Countdown to Daytona: 37

January 18, 2013, Reid Spencer, NASCAR Wire Service,

There are 37 days left before the Feb. 24, 2013 Daytona 500; hence, today’s number is: 37.

The number of career victories recorded by NASCAR Hall of Fame nominee Bobby Isaac, who collected 28 of those 37 wins in two years. Isaac went to Victory Lane 17 times in 50 starts in 1969, finishing sixth in the standings in what is now the Sprint Cup Series. A year later, Isaac won 11 times and posted 32 top fives in 47 starts to win the championship in NASCAR’s premier division. Isaac won three points races at Daytona--two qualifying events for the Daytona 500 (in 1964 and 1969, when they still counted in the standings) and one 400-mile race in July 1971.