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  • Rain Disruptions In The Daytona 500:
    Season: Notes
    1963: First 10 laps run under yellow due to rain.
    1965: Rain-shortened -- 133 laps (332.5 miles).
    1966: Rain-shortened -- 198 laps (495 miles).
    1979: First 16 laps run under yellow due to rain.
    1992: Laps 84-89 run under yellow due to rain on backstretch.
    1995: Red flag on lap 71 due to rain. Red flag lasted 1:44.
    2003: Two red flags for rain. 1st: lap 63; 1:08. Rain-shortened -- 109 laps (272.5 miles).
    2009: Rain-shortened -- 152 laps (380 miles).
    2012: Race postponed from 2/26 to 2/27 because of rain.
    2014: Red flag on lap 38 due to rain/severe weather. Red flag lasted 6 hours, 21 minutes

  • Won Daytona 500 & July Daytona race in the same year:
    1962: Fireball Roberts
    1968: Cale Yarborough
    1969: LeeRoy Yarbrough
    1982: Bobby Allison
    2013: Jimmie Johnson

  • Daytona 500 and Championship in same year: nine times by five drivers has the Daytona 500 and the Sprint Cup Championship been won in the same season:
    1959: Lee Petty
    1964, 1971, 1974, 1979: Richard Petty (4)
    1977: Cale Yarborough
    1997: Jeff Gordon
    2006, 2013: Jimmie Johnson (2)

  • First Career Sprint Cup win in the Daytona 500:
    Seven drivers have gotten their first career Sprint Cup win in the Daytona 500:
    Tiny Lund, 1963 [5 career wins]
    Mario Andretti, 1967 [1]
    Pete Hamilton, 1970 [4]
    Derrike Cope, 1990 [2]
    Sterling Marlin, 1994 [10], won the Daytona 500 twice, also in 1995
    Michael Waltrip, 2001 [4], won the Daytona 500 twice, also in 2003
    Trevor Bayne, 2011 [1]

  • Winners of both Sprint Unlimited & Budweiser Duel - never won Daytona 500 same year:
    Ten drivers drivers have won both the Sprint Unlimited [started in 1979] and a Budweiser Duel [or Twin] in the same season / speedweeks 14 times, but none have also won the Daytona 500:
    year, driver, Daytona finish, Daytona 500 winner
    2014: Denny Hamlin, finished 2nd, won by Dale Earnhardt Jr.
    2013: Kevin Harvick, finished 42nd, won by Jimmie Johnson
    2011: Kurt Busch, 5th, won by Trevor Bayne
    2008: Dale Earnhardt Jr., 9th, Ryan Newman
    2007: Tony Stewart, 43rd, Kevin Harvick
    2003: Dale Earnhardt Jr., 36th, Michael Waltrip
    1995: Dale Earnhardt, 2nd, Sterling Marlin
    1993: Dale Earnhardt, 2nd, Dale Jarrett
    1991: Dale Earnhardt, 5th, Ernie Irvan
    1989: Ken Schrader, 2nd, Darrell Waltrip
    1986: Dale Earnhardt, 14th, Geoff Bodine
    1983: Neil Bonnett, 22nd, Cale Yarborough
    1981: Darrell Waltrip, 36th, Richard Petty
    1979: Buddy Baker, 40th, Richard Petty

  • Top Finishes For Daytona 500 Champs in next race since 1982: Daytona 500 winners... how the success doesn't carry over to the second race.
    Won the following race: - Twice (Jeff Gordon 1997 & Matt Kenseth 2009)
    2nd Place - Five times (Davey Allison 1992, Sterling Marlin 1994, Dale Jarrett 1996, Jimmie Johnson 2006 & 2013)
    3rd Place - None
    4th Place - Once (Bill Elliott 1987) 5th Place - Twice (Dale Jarrett 2000 & Dale Earnhardt, Jr. 2004) Only two drivers who won the Daytona 500 since 1982 have gone on to win the Sprint Cup Seires Championship, Jeff Gordon in 1997 and Jimmie Johnson in 2006.(Frontstretch)(3-3-2013)

  • Front row starters don't win Daytona 500 often: In the 57 runnings of the Daytona 500, only seven drivers have won from the pole position. Only two of these drivers accomplished the feat more than once -- Cale Yarborough (1968, 1984) and Bill Elliott (1985, 1987). Dale Jarrett was the most recent polesitter to capture the Harley J. Earl Trophy when he won the event in 2000. The other drivers to win the Daytona 500 from the pole were Fireball Roberts (1962), Richard Petty (1966), Buddy Baker (1980) and Gordon (1999).
    Winning the Daytona 500 from the outside of the front row is even rarer. Only six drivers have accomplished this feat, with Richard Petty the only one with more than one victory in the race from the second starting position. The most recent driver to win from this spot was once again Jarrett, in 1993. A.J. Foyt (1962), Geoffrey Bodine (1986), Darrell Waltrip (1989) and Ernie Irvan (1991) are the four other drivers.(NASCAR Wire Service)(2-22-2015)

  • Car Numbers that have produced three or more Daytona 500 victories:
    Car Number (wins) - Drivers (years)
    o #43(7) - Richard Petty (1964, '66, '71, '73, '74, '79, '81)
    o #21(5) - Tiny Lund (1963), Cale Yarborough (1968), A.J. Foyt (1972), David Pearson (1976) and Trevor Bayne (2011)
    o #28(5) - Fred Lorenzen (1965), Buddy Baker (1980), Cale Yarborough (1983 and 1984) and Davey Allison (1992).
    o #88(4) - Bobby Allison (1982), Dale Jarrett (1996, 2000), Dale Earnhardt Jr.(2014)
    o #4(3) - Ernie Irvan (1991), Sterling Marlin (1994 and 1995)
    o #15(3) - Bobby Allison (1978), Michael Waltrip (2001 and 2003)
    o #17(3) - Darrell Waltrip (1989), Matt Kenseth (2009 and 2012)
    o #24(3) - Jeff Gordon (1997, 1999 and 2005)
    o #22(3) - Fireball Roberts (1962), Ward Burton (2002) and Joey Logano (2015)
    (2-22-2015)


    Racing related deaths at Daytona:

    Racing related deaths at Daytona International Speedway since the track opened in 1959:
    1. Marshall Teague, NASCAR stock car practice, Feb. 11, 1959.
    2. George Amick, USAC 100-mile race, April 4, 1959.
    3. Dr. Bernie Taylor, powerboat race in infield lake, June 14, 1959.
    4. Harold Haberling, NASCAR stock car practice, Feb. 21, 1964.
    5. Billy Drew Wade, NASCAR stock car tire test, Jan. 5, 1965.
    6. Don MacTavish, Sportsman 300 race, Feb. 21, 1969.
    7. Wayne Harris Bartz, lightweight motorcycle race, March 12, 1969.
    8. Talmadge "Tab" Prince, Twin 125-mile qualifying race, Feb. 19, 1970.
    9. Joe "Rusty" Bradley, Daytona 200 race, March 14, 1971.
    10. Davd Pearl, Paul Whiteman Trophy Race, July 30, 1971.
    11. Friday Hassler, Twin 125-mile NASCAR qualifying race, Feb. 17, 1972.
    12. Ricky Knotts, Twin 125-mile NASCAR qualifying race, Feb. 14, 1980.
    13. Francis Affleck, ARCA stock car practice, Feb. 7, 1985.
    14. Dr. Charles Ogle, stock car testing, injured Dec. 15, 1985, died Dec. 26, 1985.
    15. Bruce Jacobi, Twin 125-mile NASCAR qualifying race, injured Feb. 1983, died Feb. 4, 1987.
    16. Joe Young, Charlotte-Daytona Dash race, Feb. 13, 1987.
    17. James Kolman, kart testing, Dec. 27, 1987.
    18. Randy Glenn, motorcycle practice, Feb. 26, 1988.
    19. Don Williams, Sportsman 300 race, injured Feb. 1979, died May 21, 1989.
    20. Dale Robertson, kart race, Dec. 27, 1989.
    21. Julius Johnson, ARCA 200 stock car race, injured Feb. 11, 1990, died Feb. 14, 1990.
    22. Joe Booher, Florida 200 Dash race, Feb. 12, 1993.
    23. James Adamo, motorcycle race, March 7, 1993.
    24. Neil Bonnett, NASCAR stock car practice, Feb. 11, 1994.
    25. Rodney Orr, NASCAR stock car practice, Feb. 14, 1994.
    26. Michael Himes, IMSA Two-Hour endurance race, Jan. 31, 1997.
    27. Dale Earnhardt, NASCAR Daytona 500, Feb. 18, 2001.
    28. Roy H. Weaver III, Dash Series race, Feb. 8, 2003.
    (Orlando Sentinel)

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