Countdown to Daytona: 25

January 30, 2013, Reid Spencer, NASCAR Wire Service,

There are 25 days left before the Feb. 24, 2013 Daytona 500; hence, today’s number is 25.

The car number driven by Tim Richmond to all seven of his NASCAR Sprint Cup Series victories in 1986, his most productive year in NASCAR’s foremost series. Driving Rick Hendrick’s No. 25 Folger’s Chevrolet, Richmond showcased his virtuosity and versatility, winning twice at Pocono, once at Daytona, once at Richmond, once at Darlington (Southern 500) and once each on the road courses of Watkins Glen and Riverside. One of NASCAR’s greatest natural talents, Richmond succumbed to AIDS in 1989, two years after he posted the last of his 13 career victories.