Countdown to Daytona: 44

January 11, 2013, Reid Spencer, NASCAR Wire Service,

There are 44 days left before the Feb. 24, 2013 Daytona 500; hence, today’s number is 44.

The number of NASCAR Sprint Cup victories recorded by Bill Elliott, 16th-most most all-time and fourth among active drivers. In 60 starts at Daytona International Speedway, Elliott has four victories, two of those coming in the Daytona 500, both from the pole position. Elliott made two starts in 2012, both at restrictor-plate superspeedways. He raced at Talladega in Joe Nemechek’s No. 97 Toyota in preparation for his debut in the No. 50 Walmart Chevrolet fielded by Turner Motorsports in the July race at Daytona. Elliott finished 37th in both events.