Daytona 500

BY foxsports • February 14, 2011

The Daytona 500, known as "The Great American Race," is held annually at the Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Florida. The Daytona 500 kicks off the NASCAR Sprint Cup season and is considered the most prestigious race on the NASCAR calendar. Daytona International Speedway track is 2.5 miles long. It takes 200 laps to complete the 500 miles of the Daytona 500.

The first Daytona 500 took place in 1959 and was won by Lee Petty. While Lee Petty did not win again, his son, Richard Petty won the race seven times, a Daytona 500 record. Jeff Gordon leads active drivers with three Daytona victories. Defending Sprint Cup champion Jimmy Johnson won his lone Daytona 500 in 2006. In 2001, NASCAR Legend Dale Earnhardt was killed in the final lap of the Daytona 500. Earnhardt won the 1998 race. Earnhardt's son, Dale Earnhardt Jr., won the Daytona 500 in 2004. Jamie McMurray is the defending champion of the race, having won the 2010 Daytona 500. The winner of the Daytona 500 is presented with the Harley J. Earl Trophy in Victory Lane.

Daytona 500 Track Info

Location
Daytona Beach, Florida
Distance / Track Type
2.5 Mile Tri-Oval 31-degree bank
Sprint Cup Top Race Speed
188.758 by Bill Elliott on 2/17/2000
Sprint Cup Top Qualifying Speed
191.188 by Mark Martin on 2/6/2010
Nationwide Top Race Speed
156.227 by Kevin Harvick on 2/17/2007
Nationwide Top Qualifying Speed
190.134 by Mike McLaughlin on 2/13/1998
Camping World Truck Top Race Speed
146.622 by Mark Martin on 2/17/2006
Camping World Truck Top Qualifying Speed
183.643 by Terry Cook on 2/11/2004

Daytona 500 Winners

Year Driver Car # Car Make Start
2011 Trevor Bayne 21 Ford 32nd
2010 Jamie McMurray 1 Chevrolet 13th
2009 Matt Kenseth 17 Ford 39th
2008 Ryan Newman 12 Dodge 7th
2007 Kevin Harvick 29 Chevrolet 34th
2006 Jimmie Johnson 48 Chevrolet 9th
2005 Jeff Gordon 24 Chevrolet 15th
2004 Dale Earnhardt, Jr. 8 Chevrolet 3rd
2003 Michael Waltrip 15 Chevrolet 4th
2002 Ward Burton 22 Dodge 19th
2001 Michael Waltrip 15 Chevrolet 19th
2000 Dale Jarrett 88 Ford Pole
1999 Jeff Gordon 24 Chevrolet Pole
1998 Dale Earnhardt 3 Chevrolet 4th
1997 Jeff Gordon 24 Chevrolet 6th
1996 Dale Jarrett 88 Ford 7th
1995 Sterling Marlin 4 Chevrolet 3rd
1994 Sterling Marlin 4 Chevrolet 4th
1993 Dale Jarrett 18 Chevrolet 2nd
1992 Davey Allison 28 Ford 6th
1991 Ernie Irvan 4 Chevrolet 2nd
1990 Derrike Cope 10 Chevrolet 12th
1989 Darrell Waltrip 17 Chevrolet 2nd
1988 Bobby Allison 12 Buick 3rd
1987 Bill Elliott 9 Ford Pole
1986 Geoffrey Bodine 5 Chevrolet 2nd
1985 Bill Elliott 9 Ford Pole
1984 Cale Yarborough 28 Chevrolet Pole
1983 Cale Yarborough 28 Pontiac 8th
1982 Bobby Allison 88 Buick 7th
1981 Richard Petty 43 Buick 8th
1980 Buddy Baker 28 Oldsmobile Pole
1979 Richard Petty 43 Oldsmobile 13th
1978 Bobby Allison 15 Ford 33rd
1977 Cale Yarborough 11 Chevrolet 4th
1976 David Pearson 21 Mercury 7th
1975 Benny Parsons 72 Chevrolet 32nd
1974 Richard Petty 43 Dodge 2nd
1973 Richard Petty 43 Dodge 7th
1972 A.J. Foyt 21 Mercury 2nd
1971 Richard Petty 43 Plymouth 5th
1970 Pete Hamilton 40 Plymouth 9th
1969 LeeRoy Yarbrough 98 Ford 19th
1968 Cale Yarborough 21 Mercury Pole
1967 Mario Andretti 11 Ford 12th
1966 Richard Petty 43 Plymouth Pole
1965 Fred Lorenzen 28 Ford 4th
1964 Richard Petty 43 Plymouth 2nd
1963 DeWayne L. Lund 21 Ford 12th
1962 Edward G. Roberts 22 Pontiac Pole
1961 Marvin Panch 20 Pontiac 4th
1960 Robert G. Johnson 27 Chevrolet 9th
1959 Lee Petty 42 Oldsmobile 15th



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