Countdown To Daytona: 17

February 07, 2013, Reid Spencer, NASCAR Wire Service,

There are 17 days left before the Feb. 24, 2013 Daytona 500; hence, today’s number is: 17.

The number of NASCAR Sprint Cup Series victories posted by Kyle Busch before he turned 25, a record for the series.  Busch won his 17th Cup race, the May 1, 2010 Crown Royal 400 at Richmond International Raceway, one day before his 25th birthday. Jeff Gordon, born Aug. 4, 1971, is second with 15 wins before his 25th birthday. Gordon, however, turned the tables on Busch, winning 11 times between his 25th and 26th birthdays, a total that included four wins in five weeks in September 1996. By the time he turned 26, Gordon had 26 victories. At the same point in his life, Busch had 21.