CountDown to daytona: 48

January 07, 2013, Reid Spencer, NASCAR Wire Service,

There are 48 days left before the Feb. 24, 2013 Daytona 500; hence, today’s number is: 48.

The car number Jimmie Johnson has driven for all 399 of his NASCAR Sprint Cup Series starts, starting with his debut at Charlotte on Oct. 7, 2001. Johnson has won 60 races in the No. 48 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet, his first victory coming at Fontana in his native California 2002. Before Johnson got behind the wheel of the No. 48, the car number had been to victory lane three times in 905 previous starts. Bill Norton broke the ice with the number in Gardena, Calif., in 1951, and NASCAR perennial James Hylton drove the No. 48 to victory at Richmond (1970) and Talladega (1972).