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Daytona 500 Fact Sheet
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Track facts for Daytona International Speedway:

   

    • Number of previous races: 131. 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: July 7, 2012, won by Tony Stewart.
    • Won from pole: 25, most recently by Kevin Harvick in 2010.
    • Won from top-5 starting position: 71 times in 131 races (54%).
    • Won from top-10 starting position: 102 times (78%).
    • Won from 21st or worse starting position: 9 times (7%).
    • Worst starting spot for race winner: 42nd, by Tony Stewart in 2012.
    • 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 2008-2012 a typical Daytona race had 36.2 lead changes, 9.0 cautions for 34.4 laps, and an average green-flag run of 14.4 laps.

    Manufacturers / Owners:

    • Victories by manufacturer: Chevrolet 41, 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 (59 races) Dave Marcis (67 races)
      Top 5: Joe Nemechek (36) Buddy Arrington (37)
      Top 10: Dave Blaney (24) Dave Blaney (24)
      Pole: Terry Labonte (59) Dave Marcis (67)
      Lap led: David Reutimann (12) Buddy Arrington (37)
      Lead-lap finish: Danica Patrick, Josh Wise (1) Buddy Arrington (37)


    • Top career marks at Daytona:

       Active DriversAll-Time
      Races: Terry Labonte (59) Richard Petty (74)
      Wins: Jeff Gordon (6) Richard Petty (10)
      Top 5s: Jeff Gordon (12) Richard Petty (28)
      Top 10s: Terry Labonte (26) Richard Petty (37)
      Poles: Jeff Gordon, Mark Martin (3) Cale Yarborough (12)
      Laps: Terry Labonte (9,742) Bill Elliott (9,913)
      Laps led: Tony Stewart (665) Dale Earnhardt (1,286)
      Lead-lap finishes: Terry Labonte, Mark Martin (31) Bill Elliott (34)


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

      1. Dale Earnhardt, Jr. (14.5)
      2. Kevin Harvick (15.4)
      3. Terry Labonte (15.4)
      4. Clint Bowyer (15.8)
      5. Jeff Gordon (16.0)
      6. Tony Stewart (16.1)
      7. Matt Kenseth (16.2)
      8. Carl Edwards (16.6)
      9. Paul Menard (17.0)
      10. Jeff Burton (17.1)


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

      1. Michael McDowell (34.6)
      2. J.J. Yeley (29.6)
      3. Travis Kvapil (28.5)
      4. Joe Nemechek (27.9)
      5. Aric Almirola (27.3)
      6. Dave Blaney (27.0)
      7. Trevor Bayne (26.0)
      8. Regan Smith (25.5)
      9. Mike Bliss (25.1)
      10. Brad Keselowski (24.9)


      2012 'Chase' drivers at Daytona:

      DriverRacesWinT5T10PoleLapsLedAvStAvFnRating
      Brad Keselowski 7 0 0 1 0 1164 11 23.1 24.9 67.8
      Clint Bowyer 14 0 2 6 0 2496 149 19.6 15.8 85.3
      Jimmie Johnson 22 1 6 9 2 3536 60 9.6 19.0 82.8
      Kasey Kahne 18 0 2 7 0 3050 28 21.3 17.3 83.0
      Greg Biffle 20 1 3 5 1 3293 138 17.8 20.5 77.7
      Denny Hamlin 14 0 2 2 0 2438 184 14.7 21.0 83.3
      Matt Kesneth 26 2 6 13 1 4229 222 19.9 16.2 92.5
      Kevin Harvick 23 2 5 10 1 3768 178 15.8 15.4 84.7
      Tony Stewart 28 4 8 13 1 4559 665 11.6 16.1 96.5
      Jeff Gordon 40 6 12 19 3 6667 590 10.5 16.0 88.1
      Martin Truex, Jr. 15 0 0 1 1 2657 62 18.3 21.2 80.3
      Dale Earnhardt, Jr. 26 2 9 14 1 4431 396 10.8 14.5 88.3

      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 (97.6), Kurt Busch (89.7), Jeff Burton (85.5), Carl Edwards (84.7), Ryan Newman (83.2), Jamie McMurray (80.2).