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NASCAR all-time records display sport’s rich history

NASCAR’s extensive history spans all the way back to its founding in 1948. Over the course of those years, plenty of races — from the first starts on Daytona Beach sand to today’s modern speedways — have taken place.

In that time, a colorful blend of pioneers and superstars have etched their names into NASCAR’s record books. Some all-time milestones may never be repeated while still other categories await new benchmarks to be written.

Going inside the numbers and traditions of the sport at reveals plenty of all-time records, statistics and figures in what is now the NASCAR Cup Series.

A sampling:

• All-time wins: 200 by Richard Petty.
• All-time pole positions: 123 by Richard Petty.
• Most series championships: 7 by Dale Earnhardt, Jimmie Johnson and Richard Petty.
• Most road-course wins: 9 by Jeff Gordon.
 Most restrictor-plate wins: 12 by Jeff Gordon.
 Most wins on dirt: 42 by Lee Petty.
 All-time best winning percentage: 20.96 percent by Herb Thomas (48 wins in 229 career starts)
 All-time best average finish, career: 7.602 by Lee Petty.
 All-time best average starting position, career: 4.874 by Dick Hutcherson.
 All-time most laps completed: 307,836 by Richard Petty.
 All-time most laps led: 51,514 by Richard Petty.
 All-time lead-lap finishes: 588 by Jeff Gordon.
 Most all-time wins by car number: 231 by cars carrying No. 11.