There are 10 days left before the Feb. 24, 2013 Daytona 500; hence, today’s number is: 10.
The number of NASCAR Sprint Cup Series victories posted by seven-time champion Richard Petty in 74 career points races at Daytona International Speedway. Seven of those wins came in the Daytona 500, a record for the event. Arguably, though, Petty’s most notable victory at the 2.5-mile superspeedway was the 200th and last of his career. On July 4, 1984, driving the iconic No. 43 STP Pontiac -- and with United States President Ronald Reagan in attendance -- Petty took the checkered flag under caution to win the Firecracker 400 and attain one of the sport’s most significant milestones.