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1801 W. International Speedway Blvd.
Daytona Beach, FL 32114

General Information: (386) 254-2700
Ticket Information: 1-800-PITSTOP (748-7467) or 866-761-7223
Administrative Fax: (386) 257-0281
Ticket Office Fax: (386) 947-6866

Track Specs:
2.5 mile tri-oval with 31-degree banking in the turns
18-degree banking in the tri-oval and 6-degree banking on the straightaways
Grandstand Seating: 101,000 [was 147,000, 168,000], with 124 suites

Pit Stalls:
Length: 28 feet
Width: 16 feet

Track Websites and Social Media:
Daytona International Speedway Website
Daytona Rising Redevelopment Project
ISC Motorsports
Track Stats -

    Track Records & Stats

  • Daytona 500 qualifying is a different with the Qualifying Races, see the rules on the Qualifying Rules page - Daytona 500 section.

  •'s 2017 Advance Auto Parts Clash Info page

  •'s 2015 Sprint Unlimited (Shootout) page

  •'s 2016 Sprint Unlimited (Shootout) page

  • Engine Rule at Daytona: the engine rule is a little different at Daytona 500 then the other 35 races, teams must run the same engine from Saturday's first practice session through the Budweiser Duel 150 mile qualifying races. If a team makes a change before the Duel, then it must start at the rear of the Duel 150 field and the Daytona 500 (as of 2015). After the Duel 150 races, teams can make an engine change before the Happy Hour practice session. After that, if an engine change is made, the driver will start at the rear of the Daytona 500.

  • Double Yellow Line at Daytona = do not pass: In order to emphasize the yellow-line rule at Daytona International Speedway and Talladega Superspeedway where passes are not permitted, NASCAR has made the single yellow line into a double-yellow line. The second yellow line was painted on the inside of the existing yellow line.

  • 2016 Daytona 500 Race Winner: #11-Denny Hamlin, 157.549mph, started 11th

  • 2016 July Race Winner: #2-Brad Keselowski, 150.342mph, started 5th

  • Track Race Record: Buddy Baker, Feb 1980, 177.602mph

  • Oldest Race Winner: Bobby Allison, 50 years, 2 months, 11 days, 2/14/1988

  • Youngest Race Winner: Trevor Bayne, 20 years, 0 months, 1 days, 2/20/2011

  • Worst Starting Spot to win: #14-Tony Stewart, started 42nd, 7/7/2012

  • 2016 Daytona 500 Pole Winner: #24-Chase Elliott, 196.314, finished 37th

  • 2016 July Pole Winner: #16-Greg Biffle, 192.955, finished 8th

  • Track Qualifying Record: Bill Elliott, 210.364mph, February 1987

  • Track Qualifying Record with restrictor plate (single car run): Ken Schrader, 196.996, February 1989

  • Track Qualifying Record with restrictor plate (group qualifying): #24-Jeff Gordon, 201.293mph, February 2014

  • Oldest Pole Winner: Mark Martin, 52 years, 5 months, 23 days, Daytona, 7/1/2011

  • Youngest Pole Winner: Chase Elliott, 20 years, 2 months, 17 days, 2/14/2016

  • Only Woman Daytona 500 Pole Sitter: #10-Danica Patrick, 196.434, finished 8th

  • Most Wins - All-time: 10 - Richard Petty

  • Most Wins - Active: 4 - Dale Earnhardt Jr.

  • All-time winners

  • Most Wins - July race: 5 - David Pearson

  • Most Poles - All-time: 13 - Cale Yarborough

  • Most Poles - Active: 2 - Jimmie Johnson, Greg Biffle, Bobby Labonte, David Gilliland

  • Most Top 5's: 28 - Richard Petty

  • Most Top 5's Active: 13 - Dale Earnhardt Jr.

  • Most Top 10's: 37 - Richard Petty

  • Most Top 10's Active: 19 - Dale Earnhardt Jr.

  • Most Lead Changes: 74 - 2/20/2011

  • Fewest Lead Changes: 1 - twice, most recently 2/2/1963

  • Most Leaders: 25 - 7/2/2011

  • Fewest Leaders: 1 - twice, most recently 2/2/1963

  • Most Cautions: 12, 7/1/1989

  • Most Cautions [Daytona 500]: 16, 2/20/2011

  • Fewest Cautions: 0 - 12 times, most recently, 2/11/1971

  • Most Caution Laps: 60, 2/25/1968 and 2/20/2011

  • Fewest Caution Laps: 0 - 12 times, most recently, 2/11/1971

  • Most Finishers on a lead lap: 33, 2/16/2003 & 2/22/2015

  • Fewest Finishers on a lead lap: 1 - eight times, most recently 2/15/1976

  • Most Running at the Finish: 41, 7/7/2007

  • Fewest Running at the Finish: 7 - 2/12/1965

  • Most Laps Led [400 miles]: 151, Tony Stewart, 7/2/2005

  • Most Laps Led by a Race Winner: 184, Richard Petty, 2/23/1964

  • Fewest Laps Led by a Race Winner: 1, Jimmy Spencer, 7/2/1994

  • Fewest Laps Led by a Daytona 500 Winner: 2, Jamie McMurray, 2/14/2010

  • Most Wins by Manufacturer: 44 - Chevy

  • Races won from starting pos 1: 7 [of 58 Daytona 500's]
  • Races won from starting pos 1: 26 [of 139 total points races]
  • Races won from starting pos 2: 19
  • Races won from starting pos 3: 11
  • Races won from starting pos 4: 12
  • Races won from starting pos 5: 6
  • Races won from starting pos 6: 7
  • Races won from starting pos 7: 7
  • Races won from starting pos 8: 7
  • Races won from starting pos 9: 12
  • Races won from starting pos 10: 1
  • Races won from starting pos 11: 3
  • Races won from starting pos 12: 4
  • Races won from starting pos 13: 4
  • Races won from starting pos 14: 1
  • Races won from starting pos 15: 6
  • Races won from starting pos 19: 4
  • Races won from starting pos 21: 1
  • Races won from starting pos 30: 1
  • Races won from starting pos 32: 2
  • Races won from starting pos 33: 1
  • Races won from starting pos 34: 1 [Daytona 500]
  • Races won from starting pos 38: 1 [July Race]
  • Races won from starting pos 39: 1 [Daytona 500]
  • Races won from starting pos 42: 1 [July Race]
  • Races won from the top 5: 74 of 139
  • Races won from the top 10: 108 of 139
  • Races won from the top 15: 126 of 139

  • Harley J. Earl trophy for winning the Daytona 500, who was Earl? If there's one trophy a driver dreams of putting his hands on, it's the Harley J. Earl trophy. Awarded to the winner of the Daytona 500, the Harley J. Earl trophy is one of the most prized possessions in motorsports. Named after Harley J. Earl, a famous General Motors designer and friend of NASCAR founder Bill France Sr., the Harley J. Earl Perpetual Trophy rests year round inside The Daytona 500 Experience , "The Official Motorsports Attraction of NASCAR," and bears the name of every Daytona 500 champion.
    Each year, the Harley J. Earl Perpetual Trophy makes a trip outside the attraction to the hallowed grounds of Gatorade Victory Lane at the "World Center of Racing" for a meeting with the Daytona 500 champion.
    While the Daytona 500 champion doesn't take home the Harley J. Earl trophy, the winner of the "Great American Race" is awarded a replica Harley J. Earl trophy, which has a black base with a scaled-down replica of the Firebird One that Earl created in 1954 at the peak of his career with General Motors.
    For the 50th running of the Daytona 500, the trophy was painted gold. The Harley J. Earl trophy is just one of three trophies awarded on the day of the Daytona 500.
    The winning crew chief of the Daytona 500 champion is awarded the Cannonball Baker trophy, which is named after the famous coast-to-coast racer who was elected the first national commissioner of NASCAR in 1948 while the owner of the winning Daytona 500 champion is awarded the Governor's Cup.(DIS PR)
    Richard Earl, a former Wall Street broker and youngest grandson of Earl, makes his living selling Harley Earl-designed cars. " 'Motoramic masterpieces' is how I like to refer to them," he said.(3-24-2009/2-21-2015)

  • 58 Daytona 500 races, four rain outs, one postponed: four Daytona 500's out of the 56 run have been shortened by rain:
    1965 won by Fred Lorenzen, ran 129 laps for 322.5 miles
    1966 won by Richard Petty, ran 198 laps for 495 miles
    2003 won by Michael Waltrip, ran 109 laps for 272.5 miles
    2009 won by Matt Kenseth, ran 152 laps for 380 miles.
    2012 won by Matt Kenseth, postponed from Sunday, Feb 27 to Monday, Feb 28.(2-21-2016)

  • Fastest Pole Speeds for the Daytona 500: Speed (mph) Driver Year
    210.364 - Bill Elliott, 1987
    205.114 - Bill Elliott, 1985
    205.039 - Geoff Bodine, 1986
    201.848 - Cale Yarborough, 1984
    201.293 - Jeff Gordon, 2015
    198.864 - Ricky Rudd, 1983
    196.966 - Ken Schrader, 1989
    196.515 - Ken Schrader, 1990
    196.434 - Danica Patrick, 2013
    196.317 - Benny Parsons, 1982
    196.049 - Buddy Baker, 1979
    196.019 - Austin Dillon, 2014

  • Drivers who have won the Daytona 500 in a backup car:
    1969: LeeRoy Yarbrough
    1983: Cale Yarborough
    1992: Davey Allison
    2009: Matt Kenseth

  • Last time a Daytona 500 winner won the pole for following race?: Jamie McMurray in 2010, who won the Daytona 500 and then won the pole for the following race at Auto Club Speedway finishing 17th.(3-1-2015)

  • see more stats below in the Daytona Stats section

Track News and Announcements

  • Small Crowd for the Clash at Daytona: Sunday's Clash at Daytona was the 39th running of the annual exhibition. For much of its existence, it's been a show unto itself. This time, moved to Sunday's bright sunshine due to Saturday night's rain clouds, it served somewhat as a primer for the Daytona 500, which will also presumably run in warm sunshine. But unlike the 500, the Clash rolled out before the smallest crowd for a big-league Daytona race in memory, an estimated 15,000. You can blame the rain-mandated rescheduling. You can blame Dale Earnhardt Jr., who spent the day in the TV booth instead of his racecar. There's some rationale to both of those, but still, it wasn't a busy day at the ticket windows, and that's always troubling for Speedway officials. "If I'm disappointed, I'm disappointed for our team, because they've worked so hard to make sure we put on a great show for the fans," said Chip Wile, in his first Speedweeks as Speedway president.(Daytona Beach News Journal)(2-20-2017)

  • Rain forces postponement of Daytona Clash to Sunday: Persistent rain on Saturday night forced postponement of the Advance Auto Parts Clash at Daytona. The race has been rescheduled for Sunday morning, with green flag at 11:35am/et, broadcast on FS1 (coverage starts at 11:00am/et). The Clash will precede Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series qualifying for the Daytona 500, which is scheduled to take place at 3:00pm/et Sunday at Daytona International Speedway.(NASCAR Wire Service)
    The Daytona International Speedway stadium admission gates for Clash ticket holders will open at 10:30am. Qualifying ticket holders will not be admitted until 2pm. Qualifying ticket holders wanting to also attend the Clash can upgrade to a general admission ticket for $30.(2-18-2017)

  • GEICO Restart Zone to debut during Speedweeks 2017 events: The GEICO Restart Zone will be unveiled during Speedweeks' 2017 list of events and the 59th annual DAYTONA 500, which will also serve as the season-opening event to the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. The big unveil will begin this weekend at the Advance Auto Parts Clash and the Lucas Oil Complete Engine Treatment 200 Driven by General Tire ARCA Racing Series event. The GEICO Restart Zone adds significant brand visibility to the area just prior to the start/finish line, indicating where the leader is allowed to accelerate when the race is beginning or continuing following a caution. GEICO's prominent signage will also be located on the apron near the entrance to pit road and will be seen by both guests in attendance during Speedweeks' events and those watching on television. GEICO will be represented in the Restart Zones at 10 additional International Speedway Corporation tracks beginning in 2017 including Chicago, Darlington, Homestead, Kansas, Martinsville, Michigan, Phoenix, Richmond, Talladega and Watkins Glen.(DIS)(2-17-2017)

  • NHRA Star Courtney Force Named Honorary Pace Car Driver for Advance Auto Parts Clash: Courtney Force, the winningest female Funny Car drag racer in National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) history, will serve as the Honorary Pace Car Driver for the Advance Auto Parts Clash on Saturday night at Daytona International Speedway. The Advance Auto Parts Clash is the annual non-points/high-profile season-opening race for NASCAR, featuring an exclusive field of drivers from the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. The event, which debuted in 1979, features an exclusive field of drivers: 2016 pole winners, former Clash champions, former DAYTONA 500 pole winners who competed full-time in 2016 and drivers from 2016 playoffs. The 75-lap/187.5-mile race will be split into two segments, separated by a mandatory caution period at Lap 25. The race will be broadcast live on FS1, MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio at 8pm/et. Force, the daughter of NHRA legend John Force, drives the Advance Auto Parts Chevrolet Camaro SS for John Force Racing in Funny Car competition. She has eight career NHRA national event victories, with career-best runs of 3.849 seconds (set in Pomona last weekend) and 331.45 mph. Force has finished in the top 10 of the final Funny Car point standings in five of her six seasons. She has 134 round wins in her career. Tickets for the Advance Auto Parts Clash, the 59th annual DAYTONA 500 on Feb. 26 and all other Speedweeks events can be purchased online at

  • Mario Andretti Named Honorary Race Official for Daytona 500: Mario Andretti, who along with A.J. Foyt, Jamie McMurray and most recently Jeff Gordon, are the only drivers to win both the DAYTONA 500 and the Rolex 24 At Daytona, will serve as a Honorary Race Official for the Daytona 500. Andretti and Daytona International Speedway will be celebrating the 50th anniversary of his epic 1967 DAYTONA 500 triumph throughout Speedweeks 2017. As part of his Honorary Race Official duties for "The Great American Race," Andretti will be introduced at the drivers' meeting, participate in pre-race ceremonies, ride in one of the parade cars and take part in question-and-answer sessions in fan hospitality areas and the UNOH Fanzone. In addition, a replica of Andretti's 1967 Daytona 500-winning No. 11 Holman-Moody Ford will be on display on Daytona 500 Weekend in the UNOH Fanzone.
    "It's an honor to host Mario Andretti for the DAYTONA 500," Daytona International Speedway President Chip Wile said. "Mario is part of an exclusive club of champions at the 'World Center of Racing' and arguably has the most recognizable name in the entire history of auto racing. His victory here in 1967 has grown to legendary status and is truly one of the most significant moments in the history of the speedway and our community."
    Andretti is considered by many to be the greatest driver in the history of motorsports, having been named Co-Driver of Century by the Associated Press in 1999. He won the 1978 Formula One World Championship, four IndyCar Series championships and the Indianapolis 500 in 1969. Andretti and Foyt are the only drivers to have won both the DAYTONA 500 and the Indianapolis 500.
    Tickets for the 59th annual DAYTONA 500 and other Speedweeks events can be purchased online at or by calling 1-800-PITSHOP.(DIS)(2-13-2017)

  • ISC partners with Ingenuity Sun Media to sponsor video boards: International Speedway Corporation (ISC), owner / operator of 13 of the nation's major motorsports entertainment facilities, announced its partnership with ISM, a pioneer and leader in sports venue digital activation, to form ISM Vision Powered by BoldVu, the World's Largest 360-degree Digital Engagement Venue Network. The new technology will debut during Speedweeks, beginning February 18 and running through the 59th Daytona 500 on February 26, at Daytona International Speedway. In addition, ISM Vision Powered by BoldVu will be employed at all ISC facilities beginning in 2017.
    ISC's trackside network of modular, large-format digital video boards will become ISM Vision Powered by BoldVu. Displaying thrilling racing action, driver interviews and promotional content, ISM Vision Powered by BoldVu will also be fully integrated with each track's and Motor Racing Network's (MRN) mobile app allowing fans to utilize way-finding technologies, and realize real-time traffic and weather alerts and event schedules. The ISM platform allows for a more integrated marketing experience and provides rich onsite activation opportunities. In addition, ISC and its advertisers and partners will benefit from expanded consumer analytics and for the first time, consumer insights on fan behavior, campaign engagement and the overall visitor experience.
    Manufacturing Resources International (MRI), the technology leader in outdoor LCD displays, has partnered with ISM to be the cornerstone sponsor of ISM Vision Powered by BoldVu at all ISC facilities. ISM Vision, Powered by BoldVu, will include nearly 200 IP-connected digital displays, including each track's large-format digital screens and dozens of 86-inch BoldVu displays. Initially temporary, these displays will become permanent by the end of 2017.(ISC)(2-13-2017)

  • International Speedway Corporation (ISC) announces new Director of Multicultural Affairs: International Speedway Corporation (ISC) announced that Shameeka E. Quallo, Esq., Corporate Counsel, ISC Legal, is now adding Director of Multicultural Affairs to her title. Quallo will strengthen ISC's diversity and inclusion efforts working in collaboration with the NASCAR Multicultural Development team. "Shameeka brings with her a wealth of knowledge in the diversity arena," stated ISC Senior Vice President, Legal, Brett Scharback. "She joined ISC in 2016 and while a key member of our legal counsel, she is also passionate and dedicated to growing diversity on and off the track." Quallo moves into the newly-formed role of Director of Multicultural Affairs immediately and will report to Scharback with respect to diversity. She will work closely with the NASCAR Multicultural Development team, focusing on initiatives designed to address diversity and inclusion including employee training, diversity internships, and outreach to multicultural opinion leaders. During Speedweeks, Quallo will participate in the annual NASCAR Diversity Awards Luncheon at Daytona International Speedway on February 23. Prior to joining ISC's legal team, Quallo served as Associate Counsel for the Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) for four years managing all business and corporate legal matters for the organization and its executives, as well as its related properties including the LPGA Foundation and the Symetra Tour. Quallo is an active member of the Corporate Counsel Women of Color® and participates in its annual diversity strategies conference. She currently serves as Chair of the Board of Directors of Junior Achievement of Volusia County and is a graduate of Rutgers University School of Law and St. John's University.(ISC)(2-10-2017)

  • Race Stages announced for Daytona: This year's Daytona 500 will feature two 60-lap stages followed by a final 80-lap stage, with points available in all stages. Under NASCAR's 2017 race structure, the top 10 drivers in the first two stages will earn points, with the stage winners also earning one playoff point. The race winner gets 40 points, as well as five playoff points which can be carried forward until the season finale at Homestead. The PowerShares QQQ 300 NASCAR XFINITY Series race will consistent of two 30-lap stages followed by a 60-lap final stage. The NextEra Energy 250 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race will feature two stages of 20 laps each followed by a final stage of 60 laps. A race will be considered official after the first two stages are complete. The season-opening Daytona 500, for example, will be official after 120 of 200 laps, not after the halfway point as in the past.(NASCAR Wire Service)(2-9-2017)

  • NASCAR settles lawsuit with fan over Daytona wreck: NASCAR has settled with a spectator injured in a February 2013 Xfinity Series crash at Daytona International Speedway, and in doing so was able to avoid having drivers deposed as well as have its crash and fencing reports made public. Allen Davis sued NASCAR and the track parent company International Speedway Corp., in November 2015. The Florida man was sitting in the upper deck and, according to the lawsuit, "was struck in the head by a heavy piece of debris and suffered a catastrophic, traumatic brain injury." Attorneys for NASCAR and the track filed a notice Monday with the court that parties had settled, and Davis attorney Dan Iracki confirmed the sides had agreed to a settlement with terms remaining confidential. He said Davis suffered permanent brain damage and will need medical care the remainder of his life. The settlement notice was filed during a week when Iracki had previously planned to take depositions of six drivers - Kyle Busch, Kyle Larson, Denny Hamlin, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Ryan Newman and Austin Dillon. All but Newman had competed in that race and all either have been advocates for safety or served on the NASCAR Drivers Council. A judge denied NASCAR's request to postpone the depositions but left open the option for each driver to challenge the necessity of his deposition. "Certainly that could have been one aspect as to way it was resolved, as well as others," Iracki said.
    It was Larson's car that flew into the catch fence in the wreck, where his car hit what is commonly referred to as the crossover gate. It is a gate in the fencing that allows fans and officials to go from the racing surface to the grandstands prior to the start of the race. The gate buckled, appeared to shear off the front of Larson's car and allowed a wheel with suspension pieces still attached, to fly into the stands along with other pieces of the car and fencing. More than 30 fans were injured in the accident. The Davis lawsuit was the final current one pending, although the statute of limitations for filing a claim doesn't run out until Feb. 22. While there is video of the accident, NASCAR and the track have not made any crash analysis public. NASCAR had its two top safety engineers, Tom Gideon and John Palatak, do a crash reconstruction to analyze what happened. Daytona and NASCAR refused to give that report up to Iracki, citing it as a legal work document. Bill Braniff, ISC Vice President of Construction, said in an affidavit filed in December that the NASCAR report, as well as other reports conducted by outside experts, were done for "legal advice," meaning that they are protected by attorney-client privilege.(

  • LaDainian Tomlinson named Honorary Starter for 59th DAYTONA 500: NFL great LaDainian Tomlinson has been named the Honorary Starter for the 59th DAYTONA 500, the opening race of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season on Feb. 26 at Daytona International Speedway. Tomlinson, a former All-Pro running back with the San Diego Chargers and New York Jets, is one of 18 finalists for the Pro Football Hall of Fame's 2017 class. The 2017 class of inductees will be announced on Feb. 4, the day before the Super Bowl. Having retired from the NFL in 2012, Tomlinson is now an analyst for the NFL Network and an Ambassador for DAV (Disabled American Veterans). He will soon make his feature-film acting debut in the movie "God Bless The Broken Road." Multi-platinum recording artist Jordin Sparks also stars in the film and will be singing the National Anthem at this year's DAYTONA 500. "God Bless The Broken Road" will be appearing in theaters later this year.(DIS)(2-2-2017)

  • ISC reports 2016 earnings: International Speedway Corp. cited the impact of Jeff Gordon, Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Tony Stewart missing races as among the reasons for a decline in admission revenue last year at its tracks. International Speedway Corp. reported its fourth quarter and yearly earnings Thursday morning in a conference call with investor analysts. ISC reported that its fourth-quarter admissions revenue was down about 9.3 percent from the previous year. The track hosted Cup races at Darlington Raceway, Richmond International Raceway, Chicagoland Speedway, Kansas Speedway, Talladega Superspeedway, Martinsville Speedway, Phoenix International Raceway and Homestead-Miami Speedway. Earnhardt missed all of those races. Gordon drove in only three of those events (Darlington, Richmond and Martinsville). Stewart competed in each event. For the year, admissions revenue was down about 5 percent for the company.
    ISC announced on the call that three of its 19 Cup races sold out in 2016 - the Daytona 500, Watkins Glen and the season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway. John Saunders, president of ISC, said that advance sales for the Feb. 26 Daytona 500 were at comparable levels to last year's event at this time. ISC is "optimistic" the race will sell out again. Saunders also said that advance ticket sales for upcoming races at Auto Club Speedway and Phoenix International Raceway were "trending slightly ahead" compared to last year.
    Saunders noted the impact on corporate sponsorship Monster Energy would have as new series sponsor for NASCAR's Cup Series. "It is important to note that 2016 was the last year of our revenue-included agreements between ISC and Sprint for various inventory and activation rights at ISC racetracks," Saunders said. "These agreements were negotiated in the mid-2000s, pre-recession. "While we currently expect to have similar agreements in place with Monster Energy, we anticipate the economics of the agreements will result in a reset for 2017."
    In other items:
    - Three of ISC's 20 Cup races this year either have the event sponsorship open or yet to be announced.
    - Three of ISC's 14 Xfinity races this year either have the event sponsorship open or yet to be announced.
    - For the full year, the average ticket price for a Cup event at an ISC track was $90.12, an increase of 5.4 percent. ISC officials cited Daytona's pricing as a reason for the increase.
    - Also, Dover Motorsports Inc., issued its earnings report Thursday. Dover also reported lower admissions revenue. The company plans to spend about $300,000 during the first quarter of 2017 to remove portions of the grandstand. The company also announced that the closing of the sale of Nashville Superspeedway should take place in the second quarter of 2017.(NBC Sports)(1-27-2017)

  • Lady Antebellum To Perform DAYTONA 500 Pre-Race Show: The multi-platinum trio Lady Antebellum will perform the pre-race-show prior to the start of the 59th annual DAYTONA 500 on Sunday, Feb. 26, the opening race of the 2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season. Honing in on the melodious foundation that first brought Lady Antebellum together, the group returns to radio airwaves with "You Look Good," while concurrently announcing it as the debut single off their sixth studio album HEART BREAK (Capitol Nashville), to be released June 9. Charles Kelley, Hillary Scott and Dave Haywood simultaneously share plans to return to the road, with more than 65 shows planned in six countries on their YOU LOOK GOOD WORLD TOUR, presented by NABISCO. With more than 18 million units sold, seven-time GRAMMY award winning group Lady Antebellum has earned nine No. one hits and countless other awards including Billboard Music Awards, People's Choice Awards and Teen Choice Awards, while also taking home ACM and CMA "Vocal Group of the Year" trophies three years in a row. This year's DAYTONA 500 will be Lady Antebellum's third appearance at Daytona International Speedway. The group performed the 2008 pre-race concert for the Coke Zero 400 Powered By Coca-Cola and most recently at last year's inaugural Country 500 Music Festival.(DIS)(1-24-2017)

  • Owen Wilson named grand marshal for Daytona 500: Actor Owen Wilson, the voice of the animated character Lightning McQueen in Disney Pixar's upcoming movie "Cars 3," will serve as Grand Marshal for the 59th annual DAYTONA 500 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race on Feb. 26 at Daytona International Speedway. The Daytona 500, the season-opening race for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, will begin at 2:00pm/et following Wilson delivering the famous "Drivers, start your engines" command to the 40-car field. In addition to giving the command, Wilson will ride in one of the Grand Marshal cars during pace laps prior to the green flag of the 200-lap, 500-mile race and attend the drivers meeting. "Cars 3" opens nationwide on June 16. Wilson, who voiced Lightning McQueen in "Cars" (2006) and "Cars 2" (2011), is also known for starring roles in a variety of hit comedy films including "Wedding Crashers," "Meet the Parents," "Zoolander" and "The Royal Tenenbaums." Wilson stars in the upcoming "Wonder" and the Woody Harrelson-directed live film "Lost in London."(DIS)(1-20-2017)

  • Season-opening event to be named the Advance Auto Parts Clash: Daytona International Speedway will rekindle one of its fan-favorite traditions next month in partnership with Advance Auto Parts, a leading automotive aftermarket parts provider in North America. The Advance Auto Parts Clash will open the 2017 NASCAR season under the lights on the evening of Feb. 18, featuring an elite field of Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series drivers in a 75-lap sprint. The annual all-star event was first held in 1979, originally known as the Busch Clash. A number of name changes ensued over the years, but now the once-iconic label is back. "The Clash was a classic race name, one that truly resonated with our fans," said Daytona International Speedway President Chip Wile. "It evokes the rich history of both NASCAR and our facility. We are honored to have Advance Auto Parts - a company that resonates with our current fans - join us as we bring the name back to our Speedweeks schedule. We're coming full-circle for this event, honoring our past while also looking to the future." In addition to the race entitlement, Advance Auto Parts will also serve as the Official Auto Parts Store of DIS.
    "Advance Auto Parts is proud partner with Daytona International Speedway to kick off the 2017 NASCAR season," said Advance Auto Parts Marketing and Sponsorships Manager Matt Davis. "Daytona is the birthplace of NASCAR and we couldn't be more excited to be the official auto parts of Daytona International Speedway and entitlement sponsor of the Advance Auto Parts Clash."
    The 75-lap/187.5-mile race will be split into two segments, separated by a mandatory caution period at Lap 25. The race will be broadcast live on FS1, MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio at 8:00pm/et. Tickets for the Advance Auto Parts Clash, the 59th annual DAYTONA 500 and all other Speedweeks events can be purchased online at or by calling 1-800-PITSHOP.(1-18-2017)

  • 'Tickets for Troops' Program continues at Daytona: Daytona International Speedway, in partnership with the Greater Jacksonville Area USO and the Veteran Tickets Foundation (Vet Tix), is creating the "Ticket for Troops" program, providing race fans the opportunity to help send members of the military to Speedweeks 2017 events at the "World Center of Racing." Fans are able to contribute $3, $5, $10 or more, with 100 percent of all contributions going directly toward the cost of tickets given to the USO and Vet Tix for distribution to active, retired, honorably discharged veterans, reserves and Gold Star Families. Daytona International Speedway will match every dollar gifted through this program. The Ticket for Troops program is aligned with the USO and Vet Tix efforts in supporting and recognizing members of the military. Vet Tix and USO partners with major sports teams, leagues, promoters, organizations, venues and individual event ticket holders to provide tickets to currently serving and veterans of all branches of the military.(DIS)(12-17-2016)

  • UNOH becomes entitlement sponsor of Daytona Fanzone: Daytona International Speedway announced a multi-year partnership with University of Northwestern Ohio (UNOH) for the school to secure the naming rights of the Fanzone, the 211,636-square foot entertainment hub located in the infield of the "World Center of Racing." UNOH, located in Lima, Ohio, invented the first high-performance motorsports degree program in the country, and in 2006, opened the largest U.S. facility dedicated to learning the science of high-performance vehicles - a seven-acre, 70,000-square foot high performance motorsports complex. The UNOH Fanzone, which first opened in 2005 at the "World Center of Racing," is located between the NASCAR premier series (sponsored by Monster Energy) garages and NASCAR XFINITY Series garages and puts fans in the middle of the event action with fan forums, historic displays, autograph sessions, entertainment and merchandise as well as access to pre-race activities. Other amenities include the Fan Deck on top of the NASCAR premier series garages and garage viewing windows with autograph slots. UNOH will also continue to serve as the Official Education Partner of Daytona International Speedway and have an on-site marketing presence at the facility including event signage, display space, tickets and hospitality.(DIS)(12-10-2016)

  • Sparks to Sing National Anthem at DAYTONA 500: Multi-platinum recording artist, actress and DAV Ambassador Jordin Sparks, whose faith-based film God Bless The Broken Road will be in theaters early 2017, will perform the National Anthem for the 59th annual DAYTONA 500 NASCAR premier series race at Daytona International Speedway on Sunday, Feb. 26. "We're thrilled to have Jordin Sparks be a part of the pre-race ceremonies and sing the National Anthem prior to the DAYTONA 500," Daytona International Speedway President Chip Wile said. "Jordin is an incredible talent and we look forward to her rendition of the National Anthem before the start of the 59th 'Great American Race.' " Sparks was the season 6 winner of American Idol. In addition to a successful recording career, she has branched out to pursue an acting and Broadway career, starring in films such as the music film Sparkle, The Grace of Jakes, Left Behind and The Inevitable Defeat of Mister & Pete. Tickets for the 59th annual DAYTONA 500 and other Speedweeks events can be purchased online at or by calling 1-800-PITSHOP.(DIS)(12-5-2016)

  • Rusty Wallace Finishes 10th in Trofeo Pirelli World Final: The Ferrari Finali Mondiali wrapped up its four-day, first-ever North American experience Sunday at Daytona International Speedway, with two world titles determined and a historic appearance by Formula One drivers on the DIS 3.56-mile road course. World Finals were held in the Coppa Shell and Trofeo Pirelli competitions, with two 35-minute races. German driver Thomas Loefflad won the Coppa Shell event. Venezuelan Carlos Kauffmann took the Trofeo Pirelli victory. Rusty Wallace, the 1989 champion of NASCAR's premier series and a NASCAR Hall of Fame inductee, came out of retirement for the weekend and finished 10th in the 27-car Trofeo Pirelli field, driving for the Risi Competizione/Ferrari of Houston. He finished third in the Professional, North America class. Previously during the weekend, Wallace posted 15th and 32nd-place results, the latter due to brake problems late in the race. "I told myself that after the struggles we'd had, that if I could walk out with a solid top 10 in the finals I'd be happy," Wallace said. "The team did great and I learned a ton. We've been here five days, run 1,000 laps and we don't have a dent on the car. This was totally out of the box for me. It was a great opportunity from Ferrari, Risi and Daytona. We had a nice solid run and we had a lot of NASCAR fans here, too."(DIS)(12-5-2016)

  • Rusty Wallace to compete in 2016 Finali Mondiali: NASCAR Hall of Famer Rusty Wallace is going to return to the driver's seat for the upcoming Ferrari Finali Mondiali on Dec. 1-4 at Daytona International Speedway. The 1989 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion will battle the twists and turns of the "World Center of Racing's" 3.56-mile road course for the Risi Competizione/Ferrari of Houston team in the North America series of the Ferrari Challenge Trofeo Pirelli. Wallace will practice on Thursday, Dec. 1 followed by qualifying and racing on Friday, Dec. 2 and Saturday, Dec. 3. "I hope that I can run strong in it and hopefully win but I'm realistic too," Wallace said. "I haven't been in a car in a long time. I'm going to have to knock a lot cobwebs off but I got the passion for it." Wallace is going to test with the team at the Circuit of Americas in Austin, Texas to get acclimated to the car and the crew before arriving at Daytona International Speedway. While Wallace knows every inch of the 2.5-mile tri-oval from his NASCAR competition, he only competed once on the 3.56-mile road course when he made his lone Rolex 24 At Daytona start in 2006. The Ferrari Finali Mondiali, the four-day event that is being staged in North America for the first time, will bring together competitors from the European, North American and Asia Pacific series of the Ferrari Challenge for a battle for the World Championship in their Ferrari 458 Challenge EVOs. The Ferrari Finali Mondiali has been previously held in Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates, Spain and Italy. The weekend also includes the display and running of historic Formula 1 cars and Ferrari's exclusive XX Programmes.(Daytona International Speedway)(11-27-2016)

  • Coke Zero 400 tickets on sale: Tickets for the 59th annual Coke Zero 400 Powered By Coca-Cola NASCAR Cup Series race scheduled on Saturday, July 1 will go on sale Monday, Oct. 17 at 9:00am/et. Race fans will have the opportunity to celebrate the Independence Day holiday weekend with the stars of NASCAR battling underneath the lights in the 160-lap, 400-mile race. Guests will also enjoy all the unprecedented amenities that come with the world's only motorsports stadium including 101,500 new, wider seats, thousands of premium club seats, 40 escalators and 17 elevators, 60 luxury suites, social "neighborhoods" and three concourse levels that span the nearly mile-long frontstretch. Tickets for the Coke Zero 400 start at $60. Children 12 and under are only $20 in reserved stadium seating. Those wishing to attend should make their plans early. As part of the Coke Zero 400 Weekend Powered By Coca-Cola, in addition to the action on the track, Daytona International Speedway will celebrate the July Fourth holiday by recognizing Congressional Medal of Honor recipients and showcasing one of the largest fireworks shows in the Southeast.(DIS)(10-15-2016)

  • International Speedway Corp details 3rd quarter financials: International Speedway Corp. held its conference call with investor analysts Thursday morning to detail results from the third quarter. ISC hosted four Sprint Cup weekends during the third quarter, which ended Aug. 31 - two races at Michigan, Daytona in July and Watkins Glen. Among the items mentioned in the nearly hour-long conference call:
    - Admissions for comparable Cup events was up about 1 percent compared to the same time last year. This was mostly attributed to the Daytona race in July. In 2015, the seating capacity was reduced to about 50,000 for the Daytona summer race as construction continued on the grandstand. The stadium debuted at this year's Daytona 500 with 101,500 seats.
    - Watkins Glen had a second consecutive sellout this year.
    - Michigan International Speedway saw admission declines for both its Sprint Cup events.
    - The average ticket price for the four Cup races at ISC tracks in the third quarter was $83.11. That's an increase of about 8 percent from the same period last year. The increase was mainly generated by the new seating and pricing at Daytona.
    -The average ticket price for all Cup races at ISC tracks through the first nine months of the year is $96.14. That's an increase of about 8 percent, also driven by pricing at Daytona. - For the fourth quarter, ISC reported lower attendance-related revenue for Cup weekends at Darlington, Richmond and Chicagoland Speedway. Advance sales for the remaining events at ISC tracks (Kansas, Talladega, Martinsville, Phoenix and Homestead) are down 10 percent on average. ISC officials anticipate a sellout for the season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
    See more at NBC Sports.(10-14-2016)

  • DAYTONA 500 In 2018 Returns To Traditional Date On Presidents Day Weekend: The 2018 DAYTONA 500, which will be the historic 60th running of NASCAR's biggest and most prestigious event, will return to its traditional date on Presidents Day weekend - Sunday, Feb. 18. "We wanted to let all of our fans, partners and stakeholders know about this date adjustment in advance and give them ample time to make their travel plans for 'The Great American Race,' " Daytona International Speedway President Chip Wile said. "The 60th annual DAYTONA 500 is going to be a significant milestone in the event's history and we look forward to a special celebration." The DAYTONA 500 has been traditionally held on Presidents Day weekend/George Washington's birthday from 1968 to 2011. In fact, the inaugural DAYTONA 500 back in 1959 was held on George Washington's birthday. Dates for the other Speedweeks events and Bike Week At Daytona International Speedway will be announced at a later date. Tickets for the 2018 DAYTONA 500 will also go on sale at a later date after the completion of ticket renewals following the 2017 DAYTONA 500.(DIS)(7-27-2016)

  • Brad Keselowski wins at Daytona: #2-Brad Keselowski won the Coke Zero 400 Sprint Cup Series race at Daytona International Speedway for his 3rd win of the season, 1st win at Daytona and 20th career win in his 250th start.
    The race's final caution flag set up NASCAR Overtime.
    #18-Busch finished 2nd followed by #6-Bayne, #22-Logano, #17-Stenhouse Jr., #42-Larson, #3-Dillon, #16-Biffle (pole winner), #15-Bowyer and #95-McDowell.
    #98-Cole Whitt finished 11th, his career best finish. #21-Blaney was the highest finishing rookie at 14th.
    There was one 'big one' wreck with 19 cars involved including points leader #4-Harvick, #48-Johnson, #20-Kenseth, #24-Elliott, #5-Kahne and #1-McMurray. Last weeks winner, #14-Stewart was running in the top ten late in the race when his car got loose and hit the wall and a couple other cars, ending his night, despite wrecking and finishing 26th, Stewart moved into 30th place in the series standings, the position he needs to maintain or improve to remain eligible for the Chase. #41-Busch was running in the top-five on the last lap when #22-Logano got into the #41, sending it spinning thru the infield grass, Busch finished 23rd.
    There were 26 lead changes among 13 drivers and 5 cautions for 28 yellow flag laps.
    The average speed was 150.342 mph.
    Scheduled Race Re-Airs:
    NASCAR 120, Sunday, July 3 at 3:00pm/et on NBCSN;
    NASCAR 120, Monday, July 4 at 3:30pm/et on NBCSN;
    See unofficial race results, awards, laps led, cautions and more [NOTE: money/winnings are no longer reported] at:
    Unofficial Race Results page (pdf)
    Lap Summary Report (pdf)
    Penalty Report (pdf)
    Pit Stop Times (pdf)
    See OFFICIAL race results & points standings on the Official Daytona Race & Points Report (pdf).(7-2-2016)

  • 2017 DAYTONA 500 Tickets On Sale: Tickets for the prestigious 59th annual DAYTONA 500 NASCAR Cup Series season-opening race will officially go on sale Monday, June 20 at 9:00am/et. Race fans will have the opportunity to experience the 2017 DAYTONA 500, scheduled for Sunday, Feb. 26, in the world's only motorsports stadium, experiencing unprecedented amenities that include 101,500 new, wider seats, thousands of premium club seats, 40 escalators and 17 elevators, 60 luxury suites, social "neighborhoods" and three concourse levels that span the nearly mile-long frontstretch. The 2016 DAYTONA 500 was a sellout and produced the closest finish in the event's storied 58-year history with Denny Hamlin nipping Martin Truex Jr. by .010 seconds at the start/finish line. In addition to tickets for the DAYTONA 500, fans can also purchase tickets and multi-day ticket packages for the remaining events during Speedweeks which kicks off with the 55th Rolex 24 At Daytona IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship on Jan. 28-29. Also on sale will be tickets for the year's first official event at Daytona International Speedway, the Roar Before The Rolex 24 and Scout Days on Jan. 6-8, the critical three-day test session for the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship and Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge teams.(DIS)(6-17-2016)

  • Motorsports Hall of Fame of America Receives Grant to develop Theater: The Motorsports Hall of Fame of America (MSHFA) announced that it has received a $2.5 million grant from the Margie & Robert E. Petersen Foundation of Los Angeles, with the money targeted to fund construction and development of the Robert E. Petersen Theater in the hall's new permanent home at Daytona International Speedway. The MSHFA, which has moved to Daytona Beach from Novi, Michigan, will be housed in the speedway's expansive ticket and tours facility that greets thousands of motorsports fans each year at the "World Center of Racing." A vital component in the relocation will be the new theater, along with a Robert E. Petersen "Tribute Room" that will greet guests entering the attraction. The first phase of construction and development is expected to be completed by June - in time for the 28th Annual MSHFA Induction Ceremony Presented by Bridgestone on June 29 and the July 2 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at the speedway, the Coke Zero 400 Powered By Coca-Cola. The Margie & Robert E. Petersen Foundation has donated more than $300 million to their namesake and renowned Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles, children's charities and to various organizations and causes since its 1996 formation. In 1948 Robert E. Petersen founded HOT ROD magazine followed by many more automotive magazines including MOTOR TREND, CAR CRAFT, ROD & CUSTOM, CIRCLE TRACK, MOTORCYCLIST and 4 WHEEL & OFF ROAD.(DIS)(4-21-2016)

  • Daytona could benefit from additional tax break: After scoring $40 million in tax incentives from Volusia County and Daytona Beach, International Speedway Corp. could get another $10 million in tax relief for its One Daytona project through a complex impact fee rule change that figures to only benefit the area's most deep-pocketed developers. County Council members signed off this month on an exemption to impact fees that applies only to developers who own adjoining parcels and demolish a structure on one of them while making upgrades to the other. If that scenario seems hard to envision, picture this: By demolishing its old grandstand as part of the Daytona Rising renovations at Daytona International Speedway, International Speedway Corp. earns credits that can be applied to reduce impact fees when it builds across the street at the One Daytona mixed-use complex. The council approved the change on a 5-1 vote after about 15 minutes of discussion and no public comment. The lone dissenter, Councilman Doug Daniels, said the county was being overly generous to a wealthy developer and showing favoritism toward ISC. Impact fees are a one-time tax billed to new residential and commercial development. They are intended to help cover a community's costs for roads and other infrastructure improvements that are imposed by the new development. Deputy County Attorney Jamie Seaman confirmed that ISC faced anywhere from $3 million to $10 million in financial benefits with the impact fee change, depending on how the credits are applied. If ISC used up all of the impact fee credits at One Daytona - where a P.F. Changs, Fairfield Inn, Bass Pro Shops and Cobb Theaters are going to be constructed - it would face a large impact fee bill down the road once it develops other planned parcels, including condominiums and apartments. The company could choose to hold off on using those credits until it begins work on those projects, Seaman said.(Daytona Beach News-Journal)(2-24-2016)

  • Updated Daytona International Speedway Mobile App: Daytona International Speedway (DIS) announced that a new version of its mobile app is now available for download on iOS and Android devices. As part of the $400 million DAYTONA Rising redevelopment project, the updated DIS mobile app helps race fans take full advantage of the amenities and offerings at the new motorsports stadium during upcoming events such as Speedweeks 2016. The DIS mobile app offers a variety of features to help fans find their way around the new stadium including Bluetooth-based indoor and GPS-based outdoor turn-by-turn navigation. It also includes an interactive GPS facility map and the ability to drop pins to remember certain locations like a parking spot. Also included in the new version of the app is location-based proximity engagement technology. The DIS app offers dynamic experiences for fans as they enter each of the new injectors/entrances from DIS Founding Partners such as Toyota, Florida Hospital, Chevrolet and Sunoco. Additionally, the DIS app is fully integrated with the new DAYTONA Rewards program, with locations throughout the property to provide one unified mobile experience for fans. More info at DIS's website.(2-13-2016)

  • Son of NASCAR founder installs last seat at Daytona: The last of 101,500 Daytona Rising stadium grandstand seats was installed by the son of NASCAR founder William H.G. France with the help of a race fan at Daytona International Speedway Tuesday. Jim France, who is the chairman of International Speedway Corp., and Ted Swartzlander, 61, who has held the same six seats for two decades near the start/finish line, completed the installation in front of a mob of media. "My partner and I did an excellent job and I hope the supervisor appreciated our quality of work," said the 71-year-old France. "This is one of the most spectacular motorsports facilities that I've ever seen in my life. I've been to many places around the world and nothing compares to this." Bill France Sr., who founded NASCAR in 1948, built the track in 1958. It opened for business in February, 1959 with the running of the inaugural Daytona 500 and several other support races. The $400 million Daytona Rising project started on July 8, 2013. The facility will open to the public on Jan. 28 for the first day of Rolex 24 At Daytona activities. "I think this is something my father would have been proud of," France said as he scanned the new facility. "This is the kind of thing he would have brought about. The process we've gone through over several years, such as improve the garage area and fan experience and repaving the track. We spent $400 million for the fan-part of this venue. This is all for the fans." Daytona Rising stretches almost a mile along International Speedway Boulevard. "The fans coming here are in for a real treat," France said. "Anybody coming to Daytona Beach for a motorsports event will find this the finest experience in the world." Swartzlander owns a fabrication shop in Sanford. He has been watching Daytona races since he was a child and with France's help, installed the seat where he will watch the Feb. 21 Daytona 500.(Daytona Beach News Journal)(1-21-2016)

  • 2017 Daytona 500 Race Date? A schedule on the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds' website lists the Air Demonstration Squadron as conducting a flyover of the 59th Daytona 500 on Feb. 26, 2017. Daytona International Speedway spokesperson Andrew Booth confirmed the date of the 2017 race, noting that the Great American Race currently falls on the Sunday after Presidents' Day. The Thunderbirds also will be conducting the flyover for the 2016 Daytona 500, which is on Feb. 21. The Thunderbirds' site also lists a March 5, 2017 flyover at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, but track spokesman Jeff Motley said it doesn't have any firm plans for a 2017 flyover.(NBC Sports)(12-23-2015)

  • Anheuser-Busch Extends and Expands Partnership with Daytona: Anheuser-Busch announced today a multi-year partnership renewal with Daytona International Speedway (DIS) that extends its status as the exclusive official beer sponsor of DIS and the DAYTONA 500. The partnership will also provide Anheuser-Busch with naming rights to four locations within the new motorsports stadium as part of the DAYTONA Rising redevelopment project, which is scheduled to open in January 2016.
    Two of the bar locations to be featured in the new "World Center of Racing" central "neighborhood" zone and spacious concourses, while the other two will be located in other parts of the stadium. All four locations will enable Anheuser-Busch to advertise multiple brands from its portfolio of beers including Busch, Budweiser, Bud Light and Stella Artois. Anheuser-Busch will also retain naming rights to the infield area - the Budweiser Bistro.
    "Daytona International Speedway has been a tremendous partner for Anheuser-Busch ever since we first introduced the Busch Clash back in 1979, which was held each year at DIS the week prior to the DAYTONA 500," said Nick Kelly, director of experiential marketing, Anheuser-Busch. "We're looking forward to continuing this relationship that allows us to have a significant marketing presence at the track, and now we'll be able to deliver an elevated experience to our fans as a result of the DAYTONA Rising project."
    Anheuser-Busch's partnership with DIS continues a period of investment and rededication to the sport of racing. The Busch family of beers recently announced it is reigniting its storied past in NASCAR by sponsoring Kevin Harvick and the No. 4 team of Stewart-Haas Racing for select races during the 2016 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season beginning with the Sprint Unlimited at DIS on Feb. 13. In conjunction, Anheuser-Busch will employ a comprehensive marketing approach to celebrate Busch's return to the sport of racing, including on-track, experiential, in-market and retail activations, as well as TV spots leading up to the DAYTONA 500.
    "We're thrilled to kick off the next chapter of our longstanding partnership with Anheuser-Busch," said Daytona International Speedway President Joie Chitwood III. "Our new motorsports stadium will provide enhanced opportunities to market their brands and connect with race fans." Anheuser-Busch shares a rich history with the sport of racing as well as DIS, dating back to the late 1970s. This represents the longest-standing partnership for DIS.(DIS)(11-20-2015)

  • Can-Am to sponsor Duel races at Daytona: BRP, the manufacturer of world renowned motorized recreational vehicles and engines, will serve as the title sponsor for the 150-mile qualifying races for the DAYTONA 500 at Daytona International Speedway, part of Speedweeks 2016. The races will be known as the Can-Am Duel At Daytona. The Can-Am Duel At Daytona, scheduled for Thursday, Feb. 18, are a pair of 150-mile qualifying races that finalize the starting lineup for the 58th annual DAYTONA 500, the prestigious NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season-opening event on Sunday, Feb. 21. The Can-Am Duel At Daytona will feature every DAYTONA 500 entrant battling for a coveted starting spot in "The Great American Race."
    "We're excited about developing this new partnership with BRP, the world leader in recreational vehicles," Daytona International Speedway President Joie Chitwood III said. "With two thrilling and unpredictable 150-mile qualifying races, the Can-Am Duel At Daytona will provide a great platform for BRP to promote their Can-Am products at the 'World Center of Racing.' "
    "BRP and its Can-Am products are synonymous with innovation and performance in the powersports industry," said Anne Bélec, senior vice-president, Global Brands and Strategy. "We feel that there's a natural fit with NASCAR racers and their fans. Thanks to our association with Kappa, Cyclops Gear and the GOFAS race team, we are now a sponsor in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and the title sponsor of the Can-Am Duel, the ultimate test before the Daytona 500," she concluded.
    The events during Speedweeks 2016 will be the first to be held at Daytona International Speedway following the completion of the $400 million DAYTONA Rising frontstretch redevelopment project. Race fans will experience new amenities such as wider and more comfortable seats, spacious concourses, escalators and elevators, twice as many restrooms and three times as many concessions and merchandise stands.(DIS)(9-19-2015)

  • Moving Daytona summer race to morning not under consideration: Don't count on NASCAR moving the start of the July Sprint Cup race at Daytona International Speedway back to the morning, a series official says. Steve O'Donnell, NASCAR executive vice president and chief racing development officer, said this week on SiriusXM NASCAR Radio that "I wouldn't look to us to go back to a morning race" at Daytona in July. The event, formerly known as the Firecracker 400, started at 10 or 11 am on July 4 to avoid the afternoon heat and showers. It was moved off the July 4 holiday to a Saturday afternoon start in 1988. The event has been run at night since 1998. "I don't think so," O'Donnell said. "I think the sport is so big now and there are so many partners that are involved. I know it might be easier to look at an 11 a.m. start. It's our job to look at all factors to grow the sport as much as we can and make it as fan friendly as possible."(NBCSports)(7-9-2015)

  • Industry asks fans to refrain from displaying Confederate flag: Statement from NASCAR Industry Members: "As members of the NASCAR industry, we join NASCAR in the desire to make our events among the most fan-friendly, welcoming environments in all of sports and entertainment. To do that, we are asking our fans and partners to join us in a renewed effort to create an all-inclusive, even more welcoming atmosphere for all who attend our events. This will include the request to refrain from displaying the Confederate Flag at our facilities and NASCAR events. We are committed to providing a welcoming atmosphere free of offensive symbols. This is an opportunity for NASCAR Nation to demonstrate its sense of mutual respect and acceptance for all who attend our events while collectively sharing the tremendous experience of NASCAR racing."(NASCAR with signatories of ALL race tracks of ISC & SMI and many others)(7-2-2015)

  • Daytona 500 qualifying is a different with the Qualifying Races, see the rules on the Qualifying Rules page - Daytona 500 section.

  • 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)

    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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