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Daytona 500 by the numbers

February 20, 2013, Staff report,

Take a look back at the history of the Daytona 500 with some noteworthy numbers

1 The number of days past his 20th birthday Trevor Bayne won the Daytona 500 in 2011, making him the youngest winner in history.

2   Number of drivers with 16 top 10s in the race, the highest yet: Dale Earnhardt and Richard Petty.

3  The number of times a driver has won back-to-back Daytona 500s: Johnny Rutherford (1963), Bobby Isaac (1964) and Earl Balmer (1966).

The number of times Richard Petty has gone on from winning the Daytona 500 to capturing the Sprint Cup championship (1964, 1971, 1974, 1979).

5  Number of reigning champions who have won the next season's opening race: Lee Petty (1959), Richard Petty (1973), Cale Yarborough (1977), Jeff Gordon (1999) and Dale Jarrett (2000).

6  Number of top-five finishes by Terry Labonte, the most of all active drivers.


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7  Number of drivers who have posted their career-first victory with a win in the Daytona 500: Tiny Lund (1963), Mario Andretti (1967), Pete Hamilton (1970), Derrike Cope (1990), Sterling Martin (1994), Michael Waltrip (2001) and Trevor Bayne (2011). 

8  Number of top-five finishes by Tony Stewart.

9  Number of drivers who have won the Daytona 500 more than once: Richard Petty, Cale Yarborough, Bobby Allison, Dale Jarrett, Jeff Gordon, Bill Elliott, Matt Kenseth, Sterling Marlin and Michael Waltrip.

'10  The year the Daytona track was repaved.

15  The number of races won by the Wood brothers, the most of any other car owners.

16  Number of races that have been won from starters in the front row.

19  Races Dale Earnhardt competed in before his only Daytona 500 win in 1998, the longest span of any race winner.

20  Thousandths of a second between Kevin Harvick and second-place finisher Mark Martin in the 2007 Daytona 500, the closest Daytona 500 finish since the advent of electronic timing in 1993.

27  Number of races that have been won from a top-five starting position.

33  The most Daytona 500s raced without a victory, by Dave Marcis.

35  The number of drivers who have won a Daytona 500.

50  The age of the oldest Daytona 500 winner, Bobby Allison, who was 50 years, 2 months and 11 days old when he won in 1988.

55  The 2013 edition of the Daytona 500 will be the 55th running of the race.

100  Miles of the first Sprint Cup Series race at Daytona, a qualifying race for the Daytona 500 on Feb. 20, 1959.

131  The number of races held at Daytona International Speedway since 1959.

521  The number of drivers who have competed in at least one Daytona 500.


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