In 2011, Nascar had 30 drivers start all 36 Cup Series races.
During his 27 year career, David Pearson started 574 Nascar Cup Series races. He started 351 races when it was known as the Grand National Series and 223 races when it was the Winston Cup Series.
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Jimmie Johnson won his first Nascar Cup Series race in his 13th career start.
Paul Menard's first Nascar Cup Series race was on August 10, 2003. During that season he also competed in six Nationwide Series races and five Truck Series races.In 2007, Menard began competing full-time in the Nascar Cup Series.
Danica Patrick began racing in the IRL IndyCar Series in 2005. She also began driving ARCA and Nascar Nationwide Series races in 2010. Her first Nascar Cup Series race was the 2012 Daytona 500.
Jimmie Johnson's rookie season in the Nascar Cup Series was 2002. In 2001, he only drove in three races. He also drove in his first Busch Series race on July 31, 1998.
There are 43 cars that start each Nascar Sprint Cup Series race.
Jimmie Johnson has 435 Sprint Cup Series starts, 93 Nationwide Series starts, and 1 Camping World Truck series start.
Kasey Kahne began Nascar Cup Series racing in 2004.
Kevin Harvick joined the Nascar Cup Series in 2001.