·The 2016 edition will be the 58th running of the Daytona 500.
·Although the first Daytona 500 was held in 1959, it has been the season-opener only since 1982.
·533 drivers have competed in at least one Daytona 500; 318 in more than one.
·Dave Marcis leads the series all-time in Daytona 500 starts with 33; followed by NASCAR Hall of FamersRichard Petty (32) and Terry Labonte (32).
·Michael Waltrip leads all active NSCS drivers in Daytona 500 starts with 28; followed by Tony Stewart (17),Dale Earnhardt Jr. (16) and Matt Kenseth (16).
·Dale Earnhardt Jr. leads the series among active drivers in average starting position (6.063).
·12 different manufacturers have made at least one start in the Daytona 500: Chevrolet, Ford, Dodge, Pontiac, Oldsmobile, Buick, Toyota, Plymouth, Mercury, Chrysler, American Motors Company and Studebaker
·40 different drivers have won a Coors Light pole for the Daytona 500; led by Bill Elliott, Cale Yarborough andBuddy Baker with four each.
·Only nine drivers have posted more than one Coors Light pole for the Daytona 500; Jimmie Johnson (two) is the only active driver with more than one Daytona 500 pole.
·Chase Elliott has become the youngest Daytona 500 pole winner at the age of 20 years, 2 months, 17 days.
·Hendrick Motorsports has won 10 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) and Chase Elliott (2016).
·Chevrolet leads the series in Daytona 500 poles with 24.
·36 different drivers have won a Daytona 500.
·Lee Petty won the inaugural Daytona 500 on Feb. 22, 1959; he led 38 laps and won by 2 feet.
·A driver has won back-to-back Daytona 500s three times. Richard Petty (1973-74), Cale Yarborough (1983-84) and Sterling Marlin (1994-95).
·Active Daytona 500 winners and the number of NSCS starts in their careers when they won:
No. of Wins
Dale Earnhardt Jr.
·The Daytona 500 has been won from the pole position nine times; Bill Elliott (1985, 1987) and Cale Yarborough(1968, 1984) are the only two drivers to accomplish the feat more than once. Dale Jarrett was the most recent driver to win from the pole in 2000.
·The pole position is the most proficient starting position in the Daytona 500 field, producing more winners (nine) than any other position; followed by second-place (seven wins) and fourth-place (seven wins).
·16 of the 57 Daytona 500s (28.1%) have been won from the front row; nine from the pole position and seven from the second-place position.
·28 of the 57 Daytona 500s (49.1%) have been won from a top five starting position.
·42 of the 57 Daytona 500s (73.6%) have been won from a top 10 starting position
·Five of the 57 Daytona 500s (.08%) have been won from a starting position outside the top 20.
·Matt Kenseth won the Daytona 500 from the 39th starting position in 2009, the deepest a race winner has started.
·Five reigning NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champions have gone on to win the Daytona 500 the following season:Lee Petty (1959), Richard Petty (1973), Cale Yarborough (1977), Jeff Gordon (1999) and Dale Jarrett (2000).
Five Drivers Have Won the Daytona 500 and theNASCAR Sprint Cup Championship In The Same Season
·A driver has swept both the Daytona 500 and the July race only five times at Daytona International Speedway:Jimmie Johnson (2013), Bobby Allison (1982), LeeRoy Yarborough (1969), Cale Yarborough (1968) andFireball Roberts (1962).
·Six drivers made 10 or more attempts before their first Daytona 500 victory: Dale Earnhardt (19), Buddy Baker(18), Darrell Waltrip (16), Bobby Allison (14), Michael Waltrip (14) and Sterling Marlin (12).
·The driver with the all-time most Daytona 500 starts without a victory is Dave Marcis with 33 races; Tony Stewart (17), Kurt Busch (14) and Greg Biffle (13) lead all active drivers with the most Daytona 500 starts without a Daytona 500 win.
·Driver Ratings for Winners – Pre-Race Daytona 500 Driver Ratings heading into 2016 for past Daytona 500 winners (past 5 years)
Driver – Year – Driver Rating
oJoey Logano – 2015 – 82.5
oDale Earnhardt Jr – 2014 – 89.7
oJimmie Johnson – 2013 – 82.8
oMatt Kenseth – 2012 – 89.0
oTrevor Bayne – 2011 – 68.9
·Drivers who have won the Daytona 500 in more than one car manufacturer:
Driver – Manufacturer (Number of wins in that manufacturer)
oNo. 15 – Bobby Allison (1978), Michael Waltrip (2001 and 2003)
oNo. 17 – Darrell Waltrip (1989), Matt Kenseth (2009 and 2012)
oNo. 88 – Bobby Allison (1982), Dale Jarrett (1996 and 2000) and Dale Earnhardt Jr. (2014)
oNo. 24 – Jeff Gordon (1997, 1999 and 2005)
Additional Finishing Positions
·Dale Earnhardt leads the series in runner-up finishes in the Daytona 500 with five; Dale Earnhardt Jr. leads all active drivers with four (Earnhardt Jr. is tied with NASCAR Hall of Famer Cale Yarborough for second most all-time with four).
·Dale Earnhardt had 12 top fives in his 23 Daytona 500 starts, more than any other driver.
·Dale Earnhardt Jr. leads all active drivers in Daytona 500 top-five finishes with eight (Earnhardt Jr. is tied withBenny Parsons, Bobby Allison and Buddy Baker for fifth most-all-time).
·Dale Earnhardt and Richard Petty each posted a series leading 16 top 10s in the Daytona 500.
·Dale Earnhardt Jr. leads all active drivers in Daytona 500 top-10 finishes with 10.
·Dale Earnhardt Jr. leads all active drivers in average finish in the Daytona 500 with a 12.1 (16 appearances)
·Danica Patrick on Sunday, Feb. 19, 2013 became the first female in NASCAR Sprint Cup Series history to win a Coors Light pole for the Daytona 500 posting a speed of 196.434 mph.
·Janet Guthrie previously held the record for top starting position by a female NASCAR Sprint Cup 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 andShawna Robinson. Below are the previous female driver performances in the Daytona 500.
Track / Daytona 500 Specific Stats
·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 closest in a Daytona 500.
·NASCAR Hall of Famer Richard Petty has led the most laps in a single Daytona 500; leading 184 laps in the 1964 Daytona 500.
·Jamie McMurray has led the fewest laps in a Daytona 500 and won - in 2010, McMurray only led two laps on his way to win the Daytona 500.
·2011 Daytona 500 had the most all-time lead changes with 74.
·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 Green/White/Checkered conditions seven times: 2015, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2007, 2006 and 2005.
·Due to the overtime rules in NASCAR the longest Daytona 500 ever run was the 2010 and 2011 Daytona 500s both went 208 laps/520 miles – eight laps and 20 miles more than the scheduled distance.
·The largest field to compete in the Daytona 500 was 68 cars in the 1960 race.
Statistical Look At Daytona International Speedway
·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 Sprint 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 held under the lights ever since.
·The track underwent a repave in 2010.
·2016 will mark the next phase in the existence of Daytona International Speedway as the Daytona Rising project is completed, ushering in the first ‘motorsports stadium’, a 400-million dollar project.
·There have been 137 NASCAR Sprint Cup races since the track hosted its first race in 1959: 57 have been 500 miles, 53 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.
·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.
·59 drivers have posted poles at Daytona – including Chase Elliott 2016 Daytona 500 pole winner.
·Cale Yarborough leads all drivers with 12 poles at Daytona.
·Jimmie Johnson and Bobby Labonte lead all active drivers with two poles at Daytona.
·58 different drivers have won at Daytona.
·Richard Petty leads all drivers in points-paying victories at Daytona with 10.
·The Wood Brothers have won 15 races at Daytona, more than any other car owner.
·18 full-length races at Daytona have been won from the pole; the last to do it was Dale Earnhardt Jr. in the 2015 July race.
NASCAR in Florida
·There have been 180 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races among eight race tracks held in the state of Florida.
Daytona International Speedway
Daytona Beach & Road Course
Palm Beach Speedway
W. Palm Beach
Five Flags Speedway
Golden Gate Speedway
·163 drivers in NASCAR’s three national series have their home state recorded as Florida.
·There have been 10 race winners with their home state recorded as Florida in NASCAR’s three national series: