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Daytona International Speedway
Season Race #: 26 of 36 (08-29-20)
Track Size: 2.5-mile
Banking/Turns 1 & 2: 31 degrees
Banking/Turns 3 & 4: 31 degrees
Banking/Straights: 3 degrees
Banking/Tri-Oval: 18 degrees
Frontstretch Length:  3,800 feet
Backstretch Length:  3,000 feet
Race Length: 160 laps / 400 miles
Stage 1 & 2 Length: 50 laps (each)
Final Stage Length: 60 laps

Top 20 Driver Ratings at Daytona
Kyle Busch…………………………… 90.7
Denny Hamlin……………………….. 88.3
Jimmie Johnson…………………….. 87.4
Matt Kenseth………………………… 87.3
Joey Logano…………………………. 87.1
Ryan Blaney…………………………. 87.0
Kurt Busch……………………………. 86.8
Kevin Harvick………………………… 82.8
William Byron………………………… 79.3
Brad Keselowski……………………. 78.7
Clint Bowyer…………………………. 77.8
Austin Dillon…………………………. 77.7
Ricky Stenhouse Jr………………… 77.5
Alex Bowman………………………… 76.7
Martin Truex Jr………………………. 76.5
Ryan Newman………………………. 75.0
Chase Elliott…………………………. 74.7
Bubba Wallace……………………… 73.6
Erik Jones……………………………. 73.2
Aric Almirola…………………………. 72.5
Note: Driver Ratings compiled from 2005-2020 races (31 total) among active drivers at Daytona International Speedway.

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 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 146 NASCAR Cup Series races at Daytona International Speedway since the track hosted its first race in 1959:  62 have been 500 miles, 57 were 400 miles and four were 250 miles. There were also 23 qualifier races that were point races.

STARTS

  • A total of 686 different drivers have competed in at least one NASCAR Cup Series race at Daytona International Speedway; 522 have competed in more than one.
  • A total of 471 different drivers have competed in at least one NASCAR Cup Series summer race at Daytona International Speedway; 299 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 38 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 19 each.
First Career Cup Start in Summer Race at Daytona
Drivers (19) Date
Dan Pardus 10/17/1998
Loy Allen Jr 7/3/1993
Larry Moyer 7/2/1988
Dave Pletcher 7/4/1987
Greg Sacks 7/4/1983
Rick Wilson 7/4/1980
Paul Fess 7/4/1978
Christine Beckers 7/4/1977
Lella Lombardi 7/4/1977
Bobby Brack 7/4/1971
Gary DuPuis 7/4/1970
Joe Leonard 7/4/1969
Eddie MacDonald 7/4/1966
Ken White 7/4/1965
Lionel Johnson 7/4/1965
Rodney Williams 7/4/1964
Jim Bennett 7/4/1961
Jim Austin 7/4/1959
John Paschall 7/4/1959
  • A total of 182 drivers have made their first career NASCAR Cup Series start at Daytona International Speedway; only 19 have made their first start during the summer Daytona races.
  • Six active series drivers have made their first career start at Daytona International Speedway, though none were during the summer races:
    • Brendan Gaughan (2/15/2004)
    • Alex Bowman (2/23/14),
    • Daniel Suárez (2/26/17),
    • William Byron (2/18/2018)
    • Tyler Reddick (2/17/2019)
    • Christopher Bell (2/17/2020)
    • Brennan Poole (2/17/2020)
  • NASCAR Hall of Famer Fireball Roberts leads the series in average starting position at Daytona with a 5.412 in 17 starts.
  • Fireball Roberts also leads the series in average starting position in the Daytona summer race with a 2.2 in five starts.
  • Chase Elliott leads all active drivers in the series in average starting position at Daytona with a 9.222 in 10 total starts.
  • Elliott also leads the series in average starting position in the July race at Daytona with a 8.5 in five starts.

Top 10 in Average Starting Position in the Daytona Summer Race (All-Time & Active)

Rank All-Time Drivers Avg. Start Races Rank Active Drivers Avg. Start Races
1 Fireball Roberts 2.200 5 1 Chase Elliott 8.500 5
2 Boris Said 4.000 4 2 Jimmie Johnson 10.222 19
3 Banjo Matthews 4.667 3 3 Ryan Blaney 10.750 6
4 Davey Allison 5.286 7 4 Ricky Stenhouse Jr 12.857 8
5 Pete Hamilton 6.000 3 5 Austin Dillon 13.500 7
6 Cale Yarborough 6.455 22 6 Kevin Harvick 13.842 20
7 Earl Balmer 6.667 3 7 William Byron 15.000 3
8 Casey Atwood 7.000 2 8 Kyle Busch 15.067 16
9 Dick Hutcherson 7.000 2 9 Matt Kenseth 16.667 19
10 Fred Lorenzen 7.000 8 10 Brad Keselowski 16.727 12

POLES

  • A total of 62 different drivers have won the pole in the NASCAR Cup Series at Daytona International Speedway; 24 drivers have won more than one pole at Daytona. 10 of the 62 pole winners are active this weekend.
  • A total of 41 different drivers have won the pole in the NASCAR Cup Series at Daytona for the summer race; eight drivers have won multiple summer race poles at Daytona in the Cup Series. Only four active summer race pole winners are entered this weekend: Chase Elliott, Kevin Harvick, Kyle Busch and Matt Kenseth.
  • 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 summer 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 pole for the summer race at Daytona in 1959 with a speed of 144.997 mph.
  • Three drivers have won consecutive poles for the summer race at Daytona: Cale Yarborough (1969-’70; 1980-’81, 1983-’84), Sterling Marlin (1991-’92) and Dale Earnhardt (1994-’95).
  • Youngest series Daytona pole winner: 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 pole at Daytona International Speedway – 10 during Speedweeks in February and seven for the summer race.
  • Five of the Daytona first-time pole winners are active this weekend: Jimmie Johnson – Feb. 17, 2002, Kevin Harvick – July 6, 2002, Austin Dillon – Feb. 23, 2014, Chase Elliott – Feb. 21, 2016, William Byron – Feb. 17, 2019
  • Hendrick Motorsports leads all organizations in summer race poles at Daytona In the NASCAR Cup Series with seven: Darrell Waltrip (7/2/88), Greg sacks (7/7/90), Jeff Gordon (7/6/96 and 7/3/04), Mark Martin (7/2/11), Dale Earnhardt Jr. (7/1/17), Chase Elliott (7/7/2018).
  • Nine different manufacturers have won the pole at Daytona, led by Chevrolet (50) 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 pole for the summer 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 65 different drivers have posted at least one NASCAR Cup Series win at Daytona, 29 drivers have multiple Cup Series wins at Daytona.
  • NASCAR Hall of Famer Richard Petty leads the series in wins at Daytona with 10 victories (Feb. 1964, Feb. 1966, Feb. 1971, Feb. 1973, Feb. 1974, July 1975, July 1977, Feb. 1979, Feb. 1981, July 1984).
  • Jimmie Johnson (Feb. 2006 and 2013 sweep) and Denny Hamlin (Feb. 2016, Feb. 2019, Feb. 2020) lead all active series drivers in Daytona wins with three each.
NASCAR Cup Series
Active Daytona Summer Race Winners
Race Winners (7) Wins
Erik Jones Saturday, July 7, 2018
Ricky Stenhouse Jr Saturday, July 1, 2017
Brad Keselowski Saturday, July 2, 2016
Aric Almirola Sunday, July 6, 2014
Jimmie Johnson Saturday, July 6, 2013
Kevin Harvick Saturday, July 3, 2010
Kyle Busch Saturday, July 5, 2008
  • Of the 65 Cup Series Daytona winners, 39 of them have won the summer race and seven are entered in this weekend’s event.
  • NASCAR Hall of Famer David Pearson leads the series in summer race victories at Daytona with five wins (1961, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1978).
  • Five drivers have posted consecutive summer 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 summer race winner: Justin Haley (07/07/2019 – 20 years, 2 months, 9 days); all-time track record – Trevor Bayne (02/20/2011 – 20 years, 0 months, 1 day).
  • Oldest Daytona summer 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).
NASCAR Cup Series at Daytona
Wins from Pole or First Starting Position
Race Winners Date of Win Driver’s Age
Fireball Roberts Saturday, July 4, 1959 30
Jeff Gordon Saturday, July 3, 2004 32
Kevin Harvick* Saturday, July 3, 2010 34
Tony Stewart Saturday, July 2, 2005 34
Jack Smith Monday, July 4, 1960 36
Tony Stewart* Saturday, July 4, 2009 38
David Pearson Thursday, July 4, 1974 39
Dale Earnhardt Jr* Sunday, July 5, 2015 40
Cale Yarborough Saturday, July 4, 1981 42
  • Nine of the 61 summer Daytona International Speedway races (14.7%) in the NASCAR Cup Series have been won from the pole or first starting position.  Six were from the pole. Three were from the first starting position when qualifying was cancelled.
  • The youngest to win from the pole or first starting position at Daytona in the summer race was Fireball Roberts at the age of 30.
  • The most recent to win from the pole or first starting position at Daytona in the NASCAR Cup Series was NASCAR Hall of Famer Dale Earnhardt Jr.  in the 2015 July race.
  • 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.

NASCAR Cup Series Wins by Starting Positions at Daytona

Starting Position Wins Winning % Starting Position Wins Winning %
1 9 14.75% 12 1 1.64%
2 7 11.48% 13 2 3.28%
3 6 9.84% 14 1 1.64%
4 3 4.92% 15 3 4.92%
5 4 6.56% 19 1 1.64%
6 4 6.56% 21 1 1.64%
7 1 1.64% 29 1 1.64%
8 4 6.56% 30 1 1.64%
9 6 9.84% 34 1 1.64%
10 1 1.64% 38 1 1.64%
11 2 3.28% 42 1 1.64%
Stats Winning % Wins
Winning from the First Starting Position: 14.75% 9
Winning from the Front Row: 26.23% 16
Winning from a Top-Five Starting Position: 47.54% 29
Winning from a Top-10 Starting Position: 73.77% 45
Winning After Starting Outside the Top 20: 9.84% 6
  • 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 20 drivers have posted their first NASCAR Cup Series win at Daytona; 10 of the 19 drivers posted their first win in the July race – the most recent was last season’s July race with race winner Justin Haley and Spire Motorsports.
NASCAR Cup Series Summer Daytona Race First-Time Winners
First-Time Race Winners Date Driver’s Age
1 Justin Haley Sunday, July 7, 2019 20
2 Erik Jones Saturday, July 7, 2018 22
3 Aric Almirola Sunday, July 6, 2014 30
4 David Ragan Saturday, July 2, 2011 25
5 Greg Biffle Saturday, July 5, 2003 33
6 John Andretti Saturday, July 5, 1997 34
7 Jimmy Spencer Saturday, July 2, 1994 37
8 Greg Sacks Thursday, July 4, 1985 32
9 Sam McQuagg Monday, July 4, 1966 28
10 A.J. Foyt Saturday, July 4, 1964 29
  • Martin Truex Jr. leads the series among active drivers with the most NASCAR Cup Series starts at Daytona without visiting Victory Lane at 30; followed by Clint Bowyer with 29.
  • The Wood Brothers have the most wins at Daytona in the NASCAR Cup Series with 15 victories; followed by Hendrick Motorsports with 14.

ADDITIONAL FINISHING POSITIONS

Runner-Up Finishes:

  • A total of 68 different drivers in the NASCAR Cup 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 40 different drivers in the series have finished runner-up at Daytona in the summer race.
  • Buddy Baker leads the series in runner-up finishes at Daytona in the summer race with five second-place finishes.
  • Kyle Busch and Jimmie Johnson lead all active drivers in runner-up finishes in the summer race at Daytona with three each.

Top Five in Runner-Up Finishes in the Summer Race at Daytona (All-Time & Active)

Rank All-Time Drivers Runner-Ups Rank Active Drivers Runner-Ups
1 Buddy Baker 5 1 Jimmie Johnson 3
2 Richard Petty 4   Kyle Busch 3
Sterling Marlin 4 3 Clint Bowyer 1
4 Jimmie Johnson 3   Martin Truex Jr 1
Kyle Busch 3 Matt Kenseth 1
  William Byron 1

Top-Five Finishes:

  • A total of 155 different drivers in the NASCAR Cup 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 111 different drivers in the NASCAR Cup Series have finished in the top-five in the summer race at Daytona.
  • NASCAR Hall of Famer David Pearson leads the series in top-five finishes at Daytona in the summer race with 13 top fives.
  • Kurt Busch leads all active drivers in top-five finishes in the summer race at Daytona with seven.

Top Five in Top-Five Finishes in the Summer Race at Daytona (All-Time & Active)

Rank All-Time Drivers Top Fives Rank Active Drivers Top Fives
1 David Pearson 13 1 Kurt Busch 7
2 Richard Petty 12 2 Jimmie Johnson 5
3 Buddy Baker 11 Kyle Busch 5
4 Dale Earnhardt 10 4 Matt Kenseth 4
5 Bobby Allison 8 5 Joey Logano 3
  Darrell Waltrip 8   Kevin Harvick 3
Sterling Marlin 8 Ryan Newman 3

Top-10 Finishes:

  • A total of 270 different drivers in the NASCAR Cup 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 18.
  • A total of 184 different drivers in the NASCAR Cup Series have finished in the top-10 in the summer race at Daytona.
  • NASCAR Hall of Famer David Pearson leads the series in top-10 finishes at Daytona in the summer race with 19 top 10s.
  • Kurt Busch leads all active drivers in top-10 finishes in the summer race at Daytona with 10.

Top Five in Top-10 Finishes in the Summer Race at Daytona (All-Time & Active)

Rank All-Time Driver Top 10s Rank Active Driver Top 10s
1 David Pearson 19 1 Kurt Busch 10
2 Dale Earnhardt 18 2 Clint Bowyer 8
3 Buddy Baker 15 Jimmie Johnson 8
4 Terry Labonte 14   Matt Kenseth 8
5 Richard Petty 13 5 Kevin Harvick 6
  Ryan Newman 6

Average Finish:

  • Justin Haley leads the series in average finishing position at Daytona with an 7.0 in two starts.
  • Austin Dillon leads all active drivers in the NASCAR Cup Series in average finishing position at Daytona with a 14.857 in 15 starts.
  • Cotton Owens leads the series in average finishing position at Daytona in the summer race with a 5.0 in two starts.
  • Ty Dillon leads the series in average finishing position at Daytona in the summer race with a 8.667 in four summer Daytona race starts.

Top 10 in Average Finishing Position in the Summer Race at Daytona (All-Time & Active)

Rank All-Time Drivers Avg Finish Races Rank Active Drivers Avg Finish Races
1 Cotton Owens 5.000 2 1 Ty Dillon 8.667 4
2 David Pearson 6.435 23 2 Erik Jones 11.000 4
3 Fireball Roberts 7.800 5 3 Bubba Wallace 14.667 4
4 Ty Dillon 8.667 4 4 Corey Lajoie 16.000 4
5 Darel Dieringer 8.750 8 5 Ryan Newman 16.000 19
6 Jack Smith 8.800 5 6 Austin Dillon 16.167 7
7 Jim Hurtubise 10.000 3 7 Clint Bowyer 16.214 15
8 Marvin Panch 10.000 7 8 Kyle Busch 16.333 16
9 Dale Earnhardt 10.478 23 9 Matt Kenseth 16.389 19
10 Dick Hutcherson 10.500 2 10 Ricky Stenhouse Jr 16.857 8

LAP LEADERS

All Races at Daytona:

  • A total of 192 different drivers have led at least one lap in the NASCAR Cup Series at Daytona; 143 drivers have led laps in the summer races at Daytona.
  • NASCAR Hall of Famer Dale Earnhardt leads the NASCAR Cup 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 521 laps led out of 4,981 laps completed (10.4%) in 30 starts.
  • The MOST laps led in a NASCAR Cup Series race at Daytona International Speedway by the race winner is 184 of the scheduled 200 laps (92%) by NASCAR Hall of Famer Richard Petty in the 1964 Daytona 500.
  • The MOST laps led in a NASCAR Cup Series race at Daytona International Speedway by a driver that did not win the race is 170 of the 187 scheduled laps (90.9%) by NASCAR Hall of Famer Fireball Roberts in the 1961 Daytona 500 – he finished 20th.
  • Seven times the NASCAR Cup Series race winner at Daytona International Speedway has led just the final lap; most recent was the 2018 July race. (chart below)
Race Winners Date Laps Led
Erik Jones July 7, 2018 1
Austin Dillon February 18, 2018 1
Kurt Busch February 26, 2017 1
Jimmy Spencer July 2, 1994 1
Earl Balmer February 25, 1966 1
Bobby Isaac February 21, 1964 1
Junior Johnson February 21, 1964 1

Summer Races at Daytona:

  • NASCAR Hall of Famer Cale Yarborough leads the series in laps led in the summer 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 summer race at Daytona with 161 laps led of his 1,480 laps completed in 12 starts.
  • The MOST laps led in a NASCAR Cup Series summer race at Daytona International Speedway by the race winner is 151 of scheduled 160 laps (94%) by NASCAR Hall of Famer Tony Stewart in the 2005 event.
  • The MOST laps led in a NASCAR Cup Series race at Daytona International Speedway by a driver that did not win the race is 118 of 160 scheduled laps (74%) by Buddy Baker in the 1975 summer race – he ultimately finished second.

Top 10 Lap Leaders at Daytona (All-Time & Active)

Rank All-Time Driver Led Completed % Led Rank Active Driver Led Completed % Led
1 Cale Yarborough 644 2245 29% 1 Brad Keselowski 161 1480 11%
2 Dale Earnhardt 600 3306 18% 2 Matt Kenseth 157 2749 6%
3 Buddy Baker 445 3303 13% 3 Jimmie Johnson 151 2605 6%
4 Richard Petty 423 4135 10% 4 Denny Hamlin 145 1983 7%
5 Bobby Allison 405 3067 13% 5 Kevin Harvick 145 2772 5%
6 David Pearson 381 3429 11% 6 Kyle Busch 141 2154 7%
7 Tony Stewart 370 2681 14% 7 Kurt Busch 110 2763 4%
8 Dale Earnhardt Jr 340 2688 13% 8 Clint Bowyer 89 2159 4%
9 Jeff Gordon 318 3589 9% 9 Ricky Stenhouse Jr 70 975 7%
10 Ernie Irvan 293 1546 19% 10 Austin Dillon 54 790 7%

TRACK / EVENT STATS

  • Since the advent of electronic scoring the closest margin of victory (MOV) in the NASCAR Cup Series at Daytona International Speedway for the summer race is the July 7, 2007 event won by Jamie McMurray over Kyle Busch with a margin of victory of 0.005 second.

Top Five Closest Margins of Victory in the NASCAR Cup Series Summer Race at Daytona

Margin of Victory Date Winner Runner-Up
0.005 7/7/2007 Jamie McMurray Kyle Busch
0.008 7/2/1994 Jimmy Spencer Ernie Irvan
0.029 7/5/1997 John Andretti Terry Labonte
0.092 7/3/2010 Kevin Harvick Kasey Kahne
0.104 7/6/1996 Sterling Marlin Terry Labonte
  • The last two NASCAR Cup Series races at Daytona have ended under caution.
  • Seven of the 61 NASCAR Cup Series summer races at Daytona have resulted with Overtime:
Date Scheduled No. of Laps Actual No. of Laps NASCAR Overtime Winner
7/7/2018 160 161 1 Erik Jones
7/1/2017 160 163 3 Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
7/2/2016 160 161 1 Brad Keselowski
7/5/2015 160 161 1 Dale Earnhardt Jr
7/6/2013 160 161 1 Jimmie Johnson
7/2/2011 160 170 10 David Ragan
7/3/2010 160 166 6 Kevin Harvick
7/5/2008 160 162 2 Kyle Busch
  • Three of the 61 NASCAR Cup Series summer races at Daytona International Speedway have been shortened due to weather conditions:
Date Scheduled  Laps Actual Laps Fewer Laps Winner
Sunday, July 7, 2019 160 127 -33 Justin Haley
Sunday, July 6, 2014 160 112 -48 Aric Almirola
Saturday, July 6, 1996 160 117 -43 Sterling Marlin
  • Qualifying for the July race has been cancelled due to weather conditions in the NASCAR Cup Series at Daytona International Speedway four times: 2007, 2009, 2010 and 2015.

FEMALE COMPETITORS

  • A total of six female drivers have competed in the 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 NACAR Cup Series in the summer race at Daytona was Danica Patrick’s eighth-place finish in 2014.
  • Below is a look at the female drivers in the summer race at Daytona:
Driver Starting Position Finishing Position Driver Rating Date
Danica Patrick 10 25 60.1 7/1/2017
Danica Patrick 22 27 44.7 7/2/2016
Danica Patrick 27 35 50.5 7/5/2015
Danica Patrick 29 8 86.8 7/6/2014
Danica Patrick 11 14 80.9 7/6/2013
Averages 19.8 21.8 64.6
Driver Starting Position Finishing Position Date
Shawna Robinson 27 40 7/6/2002
Driver Starting Position Finishing Position Date
Patty Moise 35 39 7/1/1989
Patty Moise 33 26 7/2/1988
Averages 34 32.5
Driver Starting Position Finishing Position Date
Janet Guthrie 36 11 7/4/1978
Janet Guthrie 20 40 7/4/1977
Janet Guthrie 33 15 7/4/1976
Averages 29.7 22
Driver Starting Position Finishing Position Date
Christine Beckers 37 37 7/4/1977
Driver Starting Position Finishing Position Date
Lella Lombardi 29 31 7/4/1977

NASCAR IN FLORIDA

  • A total of 393 NASCAR national series races held in the state of Florida among 10 different tracks.
Track Name City Cup Xfinity Truck Combined First Year
Daytona International Speedway Daytona Beach 146 57 21 296 1959
Homestead-Miami Speedway Homestead 22 27 25 83 1995
Daytona Beach & Road Course Daytona Beach 10 0 0 10 1949
Palm Beach Speedway W. Palm Beach 7 0 0 7 1952
Speedway Park Jacksonville 6 0 0 6 1954
Volusia County Speedway Barberville 0 4 0 4 1989
Daytona International Speedway Road Daytona Beach 1 1 1 3 2020
Walt Disney World Speedway Orlando 0 0 2 2 1997
Five Flags Speedway Pensacola 1 0 0 1 1953
Golden Gate Speedway Tampa 1 0 0 1 1963
Titusville-Cocoa Speedway Titusville 1 0 0 1 1957
Totals 195 89 49 414
  • The first NASCAR premiere series race in the state of Florida was held at the Daytona Beach & Road Course on July 10, 1949. The 40-lap event was won by Red Byron (Oldsmobile, 80.883 mph).

FLORIDA IN NASCAR

  • A total of 185 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 NASCAR Cup Series; led by Fireball Roberts with 33 victories.
  • Of the eight Florida native drivers who have won in the NASCAR Cup Series, only Fireball Roberts, LeeRoy Yarborough and Aric Almirola have won the summer race at Daytona.
Florida Race Winners Cup Xfinity Truck Combined
Fireball Roberts 33 0 0 33
LeeRoy Yarbrough 14 0 0 14
Marshall Teague 7 0 0 7
Joe Nemechek 4 16 0 20
Aric Almirola 2 3 2 7
Bobby Johns 2 0 0 2
David Reutimann 2 1 1 4
Shorty Rollins 1 0 0 1
Ross Chastain 0 2 3 5
Rick Wilson 0 2 0 2
Joey Coulter 0 0 1 1
Ben Kennedy 0 0 1 1
Total 65 24 8 97

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