Countdown To Daytona: 18

February 06, 2013, Reid Spencer, NASCAR Wire Service,

There are 18 days left before the Feb. 24, 2013 Daytona 500; hence, today’s number is: 18.

The record number of consecutive years Richard Petty notched at least one victory in what is now the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. Petty’s streak started in 1960, when he collected the first of his record 200 Cup wins at Southern States Fairgrounds in Charlotte, N.C. Petty would go on to win at least two races per season through 1977, before being shut out in 1978. The high-water mark for the King came in 1967 when he won a single-season-record 27 races en route to his second Cup championship.