Already riding a wave of positive momentum and international attention Sunday’s 63rd Annual Daytona 500 (2:30 p.m. ET on FOX) is again shaping up to be one of the most high-profile, highly-competitive events as it ushers in the 2022 season.
Reigning NASCAR Cup Series champion Kyle Larson will start his No. 5 Chevrolet from the pole position alongside Hendrick Motorsports teammate Alex Bowman’s No. 48 Chevrolet – leading a field of 40 cars that includes six past Daytona 500 winners, eight former series champions and even a past Formula One world champion in NASCAR’s newest generation of race cars.
The Chevrolets, Fords and Toyotas – aptly referred to as the Next Gen cars – will feature different technical modifications and aesthetic enhancements – from the sequential shifter and 670 horsepower to single center-lock wheel nuts, rearview camera mirror and car numbers now placed behind the front wheels.
The response for the new cars and the sport in general has already benefitted from a successful debut at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum two weeks ago. The non-points Busch Light Clash was a nearly sold-out show with some estimates that 70 percent of the crowd were first-time NASCAR race attendees.
The diehards and first-timers paying attention this week at the sold-out annual season-opener at Daytona are expected to be treated to a highly competitive race.
Although Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolets have won the pole position in seven of the last eight Daytona races, the multi-championship organization hasn’t won a Daytona 500 since Jimmie Johnson did so in 2014.
The last time a Daytona 500 polesitter won the race was 22-years ago when Dale Jarrett won the 2000 edition. The team’s former champion driver-turned-team executive Jeff Gordon won from pole in 1999.
More often, this race has come down to the final thrilling laps. That was certainly the case last February when Front Row Motorsports driver Michael McDowell earned his career first NASCAR win taking the checkered flag by inches – credited with leading only the last lap. That scenario has played out frequently in recent years with race winners Austin Dillon (2018) and veteran Kurt Busch (2017) also capturing the win leading only the final lap.
There is only one multi-time winner in Sunday’s race – three-time Daytona 500 champion Denny Hamlin, who drives the No. 11 Toyota for Joe Gibbs Racing.
Adding to the drama in 2022 are several new team/driver combinations. Busch is now driving a second car for the second-year 23XI Racing Toyota team owned by Hamlin and NBA legend Michael Jordan. His former teammate at Chip Ganassi Racing, Ross Chastain has similarly joined a new team. He’ll team with Daniel Suarez in the No. 1 Chevrolet fielded by TrackHouse Racing, which is co-owned by former driver Justin Marks and musical superstar Pitbull.
Former series champion Brad Keselowski has expanded his presence in the sport and now co-owns the Roush Fenway Keselowski Racing two-car team. His involvement with the RFK team – as owner and driver of the No. 6 Ford – has already resulted in two trophies. Keselowski (Duel 1) and Chris Buescher (Duel 2) helped RFK Racing to a sweep of Thursday’s Daytona qualifying races the first time a team accomplished a the feat since 2015.
Kaulig Racing added to its championship-caliber NASCAR Xfinity Series program with a fulltime NASCAR Cup Series car driven by Justin Haley in 2022 and a second car that will be shared by three drivers. Erik Jones – a former summer race winner at Daytona – will team with Ty Dillon in the newly formed Petty GMS Motorsports organization.
And first-year NASCAR Cup Series drivers – former NASCAR Xfinity Series champion Austin Cindric (Team Penske) and second-generation NASCAR drivers Harrison Burton (Wood Brothers Racing) and Todd Gilliland (Front Row Motorsports) will compete for top rookie honors.
Cindric has the top starting position (fifth) among rookies. The defending Daytona 500 winner McDowell will start sixth after an impressive run in Thursday’s qualifying race. And the 2015 Daytona 500 winner Logano will start last in the field after having to go to a back-up No. 22 Team Penske Ford after an accident in his Duel 150 qualifying race.
Former Formula One champion and 1995 Indy 500 champion Jacques Villeneuve, 50, and current Xfinity Series title contender Noah Gragson raced their way into the Daytona 500 starting field in qualifying. It will be the first start in this race for both.
Kaz Grala qualified for the Daytona 500 starting field with a dramatic last lap pass to claim an “open” position available to non-chartered teams based on their Duel race result. Greg Biffle, 52, a former NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and Xfinity Series champion and perennial Cup Series title contender from 2003 -2016, earned the other 500 position with his finish in the second Duel.
Overall, the qualifying races were run with rave reviews. And the car manufacturers said they have high expectations for Sunday’s race.
As is customary just prior to the season-opening Daytona 500, executives from all three NASCAR manufacturers – Chevrolet, Ford and Toyota – spoke to the media on Friday. All reported being greatly satisfied with the racing to date at Daytona, yet cautioning there is a lot to be learned about the cars and the way they race. Inventory counts remain conservative but all three makes expect that to be changing in the upcoming months.
“For the next few weeks we’ll have to be mindful and make good decisions,” Toyota Racing Development’s David Wilson said. “What we can’t do is ask a driver once he pulls that visor down to mitigate his performance based on concerns about parts. That’s not racing.”
They also pointed to pit strategy as playing a greater role in the race. That was certainly the case in the qualifying races with the Ford contingent taking only two tires on its pit stop to get back out on track in front of the Chevrolets, which all serviced four tires on their pit stop.
“On the surface, I don’t envision 40 cars lined up three by three heading to the finish line. I just don’t think that’s going to happen,” Wilson said. “There’s the potential for more cars to go a lap down or two, but strategy, communication, teamwork are going to be absolutely critical to whomever wins that race on Sunday afternoon.”
There were 34 cars that participated in Friday evening’s hour-long practice with defending Daytona 500 winner McDowell turning in the fastest lap (192.678 mph) in the No. 34 Front Row Motorsports Ford. Stewart-Haas Racing’s Aric Almirola ran the most laps of the session (33).
Eight of the 10 fastest cars were Fords. Bubba Wallace was the fastest Toyota in the No. 23 23XI Racing Toyota car and Noah Gragson was the fastest Chevrolet with a 10th-best lap.
Final Daytona 500 practice is Saturday (today) at 10:30 a.m. ET.
(Driver loop stats in the below section are from 2005-Present)
Christopher Bell (No. 20 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota)
- One top 15
- Average finish of 20.750, 11th-best
- Average Running Position of 13.922, third-best
- Driver Rating of 81.5, eighth-best
- 29 Fastest Laps Run, 25th-best
- 444 Laps in the Top 15 (60.2%), 25th-most
- 652 Quality Passes, 26th-most
Greg Biffle (No. 44 NY Race Team Chevrolet)
- One win, three top fives, nine top 10s; two poles
- Average finish of 19.875, 10th-best
- Average Running Position of 17.579, 10th-best
- Driver Rating of 78.7, 13th-best
- 100 Fastest Laps Run, eighth-best
- 2,129 Laps in the Top 15 (49.8%), eighth-most
- 2,655 Quality Passes, eighth-most
Ryan Blaney (No. 12 Team Penske Ford)
- One win, three top fives, five top 10s
- Average finish of 19.462, eighth-best
- Average Running Position of 14.764, fifth-best
- Driver Rating of 84.9, sixth-best
- 36 Fastest Laps Run, 21st-best
- 1,492 Laps in the Top 15 (62.8%), 11th-most
- 2,324 Quality Passes, 11th-most
Kyle Busch (No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota)
- One win, eight top fives, nine top 10s; one pole
- Average finish of 19.727, ninth-best
- Average Running Position of 13.682, second-best
- Driver Rating of 91.9, series-best
- 119 Fastest Laps Run, fifth-best
- 3,898 Laps in the Top 15 (66.3%), series-most
- 4,445 Quality Passes, second-most
Kurt Busch (No. 45 23XI Racing Toyota)
- One win, 13 top fives, 18 top 10s
- Average finish of 17.970, sixth-best
- Average Running Position of 16.666, ninth-best
- Driver Rating of 85.1, fifth-best
- 135 Fastest Laps Run, second-best
- 3,275 Laps in the Top 15 (55.7%), third-most
- 4,634 Quality Passes, series-most
William Byron (No. 24 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet)
- One win, two top fives, two top 10s; one pole
- Average finish of 22.875, 13th-best
- Average Running Position of 18.594, 13th-best
- Driver Rating of 79.7, 11th-best
- 25 Fastest Laps Run, 26th-best
- 593 Laps in the Top 15 (41.0%), 22nd-most
- 766 Quality Passes, 24th-most
Austin Cindric (No. 2 Team Penske Ford)
- One top 15
- Average finish of 15.000, third-best
- Average Running Position of 10.345, series-best
- Driver Rating of 91.5, second-best
- 8 Fastest Laps Run, 37th-best
- 166 Laps in the Top 15 (83.0%), 33rd-most
- 74 Quality Passes, 36th-most
Austin Dillon (No. 3 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet)
- One win, three top fives, eight top 10s; one pole
- Average finish of 14.941, second-best
- Average Running Position of 16.602, eighth-best
- Driver Rating of 79.8, 10th-best
- 70 Fastest Laps Run, 14th-best
- 1,535 Laps in the Top 15 (50.4%), 10th-most
- 1,957 Quality Passes, 12th-most
Chase Elliott (No. 9 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet)
- Two top fives, three top 10s; three poles
- Average finish of 21.167, 12th-best
- Average Running Position of 16.167, seventh-best
- Driver Rating of 80.3, ninth-best
- 55 Fastest Laps Run, 16th-best
- 1,277 Laps in the Top 15 (58.8%), 13th-most
- 1,811 Quality Passes, 14th-most
Denny Hamlin (No. 11 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota)
- Three wins, 11 top fives, 12 top 10s
- Average finish of 15.906, fourth-best
- Average Running Position of 14.377, fourth-best
- Driver Rating of 89.8, third-best
- 128 Fastest Laps Run, fourth-best
- 3,470 Laps in the Top 15 (60.7%), second-most
- 4,437 Quality Passes, third-most
Kevin Harvick (No. 4 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford)
- Two wins, 11 top fives, 16 top 10s; one pole
- Average finish of 17.706, fifth-best
- Average Running Position of 18.391, 12th-best
- Driver Rating of 82.3, seventh-best
- 130 Fastest Laps Run, third-best
- 3,105 Laps in the Top 15 (51.0%), fourth-most
- 4,094 Quality Passes, fifth-most
Joey Logano (No. 22 Team Penske Ford)
- One win, six top fives, nine top 10s
- Average finish of 18.154, seventh-best
- Average Running Position of 15.212, sixth-best
- Driver Rating of 88.0, fourth-best
- 100 Fastest Laps Run, seventh-best
- 2,837 Laps in the Top 15 (61.2%), sixth-most
- 4,134 Quality Passes, fourth-most
Bubba Wallace (No. 23 23XI Racing Toyota)
- Three top fives, three top 10s
- Average finish of 13.778, series-best
- Average Running Position of 18.114, 11th-best
- Driver Rating of 78.9, 12th-best
- 46 Fastest Laps Run, 20th-best
- 711 Laps in the Top 15 (44.2%), 20th-most
- 1,042 Quality Passes, 19th-most
Daytona International Speedway Track / Event Data
Race #: 1 of 36 (2-20-22)
Track Size: 2.5 miles
Banking/Corners: 31 degrees
Banking/Straights: 3 degrees
Banking/Tri-Oval: 18 degrees
Total Race Length: 500 miles (200 laps)
Stage 1 Length: 162.5 miles (65 laps)
Stage 2 Length: 162.5 miles (65 laps)
Final Stage Length: 175 miles (70 laps)
Daytona 500 Qualifying / Race Data
Daytona 500 Qualifying record:
Bill Elliott, Ford Thunderbird
Crew Chief: Ernie Elliott
(210.364 mph, 42.783 secs., 02-09-1987)
2021 pole winner:
Alex Bowman, Chevrolet Camaro
Crew Chief: Greg Ives
(191.261 mph, 47.056 secs., 02-10-2021)
2020 pole winner:
Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Chevrolet Camaro
JTG Daugherty Racing
Crew Chief: Brian Pattie
(194.582 mph, 46.253 secs., 02-09-2020)
Daytona 500 Race record:
Buddy Baker, Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme
Crew Chief: Waddell Wilson
(177.602 mph, 02:48:55, 02-17-1980)
2021 race winner:
Michael McDowell, Ford Mustang
Front Row Motorsports
Crew Chief: Luke Lambert
(144.416 mph, 03:27:44, 02-14-2021)
2020 race winner:
Denny Hamlin, Toyota Camry
Joe Gibbs Racing
Crew Chief: Chris Gabehart
(141.110 mph, 03:42:10, 02-17-2020)
Daytona 500 – Stats & Tidbits
- The 2022 edition will be the 64th running of the Daytona 500 (1959-2022).
- Although the first Daytona 500 was held in 1959, it has been the season-opener only since 1982.
- Bob Welborn won the first NASCAR Cup Series event at Daytona International Speedway, a qualifying race for the Daytona 500 on February 20, 1959.
- NASCAR Hall of Famer Lee Petty won the inaugural Daytona 500 on February 22, 1959.
- A total of 566 different drivers have competed in at least one Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway; 343 have competed in more than one Daytona 500.
- Dave Marcis leads the NASCAR Cup Series all-time in Daytona 500 starts with 33 starts; followed by NASCAR Hall of Famers Richard Petty (32), Terry Labonte (32) and Michael Waltrip (30).
- Kevin Harvick and Kurt Busch lead all active NASCAR Cup Series drivers in Daytona 500 starts with 20 each.
- A total of 65 different drivers have made their first NASCAR Cup Series start in the Daytona 500; the most recent were Anthony Alfredo, Austin Cindric and Chase Briscoe in 2021.
- Dale Earnhardt Jr. leads the NASCAR Cup Series (all-time) in average starting position in the Daytona 500 with a 5.667 (18 starts).
- Alex Bowman leads all active drivers in the NASCAR Cup Series in average starting position in the Daytona 500 with a 8.500 (five starts).
Top 10 in Average Starting Position for the Daytona 500 (All-Time & Active)
|Rank||All-Time Drivers||Avg. Start||Races||Rank||Active Drivers||Avg. Start||Races|
|1||Dale Earnhardt Jr||5.667||18||1||Alex Bowman||7.000||6|
|2||Cotton Owens||5.750||4||2||Bubba Wallace||9.250||4|
|3||Paul Goldsmith||6.857||7||3||William Byron||10.000||4|
|4||Alex Bowman||7.000||6||4||Chase Elliott||10.167||6|
|5||Bobby Isaac||7.300||10||5||Christopher Bell||11.000||2|
|6||Davey Allison||7.714||7||6||Austin Dillon||13.444||9|
|7||Pete Hamilton||7.750||4||7||Joey Logano||13.615||13|
|8||Dale Earnhardt||8.609||23||8||Kyle Busch||14.813||16|
|9||Joe Weatherly||9.200||5||9||Kevin Harvick||15.050||20|
|10||Bubba Wallace||9.250||4||10||Kurt Busch||15.750||20|
- A total of 43 different NASCAR Cup Series drivers have won a pole for the Daytona 500.
- Six of the 43 Daytona 500 pole winners are active this weekend:
|Rank||Active Pole Winners||Daytona 500 Poles||Seasons|
|1||Alex Bowman||2||2018, 2021|
|2||Chase Elliott||2||2016, 2017|
|3||Ricky Stenhouse Jr||1||2020|
|6||Martin Truex Jr||1||2009|
- Bill Elliott (1985-87, 2001), Cale Yarborough (1968, ’70, ’78, ’84) and Buddy Baker (1969, ’73, ’79, ’80) lead the NASCAR Cup Series in Daytona 500 poles with four each.
- Bob Welborn won the first Daytona 500 pole on 1959 with a speed of 140.121 mph.
- Hendrick Motorsport’s Alex Bowman won the pole for the 2021 Daytona 500 with a speed of 191.262 mph.
- A total of 11 drivers have posted multiple poles for the Daytona 500; Alex Bowman (two) and Chase Elliott (two) are the only active drivers with more than one Daytona 500 pole.
- Five drivers have won consecutive Daytona 500 poles – Fireball Roberts (1961-1963), Buddy Baker (1979-1980), Bill Elliott (1985, 1986, 1987), Ken Schrader (1988, 1989, 1990), Chase Elliott (2016, 2017).
- Chase Elliott became the youngest Daytona 500 pole winner at the age of 20 years, 2 months, 17 days with his pole in 2016.
- Youngest Daytona 500 pole winner: Chase Elliott (02/14/2016 – 20 years, 2 months, 17 days).
- Oldest Daytona 500 pole winner: Mark Martin (02/06/2010 – 51 years, 0 months, 28 days).
- Hendrick Motorsports has won 14 Daytona 500 poles, the series most: Ken Schrader (1988, 1989, 1990), Jeff Gordon (1999, 2015), Jimmie Johnson (2002, 2008), Mark Martin (2010), Dale Earnhardt Jr. (2011), Chase Elliott (2016, 2017), Alex Bowman (2018, 2021), William Byron (2019).
- Hendrick Motorsports has won a record five consecutive Daytona 500 poles – (2015-2019).
- Seven different manufacturers have won the pole for the Daytona 500, led by Chevrolet with 29; followed by Ford (12), Pontiac (eight), Mercury (five), Dodge (four), Oldsmobile (three), Plymouth (two).
- Three drivers have won the Daytona 500 pole in multiple manufactures: Cale Yarborough (Mercury 2, Chevrolet 1, Oldmobile 1); Buddy Baker (Dodge 2, Oldmobile 2); Bill Elliott (Ford 3, Dodge 1).
DAYTONA 500 POLE WINNERS
|Season||Daytona 500 Pole Winners||Pole Speed||Finishing Pos.|
|2020||Ricky Stenhouse Jr||194.582||20|
|2011||Dale Earnhardt Jr||186.089||24|
|2009||Martin Truex Jr||188.001||11|
|1994||Loy Allen Jr||190.158||22|
- A total of 40 different NASCAR Cup Series drivers have won the Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway.
- Six of the 40 NASCAR Cup Series Daytona 500 winners are active this weekend:
|Rank||Active Daytona 500 Winners||Wins||Seasons|
|1||Denny Hamlin||3||2016, 2019, 2020|
- NASCAR Hall of Famer Richard Petty leads the NASCAR Cup Series in Daytona 500 victories with seven (1964, 1966, 1971, 1973, 1974, 1979, 1981).
- NASCAR Hall of Famer Lee Petty won the inaugural Daytona 500 on February 22, 1959; he led 38 laps and won by two feet in an Oldsmobile.
- Front Row Motorsport’s Michael McDowell won the 2021 Daytona 500 – the race ended under caution.
- Joe Gibbs Racing’s Denny Hamlin leads all active drivers in Daytona 500 wins with three (2016, 2019, 2020).
- Youngest Daytona 500 winner: Trevor Bayne (02/20/2011 – 20 years, 0 months, 1 days).
- Oldest Daytona 500 winner: Bobby Allison (02/14/1988 – 50 years, 2 months, 11 days).
- Eight drivers posted their first career NASCAR Cup Series victory with a win in the Daytona 500 – Tiny Lund (1963), Mario Andretti (1967), Pete Hamilton (1970), Derrike Cope (1990), Sterling Marlin (1994), Michael Waltrip (2001), Trevor Bayne (2011) and Michael McDowell (2021).
- Three other drivers posted their career-first victory in (points-paying) qualifying races at Daytona: Johnny Rutherford (1963), Bobby Isaac (1964) and Earl Balmer (1966).
- McDowell’s 358 starts are the second-most in series history by a driver before their first win; behind Michael Waltrip with 463 starts before his first win in the 2001 Daytona 500.
- Lee Petty, who won the inaugural Daytona 500, and Trevor Bayne, 2011 Daytona 500 champion, are the only two drivers to win the Daytona 500 in their first appearance.
- Sterling Marlin is the only driver in NASCAR Cup Series history to record his first two victories in the Daytona 500 (1994, 1995). Front Row Motorsport’s Michael McDowell, last season’s Daytona 500 winner, will have the opportunity to join Marlin in accomplishing the feat in this season’s Daytona 500.
- Four different drivers have won back-to-back Daytona 500s – Richard Petty (1973-74), Cale Yarborough (1983-84), Sterling Marlin (1994-95) and Denny Hamlin (2019-20).
- A total of 12 different drivers have won multiple Daytona 500s, led by Richard Petty with seven victories.
|The 12 Drivers With Multiple Daytona 500 Wins|
|No. of Wins||Drivers||Seasons|
|2||Dale Earnhardt Jr.||2004||2014|
- The Daytona 500 has been won from the pole or first starting position nine times; a winning percentage of 14.3%. The most recent driver to win the Daytona 500 from the pole is NASCAR Hall of Famer Dale Jarrett in 2000.
|Season||Daytona 500 Winners From The Pole|
- NASCAR Hall of Famers Bill Elliott (1985, 1987) and Cale Yarborough (1968, 1984) are the only two drivers to accomplish the feat of winning the Daytona 500 from the pole more than once.
- The pole position is the most proficient starting position in the Daytona 500 field, producing more winners (nine) than any other position.
- 16 of the 63 Daytona 500s (25.4%) have been won from the front row; nine from the pole position and seven from the second-place starting position.
- Matt Kenseth won the Daytona 500 from the 39th starting position in 2009, the deepest a Daytona 500 race winner has started.
Daytona 500 Wins By Starting Positions
|Starting Position||Wins||Win %||Starting Position||Wins||Win %|
|Additional Starting Position Stats|
|Wins From The Pole||9||14.29%|
|Wins From The Front Row||16||25.40%|
|Wins From The Top Five||28||44.44%|
|Wins From The Top 10||44||69.84%|
|Wins From The Top 15||53||84.13%|
|Wins From Outside The Top 20||6||9.52%|
- Five reigning NASCAR Cup Series champions have gone on to win the Daytona 500 the season after winning the championship: Lee Petty (1959), Richard Petty (1973), Cale Yarborough (1977), Jeff Gordon (1999) and Dale Jarrett (2000).
- Five Daytona 500 winners have won the NASCAR Cup Series championship in the same season; Richard Petty pulled it off four times; most recent was Jimmie Johnson in 2013.
- A driver has swept both the Daytona 500 and the Summer Daytona race only five times at Daytona International Speedway: Jimmie Johnson (2013), Bobby Allison (1982), LeeRoy Yarborough (1969), Cale Yarborough (1968) and Fireball Roberts (1962).
- Drivers who have won the Busch Light Clash and the Daytona 500 in the same season:
Driver – (Year)
- Bobby Allison (1982)
- Bill Elliott (1987)
- Dale Jarrett (1996 and 2000)
- Jeff Gordon (1997)
- Denny Hamlin (2016)
- 18 different drivers have won both the Daytona 500 and Coca-Cola 600:
|Winner||Daytona 500s||Coca-Cola 600s|
- Eight different drivers have won both the Daytona 500 and Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis:
|Winners||Daytona 500s||Brickyard 400s|
- A total of 28 different car numbers have won the Daytona 500; below are the 10 car numbers that have produced three or more Daytona 500 victories:
Car Number – Drivers – (Years)
- No. 43 – (seven) Richard Petty (1964, ’66, ’71, ’73, ’74, ’79, ‘81)
- No. 21 – (five) Tiny Lund (1963), Cale Yarborough (1968), A.J. Foyt (1972), David Pearson (1976) and Trevor Bayne (2011)
- No. 28 – (five) Fred Lorenzen (1965), Buddy Baker (1980), Cale Yarborough (1983 and 1984) and Davey Allison (1992)
- No. 11 – (five) Mario Andretti (1967), Cale Yarborough (1977), Denny Hamlin (2016, 2019, 2020)
- No. 88 – (four) Bobby Allison (1982), Dale Jarrett (1996 and 2000) and Dale Earnhardt Jr. (2014)
- No. 4 – (three) Ernie Irvan (1991), Sterling Marlin (1994 and 1995)
- No. 15 – (three) Bobby Allison (1978), Michael Waltrip (2001 and 2003)
- No. 17 – (three) Darrell Waltrip (1989), Matt Kenseth (2009 and 2012)
- No. 24 – (three) Jeff Gordon (1997, 1999 and 2005)
o No. 22 – (three) Fireball Roberts (1962), Ward Burton (2002), Joey Logano (2015)
- Nine different manufacturers have won the Daytona 500, led by Chevrolet with 24 victories; followed by Ford (16), Dodge (four), Plymouth (four), Buick (three), Mercury (three), Oldsmobile (three), Pontiac (three) and Toyota (three).
- Drivers who have won the Daytona 500 in more than one car manufacturer:
Driver – Manufacturer (Number of wins in that manufacturer)
- Richard Petty – Plymouth (3), Dodge (2), Oldsmobile (1) and Buick (1)
- Cale Yarborough – Chevrolet (2), Mercury (1) and Pontiac (1)
- Bobby Allison – Buick (2) and Ford (1)
- Dale Jarrett – Ford (2) and Chevrolet (1)
- The driver with the all-time most Daytona 500 starts without a victory is Dave Marcis with 33 races; Martin Truex Jr. (17) leads all active drivers with the most Daytona 500 starts without a win.
DAYTONA 500 WINNER STATS CHART
|Season||Daytona 500 Winners||Start Pos.||Laps Led||Laps Completed|
|2014||Dale Earnhardt Jr||9||54||200|
|2004||Dale Earnhardt Jr||3||58||200|
DUEL WINNER STATS CHART
|Date||Race Name||Winners||Laps Led||Laps Completed||% of Laps Led|
|2/11/2021||Bluegreen Vacations Duel 1 at DAYTONA||Aric Almirola||52||60||86.70%|
|2/11/2021||Bluegreen Vacations Duel 2 at DAYTONA||Austin Dillon||2||63||3.20%|
|2/13/2020||Bluegreen Vacations Duel 1 at DAYTONA||Joey Logano||19||60||31.70%|
|2/13/2020||Bluegreen Vacations Duel 2 at DAYTONA||William Byron||3||60||5.00%|
|2/14/2019||Gander RV Duel at DAYTONA 1||Kevin Harvick||44||60||73.30%|
|2/14/2019||Gander RV Duel at DAYTONA 2||Joey Logano||1||60||1.70%|
|2/15/2018||Can-Am Duel At Daytona 1||Ryan Blaney||6||63||9.50%|
|2/15/2018||Can-Am Duel At Daytona 2||Chase Elliott||34||60||56.70%|
|2/23/2017||Can-Am Duel At Daytona 1||Chase Elliott||25||60||41.70%|
|2/23/2017||Can-Am Duel At Daytona 2||Denny Hamlin||4||60||6.70%|
|2/18/2016||Can-Am Duel At Daytona 1||Dale Earnhardt Jr||43||60||71.70%|
|2/18/2016||Can-Am Duel At Daytona 2||Kyle Busch||35||60||58.30%|
|2/19/2015||Budweiser Duel #1||Dale Earnhardt Jr||21||60||35.00%|
|2/19/2015||Budweiser Duel #2||Jimmie Johnson||40||64||62.50%|
|2/20/2014||Budweiser Duel #2||Denny Hamlin||23||60||38.30%|
|2/20/2014||Budweiser Duel #1||Matt Kenseth||31||60||51.70%|
|2/21/2013||Budweiser Duel #1||Kevin Harvick||23||60||38.30%|
|2/21/2013||Budweiser Duel #2||Kyle Busch||19||60||31.70%|
|2/23/2012||Gatorade Duel #2||Matt Kenseth||10||60||16.70%|
|2/23/2012||Gatorade Duel #1||Tony Stewart||21||60||35.00%|
|2/17/2011||Gatorade Duel #2||Jeff Burton||17||60||28.30%|
|2/17/2011||Gatorade Duel #1||Kurt Busch||7||62||11.30%|
|2/11/2010||Gatorade Duel #1||Jimmie Johnson||7||60||11.70%|
|2/11/2010||Gatorade Duel #2||Kasey Kahne||3||60||5.00%|
|2/12/2009||Gatorade Duel #1||Jeff Gordon||15||60||25.00%|
|2/12/2009||Gatorade Duel #2||Kyle Busch||5||60||8.30%|
|2/14/2008||Gatorade Duel #1||Dale Earnhardt Jr||25||60||41.70%|
|2/14/2008||Gatorade Duel #2||Denny Hamlin||2||64||3.10%|
|2/15/2007||Gatorade Duel #2||Jeff Gordon||1||60||1.70%|
|2/15/2007||Gatorade Duel #1||Tony Stewart||37||63||58.70%|
|2/16/2006||Gatorade Duel #1||Elliott Sadler||36||64||56.30%|
|2/16/2006||Gatorade Duel #2||Jeff Gordon||38||64||59.40%|
|2/17/2005||Gatorade Duel #1||Michael Waltrip||13||60||21.70%|
|2/17/2005||Gatorade Duel #2||Tony Stewart||12||60||20.00%|
|2/12/2004||Gatorade 125 #1||Dale Earnhardt Jr.||14||50||28.00%|
|2/12/2004||Gatorade 125 #2||Elliott Sadler||26||50||52.00%|
|2/13/2003||Gatorade 125 #1||Robby Gordon||17||50||34.00%|
|2/13/2003||Gatorade 125 #2||Dale Earnhardt Jr||38||50||76.00%|
|2/14/2002||Gatorade 125 #1||Jeff Gordon||50||50||100.00%|
|2/14/2002||Gatorade 125 #2||Michael Waltrip||46||50||92.00%|
|2/15/2001||Gatorade 125 #1||Sterling Marlin||1||50||2.00%|
|2/15/2001||Gatorade 125 #2||Mike Skinner||5||50||10.00%|
|2/17/2000||Gatorade 125 #1||Bill Elliott||50||50||100.00%|
|2/17/2000||Gatorade 125 #2||Ricky Rudd||50||50||100.00%|
|2/11/1999||Gatorade 125 #1||Bobby Labonte||11||50||22.00%|
|2/11/1999||Gatorade 125 #2||Dale Earnhardt||43||50||86.00%|
|2/12/1998||Gatorade 125 #1||Sterling Marlin||16||50||32.00%|
|2/12/1998||Gatorade 125 #2||Dale Earnhardt||50||50||100.00%|
|2/13/1997||Gatorade 125 #1||Dale Jarrett||45||50||90.00%|
|2/13/1997||Gatorade 125 #2||Dale Earnhardt||32||50||64.00%|
|2/15/1996||Gatorade Twin 125 #1||Dale Earnhardt||21||50||42.00%|
|2/15/1996||Gatorade Twin 125 #2||Ernie Irvan||50||50||100.00%|
|2/16/1995||Gatorade Twin 125 #1||Sterling Marlin||44||50||88.00%|
|2/16/1995||Gatorade Twin 125 #2||Dale Earnhardt||28||50||56.00%|
|2/17/1994||Gatorade Twin 125 #1||Ernie Irvan||37||50||74.00%|
|2/17/1994||Gatorade Twin 125 #2||Dale Earnhardt||34||50||68.00%|
|2/11/1993||Gatorade Twin 125 #1||Jeff Gordon||29||50||58.00%|
|2/11/1993||Gatorade Twin 125 #2||Dale Earnhardt||34||50||68.00%|
|2/13/1992||Gatorade Twin 125 #1||Dale Earnhardt||23||50||46.00%|
|2/13/1992||Gatorade Twin 125 #2||Bill Elliott||49||50||98.00%|
|2/14/1991||Gatorade Twin 125 #1||Davey Allison||50||50||100.00%|
|2/14/1991||Gatorade Twin 125 #2||Dale Earnhardt||50||50||100.00%|
|2/15/1990||First Twin 125 #1||Geoff Bodine||2||50||4.00%|
|2/15/1990||First Twin 125 #2||Dale Earnhardt||24||50||48.00%|
|2/16/1989||First Twin 125 #1||Ken Schrader||42||50||84.00%|
|2/16/1989||First Twin 125 #2||Terry Labonte||7||50||14.00%|
|2/11/1988||First Twin 125 #1||Bobby Allison||31||50||62.00%|
|2/11/1988||First Twin 125 #2||Darrell Waltrip||50||50||100.00%|
|2/12/1987||First Twin 125 #1||Ken Schrader||N/A||50||N/A|
|2/12/1987||First Twin 125 #2||Benny Parsons||23||50||46.00%|
|2/13/1986||First Twin 125 #1||Bill Elliott||N/A||50||N/A|
|2/13/1986||First Twin 125 #2||Dale Earnhardt||33||50||66.00%|
|2/14/1985||First Twin 125 #1||Bill Elliott||48||50||96.00%|
|2/14/1985||First Twin 125 #2||Cale Yarborough||N/A||50||N/A|
|2/16/1984||UNO Twin 125 #1||Cale Yarborough||24||50||48.00%|
|2/16/1984||UNO Twin 125 #2||Bobby Allison||N/A||50||N/A|
|2/17/1983||UNO Twin 125 #1||Dale Earnhardt||N/A||50||N/A|
|2/17/1983||UNO Twin 125 #2||Neil Bonnett||N/A||50||N/A|
|2/11/1982||UNO Twin 125 #1||Cale Yarborough||3||50||6.00%|
|2/11/1982||UNO Twin 125 #2||Buddy Baker||25||50||50.00%|
|2/12/1981||UNO Twin 125 #1||Bobby Allison||33||50||66.00%|
|2/12/1981||UNO Twin 125 #2||Darrell Waltrip||20||50||40.00%|
|2/14/1980||Qualifying Race #1||Neil Bonnett||7||50||14.00%|
|2/14/1980||Qualifying Race #2||Donnie Allison||39||50||78.00%|
|2/15/1979||Qualifying Race #1||Buddy Baker||38||50||76.00%|
|2/15/1979||Qualifying Race #2||Darrell Waltrip||34||50||68.00%|
|2/16/1978||Qualifying Race #1||A.J. Foyt||21||50||42.00%|
|2/17/1978||Qualifying Race #2||Darrell Waltrip||20||50||40.00%|
|2/17/1977||Qualifying Race #1||Richard Petty||39||50||78.00%|
|2/17/1977||Qualifying Race #2||Cale Yarborough||47||50||94.00%|
|2/12/1976||Qualifying Race #1||Dave Marcis||12||50||24.00%|
|2/12/1976||Qualifying Race #2||Darrell Waltrip||23||50||46.00%|
|2/13/1975||Qualifying Race #1||Bobby Allison||17||50||34.00%|
|2/13/1975||Qualifying Race #2||David Pearson||11||50||22.00%|
|2/14/1974||Qualifying Race #1||Bobby Isaac||25||50||50.00%|
|2/14/1974||Qualifying Race #2||Cale Yarborough||20||50||40.00%|
|2/15/1973||Qualifying Race #1||Buddy Baker||N/A||50||N/A|
|2/15/1973||Qualifying Race #2||Coo Coo Marlin||N/A||50||N/A|
|2/17/1972||Qualifying Race #1||Bobby Isaac||23||50||46.00%|
|2/17/1972||Qualifying Race #2||Bobby Allison||49||50||98.00%|
ADDITIONAL FINISHING POSITIONS: DAYTONA 500
- A total of 41 different drivers have finished runner-up in the Daytona 500, led by NASCAR Hall of Famer Dale Earnhardt with five (1984, 1993, 1995, 1996, 1999).
- Kurt Busch leads all active drivers in the series in runner-up finishes in the Daytona 500 with three (2003, 2005, 2008); followed by Kevin Harvick (2009, 2015) and Ryan Blaney (2017, 2020) with two each.
- In total 115 different drivers have posted at least one top five in the Daytona 500, led by NASCAR Hall of Famer Dale Earnhardt with 12 top fives in his 23 Daytona 500 starts.
- Denny Hamlin and Kevin Harvick lead all active drivers in Daytona 500 top-five finishes with eight each.
Top 10 Finishes:
- In total 190 different drivers have posted at least one top 10 in the Daytona 500, led by Dale Earnhardt and Richard Petty, who posted a series-leading 16 top 10s each in the Daytona 500.
- Kevin Harvick leads all active drivers in Daytona 500 top-10 finishes with 10.
- Lee Petty leads the NASCAR Cup Series in average finishing positon with a 2.5 in two Daytona 500 appearances.
- Denny Hamlin (11.9) has the best average finish among active drivers with more than one start; he has made 16 appearances in the Daytona 500
Top 10 in Average Finishing Position for the Daytona 500 (All-Time & Active)
|Rank||All-Time Drivers||Avg. Finish||Races||Rank||Active Drivers||Avg. Finish||Races|
|1||Lee Petty||2.500||2||1||Denny Hamlin||11.938||16|
|2||Fred Lorenzen||6.889||9||2||Austin Dillon||12.667||9|
|3||Richard Brickhouse||9.000||2||3||Ross Chastain||14.000||3|
|4||Ned Jarrett||9.143||7||4||Joey Logano||14.154||13|
|5||Darel Dieringer||9.429||7||5||Ryan Preece||14.333||3|
|6||Andy Hampton||9.500||2||6||Kevin Harvick||15.400||20|
|7||Jody Ridley||9.667||6||7||Michael McDowell||16.200||10|
|8||Vic Elford||10.500||2||8||Kyle Larson||17.125||8|
|9||Dale Earnhardt||11.000||23||9||AJ Allmendinger||17.778||9|
|10||Jim Reed||11.000||3||10||Bubba Wallace||18.000||4|
|11||Janet Guthrie||11.500||2||11||Christopher Bell||18.500||2|
|12||Joe Weatherly||11.800||5||12||Ryan Blaney||18.571||7|
|13||Denny Hamlin||11.938||16||13||Kurt Busch||19.450||20|
|14||Kenny Irwin Jr||12.000||3||14||Corey Lajoie||19.800||5|
|15||Terry Ryan||12.000||2||15||Chase Elliott||20.000||6|
- Danica Patrick on Sunday, February 19, 2013 became the first female in NASCAR Cup Series history to win a pole for the Daytona 500 posting a speed of 196.434 mph – to this day the only pole in the series by a female competitor.
- Janet Guthrie previously held the record for top starting position by a female NASCAR premier series driver, starting ninth twice in 1977 – at Talladega Superspeedway on Aug. 7, 1977 and at Bristol Motor Speedway on Aug. 28, 1977.
- In 2012, Danica Patrick became the third female driver to compete in a Daytona 500 joining Janet Guthrie and Shawna Robinson. Below are the previous female driver performances in the Daytona 500.
|Daytona 500||1977||Janet Guthrie||39||12|
|Daytona 500||1980||Janet Guthrie||18||11|
|Daytona 500||2002||Shawna Robinson||36||24|
|Daytona 500||2012||Danica Patrick||29||38|
|Daytona 500||2013||Danica Patrick||1||8|
|Daytona 500||2014||Danica Patrick||27||40|
|Daytona 500||2015||Danica Patrick||20||21|
|Daytona 500||2016||Danica Patrick||16||35|
|Daytona 500||2017||Danica Patrick||12||33|
|Daytona 500||2018||Danica Patrick||28||35|
- In 2013, Danica Patrick became the first female driver in a Daytona 500 to lead laps. She led five laps in the 2013 Daytona 500 and two laps in the 2014 Daytona 500 for a career total of seven laps led in the Great American Race.
- Danica Patrick also holds the record for most Daytona 500 starts for a female competitor with seven.
- In total 163 different NASCAR Cup Series drivers have led at least one lap in the Daytona 500. NASCAR Hall of Famer Richard Petty leads the series in laps led in the Daytona 500 with 780 laps led in 32 starts.
- Denny Hamlin leads all active drivers in laps led in the Daytona 500 with 376.
- NASCAR Hall of Famer Richard Petty has led the most laps in a single Daytona 500; leading 184 laps in the 1964 Daytona 500 and won the event.
- Among active drivers, Ryan Blaney has led the most laps in a single Daytona 500, when he led 118 laps in the 2018 Daytona 500 and finished seventh.
- Kurt Busch (2017) and Austin Dillon (2018) have led the fewest laps in the Daytona 500 and won – both led just the final lap on their way to winning the Daytona 500.
Top 10 Lap Leaders in the Daytona 500 (All-Time & Active)
|Rank||All-Time Drivers||Races||Led||Completed||% Led|
|14||Dale Earnhardt Jr||18||262||3,322||8%|
|Rank||Active Drivers||Races||Led||Completed||% Led|
|9||Ricky Stenhouse Jr||10||51||1,946||3%|
|10||Martin Truex Jr||17||50||3,159||2%|
TRACK / EVENT STATS
- Denny Hamlin’s 0.001-second margin of victory over Martin Truex Jr. in the 2016 Daytona 500 is the closest Daytona 500 finish and tied with Atlanta (3/12/2000) and Phoenix (3/13/2016) as the seventh closest MOV since the advent of electronic scoring in 1993.
- Kevin Harvick’s 0.020-second margin of victory over Mark Martin in the 2007 Daytona 500 is the 12th-closest overall since the advent of electronic scoring in 1993, and the second closest in Daytona 500 history.
- Top five closest margins of victory in the Daytona 500:
|Margin of Victory||Winner||Runner-Up||Date|
|0.001||Denny Hamlin||Martin Truex Jr||Sunday, February 21, 2016|
|0.020||Kevin Harvick||Mark Martin||Sunday, February 18, 2007|
|0.092||Ryan Newman||Kurt Busch||Sunday, February 17, 2008|
|0.118||Trevor Bayne||Carl Edwards||Sunday, February 20, 2011|
|0.119||Jamie McMurray||Dale Earnhardt Jr||Sunday, February 14, 2010|
- The 2011 Daytona 500 had the most all-time lead changes with 74; which is 14 more than the race with the second-most lead changes – the 1974 Daytona 500 with 60 lead changes.
- The 1964 Daytona 500 won by Richard Petty had the fewest lead changes with a mere six.
- 2011 Daytona 500 had the most all-time leaders with 22.
- 2011 Daytona 500 had the most all-time cautions with 16.
- 1968 and 2011 Daytona 500s had the most all-time Caution Laps with 60 laps each.
- The Daytona 500 has finished under NASCAR Overtime conditions 10 times: 2020, 2019, 2018, 2015, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2007, 2006 and 2005.
- Due to the Overtime rules in NASCAR, the longest Daytona 500 ever run was the 2020 Daytona 500 with 209 laps (522.5 miles) – nine laps and 22.5 miles more than the scheduled distance. The next longest were the 2010 and 2011 Daytona 500 races – both went 208 laps/520 miles.
- The largest field to compete in the Daytona 500 was 68 cars in the 1960 race.
ADDITIONAL DAYTONA STATS
- Groundbreaking for Daytona International Speedway was Nov. 25, 1957. The soil underneath the banked corners was dug from the infield of the track and the hole filled with water. It is now known as Lake Lloyd.
- The first NASCAR Cup Series race at Daytona was a 100-mile qualifying race for the Daytona 500 on Feb. 20, 1959.
- Richard Petty won his 200th career race on July 4, 1984 at Daytona.
- Lights were installed in the spring of 1998. However, the July race was delayed until October that year due to thick smoke from wildfires. The second Daytona race has been scheduled for under the lights ever since.
- The track underwent a repave in 2010.
- 2016 marked the next phase in the existence of Daytona International Speedway as the DAYTONA Rising project was completed, ushering in the first ‘motorsports stadium,’ a 400-million-dollar project.
- There have been 147 NASCAR Cup Series races since the track hosted its first race in 1959: 62 have been 500 miles, 58 were 400 miles and four 250 miles. There were also 23 qualifier races that were point races.
- Fireball Roberts won the inaugural pole at Daytona for the 1959 Daytona 500 Qualifier in a Pontiac with a speed of 140.121 mph.
- Bob Welborn won the first race at Daytona, the 100-mile qualifying race for the Daytona 500.
- Fireball Roberts won the first 400-mile race at Daytona, the 1963 Firecracker 400.
- A total of 62 different drivers have posted poles at Daytona in the NASCAR Cup Series.
- Cale Yarborough leads all drivers with 12 poles at Daytona – (D500 = 4; Summer Race = 8).
- Chase Elliott (2016, 2017) and Alex Bowman (2018, 2020) lead all active drivers with two poles at Daytona.
|First Time Pole Winners & Race Winners at Daytona|
|First Time Pole Winner||Season||First Time Race Winner||Season|
|William Byron||2019||Michael McDowell||2021|
|Chase Elliott||2016||William Byron||2020|
|Austin Dillon||2014||Erik Jones||2018|
|Danica Patrick||2013||Aric Almirola||2014|
|Paul Menard||2008||David Ragan||2011|
|Greg Biffle||2004||Trevor Bayne||2011|
|Jimmie Johnson||2002||Greg Biffle||2003|
|Kevin Harvick||2002||Michael Waltrip||2001|
|Mike Skinner||1997||John Andretti||1997|
|Dale Jarrett||1995||Jimmy Spencer||1994|
|Loy Allen Jr||1994||Sterling Marlin||1994|
|Sterling Marlin||1991||Derrike Cope||1990|
|Greg Sacks||1990||Greg Sacks||1985|
|Geoff Bodine||1982||Pete Hamilton||1970|
|Ramo Stott||1976||Mario Andretti||1967|
|Charlie Glotzbach||1968||Earl Balmer||1966|
|Darel Dieringer||1964||Sam McQuagg||1966|
- In total 17 different drivers have scored their first NASCAR Cup Series career pole at Daytona.
- A total of four active drivers have won their first career pole at Daytona – Chase Elliott (2016), Austin Dillon (2014), Kevin Harvick (2002) and William Byron (2019).
- 26 full-length points-paying races at Daytona have been won from the pole or first starting position; most recent Dale Earnhardt Jr. (July, 2015).
- A total of 68 different drivers have won at Daytona International Speedway.
- NASCAR Hall of Famer Richard Petty with 10 points-paying victories at Daytona, leads the series.
- Denny Hamlin leads all active drivers in Daytona wins with three (all Daytona 500 victories).
- A total of 21 different drivers scored their first win in the NASCAR Cup Series at Daytona. The most recent was Front Row Motorsport’s Michael McDowell in 2021 Daytona 500.
- Wood Brothers Racing and Hendrick Motorsports are tied for the most wins by an organization at Daytona International Speedway in the NASCAR Cup Series with 15 each.
NASCAR in Florida
- There have been 345 NASCAR national series points-paying races among 11 tracks held in the state of Florida.
|Track Name||City||Cup||XFINITY||Truck||Total Races||First Year|
|Daytona International Speedway||Daytona Beach||149||60||22||231||1959|
|Daytona Beach & Road Course||Daytona Beach||10||0||0||10||1949|
|Palm Beach Speedway||W. Palm Beach||7||0||0||7||1952|
|DAYTONA Road Course||Daytona Beach||2||2||2||6||2020|
|Volusia County Speedway||Barberville||0||4||0||4||1989|
|Walt Disney World Speedway||Orlando||0||0||2||2||1997|
|Five Flags Speedway||Pensacola||1||0||0||1||1953|
|Golden Gate Speedway||Tampa||1||0||0||1||1963|
NASCAR DRIVERS FROM FLORIDA
- A total of 192 drivers in NASCAR’s three national series have their home state recorded as Florida.
- There have been 12 race winners with their home state recorded as Florida in NASCAR’s three national series; totaling 98 victories among them: