Last Sunday, Dale Earnhardt Jr. made his 600th career start in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, finishing 16th in the Auto Club 400 at Auto Club Speedway.
That achievement made Earnhardt just the second active driver to the reach the mark, following Matt Kenseth, who has 619 starts after the Auto Club 400.
How do those numbers compare to the rest of their competitors? Who is the next driver that will reach a big start mark?
Here’s a look at the top 10 active full-time Cup drivers when it comes to starts in NASCAR’s premier series:
Matt Kenseth – 619 starts
Dale Earnhardt Jr. – 600 starts
Kurt Busch – 581 starts (would make 600th start on Aug. 19 in the Bass Pro Shops / NRA Night Race at Bristol Motor Speedway)
Kevin Harvick – 579 starts (would make 600th start on Sept. 9 in Federated Auto Parts 400 at Richmond International Raceway)
Ryan Newman – 553 starts
Jimmie Johnson – 548 starts
Jamie McMurray – 515 starts
Kasey Kahne – 473 starts
Kyle Busch – 431 starts
Martin Truex Jr. – 410 starts