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Statistical Advance: Analyzing the Coke Zero Sugar 400

Top 20 Driver Ratings at Daytona
Kyle Busch………………………………. 91.2
Denny Hamlin………………………….. 87.9
Ryan Blaney……………………………. 87.6
Kurt Busch………………………………. 87.4
Jimmie Johnson……………………….. 86.8
Joey Logano……………………………. 86.2
Kevin Harvick…………………………… 83.4
Clint Bowyer…………………………….. 79.0
William Byron…………………………… 78.7
Brad Keselowski………………………. 78.2
Erik Jones……………………………….. 77.8
Martin Truex Jr………………………… 77.0
Ricky Stenhouse Jr………………….. 76.4
Austin Dillon…………………………….. 76.3
Bubba Wallace………………………… 76.2
Ryan Newman…………………………. 75.0
Alex Bowman…………………………… 74.6
Aric Almirola…………………………….. 73.5
Paul Menard……………………………. 73.3
Kyle Larson……………………………… 70.6
Note: Driver Ratings compiled from 2005-2019 races (29 total) among active drivers at Daytona International Speedway.

History

  • Groundbreaking for Daytona International Speedway was Nov. 25, 1957. The soil underneath the banked corners was dug from the infield of the track and the hole filled with water. It is now known as Lake Lloyd.
  • The first Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Daytona was a 100-mile qualifying race for the Daytona 500 on Feb. 20, 1959 – won by Bob Welborn.
  • The first summer race at Daytona International Speedway was held on July 4, 1959 – won by Fireball Roberts (140.581 mph).
  • NASCAR Hall of Famer Richard Petty won his 200th career race on July 4, 1984 at Daytona.
  • Lights were installed in the spring of 1998. However, the July race was delayed until October that year due to thick smoke from wildfires. The second Daytona race has been held under the lights ever since.
  • The track underwent a repave in 2010.
  • 2016 marked the next phase in the existence of Daytona International Speedway as the DAYTONA Rising project was completed, ushering in the first ‘motorsports stadium,’ a 400-million-dollar project.
  • There have been 144 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series races at Daytona International Speedway since the track hosted its first race in 1959:  61 have been 500 miles, 56 were 400 miles and four were 250 miles. There were also 23 qualifier races that were point races.

Starts

  • A total of 679 different drivers have competed in at least one Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Daytona International Speedway; 515 have competed in more than one.
  • A total of 464 different drivers have competed in at least one Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series July race at Daytona International Speedway; 296 have competed in more than one.
  • NASCAR Hall of Famer Richard Petty leads the series in starts at Daytona with 74 starts. Kevin Harvick and Kurt Busch lead all active series drivers in Daytona starts with 36 each.
  • NASCAR Hall of Famer Richard Petty leads the series in July race starts at Daytona with 32. Kevin Harvick and Kurt Busch lead all active series drivers in July Daytona starts with 18 each.
  • A total of 180 drivers have made their first career Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series start at Daytona International Speedway; only 19 have made their first start during the July Daytona race.
  • Five active series drivers have made their first career start at Daytona International Speedway, though none were during the July race: Brendan Gaughan (2/15/2004) Alex Bowman (2/23/14), Daniel Suárez (2/26/17), William Byron (2/18/2018) and Matt Tifft (2/17/2019).
  • NASCAR Hall of Famer Fireball Roberts leads the series in average starting position at Daytona with a 5.412 in 17 starts. He also leads the series in average starting position in the Daytona July race with a 2.200 in five starts.
  • Chase Elliott leads all active drivers in the series in average starting position at Daytona with a 7.285 in eight total starts. Elliott also leads the series in average starting position in the July race at Daytona with a 9.0 in four starts.

Poles

  • A total of 61 different drivers have won the Busch Pole Award in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series at Daytona International Speedway; 24 drivers have won more than one.  
  • A total of 41 different drivers have won the Busch Pole Award in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series at Daytona for the July race; eight drivers have won more than one. Only four active pole winners are entered this weekend.   
  • NASCAR Hall of Famer Cale Yarborough leads the series in poles at Daytona with 12 poles (Feb. 1968, July 1969, 1970 sweep, 1978 sweep, July 1980, July 1981, July 1983, 1984 sweep, July 1986). Eight of the 12 poles are from the July race.  
  • Chase Elliott leads all active series drivers in poles at Daytona with three (Feb. 2016, Feb. 2017 and July 2018).
  • Fireball Roberts won the inaugural Busch pole for the July race at Daytona in 1959 with a speed of 144.997 mph. 
  • Three drivers have won consecutive Busch poles for the July race at Daytona: Cale Yarborough (1969-’70; 1980-’81, 1983-’84), Sterling Marlin (1991-’92) and Dale Earnhardt (1994-’95).
  • Youngest series Daytona July race pole winner: Jeff Gordon (July 6, 1996 – 24 years, 11 months, 2 days); all-time track record belongs to Chase Elliott (February 21, 2016 – 20 years, 2 months, 24 days).
  • Oldest series Daytona pole winner: Mark Martin (July 2, 2011 – 52 years, 5 months, 23 days).
  • A total of 17 different drivers have posted their first series career Busch pole at Daytona International Speedway – 10 during Speedweeks in February and seven for the July race.  
  • Six active drivers have posted their first career Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Busch pole at Daytona International Speedway: Jimmie Johnson (2/17/02), Kevin Harvick (7/6/02), Paul Menard(7/5/08), Austin Dillon (2/23/14), Chase Elliott (2/21/16) and William Byron (2/17/2019).
  • Nine different manufacturers have won the Busch Pole Award at Daytona, led by Chevrolet (49) and followed by Ford (25), Pontiac (15), Mercury (10), Dodge (nine), Oldsmobile (six), Plymouth (two), Toyota (one) and Buick (one).
  • Eight different manufacturers have won the Busch Pole Award for the July race at Daytona, led by Chevrolet (22), and followed by Ford (13), Pontiac (six), Dodge (five), Mercury (five), Oldsmobile (three), Toyota (one) and Buick (one).

Wins

  • A total of 64 different drivers have posted at least one Monster Energy Series win at Daytona, 29 drivers have multiple series wins at Daytona.  
  • NASCAR Hall of Famer Richard Petty leads the series in wins at Daytona with 10 (Feb. 1964, Feb. 1966, Feb. 1971, Feb. 1973, Feb. 1974, July 1975, July 1977, Feb. 1979, Feb. 1981, July 1984).
  • Jimmie Johnson leads all active series drivers in Daytona wins with three (Feb. 2006 and 2013 sweep).
  • Of the 64 Daytona winners, 37 of them have won the July race at Daytona International Speedway,  eight are entered in this weekend’s event.
  •  NASCAR Hall of Famer David Pearson with five wins (1961, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1978).
  • Eight active drivers are tied with a single series July race win at Daytona – Aric Almirola, Brad Keselowski, David Ragan, Jamie McMurray, Jimmie Johnson, Kevin Harvick, Kyle Busch and Ricky Stenhouse Jr.    
  • Five drivers have posted consecutive July race wins at Daytona International Speedway: Fireball Roberts (1962-1963), A.J. Foyt (1964-1965), Cale Yarborough (1967-1968) David Pearson (1972 – 1974) and Tony Stewart (2005-2006).
  • Youngest Daytona July race winner: Kyle Busch (07/01/2008 – 23 years, 2 months, 3 days); all-time track record – Trevor Bayne (02/20/2011 – 20 years, 0 months, 1 day).
  • Oldest Daytona July race winner: Bobby Allison (07/04/1987 – 49 years, 7 months, 1 day); all-time track record – Bobby Allison (02/14/1988 – 50 years, 5 months, 23 days).
  • Nine of the 60 July Daytona races (15%) in the Monster Energy Series have been won from the Pole or first starting position; six from the Pole and three from the first starting position when qualifying was cancelled. The most recent was the 2015 July race – winner: Dale Earnhardt Jr.
  • The first starting position is the most proficient starting position in the field, producing more winners (nine) than any other starting position in the July race at Daytona International Speedway.
  • The deepest in the field that a race winner has started at Daytona is 42nd, by Tony Stewart in the 2012 July race.
  • A total of 19 drivers have posted their first Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series win at Daytona; nine of the 19 drivers posted their first win in the July race.
  • Three active Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series drivers have posted their first career win at Daytona International Speedway; all three were during the July race: Aric Almirola (07/06/2014), David Ragan (07/02/2011) and Erik Jones (07/07/2018).
  • Martin Truex Jr. leads the series among active drivers with the most Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series starts at Daytona without visiting Victory Lane at 28.
  • The Wood Brothers have the most wins at Daytona in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series with 15; followed by Hendrick Motorsports with 14.

Additional Finishing Position Stats

  • A total of 67 different drivers in the Monster Energy Series have finished runner-up at Daytona.
  • Buddy Baker leads the series in runner-up finishes at Daytona with eight second-place finishes.  
  • Kyle Busch leads all active drivers in runner-up finishes at Daytona with four.
  • A total of 39 different drivers in the Monster Energy Series have finished runner-up at Daytona in the July race.
  • Buddy Baker leads the series in runner-up finishes at Daytona in the July race with five second-place finishes.  
  • Kyle Busch and Jimmie Johnson lead all active drivers in runner-up finishes in the July race at Daytona with three each.
  • A total of 152 different drivers in the Monster Energy Series have finished in the top-five at Daytona.
  • NASCAR Hall of Famer Richard Petty leads the series in top-five finishes at Daytona with 28 top fives.  
  • Kurt Busch leads all active drivers in top-five finishes at Daytona with 13.
  • A total of 108 different drivers in the Monster Energy Series have finished in the top-five in the July race at Daytona.
  • NASCAR Hall of Famer David Pearson leads the series in top-five finishes at Daytona in the July race with 13 top fives.  
  • Kurt Busch leads all active drivers in top-five finishes in the July race at Daytona with seven.
  • A total of 266 different drivers in the Monster Energy Series have finished in the top-10 at Daytona.
  • NASCAR Hall of Famer Richard Petty leads the series in top-10 finishes at Daytona with 37 top 10s.  
  • Kurt Busch leads all active drivers in top-10 finishes at Daytona with 17.
  • A total of 180 different drivers in the Monster Energy Series have finished in the top-10 in the July race at Daytona.
  • NASCAR Hall of Famer David Pearson leads the series in top-10 finishes at Daytona in the July race with 19 top 10s.
  • Kurt Busch leads all active drivers in top-10 finishes in the July race at Daytona with nine.
  • Vic Parsons leads the series in average finishing position at Daytona with an 8.5 in two starts.
  • Austin Dillon leads all active drivers in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series in average finishing position at Daytona with a 13.583.  
  • Cotton Owens and Erik Jones leads the series in average finishing position at Daytona in the July race with a 5.0 in two starts each.

Track / Event Stats

  • Since the advent of electronic scoring the closest margin of victory (MOV) in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series at Daytona International Speedway for the July race is the July 7, 2007 event won by Jamie McMurray over Kyle Busch with a margin of victory of 0.005 second.
  • Seven of the MENCS July races at Daytona have resulted with NASCAR Overtime.
  • Only two of the 60 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series July races at Daytona International Speedway have been shortened due to weather conditions.
  • Qualifying for the July race has been cancelled due to weather conditions in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series at Daytona International Speedway four times: 2007, 2009, 2010 and 2015.   

Lap Leaders

  • NASCAR Hall of Famer Dale Earnhardt leads the series in laps led at Daytona with 1,286 laps led out of 7,485 laps completed (17.1%) in 46 starts.
  • Denny Hamlin leads all active series drivers in laps led at Daytona with 407 laps led out of 4,647 laps completed (8.7%) in 25 starts.
  • NASCAR Hall of Famer Richard Petty has led the most laps in a single Monster Energy Series race at Daytona and won leading 184 of scheduled 200 laps (92%) to win the 1964 Daytona 500.
  • Fireball Roberts has led the most laps in a single Monster Energy Series race at Daytona and did not win leading 170 of 187 scheduled laps (90.9%) but finished 20th in the 1961 Daytona 500.   
  • NASCAR Hall of Famer Cale Yarborough leads the series in laps led in the July race at Daytona with 644 laps led of his 2,245 laps completed (28.6%) in 22 starts.
  • Brad Keselowski leads the series among active drivers in laps led in the July race at Daytona with 161 laps led of his 1,395 laps completed in 10 starts.
  • NASCAR Hall of Famer Tony Stewart has led the most laps in a single Monster Energy Series  July race at Daytona and won leading 151 of scheduled 160 laps (94%) in 2005.
  • Buddy Baker has led the most laps in a single Monster Energy Series July race at Daytona and did not win leading 118 of 160 scheduled laps (74%) but finished second in 1975.  
  • Seven times the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race winner at Daytona International Speedway has led just the final lap; most recent was last season’s July race.

Female Competitors

  • A total of six female drivers have competed in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series at Daytona. Danica Patrick, Janet Guthrie, Christine Beckers, Lella Lombardi, Patty Moise and Shawna Robinson. All six have competed in the July race.
  • Janet Guthrie was the first female competitor to race at Daytona International Speedway in 1976. She started 33rd and raced her way up to a 15th-place finish.
  • The best finish by a female driver in the Monster Energy Series in the July race at Daytona was Danica Patrick’s eighth-place finish in 2014.

NASCAR in Florida

  • There has been a total of 393 NASCAR national series races held in the state of Florida among 10 different tracks.
  • The first NASCAR premiere series race in the state of Florida was held at the Daytona Beach & Road Course on 7/10/1949. The 40-lap event was won by Red Byron (Oldsmobile, 80.883 mph).

Florida Drivers In NASCAR

  • A total of 183 different drivers in NASCAR national series history have their home state recorded as Florida.
  • 12 of the 183 have recorded at least one victory in NASCAR national series competition.
  • Eight Florida drivers have won in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series; led by Fireball Roberts with 33 victories.
  • Of the eight Florida native drivers who have won in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, only Fireball Roberts, LeeRoy Yarborough and Aric Almirola have won the July race at Daytona.