2019 Daytona 500

History
• 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 Monster Energy 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.

Daytona 500 Tidbits
• The 2019 edition will be the 61st running of the Daytona 500.
• Although the first Daytona 500 was held in 1959, it has been the season-opener only since 1982.


Starts
• A total of 547 different drivers have competed in at least one Daytona 500; 331 in more than one.
• Dave Marcis leads the series all-time in Daytona 500 starts with 33; followed by NASCAR Hall of Famers Richard Petty (32) and Terry Labonte (32).
• Jimmie Johnson, Kevin Harvick, Ryan Newman and Kurt Busch lead all active Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series drivers in Daytona 500 starts with 17 each.
• Chase Elliott leads the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series in average starting position (2.0) in the Daytona 500.
• 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


Poles
• A total of 42 different drivers have won a pole for the Daytona 500.
• Bill Elliott, Cale Yarborough and Buddy Baker lead the series Daytona 500 poles with four each.
• William Byron won the pole for 2019 Daytona 500.
• A total of 10 drivers have posted multiple poles for the Daytona 500; Jimmie Johnson (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.
• Hendrick Motorsports has won 13 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), William Byron (2019).
• Hendrick Motorsports has won a record five Daytona 500 poles in a row – (2015-2019).
• Seven different manufacturers have won the pole for the Daytona 500, led by Chevrolet with 27; followed by Ford (12), Pontiac (eight), Mercury (five), Dodge (four), Oldsmobile (three), Plymouth (two).
• The 2019 Daytona 500 pole was the 700th pole in the Monster Energy Series all-time.


Wins
• A total of 39 different Monster Energy Series 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.
• Austin Dillon won the most recent (2018) Daytona 500.
• 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)
• Nine different manufacturers have won the Daytona 500, led by Chevrolet with 24 victories; followed by Ford (15), Dodge (four), Plymouth (four), Buick (three), Mercury (three), Oldsmobile (three), Pontiac (three) and Toyota (one).
• Seven drivers posted their career-first Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series victory with a win in the Daytona 500.

Drivers
Seasons
Tiny Lund
1963
Mario Andretti
1967
Pete Hamilton
1970
Derrike Cope
1990
Sterling Marlin
1994
Michael Waltrip
2001
Trevor Bayne
2011


• Three other drivers posted their career-first victory in (points-paying) qualifying races: Johnny Rutherford (1963), Bobby Isaac (1964) and Earl Balmer (1966).
• 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.

• A total of 11 drivers have won multiple Daytona 500s, led by Richard Petty with seven victories.

The 11 Drivers With Multiple Daytona 500 Wins

No. of Wins
Drivers
Seasons
 
 
 
 
 
 
7
Richard Petty
1964
1966
1971
1973
1974
1979
1981
4
Cale Yarborough
1968
1977
1983
1984
 
 
 
3
Bobby Allison
1978
1982
1988
       
3
Dale Jarrett
1993
1996
2000
 
 
 
 
3
Jeff Gordon
1997
1999
2005
       
2
Bill Elliott
1985
1987
 
 
 
 
 
2
Sterling Marlin
1994
1995
         
2
Michael Waltrip
2001
2003
 
 
 
 
 
2
Dale Earnhardt Jr.
2004
2014
         
2
Jimmie Johnson
2006
2013
 
 
 
 
 
2
Matt Kenseth
2009
2012

• A driver has won back-to-back Daytona 500s three times - Richard Petty (1973-74), Cale Yarborough (1983-84) and Sterling Marlin (1994-95).


Wins by Starting Positions

Daytona 500
Wins by Starting Positions
Starting Pos.
Wins
Winning %
1
9
15.0%
2
7
11.7%
3
3
5.0%
4
7
11.7%
5
2
3.3%
6
2
3.3%
7
5
8.3%
8
3
5.0%
9
5
8.3%
11
1
1.7%
12
3
5.0%
13
2
3.3%
14
1
1.7%
15
2
3.3%
19
3
5.0%
32
2
3.3%
33
1
1.7%
34
1
1.7%
39
1
1.7%

• 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
Daytona 500

Season
Driver
1962
Fireball Roberts
1966
Richard Petty
1968
Cale Yarborough
1980
Buddy Baker
1984
Cale Yarborough
1985
Bill Elliott
1987
Bill Elliott
1999
Jeff Gordon
2000
Dale Jarrett


• 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 60 Daytona 500s (26.7%) have been won from the front row; nine from the pole position and seven from the second-place position.
• Matt Kenseth won the Daytona 500 from the 39th starting position in 2009, the deepest a race winner has started.

Five Drivers Have Won the Daytona 500 and the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Championship
In The Same Season
Drivers
Seasons
 
 
 
Richard Petty
1964
1971
1974
1979
Jimmie Johnson
2006
2013
   
Lee Petty
1959
     
Cale Yarborough
1977
     
Jeff Gordon
1997
 

Five Drivers Have Won the Daytona 500 and the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Championship
In The Same Season
Drivers Seasons
Richard Petty 1964 1971 1974 1979
Jimmie Johnson 2006 2013
Lee Petty 1959
Cale Yarborough 1977
Jeff Gordon 1997

• 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) and Fireball Roberts (1962).
• Eight drivers made 10 or more attempts before their first Daytona 500 victory: Dale Earnhardt (19), Buddy Baker (18), Kurt Busch (16), Darrell Waltrip (16), Bobby Allison (14), Michael Waltrip (14) and Sterling Marlin (12) and Denny Hamlin (11).
• The driver with the all-time most Daytona 500 starts without a victory is Dave Marcis with 33 races; Martin Truex Jr. (14) leads all active drivers with the most Daytona 500 starts without a win.

• Drivers who have won the Daytona 500 in more than one car manufacturer:
Driver – Manufacturer (Number of wins in that manufacturer)
o Richard Petty – Plymouth (3), Dodge (2), Oldsmobile (1) and Buick (1)
o Cale Yarborough – Chevrolet (2), Mercury (1) and Pontiac (1)
o Bobby Allison – Buick (2) and Ford (1)
o Dale Jarrett – Ford (2) and Chevrolet (1)

• Drivers who have won The Clash and the Daytona 500 in the same season:
Driver – (Year)
o Bobby Allison (1982)
o Bill Elliott (1987)
o Dale Jarrett (1996 and 2000)
o Jeff Gordon (1997)
o Denny Hamlin (2016)


• Car Numbers that have produced three or more Daytona 500 victories:
Car Number – Drivers – (Years)
o No. 43 – Richard Petty (1964, ’66, ’71, ’73, ’74, ’79, ‘81)
o No. 21 – Tiny Lund (1963), Cale Yarborough (1968), A.J. Foyt (1972), David Pearson (1976) and Trevor Bayne (2011)
o No. 28 – Fred Lorenzen (1965), Buddy Baker (1980), Cale Yarborough (1983 and 1984) and Davey Allison (1992)
o No. 4 – Ernie Irvan (1991), Sterling Marlin (1994 and 1995)
o No. 15 – Bobby Allison (1978), Michael Waltrip (2001 and 2003)
o No. 17 – Darrell Waltrip (1989), Matt Kenseth (2009 and 2012)
o No. 88 – Bobby Allison (1982), Dale Jarrett (1996 and 2000) and Dale Earnhardt Jr. (2014)
o No. 24 – Jeff Gordon (1997, 1999 and 2005)
o No. 11 – Mario Andretti (1967), Cale Yarborough (1977) and Denny Hamlin (2016)

•        Drivers that have won both the Daytona 500 and Coca-Cola 600 (18 total):

 
Winner
Daytona 500s
Coca-Cola 600s
1
Richard Petty
7
2
2
Bobby Allison
3
3
3
Dale Jarrett
3
1
4
Jeff Gordon
3
3
5
Jimmie Johnson
2
4
6
Matt Kenseth
2
1
7
Darrell Waltrip
1
5
8
Austin Dillon
1
1
9
Benny Parsons
1
1
10
Buddy Baker
1
3
11
Dale Earnhardt
1
3
12
Davey Allison
1
1
13
David Pearson
1
3
14
Fred Lorenzen
1
2
15
Kevin Harvick
1
2
16
Kurt Busch
1
1
17
LeeRoy Yarbrough
1
1
18
Marvin Panch
1
1

•        Drivers that have won both the Daytona 500 and Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis (eight total):

Winners
Daytona 500s
Brickyard 400s
Dale Jarrett
3
2
Jeff Gordon
3
5
Bill Elliott
2
1
Jimmie Johnson
2
4
Dale Earnhardt
1
1
Jamie McMurray
1
1
Kevin Harvick
1
1
Ryan Newman
1
1

Additional Finishing Positions
• Dale Earnhardt leads the series in runner-up finishes in the Daytona 500 with five.
• Kurt Busch leads all active drivers in the series in runner-up finishes in the Daytona 500 with three.
• Dale Earnhardt leads the series in top-five finishes in the Daytona 500 with 12 top fives in his 23 Daytona 500 starts.
• Jimmie Johnson leads all active drivers in Daytona 500 top-five finishes with seven (Johnson is tied with NASCAR Hall of Famer Fred Lorenzen for ninth most-all-time).
• Dale Earnhardt and Richard Petty each posted a series-leading 16 top 10s in the Daytona 500.
• Kevin Harvick leads all active drivers in Daytona 500 in top-10 finishes with eight.
• Bubba Wallace leads the series in average finishing position in the Daytona 500 with a 2.0 (in his lone appearance last season); of drivers with more than one start Lee Petty leads the series with a 2.5 in two appearances.
• 2018 Daytons 500 champion Austin Dillon (13.8) has the best average finish among active drivers with more than one start; he has made six appearances in the Daytona 500

 

 

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