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By Zane Miller

0- Mike Bliss

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Bliss drove the 0 car in one season with the team in 2005, managing two top 10's in 36 races.

First Win: 1960 California State Fairgrounds race (Jim Cook)

Last Win: 1966 Independent 250 (Darel Dieringer)

Last Ran: 2005 Ford 400 (Mike Bliss)

Total Wins: 2

00- David Reutimann

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Reutimann had by far the best run in the 00, with two wins, 12 top fives and 22 top 10's racing the number from 2009-11 with a brief stint in 2008 for a total of 140 races.

First Win: 2009 Coca-Cola 600 (David Reutimann)

Last Win: 2010 400 (David Reutimann)

Last Ran: 2021 Cup Series Championship Race (Quin Houff)

Total Wins: 2

01- Joe Nemechek

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Nemechek ran the 01 from 2004-06 and a little bit in '03, netting the number's only win in the process.

First and Only Win: 2004 Banquet 400 (Joe Nemechek)

Last Ran: 2008 Ford 400 (Regan Smith)

Total Wins: 1

02- Curtis Crider

Finally, we can get into the more obscure drivers from the early days of NASCAR. While I couldn't find any pictures of this car, Crider ran the 02 for most of the 1964 season with seven top fives and 24 top 10's in 42 races.

Last Ran: 2009 Ford 400 (David Gilliland)

Total Wins: 0

03- GC Spencer

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Spencer collected four top fives and seven top 10's racing the 03 in only 15 races throughout the 1963 season before switching to the number 49 the next season.

Last Ran: 1994 Bud at the Glen (Butch Leitzinger)

Total Wins: 0

04- Ken Meisenhelder

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Unfortunately I could only find a picture of a model for this one, but Meisenhelder raced the 04 in a limited schedule for 34 races between 1969-70, then switched to 41 in 1971.

Last Ran: 2009 Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips at the Glen (PJ Jones)

Total Wins: 0

05- David Sisco

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Sisco ran 121 races for his self-owned 05 car full-time from 1973-76, part-time from 1971-72, getting six top fives and 31 top 10's in 121 races before changing to number 16 for his final season in '77.

Last Ran: 1993 Budweiser at the Glen (Ed Ferree)

Total Wins: 0

06- Neil Castles

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Castles raced his self-owned 06 Dodge beginning midway through the 1967 season to 1972, then ran it occasionally from 1973-75 for 232 races, earning 30 top fives and 83 top 10's along the way.

First and Only Win: 1965 Valdosta Speedway race (Cale Yarborough)

Last Ran: 2007 Ford 400 (Sam Hornish Jr.)

Total Wins: 1

07- Clint Bowyer

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Bowyer ran the 07 for 108 races from 2006-08, collecting the number's two total wins, 16 top fives and 42 top 10's before oddly moving to a new car within the same team in 2009.

First Win: 2007 Sylvania 300 (Clint Bowyer)

Last Win: 2008 Dan Lowry 400 (Clint Bowyer)

Last Ran: 2010 Irwin Tools Night Race (Robby Gordon)

Total Wins: 2

08- EJ Trivette

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Trivette ran the 08 for the full 1969 season, along with two races in 1970 totaling 41 races, getting 11 top 10's along the way as well.

Last Ran: 2009 Ford 400 (Terry Labonte)

Total Wins: 0

09- Larry Manning

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Manning raced the 09 in about half of the 1963 season, and briefly in '64. However, he ran well in the short amount of time, finishing with one top five and 11 top 10's in 25 starts.

First and Only Win: 2009 Aaron’s 499 (Brad Keselowski)

Last Ran: 2011 Coca-Cola 600 (Landon Cassill)

Total Wins: 1

1- Jamie McMurray

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McMurray had a good run in the 1 car, with four wins, 33 top fives and 88 top 10's in 324 races from 2010 to the present, including a Daytona 500 win in his first race in the car, a season in which he had three victories.

First Win: 1956 Portland Speedway race #4 (Lloyd Dane)

Last Win: 2023 Cup Series Championship race (Ross Chastain)

Currently Used by: Ross Chastain

Total Wins: 26

2- Brad Keselowski

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Although Rusty Wallace puts up strong competition, Keselowski gets the nod for best driver of the 2 car by winning the 2012 championship to go along with 34 wins, 137 top fives and 221 top 10's in 396 races from 2011 to 2021. In fact, Dale Earnhardt comes in a close second, since he won the 1980 championship in the 2, but came up far shorter than Keselowski in wins. But, spoilers, Earnhardt will come up again soon.

First Win: 1950 Vernon Fairgrounds race #1 (Bill Blair)

Last Win: 2022 Daytona 500 (Austin Cindric)

Currently Used by: Austin Cindric

Total Wins: 101

3- Dale Earnhardt

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No surprises here. The Intimidator won the 1986, 1987, 1990, '91, '93 and '94 championships and earned 67 wins, 227 top fives and 348 top 10's in 529 races between 1984-2001 in his famous number 3. Tragically, Earnhardt was killed in the 2001 Daytona 500.

First Win: 1954 Oakland Stadium race #1 (Dick Rathman)

Last Win: 2022 Coke Zero Sugar 400 (Austin Dillon)

Currently Used by: Austin Dillon

Total Wins: 101

4- Kevin Harvick

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Harvick, with his 2014 championship, has 37 wins, 151 top fives and 235 top 10's in 360 starts during his stint using the number 4 from 2014 until his retirement after the 2023 season. Rex White also earned the championship while driving the 4 car, winning the championship in 1960.

First Win: 1954 Gardena Speedway race (John Soares)

Last Win: 2022 Federated Auto Parts 400 (Kevin Harvick)

Currently Used by: Josh Berry

Total Wins: 82

5- Kyle Larson

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Larson won the 2021 championship with the 5 ride, having scored 17 wins, 48 top-fives and 63 top-10s in 108 career starts with the number from 2021 to the present day. Terry Labonte also scored his second career title in 1996 with the 5, taking 12 wins along the way.

First Win: 1960 Piedmont Interstate Fairgrounds race #2 (Cotton Owens)

Last Win: 2023 South Point 400 (Kyle Larson)

Currently Used by: Kyle Larson

Total Wins: 62

6- David Pearson

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Pearson won his first of three championships driving the 6 car in 1966, as he started racing the 6 in 1964, but left for another team the following year before returning a year later to take the championship. All in all, he got 27 wins, 79 top fives and 111 top 10's. Mark Martin also makes a strong case, but unfortunately was unable to win the title with the 6 car.

First Win: 1951 Daytona Beach and Road Course race (Marshall Teague)

Last Win: 2011 Coke Zero 400 (David Ragan)

Currently Used by: Brad Keselowski

Total Wins: 83

7- Alan Kulwicki

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Kulwicki was the victor in one of the most exciting championship battles in NASCAR history in 1992 in his self-owned 7 car, one of the final independent owner/drivers to do so. Kulwicki also collected five wins, 22 top fives and 71 top 10's in his 179 races with the car from 1987-93. Tragically, Kulwicki was killed in a plane crash early in the 1993 season.

First Win: 1949 Wilkes 200 (Bob Flock)

Last Win: 1996 Bud at the Glen (Geoffrey Bodine)

Currently Used by: Corey LaJoie

Total Wins: 23

8- Joe Weatherly

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Apologies to Dale Earnhardt Jr. fans, but Weatherly won the 1962 and '63 championships driving the 8 car, going along with 20 wins, 67 top fives and 86 top 10's in 110 races from 1961-64. Sadly, Weatherly was killed in a crash early in the '64 season.

First Win: 1961 Daytona 500 Qualifier #2 (Joe Weatherly)

Last Win: 2023 Enjoy Illinois 300 (Kyle Busch)

Currently Used by: Kyle Busch

Total Wins: 44

9- Bill Elliott

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Elliott earned the 1988 championship with the 9 car, as well as 38 wins, 135 top fives and 227 top 10's in 446 races from 1976-91, then from 2001-03 as he returned with a new team, but with the same number. Elliott's son Chase Elliott adds strong competition, winning the 2020 championship in the 9 as well with 18 wins to his credit.

First Win: 1952 Wilkes 200 (Herb Thomas)

Last Win: 2022 YellaWood 500 (Chase Elliott)

Currently Used by: Chase Elliott

Total Wins: 71