Check out among the legends who’ve raced automotive quantity 11 within the NASCAR Cup Sequence, together with names like Junior Johnson, Darrell Waltrip and A.J. Foyt.
From three southerners driving for a legendary proprietor to a pair of open-wheel greats to quick stints by early champions, automotive quantity 11 has a protracted and wealthy historical past within the NASCAR Cup Sequence.
The quantity 11 is the winningest automotive quantity within the Cup Sequence, with names like Yarborough, Jarrett, Waltrip and Andretti having pushed it through the years.
The general stat line for the double-one is that this: 218 wins, 755 prime 5 finishes, 1,030 prime ten finishes, 162 pole positions, 61,494 laps led and a mean end of 13.9 in 2,028 races. The driving force with probably the most wins behind the wheel of the #11 automotive is Cale Yarborough.
Yarborough received all three of his championships and earned 55 of his 83 wins utilizing the quantity 11 from 1973 via 1980. His success within the 1970s stands out within the automotive quantity’s historical past, however he wasn’t the primary driver to deliver the quantity to fame.
Ned Jarrett raced to each of his championships and 49 of his 50 wins driving the quantity 11, utilizing the quantity for a handful of races in 1959 after which in most races from 1960 via 1966.
An eventual Fox Sports activities analyst introduced the automotive to success within the 1980s after Jarrett and Yarborough. Whereas he used numerous numbers throughout his profession, together with 17 and 88, Darrell Waltrip received all three of his championships within the #11 automotive. Of his 84 victories, 43 got here with that quantity.
Jarrett, Yarborough and Waltrip all discovered success with the identical digits on their doorways. For Jarrett, he ran the quantity with numerous house owners, together with himself. For long-time rivals Yarborough and Waltrip, the widespread hyperlink is Junior Johnson.
As a driver, Johnson drove the quantity 11 automotive to 11 wins between 1958 and 1959 for workforce proprietor Paul Spaulding. As an proprietor himself, Johnson used the quantity 11 for his major automotive for a number of years, beginning mid-season in 1974 when he took over Yarborough’s workforce from Richard Howard.
Yarborough piloted the automotive till 1980. Waltrip did so from 1981 to 1986, Terry Labonte did so from 1987 to 1989, Geoff Bodine did so from 1990 to 1991, Invoice Elliott did so from 1992 to 1994 and Brett Bodine did so from 1995 to 2003, competing for Johnson’s workforce in 1995.
Whereas Johnson fielded different vehicles for different drivers, it was the #11 automotive that introduced him 102 of his 132 wins and all six of his championships as an proprietor.
The automotive quantity was good to the southern bootlegger from NASCAR nation, and it additionally supplied a successful style to a pair of open-wheel stars.
Mario Andretti received 33 races and three championships in AAA/USAC Champ Automobile, 19 races and a championship in CART/Champ Automobile and 12 races and a championship in Method 1.
Within the Cup Sequence, Andretti’s lone win got here within the #11 automotive. He received the 1967 Daytona 500 for Holman-Moody. Total, he made eight of his 14 begins within the #11 automotive between 1967 and 1968.
Whereas he managed solely 4 prime 20 finishes and two prime 10 finishes throughout that span, his lone win allowed him to depart his mark on the storied historical past of automotive quantity 11.
One other open-wheeler who used these digits was A.J. Foyt. The seven-time AAA/USAC Champ Automobile champion, who received 67 races within the collection, recorded considered one of his seven Cup Sequence wins driving the #11 automotive.
He recorded three prime 5 finishes in six begins with the quantity between 1968 and 1970, together with a 1970 highway course win at Riverside Worldwide Raceway.
Different notable drivers to drive the #11 automotive embrace Buddy Baker, Fireball Roberts, two-time champion Tim Flock, 1983 champion Bobby Allison, 1960 champion Rex White and two-time champion Joe Weatherly. Of these drivers, Baker recorded two wins and Allison recorded three utilizing the quantity 11.
Flock, Allison, White and Weatherly mixed for less than 12 begins with that quantity, whereas one other notable title in Mark Martin has just one begin because the substitute for the automotive’s present driver in 2013. That present driver is Denny Hamlin, who ranks fourth on the wins checklist amongst drivers utilizing that quantity with 38 victories within the automotive.
Hamlin was part of final 12 months’s Championship four and was the championship runner-up in 2010. He has three Daytona 500 wins and a profession common end of 13.6, all within the #11 automotive for Joe Gibbs Racing.
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With a protracted checklist of legends and notable racers, automotive quantity 11 is likely one of the most storied digits in NASCAR Cup Sequence historical past.