Countdown To Daytona: 12

February 12, 2013, Reid Spencer, NASCAR Wire Service, NASCAR.com

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There are 12 days left before the Feb. 24, 2013 Daytona 500; hence, today’s number is: 12.

The number of second-place finishes posted by James Hylton in NASCAR’s Sprint Cup Series before Hylton got his first victory, a record total. From the start of his career at NASCAR’s highest level, it took Hylton six years and 187 starts to notch his first win, which came Mar. 1, 1970 in the Richmond 500 at Richmond Fairgrounds Raceway, a .571-mile paved oval. Hylton and race runner-up Richard Petty were the only two drivers on the lead lap at the finish. By then, Hylton already had finished second in the series standings twice, in 1966 and 1967, losing the title to David Pearson and Petty, respectively.

 

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