Through the years: Drivers of the No. 88
By Staff Report | Monday, October 5, 2020
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The No. 88 has seen its share of action in the NASCAR Cup Series. Plenty of notable drivers have filled its seat along the way.
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Pepper Cunningham: Had the first-ever start in the No. 88 in 1949.
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Tim Flock: The NASCAR Hall of Famer made one start in the car -- 1954 on Daytona Beach.
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Buck Baker: Another NASCAR Hall of Fame, Baker's first start in the No. 88 also came in 1954.
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Ralph Earnhardt: Junior isn't the only Earnhardt to drive this number. His grandfather, Ralph, did in 1957 at Martinsville.
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Fireball Roberts: Fireball had two career starts in the No. 88, both in 1959.
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Buddy Baker: Baker had more than 100 starts in the No. 88 from 1959-1991.
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Tiny Lund: Lund, left, drove the No. 88 three times at two historic locations: Daytona Beach and Darlington.
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Joe Weatherly: The NASCAR Hall of Famer logged one start in the No. 88.
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Benny Parsons: Parsons drove the car four times in two years at Daytona Beach.
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Donnie Allison: Allison never won in the car, but he did precede one of the most famous drivers in 88 history.
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Darrell Waltrip: Another driver with more than 100 starts, 'Jaws' drove to victory in 1975 at Richmond. He drove it through the 1980 season.
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Ricky Rudd: Rudd picked up where Waltrip left off in 1981, and he got back in the car in 2007.
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Bobby Allison: Another NASCAR Hall of Famer, Allison won five times during a 10-race stretch in 1982.
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Geoffrey Bodine: Bodine drove the No. 88 for most of the 1983 season.
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Rusty Wallace: Remember, Wallace was in this car before catching on at Team Penske.
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Dale Jarrett: DJ ran the No. 88 from 1996-2006.
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Dale Earnhardt Jr.: Joining Hendrick Motorsports in 2008, Junior drove the No. 88 through the 2017 season after years of being in the No. 8.
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Jeff Gordon: Gordon, who drove 797 races in the No. 24, came out of retirement to drive in eight as substitute driver for Dale Jr.
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Alex Bowman: Filled in for Dale Jr. for 10 races in 2016 and earned Earnhardt's endorsement for the ride after Dale Jr. announced he would end his full-time racing career after the 2017 season. Currently, Bowman is in his second full-time season with Hendrick Motorsports in the No. 88.