When the 2009 Coca-Cola 600 begins, there will be one driver in the field that will be making a special milestone that only six others have made in their NASCAR careers. A whopping 800 Sprint Cup starts!
Dawsonville, Ga. native Bill Elliott will become the seventh driver to make his 800th start in the history of NASCAR on Sunday.
This season, Elliott has qualified for every race he started. Even though he will have to qualify with the "go or go home" cars, he will make the field for Sunday's race thanks to his 1988 series championship, which automatically gives the recent champion outside the top 35 in owners points to have a starting spot in the field.
In case you were wondering, here are the other drivers who've made at least 800 starts in their respective careers:
Richard Petty: 1184
Ricky Rudd: 906
Dave Marcis: 883
Terry Labonte: 862
Kyle Petty: 829
Darrell Waltrip: 809