8 drivers who’ve won the Duel and Daytona 500 in same year Chase Wilhelm Feb 23, 2017 at 5:17p ET Since the first Daytona 500 in 1959, there have only been eight NASCAR Cup Series drivers who’ve gone on to earn a victory in the Great American Race after winning their respective qualifying race. Only time will tell if it will happen a ninth time in Sunday’s 59th annual Daytona 500 at 2 p.m. ET on FOX. Ahead of Thursday night’s Can-Am Duel at Daytona (7 p.m. ET, FS1), check out eight drivers who’ve accomplished the feat. Fireball Roberts, 1962 Roberts drove the No. 22 Jim Stephens-owned Pontiac to victory in his qualifying race for the third consecutive year in 1962. But this time, Roberts was able to notch a Daytona 500 win a couple days later. RacingOne ISC Archives via Getty Images Cale Yarborough, 1977 and 1984 The three-time Cup champion is the only driver to accomplish this twice. Of his four Daytona 500 victories, Yarborough preluded it with a qualifying race win in 1977 and 1984. Bill Elliott, 1985 Elliott had a wildly successful Speedweeks in 1985, winning the Daytona 500 with a then-record speed of 205.114 miles per hour in his No. 9 Melling Racing Ford Thunderbird. “Awesome Bill” backed it up with a win in his qualifying race, followed by his first of two victories in the Great American Race. Focus on Sport/Getty Images Focus On Sport Bobby Allison, 1988 Allison scored a victory in his qualifying race before winning the 1987 Daytona 500 in the iconic No. 12 Stavola Brothers Racing Buick, the final win of his illustrious career. Focus on Sport Focus on Sport/Getty Images Sterling Marlin, 1995 Marlin won back-to-back Daytona 500s in 1994-95 driving the No. 4 Morgan-McClure Motorsports Chevrolet, along with a qualifying race the second time around. RacingOne ISC Archives via Getty Images Dale Earnhardt, 1998 Remarkably, Earnhardt earned his 11th victory in a qualifying race before his popular Daytona 500 victory in 1998. RacingOne ISC Archives via Getty Images Dale Earnhardt Jr., 2004 In 2004, the two-time Daytona 500 champoin won a qualifying race for the first time, and rolled into Victory Lane for first time in the Great American Race. After putting his No. 88 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet on the outside pole for this year’s Daytona 500, he has a strong enough car to do it again as he returns to Cup competition. Matt Kenseth, 2012 Kenseth scored his second Daytona 500 victory in the No. 17 Roush Fenway Racing Ford in 2012, but he also won his first of two career Duel qualifying races a few days before. He joins Earnhardt Jr. as the only two active drivers to have accomplished this feat. © LAT South LAT Photo USA LAT South Next Gallery 17 Garage Pass: Photos from the garage before the Can-Am Duel Start Gallery » FOX Fantasy Auto Form a Racing Team, Compete for Prizes Play Now!