We are counting down the days to the season-opening Daytona 500 and for the amount of days left to the 2011 Sprint Cup’s opening race we’ll reveal a magic number in NASCAR stats and what it means. 27 days left, so today’s number is: 27
27 Wins for the No. 87 car in the Cup series, all by Buck Baker, who won 46 Cup races in 635 starts from 1949 to 1976 (26 seasons). Baker’s first win was in the No. 89 at Columbia (S.C.) Speedway in April 1952. His second win was in the No. 87 in May 1953 at Langhorne (Pa.) Speedway. Baker drove 12 different car numbers to victory lane, including Carl Kiekhaefer’s No. 300 (twice), 300B (three times), 300C, 301, 500B (three times) and 502.