CountDown to daytona: 47

January 08, 2013, Reid Spencer, NASCAR Wire Service,

There are 47 days left before the Feb. 24, 2013 Daytona 500; hence, today’s number is: 47.

The number of career NASCAR Sprint Cup Series victories for three-time champion Tony Stewart, ranking him 14th all-time and third among active drivers. Stewart won three times in 2012 to move ahead of Bill Elliott (44 wins) and NASCAR Hall of Famer Buck Baker (46) on the career victory list. Stewart has won at least one race per year for 14 straight years, starting with his 1999 rookie season, when he went to Victory Lane three times. Though he has won the July race at Daytona International Speedway on four occasions, Stewart has yet to claim the coveted Harley J. Earl trophy that goes to the winner of the Daytona 500.