Daytona 500

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Daytona 500
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Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series
VenueDaytona International Speedway
LocationDaytona Beach, Florida, United States
First race1959 (1959)
Distance500 mi (800 km)
Laps200 (Stage 1: 60
Stage 2: 60
Final stage: 80)
Previous namesInaugural 500 Mile International Sweepstakes (1959)
Second Annual 500 Mile International Sweepstakes (1960)
Daytona 500 by STP (1991–1993)
Daytona 500 by Dodge (2001)
Daytona 500 by Toyota (2007)
Daytona 500 (1961–1990, 1994–2000, 2002–2006, 2008–present)
Most wins (driver)Richard Petty (7)
Most wins (team)Petty Enterprises (9)
Most wins (manufacturer)Chevrolet (23)
Circuit information
SurfaceAsphalt
Length2.5 mi (4.0 km)
Turns4

The Daytona 500 is an auto race held in Daytona Beach, Florida. It is the opening event of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. Daytona has hosted racing for many years. Originally cars raced on the beach, but in 1959, race officials built the Daytona International Speedway, where the race has been held ever since. The Daytona track hosts many other races as well. The Daytona 500 is considered the most important event in NASCAR.

The Daytona 500 has many memories, the winners receive a Harley J. Earl Trophy every year at the end of every race, The trophy is not the only one awarded to the event, The crew chief of the teams receives the Cannonball trophy, a trophy by Cannonball Baker.

Eventually, the 500-mile (804.672 km) race was held in 1959, It was the second 500-mile NASCAR race, following the Southern 500, By 1961, the race was referred as the Daytona 500.

At Daytona, the cars pile up in multi-car wrecks, known as The Big One.

List of Daytona 500 winners[change | change source]

Year Date Driver Car
#
Car Make Start Distance Race Time Owner
Laps Miles (Km)
1959 February 22 Lee Petty 42 Oldsmobile 15th 200 500 (804.672) 3:41:22 Petty Enterprises
1960 February 24 Robert G. "Junior" Johnson 27 Chevrolet 9th 200 500 (804.672) 4:00:30 John Masoni
1961 February 26 Marvin Panch 20 Pontiac 4th 200 500 (804.672) 3:20:32 Smokey Yunick
1962 February 18 Edward G. "Fireball" Roberts 22 Pontiac Pole 200 500 (804.672) 3:10:41 Jim Stephens
1963 February 24 DeWayne L. "Tiny" Lund 21 Ford 12th 200 500 (804.672) 3:17:56 Wood Brothers Racing
1964 February 23 Richard Petty 43 Plymouth 2nd 200 500 (804.672) 3:14:23 Petty Enterprises
1965 February 14 Fred Lorenzen 28 Ford 4th 133 332.5 (535.106) 2:22:56 Holman-Moody
1966 February 27 Richard Petty 43 Plymouth Pole 198 495 (796.625) 3:04:54 Petty Enterprises
1967 February 26 Mario Andretti 11 Ford 12th 200 500 (804.672) 3:24:11 Holman-Moody
1968 February 25 Cale Yarborough 21 Mercury Pole 200 500 (804.672) 3:23:44 Wood Brothers Racing
1969 February 23 LeeRoy Yarbrough 98 Ford 19th 200 500 (804.672) 3:09:56 Junior Johnson
1970 February 22 Pete Hamilton 40 Plymouth 9th 200 500 (804.672) 3:20:32 Petty Enterprises
1971 February 14 Richard Petty 43 Plymouth 5th 200 500 (804.672) 3:27:40 Petty Enterprises
1972 February 20 A.J. Foyt 21 Mercury 2nd 200 500 (804.672) 3:05:42 Wood Brothers Racing
1973 February 18 Richard Petty 43 Dodge 7th 200 500 (804.672) 3:10:50 Petty Enterprises
1974 February 17 Richard Petty (5) 43 Dodge 2nd 180 450 (724.204) 3:11:38 Petty Enterprises
1975 February 16 Benny Parsons 72 Chevrolet 32nd 200 500 (804.672) 3:15:15 L.G. DeWitt
1976 February 15 David Pearson 21 Mercury 7th 200 500 (804.672) 3:17:08 Wood Brothers Racing
1977 February 20 Cale Yarborough 11 Chevrolet 4th 200 500 (804.672) 3:15:48 Junior Johnson
1978 February 19 Bobby Allison 15 Ford 33rd 200 500 (804.672) 3:07:49 Bud Moore Engineering
1979 February 18 Richard Petty 43 Oldsmobile 13th 200 500 (804.672) 3:28:22 Petty Enterprises
1980 February 17 Buddy Baker 28 Oldsmobile Pole 200 500 (804.672) 2:48:55 Harry Rainer
1981 February 15 Richard Petty 43 Buick 8th 200 500 (804.672) 2:56:50 Petty Enterprises
1982 February 14 Bobby Allison 88 Buick 7th 200 500 (804.672) 3:14:49 DiGard Motorsports
1983 February 20 Cale Yarborough 28 Pontiac 8th 200 500 (804.672) 3:12:20 Harry Ranier
1984 February 19 Cale Yarborough 28 Chevrolet Pole 200 500 (804.672) 3:18:41 Harry Ranier
1985 February 17 Bill Elliott 9 Ford Pole 200 500 (804.672) 2:54:09 Melling Racing
1986 February 16 Geoffrey Bodine 5 Chevrolet 2nd 200 500 (804.672) 3:22:32 Hendrick Motorsports
1987 February 15 Bill Elliott 9 Ford Pole 200 500 (804.672) 2:50:12 Melling Racing
1988 February 14 Bobby Allison 12 Buick 3rd 200 500 (804.672) 3:38:08 Stavola Brothers Racing
1989 February 19 Darrell Waltrip 17 Chevrolet 2nd 200 500 (804.672) 3:22:04 Hendrick Motorsports
1990 February 18 Derrike Cope 10 Chevrolet 12th 200 500 (804.672) 3:00:59 Bob Whitcomb
1991 February 17 Ernie Irvan 4 Chevrolet 2nd 200 500 (804.672) 3:22:30 Morgan-McClure Motorsports
1992 February 16 Davey Allison 28 Ford 6th 200 500 (804.672) 3:07:12 Robert Yates Racing
1993 February 14 Dale Jarrett 18 Chevrolet 2nd 200 500 (804.672) 3:13:35 Joe Gibbs Racing
1994 February 20 Sterling Marlin 4 Chevrolet 4th 200 500 (804.672) 3:11:10 Morgan-McClure Motorsports
1995 February 19 Sterling Marlin 4 Chevrolet 3rd 200 500 (804.672) 3:31:42 Morgan-McClure Motorsports
1996 February 18 Dale Jarrett 88 Ford 7th 200 500 (804.672) 3:14:25 Robert Yates Racing
1997 February 16 Jeff Gordon 24 Chevrolet 6th 200 500 (804.672) 3:22:18 Hendrick Motorsports
1998 February 15 Dale Earnhardt 3 Chevrolet 4th 200 500 (804.672) 2:53:42 Richard Childress Racing
1999 February 14 Jeff Gordon 24 Chevrolet Pole 200 500 (804.672) 3:05:42 Hendrick Motorsports
2000 February 20 Dale Jarrett (3) 88 Ford Pole 200 500 (804.672) 3:12:43 Robert Yates Racing
2001 February 18 Michael Waltrip 15 Chevrolet 19th 200 500 (804.672) 3:05:26 Dale Earnhardt, Inc.
2002 February 17 Ward Burton 22 Dodge 19th 200 500 (804.672) 3:29:50 Bill Davis Racing
2003 February 16 Michael Waltrip 15 Chevrolet 4th 109 272.5 (438.546) 2:02:08 Dale Earnhardt, Inc.
2004 February 15 Dale Earnhardt, Jr. 8 Chevrolet 3rd 200 500 (804.672) 3:11:53 Dale Earnhardt, Inc.
2005 February 20 Jeff Gordon 24 Chevrolet 15th 203 507.5 (816.742) 3:45:16 Hendrick Motorsports
2006 February 19 Jimmie Johnson 48 Chevrolet 9th 203 507.5 (816.742) 3:33:26 Hendrick Motorsports
2007 February 18 Kevin Harvick 29 Chevrolet 34th 202 505 (812.718) 3:22:55 Richard Childress Racing
2008 February 17 Ryan Newman 12 Dodge 7th 200 500 (804.672) 3:16:30 Penske Championship Racing
2009 February 15 Matt Kenseth 17 Ford 39th1 152 380 (611.55) 2:51:40 Roush Fenway Racing
2010 February 14 Jamie McMurray 1 Chevrolet 13th 208 520 (836.858) 3:47:16 Earnhardt Ganassi Racing
2011 February 20 Trevor Bayne 21 Ford 32nd 208 520 (836.858) 3:59:24 Wood Brothers Racing
2012 February 27-28* Matt Kenseth 17 Ford 4th 202* 505 (812.719) 3:36:02 Roush Fenway Racing
2013 February 24 Jimmie Johnson 48 Chevrolet 21st 200 500 (804.672) 3:08:23 Hendrick Motorsports
2014 February 23 Dale Earnhardt, Jr. 88 Chevrolet 7th 200 500 (804.672) 3:26:29 Hendrick Motorsports
2015 February 22 Joey Logano 22 Ford 5th 203* 507.5 (816.742) 3:08:02 Team Penske
2016 February 21 Denny Hamlin 11 Toyota 10th 200 500 (804.672) 3:10:25 Joe Gibbs Racing
2017 February 26 Kurt Busch 41 Ford 22nd 200 500 (804.672) 3:29:31 Stewart-Haas Racing
2018 February 18 Austin Dillon 3 Chevrolet 14th 207* 517.5 (832.835) 3:26:15 Richard Childress Racing


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