Earnhardt set to make 600th start Sunday

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This weekend, Dale Earnhardt Jr. will reach a milestone in his NASCAR Cup Series career.

Sunday in Fontana, California, he will make his 600th Cup start.

To mark the occasion, a decal commemorating Earnhardt's 600 starts will be placed on the B-posts and the front of the hood of the No. 88 Axalta Chevrolet SS this weekend.

On the verge of the milestone, here's a look at some key numbers that have helped define Earnhardt's first 599 starts.

2: Daytona 500 wins, in 2004 and 2014

6: Earnhardt's most wins at a single track - Talladega Superspeedway

7: The number of races it took Earnhardt in his rookie season before finding Victory Lane at Texas Motor Speedway for his first NASCAR Cup Series win

8: Non-points wins - five in the Duels, two in The Clash and one in the All-Star Race

12: Tracks where Earnhardt has at least one Cup win

13: Career Cup pole positions, tied for 10th among active drivers

14: Consecutive years Earnhardt has been voted by the fans as NASCAR's most popular driver

15.6: Average finishing position in Earnhardt's Cup career

16: Average starting position in Earnhardt's Cup career

18th: Full-time season in the Cup Series in 2017

26: Career Cup wins, tied for 29th all-time

148: Career Cup top-five finishes, tied for fourth among active drivers

252: Career Cup top-10 finishes, fourth among active drivers

1999: The year of Earnhardt's first Cup start, which came at Charlotte Motor Speedway

2008: The year Earnhardt joined Hendrick Motorsports

8,195: Career Cup laps led, sixth among active drivers

226,427.3: Total miles driven in his Cup career

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