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Daytona 500 Fact Sheet
Compiled by racing-reference.info

Track facts for Daytona International Speedway:

   

  • Number of previous races: 133. 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 6, 2013, won by Jimmie Johnson.
  • Won from pole: 25, most recently by Kevin Harvick in 2010.
  • Won from top-5 starting position: 71 times in 133 races (53%).
  • Won from top-10 starting position: 104 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 2009-2013 a typical Daytona race had 34.5 lead changes, 8.4 cautions for 33.9 laps, and an average green-flag run of 15.4 laps.

Manufacturers / Owners:

  • Victories by manufacturer: Chevrolet 43, Ford 32, Dodge 15, Pontiac 14, Mercury 13, Buick 6, Plymouth 6, Oldsmobile 3, Toyota 1.

  • Most victories by owner: Wood Brothers 15, Rick Hendrick 12, Petty Enterprises 11, Holman-Moody 6, Junior Johnson 6, Jack Roush 6.

Driver Notes:

  • The most Daytona races without a:

     Active DriversAll-Time
    Win: Terry Labonte (61 races) Dave Marcis (67 races)
    Top 5: Joe Nemechek (38) Joe Nemechek (38)
    Top 10: Dave Blaney (26) Dave Blaney (26)
    Pole: Terry Labonte (61) Dave Marcis (67)
    Lap led: Marcos Ambrose (10) Buddy Arrington (37)
    Lead-lap finish: Austin Dillon (1) Buddy Arrington (37)


  • Top career marks at Daytona:

     Active DriversAll-Time
    Races: Terry Labonte (61) 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 (3) Cale Yarborough (12)
    Laps: Terry Labonte (10,102) Terry Labonte (10,102)
    Laps led: Tony Stewart (665) Dale Earnhardt (1,286)
    Lead-lap finishes: Terry Labonte (32) Bill Elliott (34)


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

    1. Dale Earnhardt, Jr. (13.8)
    2. Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. (14.3)
    3. Clint Bowyer (14.8)
    4. Terry Labonte (15.6)
    5. Kevin Harvick (16.0)
    6. Tony Stewart (16.5)
    7. Jeff Gordon (16.6)
    8. Jimmie Johnson (17.5)
    9. Matt Kenseth (17.5)
    10. Kurt Busch (17.9)


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

    1. Josh Wise (34.3)
    2. Michael McDowell (32.0)
    3. Joe Nemechek (28.3)
    4. Dave Blaney (26.8)
    5. Aric Almirola (26.6)
    6. Landon Cassill (26.0)
    7. Trevor Bayne (25.2)
    8. A.J. Allmendinger (24.4)
    9. Marcos Ambrose (23.7)
    10. Jamie McMurray (23.7)


2013 'Chase' drivers at Daytona:

DriverRacesWinT5T10PoleLapsLedAvStAvFnRating
Jimmie Johnson 24 3 8 11 2 3897 171 9.5 17.5 88.4
Matt Kenseth 28 2 6 13 1 4532 309 19.0 17.5 92.6
Kevin Harvick 25 2 6 11 1 3976 178 15.7 16.0 82.3
Kyle Busch 18 1 5 6 1 3026 310 12.9 18.6 96.9
Dale Earnhardt, Jr. 28 2 10 16 1 4792 396 11.3 13.8 89.7
Jeff Gordon 42 6 12 19 3 7018 621 10.6 16.6 87.2
Clint Bowyer 16 0 3 7 0 2857 150 18.0 14.8 86.2
Joey Logano 10 0 2 3 0 1638 5 20.7 20.9 79.0
Greg Biffle 22 1 3 6 1 3654 138 16.9 19.7 79.1
Kurt Busch 26 0 10 13 0 4305 239 20.8 17.9 88.8
Ryan Newman 24 1 4 6 0 4041 101 20.1 20.0 81.8
Kasey Kahne 20 0 2 7 0 3355 28 19.7 19.0 82.4
Carl Edwards 18 0 4 8 1 3027 4 17.1 18.2 81.8

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: Tony Stewart (93.0), Denny Hamlin (83.7).