All Nascar Cup Series enthusiasts have the number of their favorite driver inscribed on their hearts: some love 48 (Jimmie Johnson), some go crazy for 18 (Kyle Busch), others are fans of 78 (Martin Truex Jr.) and still others think the world of 4 (Kevin Harvick).
The only number that has been officially retired from Nascar is 61, which is the number Richie Evans used before his fatal crash in 1985 at Martinsville Speedway. Evans won more than 400 Whelen Modified races and earned the Nascar National Modified Championship title eight times in a row from 1978 to 1985.
Many believe that Richard Petty's 43 and Dale Earnhardt's 3 ought to be retired as well. The same honor should be bestowed on Jeff Gordon's 24 and number 21 used by the Wood Brothers Racing Team. We at Brembo aren't sure because some of us think it's right to retire the numbers of legends, others think the opposite.
But experts all agree on one thing: Nascar race cars can't forego use of the brakes, even when competing on oval tracks. To highlight the importance of these components, we have put together a list of 28 numbers having to do with brakes.