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Coca-Cola 400 Fact Sheet
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Track facts for Daytona International Speedway:

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  • Number of previous races: 130. This includes qualifying races when points were awarded for those races.
  • First Sprint Cup race: February 20, 1959, won by Bob Welborn.
  • Last Sprint Cup race: February 27, 2012, won by Matt Kenseth.
  • Won from pole: 25, most recently by Kevin Harvick in 2010.
  • Won from top-5 starting position: 71 times in 130 races (53%).
  • Won from top-10 starting position: 102 times (78%).
  • Won from 21st or worse starting position: 8 times (6%).
  • Worst starting spot for race winner: 39th, by Matt Kenseth in 2009.
  • Most laps led: 184, by Richard Petty in 1964.
  • Fewest laps led by a race winner: 1, by Jimmy Spencer in 1994.

  • Track records:

    • Fastest race: 183.295 mph by Cale Yarborough in 1970.
    • Fastest race with restrictor plates: 172.712 by Dale Earnhardt in 1998.
    • Fastest qualifying speed: 210.364 mph by Bill Elliott in 1987.
    • Fastest qualifying speed with restrictor plates: 196.996 mph by Ken Schrader in 1989.
    • Most lead changes: 74 in 2011.
    • Closest finish: Jamie McMurray's .005 second margin over Kyle Busch in 2007.
    • Most caution flags: 16 in 2011.

  • From 2007-2012 a typical Daytona race had 35.6 lead changes, 9.0 cautions for 34.2 laps, and an average green-flag run of 14.7 laps.

Manufacturers / Owners:

  • Victories by manufacturer: Chevrolet 40, Ford 32, Dodge 15, Pontiac 14, Mercury 13, Buick 6, Plymouth 6, Oldsmobile 3, Toyota 1.

  • Most victories by owner: Wood Brothers 15, Petty Enterprises 11, Rick Hendrick 10, Holman-Moody 6, Junior Johnson 6, Jack Roush 6.

Driver Notes:

  • The most Daytona races without a:

     Active DriversAll-Time
    Win: Terry Labonte (58 races) Dave Marcis (67 races)
    Top 5: Joe Nemechek (35) Buddy Arrington (37)
    Top 10: Dave Blaney (23) Dave Blaney (23)
    Pole: Terry Labonte (58) Dave Marcis (67)
    Lap led: Jeff Green (13) Buddy Arrington (37)
    Lead-lap finish: Robert Richardson, Hermie Sadler (3) Buddy Arrington (37)


  • Top career marks at Daytona:

     Active DriversAll-Time
    Races: Bill Elliott (59) Richard Petty (74)
    Wins: Jeff Gordon (6) Richard Petty (10)
    Top 5s: Bill Elliott (15) Richard Petty (28)
    Top 10s: Terry Labonte (26) Richard Petty (37)
    Poles: Bill Elliott (5) Cale Yarborough (12)
    Laps: Bill Elliott (9,790) Bill Elliott (9,790)
    Laps led: Tony Stewart (643) Dale Earnhardt (1,286)
    Lead-lap finishes: Bill Elliott (34) Bill Elliott (34)


  • Best average finish among active drivers at Daytona (3 or more starts):

    1. Dale Earnhardt, Jr. (14.5)
    2. Clint Bowyer (14.8)
    3. Kevin Harvick (15.0)
    4. Terry Labonte (15.3)
    5. Bill Elliott (15.6)
    6. Jeff Gordon (16.2)
    7. Tony Stewart (16.7)
    8. Matt Kenseth (16.7)
    9. Kurt Busch (17.3)
    10. Ken Schrader (17.3)
    11. Carl Edwards (17.3)
    12. Paul Menard (17.3)


  • Worst average finish among active drivers at Daytona (3 or more starts):

    1. Hermie Sadler (37.0)
    2. Michael McDowell (32.5)
    3. Jeff Green (30.7)
    4. Robert Richardson (20.7)
    5. Travis Kvapil (29.6)
    6. Tony Raines (29.2)
    7. J.J. Yeley (28.1)
    8. Brad Keselowski (27.7)
    9. Sam Hornish, Jr. (27.7)
    10. Joe Nemechek (27.6)


    Current top-10 drivers at Daytona:

    DriverRacesWinT5T10PoleLapsLedAvStAvFnRating
    Matt Kenseth 25 2 5 12 0 4069 133 20.7 16.7 89.8
    Dale Earnhardt, Jr. 25 2 9 14 1 4271 396 10.3 14.5 88.0
    Jimmie Johnson 21 1 6 9 2 3413 60 9.3 18.2 83.5
    Greg Biffle 19 1 3 5 1 3133 103 18.5 20.5 75.4
    Denny Hamlin 13 0 2 2 0 2282 184 14.1 20.7 83.5
    Kevin Harvick 22 2 5 10 1 3609 178 16.0 15.0 86.1
    Clint Bowyer 13 0 2 6 0 2344 149 18.9 14.8 87.4
    Martin Truex, Jr. 14 0 0 1 1 2497 60 18.4 21.5 79.4
    Tony Stewart 27 3 7 12 1 4399 643 10.4 16.7 97.1
    Brad Keselowski 6 0 0 0 0 1004 11 25.5 27.7 66.7

    Driver Rating is based on a formula developed by NASCAR which combines "loop data" elements such as average running position, average speed under green, number of fastest laps, etc. There is a maximum of 150 points that a driver can earn for each race. Driver Rating is not available for races prior to 2005.

    Other notable Driver Ratings at Daytona: Kyle Busch (97.5), Kurt Busch (91.4), Jeff Gordon (87.9), Jeff Burton (86.0), Carl Edwards (83.1), Ryan Newman (81.7), Kasey Kahne (81.6).