For just the fifth time in NASCAR Cup Series history, a car number has hit the triple-century mark in victories.
William Byron’s win Sunday in the Goodyear 400 at Darlington Raceway was the No. 24 car’s 100th victor in NASCAR’s premier series.
“We were well aware on the team,” Byron said of being aware of closing in on the 100th win mark. “It’s kind of that hump we wanted to get over pretty quick. I think I was a little bit anxious about it. Getting those two wins early in the year and then trying to get a third is tough.
“In this sport everyone is so competitive, as we saw today. You had four or five cars within a chance for the lead.”
The No. 24 made its debut in the Cup Series at the Beach and Road Course in Daytona Beach, Fla. in 1950 with driver Dick Clothier.
Other drivers who drove the No. 24 include Sam McQuagg, Bobby Allison and Cecil Gordon.
The No. 24 would have to wait for Jeff Gordon to claim its first win in the Cup Series, coming at Charlotte Motor Speedway in 1994. Gordon would win with the No. 24 93 times in his career.
Byron has scored the other seven victories for the No. 24.
“Good to get over that hump and get that monumental win for the No. 24,” Byron said. “It’s been a really special number to me already.”
The all-time leading car number in wins is the No. 11 (229), followed by the No. 43 (200), then a tie with the No.’s 2 and 3 ith 101 wins.
The next closest car number to the century mark in wins is the No. 21 with 92 victories.
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