When Greg Biffle and Jamie McMurray take the green flag to start Saturday night's Federated Auto Parts 400 at Richmond International Raceway, they will join an elite club: Active drivers with 500 career NASCAR Sprint Cup Series starts. Biffle and McMurray will be the ninth and 10th members of that club. Hereâs the full list.
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Greg Biffle, 499
A rarity in this business, Biffle has spent his entire Sprint Cup career driving for Jack Roush. His first start came at Auto Club Speedway in April 2002, and his first victory was in the July 2003 Daytona race.
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Jamie McMurray, 499
In October 2002, McMurray tied a NASCAR record, winning in just his second career start. It came when he subbed for an injured Sterling Marlin and drove a Chip Ganassi Dodge to victory in the fall Charlotte race.
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Jimmie Johnson, 532
With six Sprint Cup championships to his credit, Johnson trails only the seven each won by Richard Petty and the late Dale Earnhardt. He’s also the only driver to make the field for the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup in every season since its inception in 2004.
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Ryan Newman, 537
The Indiana native beat out Jimmie Johnson for Sunoco Rookie of the Year honors in 2002 and has won a whopping 51 poles in his career, ninth-best in NASCAR history. Newman finished second in points two years ago without winning a race.
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Kevin Harvick, 563
Since moving to Stewart-Haas Racing, Harvick won the 2014 Sprint Cup championship, finished second last year and has led the points after 19 of the first 25 races this season. Truly one of the sport’s best.
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Kurt Busch, 565
In the final race of the inaugural Chase in 2004, Busch had a wheel come off and he missed crashing into the pit wall by mere inches. He somehow managed to stay on the lead lap and finish well enough to edge Johnson for the championship.
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Dale Earnhardt Jr., 595
For the entire second half of the 2016 season, Earnhardt will be on the sidelines as he recovers from a concussion suffered at Michigan in June. Throughout his career, Earnhardt not only has enjoyed success on the track, he is far and away NASCAR’s most popular driver.
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Matt Kenseth, 603
In 2003, Kenseth drubbed the competition so badly that it proved to be the impetus for the sanctioning body to adopt the Chase system the following season. Kenseth also gave car owner Jack Roush the first of his two Cup championships.
Tony Stewart, 607
Here’s a little slice of trivia for you: Stewart is the only driver in NASCAR history who has won a Winston Cup title, a Nextel Cup title and a Sprint Cup title. He’s also the first driver to qualify at over 200 miles per hour on a 1.5-mile track.
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Jeff Gordon, 802
The numbers Gordon has posted throughout his career are staggering: 81 poles, 93 race victories, 325 top fives and 24,929 laps led. And outside the car, he’s been of the sport’s greatest ambassadors and philanthropists.