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Meet NASCAR's Sprint Cup drivers

1: JAMIE MCMURRAY Car make: Chevrolet Team: Earnhardt

1: JAMIE MCMURRAY
Car make: Chevrolet
Team: Earnhardt Ganassi
Fun fact: McMurray won the 2002 UAW-GM Quality 500 as a substitute driver in his second Sprint Cup start. In 2010, he joined Dale Jarrett (1996) and Jimmie Johnson (2006) as the only drivers to win the Daytona 500 and the Brickyard 400 in the same year.
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Here's a look at the men (and woman) behind the wheel for the 2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, listed in order of car number.
Compiled by Jim Mancari

1: JAMIE MCMURRAY Car make: Chevrolet Team: Earnhardt
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1: JAMIE MCMURRAY
Car make: Chevrolet
Team: Earnhardt Ganassi
Fun fact: McMurray won the 2002 UAW-GM Quality 500 as a substitute driver in his second Sprint Cup start. In 2010, he joined Dale Jarrett (1996) and Jimmie Johnson (2006) as the only drivers to win the Daytona 500 and the Brickyard 400 in the same year.

5: KASEY KAHNE Car make: Chevrolet Team: Hendrick
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5: KASEY KAHNE
Car make: Chevrolet
Team: Hendrick Motorsports
Fun fact: Kahne has finished in the top 10 in 102 of 288 career Sprint Cup races. He is a member of the President’s Council on Service and Civic Participation.

7: ROBBY GORDONCar make: DodgeTeam: Robby Gordon MotorsportsFun
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7: ROBBY GORDON
Car make: Dodge
Team: Robby Gordon Motorsports
Fun fact: The 43-year-old Gordon is one of four driver/owners in the Sprint Cup Series, along with Michael Waltrip, Tony Stewart and Joe Nemechek.

9: MARCOS AMBROSE Car make: Ford Team: Richard
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9: MARCOS AMBROSE
Car make: Ford
Team: Richard Petty Motorsports
Fun fact: With his 2011 win at Watkins Glen, Ambrose became the first Australian-born driver to win a Sprint Cup race.

10: DANICA PATRICK Car make: Chevrolet Team: Tommy
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10: DANICA PATRICK
Car make: Chevrolet
Team: Tommy Baldwin
Fun fact: Known for her ads on GoDaddy.com, Patrick is the most successful woman in the history of American open-wheel racing. She moves from IndyCar to NASCAR this season and is the only woman in this year’s Sprint Cup field.

13: CASEY MEARSCar make: FordTeam: GermainFun fact: Mears
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13: CASEY MEARS
Car make: Ford
Team: Germain
Fun fact: Mears is the son of IndyCar and off-road veteran Roger Mears and the nephew of four-time Indianapolis 500 winner Rick Mears.

16: GREG BIFFLE Car make: Ford Team: Roush
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16: GREG BIFFLE
Car make: Ford
Team: Roush Fenway
Fun fact: Biffle appeared as himself in a special features scene in the 2006 NASCAR-themed film “Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby.”

17: MATT KENSETH Car make: Ford Team: Roush
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17: MATT KENSETH
Car make: Ford
Team: Roush Fenway
Fun fact: Kenseth finished sixth in his Sprint Cup Series debut in 1998, making him the first driver since Rusty Wallace in 1980 to finish their debuts in the top 10.

20: JOEY LOGANO Car make: Toyota Team: Joe
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20: JOEY LOGANO
Car make: Toyota
Team: Joe Gibbs
Fun fact: Logano earned the nickname “Sliced Bread” (as in the greatest thing since) from two-time NASCAR Busch Series champion Randy LaJoie.

21: TREVOR BAYNE Car make: Ford Team: Wood
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21: TREVOR BAYNE
Car make: Ford
Team: Wood Brothers
Fun fact: The day after his 20th birthday in 2011, Bayne became the youngest driver to win the Daytona 500.

23: ROBERT RICHARDSON JR.Car make: ToyotaTeam: R3 MotorsportsFun
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23: ROBERT RICHARDSON JR.
Car make: Toyota
Team: R3 Motorsports
Fun fact: Before he began racing full-time in 2004, Richardson Jr. was the quarterback for SMU’s football team.

24: JEFF GORDON Car make: Chevrolet Team: Hendrick
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24: JEFF GORDON
Car make: Chevrolet
Team: Hendrick Motorsports
Fun fact: Gordon is a four-time Sprint Cup Series champion and three-time Daytona 500 winner. He has the most wins in NASCAR’s modern era and became the first driver to reach the $100 million earnings plateau in 2009.

26: TONY RAINESCar make: FordTeam: Front Row Motorsports
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26: TONY RAINES
Car make: Ford
Team: Front Row Motorsports
Fun fact: Raines is a former National Touring Series champion in the now defunct American Speed Association.

27: PAUL MENARDCar make: ChevroletTeam: Richard ChildressFun fact:
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27: PAUL MENARD
Car make: Chevrolet
Team: Richard Childress
Fun fact: Menard is the son of John Menard Jr., founder of the Midwest home improvement chain Menards.

29: KEVIN HARVICKCar make: ChevroletTeam: Richard ChildressFun fact:
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29: KEVIN HARVICK
Car make: Chevrolet
Team: Richard Childress
Fun fact: Harvick competed on his high school wrestling team in Bakersfield, Calif., when he wasn’t racing. He won a section title in his weight class his senior year.

30: DAVID STREMMECar make: ToyotaTeam: Inception MotorsportsFun fact:
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30: DAVID STREMME
Car make: Toyota
Team: Inception Motorsports
Fun fact: Stremme won the 2003 Nationwide Series Rookie of the Year even though he raced part-time for three different teams.

31: JEFF BURTONCar make: ChevroletTeam: Richard ChildressFun fact:
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31: JEFF BURTON
Car make: Chevrolet
Team: Richard Childress
Fun fact: Burton is the last driver to lead an entire Sprint Cup race, doing it in “The Magic Mile” at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon, N.H., in 2000.

32: TERRY LABONTECar make: FordTeam: FAS LaneFun fact:
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32: TERRY LABONTE
Car make: Ford
Team: FAS Lane
Fun fact: Labonte is the older brother of Bobby Labonte. At age 55, he is now semi-retired but races in the Sprint Cup Series when called upon.

33: ELLIOTT SADLERCar make: ChevroletTeam: Richard ChildressFun fact:
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33: ELLIOTT SADLER
Car make: Chevrolet
Team: Richard Childress
Fun fact: Sadler is one of 23 drivers to have won a race in each of NASCAR’s top three series.

34: DAVID RAGAN Car make: Ford Team: Front
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34: DAVID RAGAN
Car make: Ford
Team: Front Row Motorsports
Fun fact: After moving to the Sprint Cup Series in 2007, Ragan has recorded 30 finishes in the top 10 during the past five seasons.

36: DAVE BLANEYCar make: ChevroletTeam: Tommy BaldwinFun fact:
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36: DAVE BLANEY
Car make: Chevrolet
Team: Tommy Baldwin
Fun fact: Blaney owns the 3/8-mile dirt race track, Sharon Speedway, in Hartford, Ohio.

38: DAVID GILLILANDCar make: FordTeam: Front Row MotorsportsFun
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38: DAVID GILLILAND
Car make: Ford
Team: Front Row Motorsports
Fun fact: FX television announcer Hermie Sadler called Gilliland’s victory at the 2006 Kentucky Speedway “the greatest upset in Busch Series history.”

39: RYAN NEWMANCar make: ChevroletTeam: Stewart-HaasFun fact: Newman
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39: RYAN NEWMAN
Car make: Chevrolet
Team: Stewart-Haas
Fun fact: Newman is a collector of antique cars, and his 14-car collection can be viewed on the History Channel show “American Pickers” (Episode: Art of the Deal).

42: JUAN MONTOYA Car make: Chevrolet Team: Earnhardt
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42: JUAN MONTOYA
Car make: Chevrolet
Team: Earnhardt Ganassi
Fun fact: Montoya (along with Jacques Villeneuve) is one of two active drivers to have won two legs of the Triple Crown of Motorsports: the Monaco Grand Prix, the 24 Hours of Le Mans and the Indianapolis 500. He has yet to win the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

43: ARIC ALMIROLACar make: FordTeam: Richard Petty MotorsportsFun
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43: ARIC ALMIROLA
Car make: Ford
Team: Richard Petty Motorsports
Fun fact: Almirola, known as “The Cuban Missile” due to his Cuban heritage, withdrew from a mechanical engineering degree program at the University of Central Florida to pursue a racing career.

47: BOBBY LABONTECar make: ToyotaTeam: JTG DaughertyFun fact:
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47: BOBBY LABONTE
Car make: Toyota
Team: JTG Daugherty
Fun fact: Labonte and his brother Terry Labonte are the only brothers to have won the NASCAR Cup Series championship.

48: JIMMIE JOHNSON Car make: Chevrolet Team: Hendrick
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48: JIMMIE JOHNSON
Car make: Chevrolet
Team: Hendrick Motorsports
Fun fact: Johnson, a five-time Series champion, became the first racing driver to win the Associated Press’ Male Athlete of the Year in 2009.

56: MARTIN TRUEX JR. Car make: Toyota Team:
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56: MARTIN TRUEX JR.
Car make: Toyota
Team: Michael Waltrip
Fun fact: Growing up in southern New Jersey, Truex Jr. became an avid fan of the NHL’s Philadelphia Flyers.

78: REGAN SMITHCar make: ChevroletTeam: Furniture RowFun fact:
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78: REGAN SMITH
Car make: Chevrolet
Team: Furniture Row
Fun fact: Smith earned his first career Sprint Cup Series win on May 7, 2011, at The Showtime Southern 500 at Darlington Speedway in South Carolina.

83: LANDON CASSILLCar make: ToyotaTeam: BKFun fact: Cassill
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83: LANDON CASSILL
Car make: Toyota
Team: BK
Fun fact: Cassill was scheduled to drive in the 2012 Daytona 500 for Front Row Motorsports, but he instead signed a full-season deal with BK Racing.

87: JOE NEMECHEKCar make: ToyotaTeam: NEMCO MotorsportsFun fact:
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87: JOE NEMECHEK
Car make: Toyota
Team: NEMCO Motorsports
Fun fact: Nemechek is nicknamed “Front Row Joe” for his tendency to qualify near the front of the field.

88: DALE EARNHARDT JR. Car make: Chevrolet Team:
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88: DALE EARNHARDT JR.
Car make: Chevrolet
Team: Hendrick Motorsports
Fun fact: Earnhardt Jr. is the son of the late NASCAR Hall of Famer Dale Earnhardt. Earnhardt Jr. has won the Most Popular Driver Award nine times and is worth an estimated $300 million.

93: DAVID REUTIMANNCar make: ToyotaTeam: BKFun fact: Before
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93: DAVID REUTIMANN
Car make: Toyota
Team: BK
Fun fact: Before his racing career, Reutimann worked for UPS. The company became his sponsor for the 2008 season. He is currently sponsored by Burger King.

97: BILL ELLIOTT Car make: Toyota Team: NEMCO
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97: BILL ELLIOTT
Car make: Toyota
Team: NEMCO Motorsports
Fun fact: The veteran driver Elliott has been voted Most Popular Driver a record 16 times. He holds the track record at Talladega and Daytona with speeds of more than 210 mph. In 2005, Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue declared Elliot’s birthday, Oct. 8, as “Elliot Day” in the state.

98: MICHAEL MCDOWELLCar make: FordTeam: Phil ParsonsFun fact:
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98: MICHAEL MCDOWELL
Car make: Ford
Team: Phil Parsons
Fun fact: McDowell married his junior high school sweetheart, Jami, in 2005, and together they have a son.

99: CARL EDWARDS Car make: Ford Team: Roush
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99: CARL EDWARDS
Car make: Ford
Team: Roush Fenway
Fun fact: Edwards earned the pole position for the 2012 Daytona 500 — his first career pole. He is popular among fans for his celebratory backflip whenever he wins a race.

109: KENNY WALLACECar make: ToyotaTeam: RABFun fact: In
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109: KENNY WALLACE
Car make: Toyota
Team: RAB
Fun fact: In addition to racing, Wallace works as an on-air personality for SPEED on NASCAR Race Day and NASCAR Victory Lane.

140: MICHAEL WALTRIP Car make: Toyota Team: Hillman
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140: MICHAEL WALTRIP
Car make: Toyota
Team: Hillman
Fun fact: Waltrip is the younger brother of three-time NASCAR champion Darrell Waltrip. Michael is a two-time Daytona 500 winner (2001, 2003).

249: J.J. YELEYCar make: ToyotaTeam: Robinson-BlakeneyFun fact: Christopher
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249: J.J. YELEY
Car make: Toyota
Team: Robinson-Blakeney
Fun fact: Christopher Beltram Hernandez Yeley is nicknamed “J.J.” (Jimmy/Jack) after his father and a close family friend.

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