the lead lap in 20th.

STATS AND FACTS
*The race marked Nemechek’s first last-place finish in the Sprint Showdown.
*It was also the first time that both a Toyota and the number 87 had ever finished last in the Sprint Showdown.
*Nemechek is the first driver to finish last in the Sprint Showdown with an electrical problem.

THE BOTTOM FIVE
29) #87-Joe Nemechek / 7 laps / electrical
28) #64-Todd Bodine / 13 laps / transmission
27) #42-Juan Pablo Montoya / 16 laps / crash
26) #78-Regan Smith / 16 laps / crash
25) #36-Tony Raines / 18 laps / suspension

TRUCKS: Garvey Loses Engine, Finishes Last at Charlotte


Mike Garvey picked up the 2nd last-place finish of his Camping World Truck Series career in Friday’s North Carolina Education Lottery 200 at the Charlotte Motor Speedway when his #93 S&W Services Chevrolet fell out with an engine failure after completing 9 of the race’s 134 laps.

Garvey solidly made the field for Friday’s race, having qualified 27th at a speed of 171.668 mph, but went behind the wall two laps before the first caution fell on lap 11. Wayne Edwards, the current last-place leader in the Truck Series, was one of the three trucks who failed to qualify for the race. Edwards has yet to make a Truck Series race in 2010.

Garvey continued the streak of different drivers to finish last in each race during the 2010 Truck Series season, but now the #93 Shane Sieg-owned team is tied with Chris Lafferty’s #89 for the Team Rankings lead.

STATS AND FACTS
*The race marked Garvey’s first last-place finish in a Truck Series race since the 2009 Ford 200 at Homestead, where his #38 overheated two laps into the race.
*It is the first time the #93 has ever finished last in a Truck Series race at Charlotte.

THE BOTTOM FIVE
36) #93-Mike Garvey / 9 laps / engine
35) #3-Austin Dillon / 55 laps / running
34) #16-Wes Burton / 59 laps / brakes
33) #85-Brent Raymer / 76 laps / crash
32) #39-Ryan Sieg / 88 laps / crash

TRUCK DRIVER RANKINGS
1st) Landon Cassill, Mike Garvey, Mike Harmon, Narain Karthikeyan, Chris Lafferty, Shane Sieg, G.R. Smith (1)

TRUCK TEAM RANKINGS
1st) #89-Chris Lafferty, #93-Shane Sieg (2)
2nd) #50-Mark Beaver, #60-Jeff Wyler,#98-Duke Thorson (1)

Sunday, May 16, 2010

CUP: Sauter Secures First 43rd After Electrical Glitch at Dover


Johnny Sauter picked up the 1st last-place finish of his Sprint Cup career in Sunday’s Autism Speaks 400 presented by Hershey’s Milk and Milkshakes at the Dover International Speedway when his unsponsored #36 Tommy Baldwin Racing Chevrolet fell out with electrical problems after completing 29 of the race’s 400 laps.

Casey Mears was slated to make his third attempt as driver of the #36, but when Brian Vickers was hospitalized Thursday for blood clots in his legs and near his lungs, Mears was tabbed as Vicker’s substitute in the #83 Red Bull entry. This moved Sauter back into the #36 for the first time since Talladega, where a wreck left him 41st.

In qualifying, Sauter secured the 43rd and final starting spot with a speed of 152.795 mph - his time was just fifteen thousandths of a second faster than Todd Bodine’s #64 Gunselman Motorsports entry, which was sent home along with Max Papis’ #13. Since the team did not have adequate sponsorship, however, Sauter was forced behind the wall under green, followed seven laps later by both PRISM Motorsports cars and Mike Bliss in James Finch’s #09.

STATS AND FACTS
*Sauter’s finish in a Chevrolet ends a Toyota stranglehold on last place in the Cup Series: the last eight consecutive drivers to finish 43rd were all in Toyotas.
*Sauter was the first driver to finish last with electrical problems since Tony Raines last fall in the 2009 Checker O’Reilly Auto Parts 500 at Phoenix. No driver had ever finished last with electrical problems in a Cup race at Dover.
*For the second-straight year, a driver who didn’t have a single Cup last-place finish in nearly 100 starts ended up 43rd. Sauter’s finish came in his 79th start; David Gilliland’s finish in last year’s Autism Speaks 400 came in his 99th start. Sauter is the only first-time last-placer in the 2010 Cup season.
*It was the first last-place finish for Tommy Baldwin Racing since the 2009 Ford 400 at Homestead, when the #36 was driven by Michael McDowell.
*The #36 had never before finished last in a Cup race at Dover.

THE BOTTOM FIVE
43) #36-Johnny Sauter / 29 laps / electrical
42) #55-Michael McDowell / 33 laps / brakes
41) #66-Dave Blaney / 36 laps / electrical
40) #09-Mike Bliss / 36 laps / suspension
39) #71-Bobby Labonte / 65 laps / electrical

CUP DRIVER RANKINGS
1st) Joe Nemechek (3)
2nd) Aric Almirola, Dave Blaney, Michael McDowell (2)
3rd) Robby Gordon, Johnny Sauter, Reed Sorenson (1)

CUP TEAM RANKINGS
1st) #87-NEMCO Motorsports (3)
2nd) #55-PRISM Motorsports, #66-PRISM Motorsports, #09-Phoenix Racing (2)
3rd) #7-Robby Gordon Motorsports, #32-Braun Racing, #36-Tommy Baldwin Racing (1)

Saturday, May 15, 2010

N’WIDE: Gilliland’s Ignition Fails on Backup After Rough Day At Dover


David Gilliland picked up the 3rd last-place finish of his Nationwide Series career in Saturday’s Heluva Good! 200 at the Dover International Speedway when his unsponsored #91 D’Hont Humphrey Motorsports Chevrolet fell out after 1 of the race’s 205 laps with ignition problems.

For better and for worse, Gilliland’s qualifying run was the day’s biggest surprise. His first timed lap was a blistering 154.606 mph, good enough to put his Chevrolet 8th in the starting grid. However, when he tried to get a little more on his second lap, his right-front tire cut down in turns three and four, sending his car hard into the outside wall. With the race hours away, Gilliland was forced to a backup car which ran just one lap before it pulled behind the wall.

Last-place leader Dennis Setzer was not in Saturday’s race, while owner Brad Keselowski finished 42nd, four laps ahead of Gilliland, in the #92 that continues to lead the Team Rankings. Johnny Chapman, still one finish away from tying Ed Berrier for second in the all-time series rankings, finished 39th driving Derrike Cope’s #73.

STATS AND FACTS
*The race marked Gilliland’s first last-place finish in the Nationwide Series since the 2005 Arizona 200 presented by Walk The Line at Phoenix, where his #03 lost its engine after 12 of 200 laps. That year, Gilliland became the only driver ever to sweep both last-place finishes at Phoenix.
*The #91 had not finished last in a Nationwide Series race at Dover since Danny Weese lost the oil pump on his JeNet’s Hair Boutique Oldsmobile 7 laps into the 1985 Budweiser 200 at Dover.
*The #91 had not finished last in a Nationwide Series race of any kind since Dave Blaney, driving for MSRP Motorsports, in the 2009 Degree V12 300 in Atlanta.
*After eleven races, both D’Hont Humphrey Motorsports teams have now finished last in 2010.

THE BOTTOM FIVE
43) #91-David Gilliland / 1 lap / ignition
42) #92-Brian Keselowski / 5 laps / vibration
41) #52-Kevin Hamlin / 10 laps / brakes
40) #90-Chase Miller / 24 laps / electrical
39) #73-Johnny Chapman / 27 laps / brakes

N’WIDE DRIVER RANKINGS
1st) Dennis Setzer (4)
2nd) Michael Annett, Johnny Borneman III, Johnny Chapman, David Gilliland, Brian Keselowski, Danny O’Quinn, Jr., Chrissy Wallace (1)

N’WIDE TEAM RANKINGS
1st) #92-K-Automotive Motorsports (5)
2nd) #15-Germain Racing, #41-Rick Ware, #83-John Borneman, Jr., #90-D’Hont Humphrey Motorsports, #91-D’Hont Humphrey Motorsports, #96-K-Automotive Motorsports (1)

TRUCKS: Lafferty Last After Early Oil Leak at Dover


Chris Lafferty picked up the 1st last-place finish of his Camping World Truck Series career in Friday’s Dover 200 at the Dover International Speedway when his #89 Lafferty Performance Chevrolet fell out with an oil leak after completing 1 of the race’s 204 laps.

Lafferty’s truck was wrecking-loose in qualifying, winding up 33rd in the 36-truck field with a speed of 138.233 mph. Although this poor handling was likely a reason behind his early exit from his third career Truck Series start, an oil leak was the official reason listed.

As the sixth different driver to finish last in as many races in the 2010 season, the Driver’s Standings remains a dead heat with no repeat last-placers so far this year. However, as Mike Harmon finished last in Lafferty’s truck in Atlanta, the #89 team now takes the lead in the Team Rankings.

STATS AND FACTS
*This was the first time the #89 has ever finished last in a Truck Series race at Dover.
*This was just the third time in Truck Series history that a last-place finisher fell out with an oil leak. Mike Hurlbert was the first during the 1995 Maxx Race Cards 200 at Portland; the other was Loni Richardson in the 2004 Sylvania 200 at New Hampshire.

THE BOTTOM FIVE
36) #89-Chris Lafferty / 1 lap / oil leak
35) #6-Donnie Neuenberger / 5 laps / crash
34) #24-Mike Harmon / 18 laps / suspension
33) #93-Shane Sieg / 26 laps / overheating
32) #95-Tim Andrews / 38 laps / transmission

TRUCK DRIVER RANKINGS
1st) Landon Cassill, Mike Harmon, Narain Karthikeyan, Chris Lafferty, Shane Sieg, G.R. Smith (1)

TRUCK TEAM RANKINGS
1st) #89-Chris Lafferty (2)
2nd) #50-Mark Beaver, #60-Jeff Wyler, #93-Shane Sieg, #98-Duke Thorson (1)

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

LASTCAR: Now With Nationwide and Truck Series Coverage!

I am proud to announce that, starting this weekend at Dover, LASTCAR will now be tracking the last-place finishers of not only the Sprint Cup Series, but also the Nationwide Series and the Camping World Truck Series.

To complement the rankings for both series, which can now be accessed with the Sprint Cup stats on the right side of this page, I’ve added this article to introduce how the last-place competition in these two divisions has taken shape.

Included below are the rankings for the first part of the 2010 season, current through the most recent events at Darlington (Nationwide) and Kansas (Trucks). Enjoy!

NASCAR NATIONWIDE SERIES

In its 28-year history, the NASCAR Nationwide Series has seen just six different drivers lead the all-time standings for last-place finishes.

After he tied Jimmy Lawson for the lead in the inaugural 1982 season, the late John Linville took the lead in 1983 and went on to score a career total of 10 by 1988. Linville’s record stood until another series veteran, Ed Berrier, scored his 11th in 1992. From 1994 through 2001, Tommy Houston challenged Berrier’s mark, having tied it in 1994 before he picked up the 12th and final of his career in 1996. Berrier came back to tie Houston in 1998, then reassumed the lead with a 13th in 2001.

In the nine years since, the battle for the last-place lead has intensified. In 2002, Means Racing scored six last-place finishes, reminiscent of the nine Jimmy Means’ operation racked up in the 1992 Winston Cup season. A few years later, MSRP Motorsports, owned by Phil Parsons, racked up a whopping 21 last-place finishes during the 70 Nationwide Series races held from 2008 through 2009. Eight of MSRP’s twelve finishes during the 2009 season were with driver Johnny Chapman, who in doing so amassed the second-most finishes by a single Nationwide Series driver in one season.

As of now, Chapman’s season record is still eclipsed by that of current all-time LASTCAR Nationwide Series leader Jeff Fuller, who scored 11 of his 24 career last-place finishes in the 2004 season alone. As owner Joe Nemechek’s teammate, Fuller’s 2004 campaign for NEMCO Motorsports (pictured) shattered Fuller’s own record from 2003, when he scored seven finishes. Thanks in part to Fuller, NEMCO still holds the LASTCAR owner’s record of 13 finishes in a single season; MSRP came up one finish short of tying the record in 2009.

In addition, both Fuller and Chapman are the only two drivers to score three consecutive last-place finishes in the Nationwide Series: Fuller’s came at Rockingham, Las Vegas, and Darlington in 2004; Chapman’s were at Milwaukee, New Hampshire, and Daytona in 2009.

In 2010, MSRP Motorsports has changed hands; its #90 and #91 now run under the new D’Hont Humphrey Motorsports team. Driving Johnny Chapman’s old #90, Danny O’Quinn, Jr. picked up D’Hont Humphrey’s first - and, so far, only - last-place finish with a brake failure at Nashville.

Meanwhile, Chapman is now one of the drivers for Brian Keselowski’s K-Automotive Motorsports team, which currently leads the 2010 Owner’s Standings with six of the season’s first ten last-place finishes (five for the #92, one for the #96). Chapman scored the 12th last-place finish of his career for K-Automotive at Bristol, moving him to within one finish of tying Ed Berrier for 2nd on the all-time list. Teammate Dennis Setzer’s four finishes for K-Automotive have given him the lead in the 2010 Driver’s Rankings.

CURRENT N'WIDE DRIVER RANKINGS
1st) Dennis Setzer (4)
2nd) Michael Annett, Johnny Borneman III, Johnny Chapman, Brian Keselowski, Danny O’Quinn, Jr., Chrissy Wallace (1)

CURRENT N'WIDE TEAM RANKINGS
1st) #92-K-Automotive Motorsports (5)
2nd) #15-Germain Racing, #41-Rick Ware, #83-John Borneman, Jr., #90-D’Hont Humphrey Motorsports, #96-K-Automotive Motorsports (1)


NASCAR CAMPING WORLD TRUCK SERIES
Since its first full season of competition in 1995, five drivers have led the rankings for the most last-place finishes in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series.

Although T.J. Clark and John Kinder were tied at the end of 1995 with three finishes apiece, it was a third driver, Mike Hurlbert, who passed them both when he scored five finishes in 1996. Combined with a finish of his own in 1995, Hurlbert’s 1996 season moved him into the overall lead with a total of six. Three years later, Phil Bonifield broke Hurlbert’s driver and team season records, racking up the first six last-place finishes of his career driving the #23 Chevrolet in 1999. While Bonifield’s ‘99 season only tied Hurlbert for the overall lead, three more finishes in 2000 moved him into the top spot with nine. Bonifield extended his lead to 11 in 2003, setting a mark that stood for five years.

In 2008, Wayne Edwards crept into the picture and tied Bonifield’s mark. Edwards scored just three last-place finishes in ‘08, but had also picked up at least one last-place finish in six of the eight seasons that preceded it. Edwards’ 2008 campaign came while driving the #0 Chevrolet, which changed hands between owners Gene Christensen and Bobby Dotter. Between the two owners, the #0 racked up a Truck Series record 13 last-place finishes (9 for Christensen, 4 for Dotter). The #0 also became the only team in the series to have scored three-straight last-place finishes, which came at Michigan, Milwaukee, and Memphis.

Edwards finally broke his tie with Bonifield when his 12th finish came in the 2009 season opener at Daytona while driving the #22 Dodge for owner Dwayne Gaulding (pictured). A 13th came that summer at Bristol in the #47 Chevrolet owned by Andy Hillenburg, setting Edwards’ current all-time record for the Truck Series. Currently third in the rankings with eight finishes is Johnny Chapman, who scored two of his finishes while sharing driving duties with Edwards in the #0 during the 2008 season. The prolific Chapman is the very driver who is also third in the Nationwide Series rankings with 12 finishes.

In 2010, the battle for the LASTCAR lead in the Truck Series has stabilized - for now. Neither Wayne Edwards nor Johnny Chapman have yet to qualify for a Truck Series race this season and all five races run so far have had different last-place finishers who drove for five different teams.

CURRENT TRUCK DRIVER RANKINGS
1st) Landon Cassill, Mike Harmon, Narain Karthikeyan, Shane Sieg, G.R. Smith (1)

CURRENT TRUCK TEAM RANKINGS
1st) #50-Mark Beaver, #60-Jeff Wyler, #89-Chris Lafferty, #93-Shane Sieg, #98-Duke Thorson (1)

ALL-TIME: Most Last-Place Finishes (1949-present)

(most recent CUP last-placer in bold black text)
(most recent XFINITY last-placer in
bold blue text)

(most recent TRUCK last-placer in bold red text)
(list excludes all non-points and exhibition races in all three series)

1st) Jeff Green (100)

2nd) Joe Nemechek (41)

3rd) Morgan Shepherd (40)

4th) Derrike Cope (37)

5th) J.D. McDuffie (32)

6th) Michael McDowell (31)

7th) Dave Blaney, Jeff Fuller (29)

8th) Johnny Chapman (28)

9th) Kevin Lepage (27)

10th) Mike Bliss (25)

11th) J.J. Yeley (21)

12th) Matt DiBenedetto, Mike Harmon (20)

13th) Todd Bodine, Blake Koch, Dennis Setzer, G.C. Spencer, Darrell Waltrip (19)

14th) Buddy Baker, Jimmy Means, Michael Waltrip, Cale Yarborough (17)

15th) Ward Burton, Neil Castles, Junior Johnson, Kyle Petty, Tony Raines (16)

16th) Buddy Arrington, Mike Garvey, Bobby Labonte, Phil Parsons, Richard Petty, Mike Skinner, Reed Sorenson, Roy Tyner (15)

17th) Phil Bonifield, Ricky Craven, Wayne Edwards, Terry Labonte, Mark Martin, Ken Schrader, Brad Teague, Josh Wise (14)

18th) Ed Berrier, Jeff Burton, Harry Gant, Henley Gray, Tommy Houston, Sterling Marlin, Dick May, Scott Riggs, Caleb Roark, Joe Ruttman, Mike Wallace, Rusty Wallace (13)

19th) Aric Almirola, John Andretti, Buck Baker, Cecil Gordon, Rick Mast, Greg Sacks, Wendell Scott, Dick Trickle, Kenny Wallace (12)

20th) Norm Benning, Geoffrey Bodine, Earl Brooks, Bill Champion, Jennifer Jo Cobb, Robby Gordon, Steve Grissom, Jimmy Helms, James Hylton, Dale Jarrett, Rick Newsom, Robert Pressley, Elton Sawyer (11)

21st) Landon Cassill, Curtis Crider, Dale Earnhardt, Dale Earnhardt, Jr., Mark Green, Jason Leffler, John Linville, Butch Miller, Ed Negre, Ryan Newman, Jimmy Pardue, Hermie Sadler, Jimmy Spencer, E.J. Trivette, Rick Wilson (10)

22nd) Justin Ashburn, Bill Elliott, Tommy Ellis, David Green, Shane Hall, Jimmy Hensley, Bruce Hill, Bobby Hillin, Jr., Chris Lafferty, Carl Long, Dave Marcis, Jim Paschal, Mike Potter, Scott Speed, Ronnie Thomas, Brian Vickers, Frank Warren (9)

23rd) Brett Bodine, Kyle Busch, Chad Chaffin, James Cox, Joe Frasson, Larry Gunselman, Chris Jones, Travis Kvapil, Jimmie Lewallen, Chad Little, Bosco Lowe, Larry Pearson, Randy Porter, Loni Richardson, Ricky Rudd, Bill Shirey, Jack Sprague, Tony Stewart, Hut Stricklin, Joe Thurman (8)

24th) Bobby Allison, Johnny Benson, Jr., Greg Biffle, Richard D. Brown, Kertus Davis, Jeffrey Earnhardt, Ryan Ellis, David Gilliland, Lance Hooper, Ernie Irvan, Ned Jarrett, Elmo Langley, Jimmy Lawson, Tiny Lund, Jeremy Mayfield, Steve Park, Benny Parsons, Shawna Robinson, Johnny Sauter, Bill Seifert, Jack Smith, Jack Smith [TRUCKS], Lake Speed, David Starr (7)

25th) Mike Alexander, A.J. Allmendinger, Lyndon Amick, Jordan Anderson, Casey Atwood, Stanton Barrett, Joe Bessey, Neil Bonnett, Chuck Bown, Clint Bowyer, Dick Brooks, Kevin Conway, Rick Crawford, Wally Dallenbach, Jr., Dean Dalton, Eddie Falk, Jeff Gordon, Bobby Hamilton, Denny Hamlin, Timmy Hill, Andy Hillenburg, Mike Hurlbert, Randy MacDonald, Coo Coo Marlin, John McFadden, Max Papis, David Pearson, Lee Petty, Tom Pistone, Blackie Pitt, Mike Porter, David Reutimann, Robert Richardson, Jr., Lonnie Rush, Jr., Elliott Sadler, Bob Schacht, Tommy Sigmon, Wayne Smith, Martin Truex, Jr., Curtis Turner, D.K. Ulrich, Bobby Wawak, Bob Welborn (6)

26th) Johnny Allen, Davey Allison, L.D. Austin, Walter Ballard, Trevor Bayne, Jim Bown, Stan Boyd, Kurt Busch, Earle Canavan, Rodney Combs, Stacy Compton, Darel Dieringer, Kerry Earnhardt, Carl Edwards, Larry Frank, Joey Gase, Brendan Gaughan, Wayne Gillette, Kevin Grubb, Bobby Hamilton, Jr., Kenny Hendrick, Doug Heveron, Jack Ingram, Tommy Irwin, John Jackson, Justin Jennings, Jason Keller, John Kennedy, Brownie King, Charles Lewandoski, Roy Mayne, Chase Miller, Patty Moise, Billy Myers, Lance Norick, Baxter Price, Jeff Purvis, Brent Raymer, Brett Rowe, John Sears, Dale Shaw, Kirk Shelmerdine, Billy Standridge, Kelly Sutton, Jabe Thomas, Jim Vandiver, Joe Weatherly, Jason White, Raymond Williams, Chris Wimmer, Doug Yates, Emanuel Zervakis (5)

27th) Loy Allen, Jr., Justin Allgaier, Jack Anderson, Michael Annett, H.B. Bailey, T.J. Bell, Rich Bickle, Eddie Bierschwale, Ryan Blaney, Alex Bowman, Trevor Boys, Gary Bradberry, Darrell Bryant, Terry Cook, Michael Dokken, Bobby Dotter, Danny Efland, Stick Elliott, Ron Esau, Tim Fedewa, Ed Ferree, Kevin Hamlin, Fred Harb, Friday Hassler, Bill Hoff, Bill Hollar, Chris Horn, Sam Hornish, Jr., Tom Hubert, Robert Huffman, Kenny Irwin, Jr., Bobby Isaac, Bobby Johns, Davey Johnson, Dick Johnson, P.J. Jones, Kasey Kahne, Matt Kenseth, Jimmy Kitchens, Brandon Knupp, Ralph Liguori, Dickie Linville, Johanna Long, Justin Marks, Ryan McGlynn, Hershel McGriff, Mike McLaughlin, Jamie McMurray, Casey Mears, Paul Menard, Bud Moore, Frank Mundy, Donnie Neuenburger, Cotton Owens, George Parrish, Billy Rafter, Jim Reed, Dave Rezendes, Fireball Roberts, Clay Rogers, Tony Roper, Jay Sauter, Bob Shreeves, Eddie Skinner, Gwyn Staley, Ricky Stenhouse, Jr., Donald Thomas, Larry Thomas, Jimmy Thompson, Travis Tiller, Bobby Waddell, Brian Weber, Danny Weese, Rex White (4)

28th) Kenny Allen, Willie Allen, Brandon Baker, Larry Baumel, Dick Beaty, Troy Beebe, Jeff Berry, Kelly Bires, Bunkie Blackburn, Jack Bland, Johnny Borneman III, Ron Bouchard, Jim Bray, Rick Carelli, Patrick Carpentier, Raymond Carter, T.J. Clark, Chris Cook, Dave Davis, Bill Dennis, Bob Derrington, C.H. Dingler, Fred Dove, Clark Dwyer, Christian Elder, Joe Eubanks, Aaron Fike, Christian Fittipaldi, Fonty Flock, Tim Flock, A.J. Foyt, Tommy Gale, Walson Gardner, Doug George, Dick Getty, George Green, Joe Harrison, Larry Hess, Tracy Hines, Shane Hmiel, Justin Hobgood, Paul Dean Holt, Andy Houston, Robert Ingram, Glenn Jarrett, Jason Jarrett, Jimmie Johnson, Joe Lee Johnson, Slick Johnson, Eric Jones, D.J. Kennington, Brian Keselowski, Ron Keselowski, John Kinder, Stuart Kirby, Travis Kittleson, Randy LaJoie, Kyle Larson, Richard Lasater, Bill Lester, Charlie Luck, Jocko Maggiacomo, Larry Manning, Tommy Joe Martins, Bobby Mausgrover, Joey McCarthy, Eric McClure, Rick McCray, Ken Meisenhelder, Larry Miller, Lloyd Moore, Arden Mounts, Jerry Nadeau, Danny O’Quinn, Jr., Richie Panch, Danica Patrick, Todd Peck, Lennie Pond, Max Prestwood, Paul Radford, David Ragan, Benny Rakestraw, Maurice Randall, Dick Rathman, Orvil Reedy, Bryan Reffner, Randy Renfrow, Josh Richeson, Ken Rush, Shane Sieg, Pete Silva, Ronnie Silver, Gober Sosobee, Joe Staton, Sammy Swindell, Tyler Tanner, Don Tarr, Graham Taylor, Speedy Thompson, Randy Tolsma, Merv Treichler, Nick Tucker, Billy Wade, Blackie Wangerin, Mark Whitaker, Cole Whitt, Scott Wimmer (3)

29th) Blaise Alexander, George Alsobrook, Marcos Ambrose, Bill Amick, Wayne Anderson, Tim Andrews, Don Angel, Jamie Aube, Randy Baker, Charlie Baker, Ivan Baldwin, Gary Balough, Dexter Bean, Andy Belmont, Brad Bennett, Bill Benson, Tanner Berryhill, Tony Bettenhousen, Don Biederman, Gene Black, Pete Boland, Joe Booher, Dickie Boswell, Rodney Bottinger, Richard Brickhouse, Leonard Brock, Brandon Brown, Perk Brown, Kirk Bryant, Chris Buescher, Joe Buford, Kenny Burks, Carl Burris, Jeb Burton, Scotty Cain, John Callis, Billy Carden, Matt Carter, Rene Charland, Mike Chase, Richard Childress, Ted Christopher, Jerry Churchill, Bobby Coffey, Jim Cook, Bob Cooper, Doug Cooper, Mike Cope, Joe Cote, Tom Cox, Jimmy Crawford, Erin Crocker, Brian Cunningham, Pepper Cunningham, Lloyd Dane, Ronnie Davidson, Joel Davis, Kelly Denton, Justin Diercks, Dave Dion, Ray Duhigg, Glenn Dunaway, Hoss Ellington, Rod Eulenfeld, Chris Fontaine, Larry Foyt, Matt Frahm, Allen Franklin, Hideo Fukuyama, Milan Garrett, Wally Gervais, Derrick Gilchrist, Kenny Gragg, Steve Gray, Clay Greenfield, Wayne Grubb, Allan Harley, Tom Harrington, Ferrel Harris, Bob Hatley, Brett Hearn, Jay Hedgecock, Gene Hobby, Marty Houston, Ron Hutcherson, Al Hylton, Jimmy Insolo, Markey James, Ken Johnson, Brandon Jones, Buckshot Jones, Erik Jones, Henry Jones, Joe Jones, Possum Jones, Ed Jordan, Bobby Keck, John Kenney, Bob Keselowski, Brad Keselowski, Todd Kluever, John Krebs, Jeff Krogh, Corey LaJoie, Sonny Lamphear, Shep Langdon, Harry Leake, Stephen Leicht, Larry LeMay, Tracy Leslie, Ashton Lewis, Paul Lewis, Butch Lindley, Ed Livingston, Owen Loggins, Fred Lorenzen, Damon Lusk, Dave Mader, Curtis Markham, Jimmy Massey, Harold Mays, Dick McCabe, Jerry Miller, Junior Miller, L.W. Miller, Joe Millikan, Juan Pablo Montoya, Ralph Moody, Bunk Moore, Kelly Moore, David Mote, Ted Musgrave, Gary Myers, John Nemechek, Bubba Nissen, G.T. Nolan, Whitey Norman, Jerry O’Neil, Billy Parker, Hank Parker, Jr., Bob Perry, Adam Petty, Dick Poling, George Poulos, Jonathon Price, Scott Pruett, J.T. Putney, Ken Ragan, Stevie Reeves, Tommy Regan, Lee Reitzel, Tim Richmond, Jody Ridley, Mike Riley, Bert Robbins, Marty Robbins, Jerry Robertson, Shorty Rollins, Jackie Rogers, Ermon Rush, Andy Santerre, Jim Sauter, Tim Schendel, Dorsey Schroeder, Tighe Scott, Dub Simpson, Lowe Smith, Slick Smith, Jeff Spraker, Dexter Stacey, Pete Stewart, Don Stives, J.C. Stout, David Stremme, Marshall Teague, Dave Terrell, Roscoe Thompson, T.A. Toomes, Perry Tripp, Ryan Truex, Dick Walters, Scot Walters, Cody Ware, Rick Ware, Gayle Warren, Gus Wasson, Blackie Watt, Jimmy Weller, Dana White, Bill Whitley, B.A. Wilson, Jon Wood, LeeRoy Yarbrough (2)

30th) Carl Adams, Weldon Adams, Grant Adcox, Billy Adkins, Mike Affarano, Ken Alexander, Glenn Allen, Jr., Donnie Allison, George Altheide, Bernard Alvarez, Eddie Anderson, John Anderson, Ole Anderson, Tony Anderson, Tim Andrews, Bob Apperson, Allen Applegate, Tommy Archer, Sam Ard, Frank Arford, Pete Arnold, Joey Arrington, Woody Arrington, Brandon Ash, Bob Ashbrook, Dave Ashley, Bruce Atchley, Tony Ave, Jimmy Ayers, Jeff Babcock, Jack Bailey, Blake Bainbridge, Brad Baker, Rick Baldwin, John Banks, Johnny Barnes, Charles Barrett, Bob Barron, Ed Baugess, Herman Beam, Johnny Beauchamp, Christopher Bell, Ed Benedict, Arnold Bennett, Jim Bennett, Ben Benz, Leo Bergeron, Max Berrier, Jim Bickerstaff, Fred Bince, Art Binkley, Gordon Birkett, Ray Black, Jr., Bill Blackwell, Bill Blair, David Blankenship, John Blewett III, Chad Blount, Barry Bodine, Rick Bogart, David Ray Boggs, Al Bonnell, David Bonnett, Mike Borkowski, John Borneman, Ken Bouchard, Pierre Bourque, Charlie Bradberry, Al Brand, Babe Branscome, Doug Branson, Kenny Brightbill, Barry Brooks, Wayne Broome, Brownie Brown, Cannonball Brown, Clay Brown, Len Brown, Robert Brown, Woody Brown, Andy Bruni, James Buescher, Frank Bumgarner, Bob Burdick, Dick Burns, Ken Butler, Nathan Buttke, Terry Byers, Danny Byrd, William Byron, Sean Caisse, Wally Campbell, Ted Cannady, Terry Cannon, Pete Cardenas, Tom Carey, Jr., Larry Carroll, Crash Carson, Don Carr, Pancho Carter, Larry Cates, Ted Chamberlain, Rodney Childers, Ronnie Childress, Gene Christensen, George Clark, Joe Clark, Mike Clark, Mitchell Clark, Sherman Clark, Allan Clarke, John Cleek, June Cleveland, Ernie Cline, Bill Clinton, Morris Coffman, James Cogdill, Ed Cole, Hal Cole, Leland Colvin, Dean Combs, R.L. Combs, Carlos Contreras, Jim Conway, Smokey Cook, Joe Cooksey, Edward Cooper, Angela Cope, Ernie Cope, Delma Cowart, Tim Cowen, A.J. Cox, Bobby Cox, Doug Cox, Lonnie Cox, Matt Crafton, Freddie Crawford, Spook Crawford, Charlie Creger, Tommy Croft, Robbie Crouch, Ray Crowley, Tommie Crozier, Rodney Cundiff, Bay Darnell, Gene Darragh, Hugh Darragh, Dan Daughtry, Bryan Dauzat, Bennie Davis, Frank Davis, George Davis, Jimmy Davis, Keith Davis, Marc Davis, Dizzy Dean, Claire Decker, Jim Delaney, Matt DeMatthews, Arnold Denley, Bud Diamond, Chris Diamond, Austin Dillon, Mike Dillon, Jim Dimeo, Francis Dionne, Dominic Dobson, John Dodd, Jr., Russ Dohlen, Johnny Dollar, Brian Donley, Jack Donohue, Paul Dorrity, Bobby Dragon, Jerry Draper, Bob Duell, Gerald Duke, Milka Duno, Ralph Dutton, Dennis Dyer, Kieran Dynes, Harvey Eakin, Bobby East, Adam Edwards, Don Eggett, Ricky Ehrgott, Ray Elder, Bud Elliott, Casey Elliott, Bill Elswick, Grant Enfinger, Bob England, Bud Erb, Erik Erickson, Ray Erickson, Mike Ernest, Bill Ervin, Wimpy Ervin, Herbert Estes, Cecil Eunice, Ernest Eury, Garrett Evans, Walker Evans, Frog Fagan, C.J. Faison, Lee Faulk, Lou Faver, Pat Fay, Ron Fellows, Adrian Fernandez, Joe Fields, Lou Figaro, Chet Fillip, Jimmy Finger, Ken Fischer, Bobby Fisher, Woody Fisher, J.R. Fitzpatrick, Pat Flaherty, Bobby Fleming, Walt Flinchum, Jimmy Florian, Bill Flowers, Sam Fogle, Elliott Forbes-Robinson, Billy Foster, George Fox, Stan Fox, Dario Franchitti, Dick Freeman, Bob Freeze, Stewart Friesen, Bubba Furr, Joe Gaita, Spencer Gallagher, Frank Gardner, Dick Garlington, Steve Gatz, Joey Gattina, Scott Gaylord, Bill Gazaway, Andy Genzman, Bobby Gerhart, Whitey Gerken, Vince Giamformaggio, J.D. Gibbs, Mickey Gibbs, Shorty Gibbs, Elmer Gilliam, Butch Gilliland, Joe Gillow, Jerry Glanville, Jack Goodwin, Marc Goossens, Tina Gordon, Mario Gosselin, Matt Gowan, Tator Grady, Frank Graham, Jim Graham, Danny Graves, Eddie Gray, Bill Green, Willie Green, Dick Grice, Charley Griffith, Cecil Grubbs, Alex Guenette, J.J. Haley, Johnny Halford, Bill Hall, Jeff Halverson, John Hamby, Roger Hamby, Don Hamilton, Pete Hamilton, Jeff Handy, Jack Harden, Rock Harn, Shigeaki Hattori, Jack Hauher, John Hayden, J.T. Hayes, Stew Hayward, Louis Headley, Jason Hedlesky, Harvey Hege, Buddy Helms, Kenny Hemphill, Harvey Henderson, Ray Hendrick, Shawn Hendricks, Jeff Hensley, Scott Herberg, Billy Hess, Ed Hessert, Tommy Hilbert, Boyce Hildreth, Elton Hildreth, Morris Hill, Ray Hill, Jimmy Hindman, Joe Hines, Tommy Hirschman, Cotton Hodges, D.J. Hoelzle, Bob Hogle, Al Holbert, Jerry Holden, Armond Holley, Jack Holloway, Caleb Holman, Harland Holmes, Jeff Hooker, Ronnie Hopkins, Ron Hornaday, Jr., Jimmy Horton, Lee Hough, Shelby Howard, Chuck Huckabee, Cliff Hucul, Curtis Hunt, Jim Hurlbert, Mark Hurley, Jim Hurtubise, Dick Hutcherson, Matt Hutter, Jimmy Ingalls, Bubba Into, Roland Isaacs, Haywood Jacobs, Bill Jarlick, Harry Jefferson, John Jennings, Fran Jischke, Fred Johnson, Gary Johnson, Tammy Jo Kirk, Jerry Jolly, Alton Jones, Britton Jones, Jim Jones, Ralph Jones, Richard Jones, J.L. Justice, Reds Kagle, Narain Karthikeyan, Joel Kauffman, Tex Keene, Al Keller, Joe Kelly, Mike Kempton, Benny Kerley, John Kieper, Scott Kilby, Glenn Killian, Frank Kimmel, Casey Kingsland, Kraig Kinser, Harold Kite, Mike Klapak, Parker Kligerman, Kyle Krisiloff, Mark Krogh, Alan Kulwicki, Justin Labonte, Scott Lagasse, Scott Lagasse, Jr., Andy Lally, Bill Latham, Gary Laton, Patrick Lawler, Coleman Lawrence, Jack Lawrence, Steve Lawrence, Anthony Lazzaro, Dawson Lechlider, Max Ledbetter, Ted Lee, Dwayne Leik, Irv Leitch, Donny Lia, Frank Lies, Dick Linder, Johnny Ling, Jr., Virgil Livengood, John Livingston, Joey Logano, Brad Loney, Sterling Long, Clarence Lovell, Scott Lynch, Clyde Lynn, Paul Lyons, Teri MacDonald, Johnny Mackinson, Dave Mader III, Emory Mahon, Chuck Mahoney, Jimmy Mairs, Bill Majot, Mike Mallory, Bill Manfull, Larry Mann, Skip Manning, Dave Marburger, Rick Markle, Ed Markstellar, Ken Marriott, Dick Martin, Otis Martin, Rafael Martinez, Bill Massey, Lyle Matlock, Nace Mattingly, Buzz McCann, Jerry McCart, Jeff McClure, Mark McFarland, Joe Bill McGraw, Norman McGriff, B.J. McLeod, Major Melton, Joe Merola, Stan Meserve, Joey Michaels, Joe Mihalic, Brandon Miller, Joey Miller, Joe Million, Mason Mingus, Ted Minor, Pat Mintey, Artie Mitchell, Robert Mitten, Chase Montgomery, Tommy Moon, Brent Moore, Ryan Moore, Steve Moore, Donny Morelock, Tony Moretti, Rob Morgan, Phillip Morris, Ralph Morris, Earl Moss, Brad Mueller, Terry Murchison, Camden Murphy, Sean Murphy, Charles Muscatel, Bryce Napier, Johnny Nave, Jeff Neal, Randy Nelson, John Hunter Nemechek, Joe Edd Neubert, Brennan Newberry, Gus Newman, A.F. Nichols, Gary Niece, Don Noel, Brad Noffsinger, Ed Normi, Eric Norris, Dan Obrist, Randy Ogden, Clarence Ogle, Dillon Oliver, Jackie Oliver, Mike Olsen, Keith Olson, Bill Osborne, Nelson Oswald, L.D. Ottinger, Ken Pace, Sammy Packard, Lennie Page, Norm Palmer, Marvin Panch, Ruben Pardo, Bob Park, Vic Parsons, Ed Paskovich, Donny Paul, Roy Payne, Dell Pearson, Tom Peck, Peck Peckham, Gene Peltier, Joe Penland, Dominic Persicketti, Timothy Peters, M.R. Peterson, Andy Petree, Julian Petty, Maurice Petty, Eddie Pettyjohn, Andy Pierce, Ed Pimm, Hank Pollard, Andy Ponstein, Bobby Poole, Don Porter, Marvin Porter, Charles Powell, Robert Powell, Ryan Preece, Bob Presnell, Dan Press, Bob Pressley, Bob Price, Kevin Prince, Ray Pruitt, Sherral Pruitt, Smokey Purser, Don Puskarich, Robbie Pyle, Jose Luis Ramirez, Josh Reaume, Boston Reid, Doug Reid, Robbie Reiser, Deborah Renshaw, Roger Reuse, Jack Reynolds, Michael Ritch, Marc Robe, Charlie Roberts, Robby Robinson, Bob Rose, Brian Rose, Bob Ross, Earl Ross, Johnny Rumley, Jim Russell, Johnny Rutherford, Terry Ryan, Boris Said, Darryl Sage, Leon Sales, Ricky Sanders, Sammy Sanders, Bobby Sands, Scotty Sands, Don Satterfield, Scott Saunders, Tim Sauter, Rounder Saverance, Lucky Sawyer, Rodney Sawyers, Connie Saylor, Don Schissler, Chuck Schroedel, Jason Schuler, Volney Schulze, Kevin Schwantz, Brian Scott, Arley Scranton, George Seeger, Greg Seevers, Austin Wayne Self, Mack Sellers, Mike Senica, Andy Seuss, Todd Shafer, Dan Shaver, Graham Shaw, Ron Shephard, Brent Sherman, Paul Shull, Ryan Sieg, David Simko, Buck Simmons, Brian Simo, Dick Skillen, Jamie Skinner, Gordon Smith, G.R. Smith, Louise Smith, Regan Smith, R.K. Smith, Stanley Smith, Garrett Smithley, Gene Simpson, John Soares, Cy Spencer, Junior Spencer, R.D. Smith, Ed Spencer III, Ed St. Angelo, Jr., Fred Starr, Tim Steele, Mike Stefanik, Fred Steinbroner, Scott Stenzel, Bugs Stevens, Jeff Stevens, Jay Stewart, Billy Stiles, Gene Stokes, Dick Stone, Ramo Stott, Bob Strait, Victor Strassburg, Jim Street, Bill Stickler, Bub Strickler, Glenn Sullivan, Mike Swaim, Brad Sweet, Bill Tanner, Frank Tanner, Doug Taylor, T.W. Taylor, Al Terrell, Michelle Theriault, Jason Thom, Herb Thomas, Johnny Thompson, Tommy Thompson, Herb Tillman, Cliff Timberman, Randy Tissot, Warren Tope, Tam Topham, Maynard Troyer, Bryan Tyler, Paul Tyler, Red Untiedt, Mike Urciuoli, John Utsman, Larry Utsman, Layman Utsman, Bill Vanderhoff, Robert Vaughn, Auggie Vidovich, Jacques Villeneuve, Rich Vogler, Mark Voigt, Jack Wade, Kenneth Wagner, Robert Wales, Jimmy Walker, Tyler Walker, Bryant Wallace, Chrissy Wallace, Walter Wallace, Jerome Warren, Mike Weeden, Bill Weiman, Jack Weisemeyer, Al White, Derek White, Drew White, J.C. White, Josh White, Ken White, Jim Whitman, Brandon Whitt, Bill Widenhouse, Dink Widenhouse, Felix Wilkes, Josh Williams, Haskell Willingham, Jerry Wimbish, Eric Wilson, Don Woodard, Cliff Woodson, Bruce Worrell, Bailey Wynkoop, Eddie Yarboro, Alex Yontz, Buddy Young, Steve Young, Jack Zink (1)

TRUCKS: Most Last-Place Finishes (1995-present)

(most recent last-place finisher in bold red text)
*Excludes "Winter Heat" exhibition races

1st) Johnny Chapman (14)

2nd) Wayne Edwards, Caleb Roark (13)

3rd) Phil Bonifeld, Mike Garvey (11)

4th) Norm Benning (10)

5th) Jennifer Jo Cobb, Chris Lafferty (9)

6th) Chris Jones, Loni Richardson (8)

7th) Rick Crawford, Mike Harmon, Mike Hurlbert, Butch Miller (6)

8th) Lance Hooper, Justin Jennings, Blake Koch, Lance Norick, Lonnie Rush, Jr., Dennis Setzer, Morgan Shepherd, Brent Raymer, David Starr, Kelly Sutton (5)

9th) Stan Boyd, Chad Chaffin, Michael Dokken, Brandon Knupp, Carl Long, Ryan McGlynn, Robert Richardson, Jr., Ken Schrader, Jack Sprague, Chris Wimmer (4)

10th) Kenny Allen, Rich Bickle, Rick Carelli, T.J. Clark, Terry Cook, Ryan Ellis, Brendan Gaughan, Doug George, Larry Gunselman, Kenny Hendrick, Chris Horn, John Jackson, John Kinder, Travis Kittleson, Bill Lester, Johanna Long, Randy MacDonald, Tommy Joe Martins, Rick McCray, Scott Riggs, Tony Roper, Shane Sieg, Tyler Tanner, Randy Tolsma, Nick Tucker, Jason White, J.J. Yeley (3)

11th) Justin Allgaier, Tim Andrews, Jamie Aube, T.J. Bell, Brad Bennett, Trevor Boys, Brandon Brown, Bobby Coffey, Mike Cope, Erin Crocker, Brian Cunningham, Bobby Dotter, Carl Edwards, Ron Esau, Chris Fontaine, Milan Garrett, Clay Greenfield, Tracy Hines, Justin Hobgood, Robert Huffman, Bob Keselowski, Travis Kvapil, Kevin Lepage, Charles Lewandoski, Jerry Miller, Joe Nemechek, John Nemechek, Steve Park, Todd Peck, Jonathon Price, Tony Raines, Bryan Reffner, Tommy Regan, Randy Renfrow, David Reutimann, Jerry Robertson, Johnny Sauter, J.C. Stout, Sammy Swindell, Mike Wallace, Rick Ware, Dana White, B.A. Wilson (2)

12th) Mike Affarano, Aric Almirola, Marcos Ambrose, Jordan Anderson, Wayne Anderson, John Andretti, Tommy Archer, Dave Ashley, Jeff Babcock, Jack Bailey, Blake Bainbridge, Christopher Bell, Greg Biffle, Ryan Blaney, John Blewett III, Mike Bliss, Barry Bodine, Todd Bodine, Rick Bogart, John Borneman, Johnny Borneman III, Pierre Bourque, Chuck Bown, Charlie Bradberry, James Buescher, Jeb Burton, Ken Butler, William Byron, Sean Caisse, Landon Cassill, Mike Chase, Gene Christensen, Mike Clark, Morris Coffman, Derrike Cope, Tim Cowen, Lonnie Cox, Matt Crafton, Tommy Croft, Bryan Dauzat, Frank Davis, Jimmy Davis, Claire Decker, Kelly Denton, Mike Dillon, Dominic Dobson, Dennis Dyer, Kerry Earnhardt, Bobby East, Adam Edwards, Ricky Ehrgott, Grant Enfinger, Garrett Evans, Walker Evans, Stan Fox, Stewart Friesen, Joe Gaita, Spencer Gallagher, Joey Gattina, Andy Genzman, J.D. Gibbs, Jerry Glanville, Mario Gosselin, David Green, Willie Green, Alex Guenette, J.J. Haley, Shigeaki Hattori, Stew Hayward, Andy Hillenburg, Caleb Holman, Marty Houston, Shelby Howard, Ernie Irvan, Kenny Irwin, Jr., Roland Isaacs, Tammy Jo Kirk, Brandon Jones, Eric Jones, Narain Karthikeyan, D.J. Kennington, Casey Kingsland, Kraig Kinser, Todd Kluever, Scott Lagasse, Andy Lally, Patrick Lawler, Jason Leffler, Damon Lusk, Teri MacDonald, Mike Mallory, Bill Manfull, Justin Marks, Mark Martin, Mark McFarland, Chase Miller, Joey Miller, Mason Mingus, Ted Minor, Robert Mitten, Chase Montgomery, Ryan Moore, Donny Morelock, Rob Morgan, Phillip Morris, Camden Murphy, Sean Murphy, Bryce Napier, Randy Nelson, John Hunter Nemechek, Donnie Neuenberger, Brennan Newberry, Eric Norris, Dillon Oliver, Timothy Peters, Andy Ponstein, Dan Press, Robbie Pyle, Jose Luis Ramirez, Boston Reid, Deborah Renshaw, Dave Rezendes, Michael Ritch, Marc Robe, Clay Rogers, Brian Rose, Boris Said, Ricky Sanders, Sammy Sanders, Scotty Sands, Scott Saunders, Jay Sauter, Greg Seevers, Austin Wayne Self, Mike Senica, Andy Seuss, Todd Shafer, Dale Shaw, G.R. Smith, Jack Smith, Regan Smith, Scott Stenzel, Jay Stewart, Bob Strait, Brad Sweet, Michelle Theriault, Jason Thom, Tam Topham, Perry Tripp, Ryan Truex, Jacques Villeneuve, Scot Walters, Michael Waltrip, Jimmy Weller, Josh White, Jon Wood, Alex Yontz (1)

XFINITY: Most Last-Place Finishes (1982-present)

(most recent last-place finisher in bold blue text)

1st) Jeff Green (95)

2nd) Jeff Fuller (24)

3rd) Matt DiBenedetto, Morgan Shepherd (16)

4th) Kevin Lepage (15)

5th) Johnny Chapman, Mike Harmon, Blake Koch, Dennis Setzer (14)

6th) Ed Berrier (13)

7th) Tommy Houston, Brad Teague (12)

8th) Mark Green, John Linville (10)

9th) Justin Ashburn, Derrike Cope, Shane Hall (9)

10th) Steve Grissom, Bosco Lowe, Randy Porter, Joe Thurman (8)

11th) Kertus Davis, Tommy Ellis, Jimmy Lawson, Shawna Robinson, Elton Sawyer (7)

12th) Lyndon Amick, Joe Bessey, Eddie Falk, Joe Nemechek, Mike Porter, Tommy Sigmon (6)

13th) Jordan Anderson, Casey Atwood, Dave Blaney, Jim Bown, Jeff Burton, Dale Earnhardt, Kevin Grubb, Jimmy Hensley, Doug Heveron, Dale Jarrett, Jason Keller, Mark Martin, Rick Mast, Patty Moise, Phil Parsons, Mike Potter, Brett Rowe, Josh Wise (5)

14th) Mike Bliss, Chuck Bown, 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 (4)

15th) Mike Alexander, Willie Allen, Brandon Baker, Stanton Barrett, Troy Beebe, Johnny Benson, Jr., Jeff Berry, Jack Bland, Phil Bonifield, Chad Chaffin, Kevin Conway, Chris Cook, Dave Davis, Kerry Earnhardt, Danny Efland, Christian Elder, Aaron Fike, Harry Gant, Joey Gase, Joe Harrison, Robert Ingram, Glenn Jarrett, Jason Jarrett, Brian Keselowski, Richard Lasater, Charles Lewandoski, Charlie Luck, Randy MacDonald, Justin Marks, Jeremy Mayfield, Joey McCarthy, Eric McClure, Michael McDowell, 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, J.J. Yeley (3)

16th) Blaise Alexander, Bobby Allison, Davey Allison, Dexter Bean, T.J. Bell, Tanner Berryhill, Greg Biffle, Kelly Bires, Todd Bodine, Johnny Borneman III, Dickie Boswell, Kirk Bryant, Joe Buford, Kenny Burks, Matt Carter, Ricky Craven, Ronnie Davidson, Justin Diercks, Bobby Dotter, Jeffrey Earnhardt, Carl Edwards, Matt Frahm, Mike Garvey, Derrick Gilchrist, David Gilliland, Kenny Gragg, Wayne Grubb, Bobby Hamilton, Jr., Tom Harrington, Bob Hatley, Brett Hearn, Kenny Hendrick, Timmy Hill, Bobby Hillin, Jr., Shane Hmiel, Lance Hooper, Sam Hornish, Jr., Robert Huffman, Al Hylton, James Hylton, Ernie Irvan, John Jackson, Eric Jones, Kasey Kahne, D.J. Kennington, Brad Keselowski, Jeff Krogh, Terry Labonte, Randy LaJoie, Jason Leffler, Stephen Leicht, Tracy Leslie, Ashton Lewis, Butch Lindley, Carl Long, Curtis Markham, Dick McCabe, L.W. Miller, Kelly Moore, Billy Myers, Bubba Nissen, Billy Parker, Hank Parker, Jr., Larry Pearson, Adam Petty, Paul Radford, Stevie Reeves, David Reutimann, Robert Richardson, Jr., Mike Riley, Andy Santerre, Jay Sauter, Tim Schendel, Lowe Smith, Scott Speed, Jeff Spraker, David Starr, Dexter Stacey, Michael Waltrip, Gus Wasson, Jason White (2)

17th) Billy Adkins, Ken Alexander, Glenn Allen, Jr., Loy Allen, Jr., Aric Almirola, Tony Anderson, Tim Andrews, Michael Annett, Allen Applegate, Brad Baker, Randy Baker, Ray Black, Jr., Ryan Blaney, David Blankenship, David Bonnett, Mike Borkowski, Ron Bouchard, Ken Bouchard, Stan Boyd, Gary Bradberry, Babe Branscome, Wayne Broome, Clay Brown, Frank Bumgarner, Ward Burton, Kyle Busch, 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, Kelly Denton, Chris Diamond, Brian Donley, Bobby Dragon, Milka Duno, Kieran Dynes, Wayne Edwards, Bill Elliott, Bud Elliott, Casey Elliott, Cecil Eunice, C.J. Faison, Adrian Fernandez, Christian Fittipaldi, J.R. Fitzpatrick, Bob Freeze, Steve Gatz, Scott Gaylord, Jeff Gordon, Tina Gordon, Tator Grady, John Hayden, Jay Hedgecock, Shawn Hendricks, Jeff Hensley, Scott Herberg, Billy Hess, Tommy Hilbert, Tracy Hines, Tommy Hirschman, Justin Hobgood, D.J. Hoelzle, Chris Horn, Ron Hornaday, Jr., Marty Houston, Tom Hubert, Matt Hutter, Haywood Jacobs, Jimmie Johnson, Brandon Jones, 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, Bobby Labonte, Justin Labonte, Scott Lagasse, Jr., Kyle Larson, Gary Laton, Steve Lawrence, Anthony Lazzaro, Dwayne Leik, Donny Lia, Johnny Ling, Jr., John Livingston, Brad Loney, Johanna Long, Damon Lusk, Scott Lynch, Dave Mader III, Rick Markle, Sterling Marlin, Rafael Martinez, Jerry McCart, Jeff McClure, B.J. McLeod, Jamie McMurray, Joey Michaels, Brandon Miller, Butch Miller, Joe Millikan, Brent Moore, Ralph Morris, Brad Mueller, Jeff Neal, Ryan Newman, Gary Niece, Mike Olsen, Clarence Ogle, L.D. Ottinger, Max Papis, Ruben Pardo, Bob Park, Steve Park, Danica Patrick, Roy Payne, Todd Peck, Tom Peck, Andy Petree, Robert Powell, Ryan Preece, Bob Pressley, Kevin Prince, Scott Pruett, David Ragan, Josh Reaume, 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, 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, Perry Tripp, Bryan Tyler, Mike Urciuoli, Larry Utsman, Brian Vickers, Auggie Vidovich, Mark Voigt, Tyler Walker, Chrissy Wallace, Scot Walters, Mike Weeden, Jimmy Weller, Derek White, Drew White, Josh Williams, Haskell Willingham, Eric Wilson, Chris Wimmer, Jon Wood (1)

Sunday, May 9, 2010

CUP: Sorenson Slaps Wall, Falls Out Early At Darlington


Reed Sorenson picked up the 5th last-place finish of his Cup Series career in Saturday’s Showtime Southern 500 at the Darlington Raceway when his unsponsored #32 Braun Racing Toyota fell out with crash damage after completing 19 of the race’s 367 laps.

Sorenson was making his fourth attempt of the 2010 season and his second straight without a sponsor. In qualifying, his first timed lap was 175.987 mph, but a spin off turn three during his second lap forced him to wait and see if he would make the show. In the end, five other cars outside the Top 35 ran slower than Sorenson, giving him the 36th starting spot. On Saturday, Sorenson dropped to the back of the field before the start, then went to the garage shortly after he slapped the outside wall during the opening green-flag run.

It was the first last-place finish of 2010 for both Sorenson and Braun Racing.

2010 last-place leader Joe Nemechek failed to qualify for Saturday’s race in a backup car after his primary, 18th fastest in the opening practice, was destroyed in a single-car wreck in Happy Hour. Both PRISM Motorsports cars of Dave Blaney and Michael McDowell rebounded from DNQs last week at Richmond and finished 42nd and 40th, respectively. McDowell’s car fell out when brake heat melted the bead on his right-front tire in turn two on lap 44, bringing out the first caution of the race.

STATISTICS AND FACTS
*Sorenson’s most recent last-place finish in Cup Series competition was the 2008 Aaron’s 499 at Talladega, where his #41 Target Dodge lost the engine four laps into the race.
*Sorenson was the first driver to finish last while driving NASCAR’s “Car of Tomorrow;” he crashed out 21 laps into the 2007 Food City 500 at Bristol.
*The finish was the second-ever for Braun Racing in the Cup Series. Shane Hmiel made his Cup debut for the team in the 2005 Kobalt Tools 500 at Atlanta, but his #08 Win Fuel Chevrolet was involved in a multi-car wreck on the first lap.
*The most recent last-place finish by the #32 in a Cup race was Bobby Hamilton, Jr’s Tide Chevrolet, when it lost an engine 63 laps into the 2005 Banquet 400 at Kansas.
*The #32 has never before finished last in a Cup race at Darlington, although the number of Roscoe Thompson’s 1949 Oldsmobile in the inaugural 1950 Southern 500 is unknown.

THE BOTTOM FIVE
43) #32-Reed Sorenson / 19 laps / crash
42) #66-Dave Blaney / 35 laps / transmission
41) #46-J.J. Yeley / 42 laps / brakes
40) #55-Michael McDowell / 44 laps / crash
39) #64-Todd Bodine / 47 laps / brakes

DRIVER RANKINGS
1st) Joe Nemechek (3)
2nd) Aric Almirola, Dave Blaney, Michael McDowell (2)
3rd) Robby Gordon, Reed Sorenson (1)

TEAM RANKINGS
1st) #87-NEMCO Motorsports (3)
2nd) #55-PRISM Motorsports, #66-PRISM Motorsports, #09-Phoenix Racing (2)
3rd) #7-Robby Gordon Motorsports, #32-Braun Racing (1)

Sunday, May 2, 2010

CUP: Nemechek Takes 2010 Lead After Early Crash at Richmond


Joe Nemechek picked up the 20th last-place finish of his career in Saturday night’s Crown Royal presents the Heath Calhoun 400 at the Richmond International Raceway when his unsponsored #87 NEMCO Motorsports Toyota was involved in a single-car accident that knocked him out of the race after 42 of the race’s 400 laps.

Nemechek’s car was the fastest in “go-or-go-home” car in Happy Hour on Friday, good enough for 25th of the 46 cars set to qualify that afternoon. In qualifying, Nemechek was even more impressive - he turned in the 11th-fastest lap at a speed of 125.874 mph and was again the fastest car outside the Top 35. Both PRISM Motorsports cars of Dave Blaney and Michael McDowell were not fast enough to make the field, ending the team’s streak of four consecutive last-place finishes.

Before the race, Nemechek surrendered his 11th starting spot, causing him to be lapped by Kyle Busch in the early stages of the race. Shortly thereafter, while running ahead of 2nd-place Jeff Gordon off turn two, Nemechek blew a right-front tire and smacked the wall, taking him out of the race after 42 laps. Tony Raines, who drove Larry Gunselman’s car into the field in the team’s first attempt since last fall at Martinsville, fell out 27 laps later and will, as a result, be inspected by NASCAR.

STATISTICS
*Nemechek and NEMCO Motorsports’ #87 now lead all drivers and teams in Cup last-place finishes for 2010.
*Nemechek’s finish moved him to 3rd in the all-time LASTCAR Sprint Cup rankings and again tied him with Dave Blaney for the most last-place finishes in the Car of Tomorrow.
*It is Nemechek’s first last-place finish in a Cup race at Richmond since his #78 Furniture Row Chevrolet crashed out of the 2007 Chevy Rock ‘n Roll 400 after 130 laps.
*It is the first time the #87 has finished last in a Cup race at Richmond since the 1967 Richmond 250, the spring race at what was then a dirt track called Virginia State Fairgrounds, when Buck Baker’s 1966 Ford had a fuel line problem after 8 laps.

THE BOTTOM FIVE
43) #87-Joe Nemechek / 42 laps / crash
42) #64-Tony Raines / 69 laps / vibration
41) #32-Reed Sorenson / 80 laps / overheating
40) #09-Mike Bliss / 86 laps / brakes
39) #46-Terry Cook / 92 laps / rear gear

DRIVER RANKINGS
1st) Joe Nemechek (3)
2nd) Aric Almirola, Dave Blaney, Michael McDowell (2)
3rd) Robby Gordon (1)

TEAM RANKINGS
1st) #87-NEMCO Motorsports (3)
2nd) #55-PRISM Motorsports, #66-PRISM Motorsports, #09-Phoenix Racing (2)
3rd) #7-Robby Gordon Motorsports (1)

CORRECTION: Mike Skinner’s last-place finish last fall at Texas was actually the 9th of his career; I mistakenly credited James Hylton with a finish Skinner scored at Pocono in 1992. All articles and statistics have now been updated with the corrections to both drivers' stats.
CORRECTION 2: Bobby Rahal did not finish last in his only Sprint Cup start at Riverside in 1984. The race was instead the scene of Phil Parsons' first last-place finish, raising Parsons' career total to 10. All rankings have been updated to reflect this as well.