NASCAR Daytona Sunday, January 20, 2019

DAYTONA 500 & DUEL STATS HIGHLIGHTS

  • First Daytona 500 run sixty years ago (1959)
  • CBS Sports flag-to-flag coverage of Daytona 500 forty years ago (1979)
  • Darrell Waltrip only Daytona 500 win thirty years ago (1989)
  • Jeff Gordon 2nd of 3 Daytona 500 wins twenty years ago (1999)
  • February 17:
  • Richard Petty – 5th Daytona 500 win (1974)
  • Buddy Baker – Fastest Daytona 500 winner (1980)
  • Ernie Irvan – Only Daytona 500 win (1991)
  • Bill Elliott – First Daytona 500 win (1985)
  • Ward Burton – Only Daytona 500 win (2002)
  • Ryan Newman – Won 50th Daytona 500 (2008)
  • Last 3 Daytona 500s – 2016 Closest 500 finish; 2017 4 Different leaders final 4 laps; 2018 3 Different leaders final 3 laps
  • Fewest laps led by Daytona 500 winner: 1 – Kurt Busch (2017) & Austin Dillon (2018)
  • 12 Daytona 500s settled by last lap pass including last 3
  • 70 Seasons – 33 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series champions
  • 64 Different winners in 143 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Daytona races
  • 39 Different winners in 60 Daytona 500s
  • 9 Different winners last 9 Daytona 500s
  • Last 4 Daytona 500 champions won for the first time (First Daytona 500 win for 10 of last 13)
  • 5 Different teams won last 5 Daytona 500s – Hendrick, Penske, Gibbs, Stewart-Haas & Childress
  • 15 NASCAR Hall of Fame drivers won Daytona 500
  • 16 Champions won Daytona 500
  • 6 Different winners last 6 restrictor-plate races
  • 4 Different winners from 4 different teams won 4 restrictor-plate races last season
  • 1st or 2nd career win for 3 of 4 restrictor-plate race winners last season
  • Ford won 9 of last 11 restrictor-plate races – Austin Dillon won 2018 Daytona 500 in Chevrolet & Erik Jones won Daytona 7/18 in Toyota
  • Ford drivers were top 6 restrictor-plate race lap leaders last season
  • 4 Finished top 10 both Daytona races last season – Allmendinger, Buescher, A. Dillon & Newman
  • Chris Buescher only driver to finish top 5 both Daytona races last season – Finished 5th each race
  • 3 Won consecutive Daytona 500s – Last: Sterling Marlin 1994 & ’95 (Austin Dillon won last Daytona 500)
  • No Daytona 500 winner from pole last 18 races
  • Duel race #2 winner only won 3 Daytona 500s – Yarborough ’77, Earnhardt ’98 & Kenseth ‘12
  • Chevrolet leads all with 26 Daytona 500 poles including last 6
  • Toyota has no Daytona 500 poles – First season 2007
  • 15 Different pole winners last 16 Daytona 500s – Chase Elliott won 2 of last 3
  • Daytona 500 win was first career victory for 7 drivers – Last: Trevor Bayne 2011
  • 19 Won first career Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Daytona
  • Leader at 500 miles failed to win 4 Daytona 500s
  • Hendrick Motorsports swept Daytona 500 front row 5 times
  • Austin Dillon won 2018 Daytona 500 starting from rear in backup car
  • Toyota has 1 Daytona 500 win – 2016 Denny Hamlin (First race: 2007)
  • Final lead change with 10 laps or less to go in 9 of last 12 Daytona 500s (75%)
  • Ryan Blaney led 118 laps in 2018 Daytona 500 – Most laps led in last 26 Daytona 500s
  • Last time a driver led more that 118 laps in Daytona 500: Davey Allison led 127 in 1992
  • 7 Daytona 500 winners led 5 or fewer laps
  • Drivers leading most laps failed to win 13 of last 15 Daytona 500s (87%)
  • 7 of last 12 Daytona 500 winners led 8 laps or less
  • Mid-race leader won 1 of last 26 Daytona 500s – Denny Hamlin 2016
  • Leader at 10 to go mark failed to win 9 of last 12 Daytona 500s including last 3
  • Hendrick Motorsports won 8 Daytona 500s with 5 different drivers
  • Richard Childress Racing: 3 Daytona 500 wins (Dale Earnhardt 1998, Kevin Harvick 2007 & Austin Dillon 2018)
  • Car number 3 won 2 Daytona 500s – 1998 Dale Earnhardt & 2018 Austin Dillon
  • Car number 42 won only 1 Daytona 500 – 1959 Lee Petty
  • 11 Won multiple Daytona 500s
  • 5 Won 3 or more Daytona 500s
  • Richard Petty leads all with 7 Daytona 500 wins
  • Ricky Stenhouse Jr. only repeat winner last 8 restrictor-plate races (2 Wins) – 6 Others 1 win each
  • Team Penske won 8 of last 17 restrictor-plate races including 5 of last 11 – Brad Keselowski 4 & Joey Logano 4
  • Brad Keselowski won 4 of last 17 restrictor-plate races (3 Wins last 11 restrictor-plate races)
  • Last to win back-to-back Daytona races: Jimmie Johnson 2/13 & 7/13 (Erik Jones won last Daytona race)
  • Dale Earnhardt Jr. only repeat winner last 11 Daytona races (2 Wins) – 9 Others 1 win each
  • Matt Kenseth only repeat winner last 12 Daytona 500s (2 Wins) – 10 Others 1 win each
  • Daytona 500 winner went on to win championship 9 times – Last 2 by Jimmie Johnson (2006 & ’13)
  • Richard Petty won Daytona 500 & championship in same season 4 times
  • Daytona 500 won by defending Monster Energy champion 5 times – Last: Dale Jarrett 1999 Champ & 2000 Winner
  • Daytona 500 won from pole 9 times – Last: Dale Jarrett 2000
  • Only 3 won pole, Duel & Daytona 500 in same year – Last: Bill Elliott 1985
  • Duel winner won Daytona 500 9 times – Last: Matt Kenseth 2012
  • 5 Won Daytona Sportsman/Xfinity Series & Daytona 500 in same year – Last: Kevin Harvick 2007
  • 5 Won consecutive Daytona 500 poles – Alex Bowman won last pole
  • Teammates swept top finishing positions 7 times in Daytona 500 – Hendrick Motorsports swept top 3 in 1997
  • Youngest Daytona 500 pole winner – Chase Elliott 2016 (20-Years-old)
  • Pole winner finished outside top 5 last 17 Daytona 500s
  • Daytona 500 ended in Overtime 8 times
  • 9 Rookie contenders sat on front row in Daytona 500 including Danica Patrick (’13), Austin Dillon (’14) & Chase Elliott (’16)
  • 6 Rookie of the Year contenders won pole for Daytona 500 including 3 of last 6 seasons
  • Daytona 500 was first career pole for 9 including Danica Patrick in 2013, Austin Dillon in 2014 & Chase Elliott 2016
  • Car owners swept Daytona 500 front row 9 times – 5 Times in last 9 years
  • Worst official starting position to win Daytona 500: 39th – Matt Kenseth 2009 (Started from back in backup car)
  • Chevrolet leads all with 24 Daytona 500 wins
  • Ford has 15 Daytona 500 wins including 5 of last 10
  • Youngest winner: Trevor Bayne 20 (2011)
  • 2nd youngest winner: Joey Logano 24 (2015)
  • 3rd youngest winner: Jeff Gordon 25 (1997)
  • Oldest winner: Bobby Allison 50 (1988)
  • Oldest to race in Daytona 500: Mark Thompson 2018 (66-Years-old)
  • Dave Marcis 60-Years-old 2002
  • Bubba Wallace finished 2nd in 2018 Daytona 500 – Wendell Scott finished 13th in 1966 Daytona 500
  • 2017: Kyle Busch Stage 1 winner (38th in 500) & Kevin Harvick Stage 2 winner (22nd in 500)
  • 2018: Kurt Busch Stage 1 winner (26th in 500) & Ryan Blaney Stage 2 winner (7th in 500)
  • Winner from previous year failed to finish Daytona 500 the next year 22 of 60 times (37%)
  • Fastest Daytona 500: 177.602mph – Buddy Baker (1980)
  • 5 Backup cars won Daytona 500 – Last: Austin Dillon 2018
  • 3 Repaired crashed cars won Daytona 500 – Bobby Allison 1978, Dale Jarrett 2000 & Trevor Bayne 2011
  • Aric Almirola led into final lap 2018 Daytona 500 – Crashed after contact with winner Austin Dillon
  • 11 Drivers led most laps in a Daytona 500, but never won any Daytona 500:
  • Donnie Allison, Ryan Blaney, Kyle Busch, Terry Labonte, Mark Martin, Kyle Petty,
  • Joe Ruttman, Ken Schrader, Jack Smith, Tony Stewart & Rusty Wallace
  • Most consecutive laps led: 149 – Richard Petty (1964)
  • 10 Led first lap & won Daytona 500
  • Ryan Blaney led most consecutive laps last Daytona 500 (47)
  • Most starts before first Daytona 500 win: Dale Earnhardt won in 20th try (1998)
  • Lee Petty 1959 & Trevor Bayne 2011 only drivers to win Daytona 500 in first try
  • No driver won Daytona 500 in first career race
  • Dale Inman leads all crew chiefs with 5 Daytona 500 wins
  • 1 Daytona 500 win for Chad Knaus (2013)
  • Petty Enterprises leads all with 9 Daytona 500 wins
  • Hendrick Motorsports: 8 Daytona 500 wins
  • 27 Different car numbers won Daytona 500
  • Car number 17 won 2 Daytona 500s – 1989 Darrell Waltrip & 2009 Matt Kenseth
  • Michael Waltrip won first career race in 463rd try – 2001 Daytona 500
  • In last 27 Daytona 500s, 14 crashes involved 10 or more drivers – Biggest crash: 19 involved (2001)
  • 12 Involved in lap 199 crash last Daytona 500
  • Biggest Daytona Monster Energy Series crash: 26 Involved (7/6/14)
  • Biggest Daytona crash: 37 Involved (2/13/60) – Modified-Sportsman race
  • 4 Won Rolex 24 at Daytona & Daytona 500 – Mario Andretti, A.J. Foyt, Jeff Gordon & Jamie McMurray
  • 2 Won Daytona 500 & Indianapolis 500 – A.J. Foyt & Mario Andretti
  • 3 Father-Son Daytona 500 winners – Allison, Earnhardt & Petty
  • 55 Different winners in 118 Duel races
  • Chase Elliott won 2 straight Duels (2017 & ’18) – Only 3 have won 3 straight or more (Dale Earnhardt, Junior Johnson & Fireball Roberts)
  • Last to win 3 straight or more Duel races – Dale Earnhardt won 10 straight (Every race in 1990s)
  • 18 Duel races settled by last lap pass
  • Only 1 Duel winner went on to win Daytona 500 since 2005 – Matt Kenseth in 2012
  • 10 of last 11 Duel races won by Hendrick Motorsports (5) or Joe Gibbs Racing (5); Team Penske won in ’18 (Blaney)
  • Last 7 Daytona 500 winners finished 6th or better in Duel
  • Neil Bonnett, Kyle Busch & Tony Stewart only drivers to win The Clash, Duel & 400, but winless in Daytona 500
  • Last time both Duel races won from pole: 1996 – Dale Earnhardt & Ernie Irvan
  • Worst start position of Duel winner: 25th – Dale Earnhardt Jr. (2015)
  • Worst previous start position of Duel winner: 18th – Bobby Isaac (1974) & Michael Waltrip (2005)
  • Winner led only final lap in 6 Duel races
  • Chevrolet leads all with 51 Duel wins
  • Matador won 1975 Duel with Bobby Allison driving
  • The Clash at Daytona winner & Duel winner in same season: 14 Times (None won Daytona 500 same season)
  • Duel ended in Overtime 7 times – Leader at scheduled distance won 5 times