Countdown To Daytona: 20

February 04, 2013, Reid Spencer, NASCAR Wire Service,

There are 20 days left before the Feb. 24, 2013 Daytona 500; hence, today’s number is: 20.

Actually, to get today’s number, we have to move the decimal point three places to make it .020, Kevin Harvick’s margin of victory over Mark Martin in the 2007 Daytona 500. That’s the closest finish in the Great American Race since electronic timing and scoring was introduced into the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series 20 years ago. It may not be the closest finish in Daytona 500 history, though. It took three days of examining photos to determine that Lee Petty had beaten Johnny Beauchamp to the stripe in the inaugural running of the event in 1959.