When you look at the history of the car No. 6 in the NASCAR Premier Series, the numbers are impressive. In fact, the No. 6 has visited Victory Lane a total of 83 times, which ranks it sixth all-time among winning Sprint Cup car numbers.
All told, 110 different drivers have piloted the No. 6 in NASCAR Premier Series competition and 13 manufacturers have been represented by the No. 6, including Lincoln, Hudson, Jaguar, Nash and Oldsmobile.
In fact, the No. 6 Hudson Hornet went to Victory Lane six times in 1951. Marshall Teague won the first race of that season on the old Daytona Beach & Road Course. Teague went on to drive the No. 6 Hudson to four more victories in ’51, with Herb Thomas adding a late-season victory at Speedway Park in Jacksonville, Florida — the same track where Wendell Scott would win the only Premier Series race of his career in 1963.
The two drivers most closely associated with the No. 6 are Mark Martin, who piloted that number at Roush Fenway Racing from 1988 to 2006, and NASCAR Hall of Fame member David Pearson, who won the first of his three championships in 1966 behind the wheel of a Cotton Owens-owned No. 6 Dodge.
For his career, Martin won 35 races in the No. 6. Pearson won 27 times in it.
The last victory for the No. 6 came July 2, 2011 at Daytona International Speedway, where David Ragan put a Roush Fenway Racing Ford into Victory Lane.
Sadly, the 2013 season marked the first time since NASCAR’s Strictly Stock Series began racing in 1949 that the No. 6 wasn’t entered in a single race all season long. And there was no No. 6 assigned for 2014, either.
But after a two-year hiatus, the No. 6 returned this year with Trevor Bayne at the wheel of the Roush Fenway Racing machine. It was a challenging season for the team and Bayne, who finished 29th in points.
Here’s a look at the No. 6:
Wins by driver:
Mark Martin, 35
David Pearson, 27
Marshall Teague, 7
Cotton Owens, 6
David Ragan, Buddy Baker, Charlie Glotzbach, Pete Hamilton, Bobby Allison, Joe Eubanks, Danny Letner, Herb Thomas, 1 each.
Top fives: 436
Top 10s: 682
Average start: 14.40
Average finish: 15.32