The countdown continues: Now there’s only 22 days until Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series drivers take the green flag in the Daytona 500 on Feb. 26 at 2 p.m. ET on FOX.
In celebration, we are going to take a look back at the three drivers who have taken the No. 22 to Victory Lane in the Great American Race – Fireball Roberts, Ward Burton and Joey Logano.
Take a look back at how each driver earned their first and only Daytona 500 in the car number:
Fireball Roberts, 1962
In the fourth running of the Daytona 500 in 1968, Roberts became the first driver to win the Great American Race from the pole. Roberts beat Richard Petty by 27 seconds in his No. 22 Pontiac, as both were the only drivers to finish on the lead lap.
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Ward Burton, 2002
As track crewed cleaned up during a lengthy red-flag period following a caution with nine laps remaining in the 2002 Daytona 500, Sterling Marlin was the race leader when hopped out of his car to fix the fender.
According to NASCAR rules, the car cannot be touched during a red flag. Marlin was penalized and saw his hopes of winning dashed.
The costly mistake allowed Burton to shock the world and race his way to a surprise victory in the No. 22 Bill Davis Racing Dodge.
Joey Logano, 2015
After a red flag that lasted a little over six minutes due to Justin Allgaier’s car spilling a large amount of oil on the track following a crash, Logano led the field to the restart in a green-white-checkered finish to determine the 2015 Daytona 500 winner.
On the final lap, a huge pileup involving Jeff Gordon, AJ Allmendinger, Trevor Bayne and Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and Reed Sorenson forced NASCAR to display the caution as Logano entered Turn 3 with the lead, coasting across the finish line to score his first win in the Great American Race.
At the age of 24, Logano became the second youngest winner of the Daytona 500 behind Bayne, who won in 2011 at age 20. His victory in the No. 22 Team Penske Ford was also the second for team owner Roger Penske.