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. 24 days left, so today’s number is: 24
24 has been Jeff Gordon’s car number for his entire Cup career. Gordon made his first start in the final race of the 1992 season, the Hooters 500 at Atlanta, and has started every race since. Gordon has all 82 wins in the No. 24, and his 82 wins rank sixth all time, one behind Cale Yarborough, two behind Darrell Waltrip and three behind Bobby Allison. Gordon was winless in 2010; his last win was at Texas in April 2009.