Below is a look at some of the top statistical performers at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Florida going into the Coke Zero Sugar 400 on August 27 at 7 p.m. ET on NBC, MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.
|2022 Top 30 In Points||2022 Driver Playoff Outlook Following Race No. 25|
|Rank||Driver||Points||Ldr.||Rank||Driver||Points||Wins||Stages||Playoff Pts||Pts From Cutoff|
|1||Chase Elliott||922||0||1||Chase Elliott||922||4||5||25||In On Wins|
|2||Kyle Larson||788||-134||2||Kyle Larson||788||2||3||13|
|3||Ryan Blaney||779||-143||3||Joey Logano||767||2||4||14|
|4||Joey Logano||767||-155||4||Ross Chastain||761||2||5||15|
|5||Ross Chastain||761||-161||5||Kevin Harvick||690||2||0||10|
|6||Martin Truex Jr.||754||-168||6||William Byron||664||2||3||13|
|7||Christopher Bell||733||-189||7||Tyler Reddick||602||2||2||12|
|8||Kevin Harvick||690||-232||8||Denny Hamlin||591||2||3||13|
|9||Kyle Busch||679||-243||9||Christopher Bell||733||1||2||7|
|10||William Byron||664||-258||10||Kyle Busch||679||1||1||6|
|11||Alex Bowman||615||-307||11||Alex Bowman||615||1||1||6|
|12||Daniel Suarez||614||-308||12||Daniel Suarez||614||1||2||7|
|13||Tyler Reddick||602||-320||13||Austin Cindric #||580||1||1||6|
|14||Denny Hamlin||591||-331||14||Chase Briscoe||571||1||4||9|
|15||Austin Cindric #||580||-342||15||Kurt Busch||485||1||2||7|
|16||Chase Briscoe||571||-351||16||Ryan Blaney||779||0||5||5||25|
|17||Erik Jones||567||-355||17||Martin Truex Jr.||754||0||7||7||-25|
|18||Aric Almirola||560||-362||18||Erik Jones||567||0||0||0||-212|
|19||Austin Dillon||524||-398||19||Aric Almirola||560||0||0||0||-219|
|20||Bubba Wallace||519||-403||20||Austin Dillon||524||0||0||0||-255|
|21||Chris Buescher||512||-410||21||Bubba Wallace||519||0||1||1||-260|
|22||Kurt Busch||485||-437||22||Chris Buescher||512||0||0||0||-267|
|23||Justin Haley||480||-442||23||Justin Haley||480||0||0||0||-299|
|24||Michael McDowell||435||-487||24||Michael McDowell||435||0||0||-10||-344|
|25||Ricky Stenhouse Jr.||432||-490||25||Ricky Stenhouse Jr.||432||0||0||0||-347|
|26||Cole Custer||431||-491||26||Cole Custer||431||0||0||0||-348|
|27||Brad Keselowski||411||-511||27||Brad Keselowski||411||0||0||-10||-368|
|28||Harrison Burton #||395||-527||28||Harrison Burton #||395||0||0||0||-384|
|29||Ty Dillon||377||-545||29||Ty Dillon||377||0||0||0||-402|
|30||Todd Gilliland #||374||-548||30||Todd Gilliland #||374||0||0||0||-405|
2022 Playoff Clinch Scenarios – Daytona International Speedway
The following 15 drivers have clinched a spot in the 16-driver postseason field: Chase Elliott, Kyle Larson, Joey Logano, Ross Chastain, Christopher Bell, Kevin Harvick, Kyle Busch, William Byron, Alex Bowman, Daniel Suarez, Tyler Reddick, Denny Hamlin, Austin Cindric, Chase Briscoe, Kurt Busch.
Can Clinch Via Points
If there is a repeat winner or a win by a driver who cannot advance to the playoffs, the following drivers could clinch by being ahead of the second winless driver in the standings.
- Ryan Blaney: Would clinch with 31 points
- Martin Truex Jr.: Could only clinch with help
Can Clinch Via Win
The following drivers would clinch on their win alone:
- Ryan Blaney, Martin Truex Jr., Erik Jones, Aric Almirola, Austin Dillon, Bubba Wallace, Chris Buescher, Justin Haley, Michael McDowell, Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Cole Custer, Brad Keselowski, Harrison Burton, Ty Dillon, Todd Gilliland
2022 Regular Season Championship Presented by Coca-Cola
Chase Elliott clinched 2022 Regular Season Championship at Watkins Glen International (Aug. 21, 2022).
Last Three Regular Season Finales – Clinch History
2021 Season – Heading into the final race of the regular season at Daytona International Speedway, the 2021 season had produced 14 different winners with two additional drivers clinching their spots on points leaving just one spot still available to make the Playoffs, and it was Richard Childress Racing teammates Austin Dillon and Tyler Reddick battling it out for the final postseason position. Ultimately, Ryan Blaney won the regular season finale at Daytona International Speedway, but he had already clinched his spot in the 2021 NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs earlier in the season. Because of the repeat winner, the 16th and final Playoff spot was earned by points, and it was Tyler Reddick’s fifth-place finish to Austin Dillon’s 17th at Daytona that earned him enough points to advance for the first-time in his career to the NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs. Hendrick Motorsport’s driver Kyle Larson clinched the Regular Season Championship in 2021.
2020 Season – Heading into the last race of the regular season at Daytona International Speedway in 2020, six spots were still up for grabs in the Playoffs. Ultimately, William Byron won the regular season finale at Daytona International Speedway to clinch his spot in the 2020 NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs – the first driver since ‘Win & You’re In’ was introduced in the series to win his way into the postseason in the final race. The other five Playoff spots were clinched on points. Kevin Harvick clinched the Regular Season Championship in 2020.
2019 Season – Heading into the last race of the regular season at Indianapolis in 2019, just two spots were still up for grabs in the Playoffs and three drivers vying for the spots – Clint Bowyer, Daniel Suarez, Ryan Newman. Ultimately, Kevin Harvick won the regular season finale at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, but he had already clinched his spot in the Playoffs earlier in the season. Clint Bowyer (fifth-place finish) and Ryan Newman (eighth-place) raced their way into the postseason clinching the last two spots on points. Kyle Busch clinched the Regular Season Championship in 2019 for the second-time in his career (2018, 2019).
(Driver loop stats in the below section are from 2005-Present)
Christopher Bell (No. 20 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota)
- One top 15
- Average Finish of 23.400, 13th-best
- Average Running Position of 16.308, eighth-best
- Driver Rating of 79.4, 11th-best
- 29 Fastest Laps Run, 26th-best
- 506 Laps in the Top 15 (53.9%), 24th-most
- 754 Quality Passes, 26th-most
Ryan Blaney (No. 12 Team Penske Ford)
- One win, four top fives, six top 10s
- Average Finish of 18.357, eighth-best
- Average Running Position of 14.302, fourth-best
- Driver Rating of 86.4, fifth-best
- 39 Fastest Laps Run, 22nd-best
- 1,667 Laps in the Top 15 (64.7%), 10th-most
- 2,458 Quality Passes, 10th-most
Kyle Busch (No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota)
- One win, eight top fives, ten top 10s; one pole
- Average Finish of 19.324, ninth-best
- Average Running Position of 13.614, second-best
- Driver Rating of 92.2, second-best
- 124 Fastest Laps Run, fifth-best
- 4,023 Laps in the Top 15 (66.1%), series-most
- 4,627 Quality Passes, second-most
Austin Cindric (No. 2 Team Penske Ford)
- One win, one top five, one top 10
- Average Finish of 8.000, series-best
- Average Running Position of 8.282, series-best
- Driver Rating of 107.0, series-best
- 8 Fastest Laps Run, 40th-best
- 342 Laps in the Top 15 (85.3%), 31st-most
- 199 Quality Passes, 34th-most
Austin Dillon (No. 3 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet)
- One win, three top fives, eight top 10s; one pole
- Average Finish of 15.500, third-best
- Average Running Position of 17.188, 12th-best
- Driver Rating of 77.9, 13th-best
- 73 Fastest Laps Run, 14th-best
- 1,545 Laps in the Top 15 (47.6%), 11th-most
- 1,971 Quality Passes, 12th-most
Chase Elliott (No. 9 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet)
- Two top fives, four top 10s; three poles
- Average Finish of 20.308, 11th-best
- Average Running Position of 16.162, seventh-best
- Driver Rating of 79.8, 10th-best
- 61 Fastest Laps Run, 16th-best
- 1,370 Laps in the Top 15 (57.8%), 11th-most
- 1,942 Quality Passes, 12th-most
Denny Hamlin (No. 11 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota)
- Three wins, 11 top fives, 12 top 10s
- Average Finish of 16.545, fourth-best
- Average Running Position of 14.807, fifth-best
- Driver Rating of 88.8, third-best
- 129 Fastest Laps Run, fourth-best
- 3,509 Laps in the Top 15 (59.3%), second-most
- 4,496 Quality Passes, third-most
Kevin Harvick (No. 4 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford)
- Two wins, 11 top fives, 16 top 10s; one pole
- Average Finish of 18.057, sixth-best
- Average Running Position of 18.256, 15th-best
- Driver Rating of 82.1, seventh-best
- 133 Fastest Laps Run, third-best
- 3,228 Laps in the Top 15 (51.4%), fourth-most
- 4,190 Quality Passes, fifth-most
Brad Keselowski (No. 6 RFK Racing Ford)
- One win, three top fives, six top 10s
- Average Finish of 22.692, 12th-best
- Average Running Position of 16.988, 11th-best
- Driver Rating of 80.0, ninth-best
- 89 Fastest Laps Run, 10th-best
- 2,556 Laps in the Top 15 (54.6%), seventh-most
- 3,659 Quality Passes, seventh-most
Joey Logano (No. 22 Team Penske Ford)
- One win, six top fives, nine top 10s
- Average Finish of 18.259, seventh-best
- Average Running Position of 15.303, sixth-best
- Driver Rating of 87.9, fourth-best
- 108 Fastest Laps Run, sixth-best
- 2,917 Laps in the Top 15 (60.3%), sixth-most
- 4,213 Quality Passes, fourth-most
Ricky Stenhouse Jr (No. 47 JTG Daugherty Racing Chevrolet)
- One win, two top fives, three top 10s; one pole
- Average Finish of 20.100, 10th-best
- Average Running Position of 16.704, 10th-best
- Driver Rating of 78.8, 12th-best
- 83 Fastest Laps Run, 12th-best
- 1,736 Laps in the Top 15 (48.1%), ninth-most
- 2,706 Quality Passes, eighth-most
Bubba Wallace (No. 23 23XI Racing Toyota)
- Four top fives, four top 10s
- Average Finish of 12.600, second-best
- Average Running Position of 17.326, 13th-best
- Driver Rating of 81.5, eighth-best
- 53 Fastest Laps Run, 19th-best
- 856 Laps in the Top 15 (47.3%), 20th-most
- 1,233 Quality Passes, 17th-most
NASCAR Cup Series 2022 Top 16 in the Driver Standings at Daytona
|Rank||Driver||Races||Poles||Wins||Top Fives||Top 10s||DNFs||Average Finish||Driver Rating|
|6||Martin Truex Jr||34||1||0||3||5||8||21.9||77.3|
* – Based on last 34 races at Daytona International Speedway (2005 – 2022).
Daytona International Speedway:
Season Race #: 26 of 36 (08-27-22)
The Purse: $8,312,719
Track Size: 2.5-mile
Banking/Turns: 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 Length: 35 laps (Ends on Lap 35)
Stage 2 Length: 60 laps (Ends on Lap 95)
Final Stage Length: 65 laps (Ends on Lap 160)
Track qualifying record (July race): 2021 pole winner:
Cale Yarborough, Ford Starting Lineups were determined by Metric Qualifying
203.519 mph, 44.222 secs., 07-02-86 as a result Kyle Larson started from the pole.
Track race record (July race): 2021 race winner:
Bobby Allison, Mercury Ryan Blaney, Ford
173.473 mph, (02:18:21), 07-04-80 142.201 mph, (02:54:03), 08-28-21
- Groundbreaking for Daytona International Speedway was November 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 track is located in the heart of Daytona Beach, Florida and stretches a total 2.5-miles with 31 degrees of banking in the four turns and 18 degrees of banking in the tri-oval where the start/finish line is located.
- The first NASCAR Cup Series race at Daytona was a 100-mile qualifying race for the Daytona 500 on February 20, 1959 – the race was won by Bob Welborn.
- The first summer race at Daytona International Speedway was held on July 4, 1959 – won by NASCAR Hall of Famer Fireball Roberts (140.581 mph) driving a 1959 Pontiac for car owner Jim Stephens. The race was just 250 miles in length. The first 400-mile summer Daytona event was on July 4, 1963, also won by Fireball Roberts.
- NASCAR Hall of Famer Richard Petty won his 200th career race on July 4, 1984 at Daytona International Speedway – a record for wins in the NASCAR Cup Series to this day.
- Lights were installed in the spring of 1998 at the track. 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 150 NASCAR Cup Series races at Daytona International Speedway since the track hosted its first race in 1959: 64 have been 500 miles, 59 were 400 miles and four were 250 miles. There were also 23 qualifier races that were point races.
- A total of 699 different drivers have competed in at least one NASCAR Cup Series race at Daytona International Speedway; 534 have competed in more than one.
- A total of 486 different drivers have competed in at least one NASCAR Cup Series summer race at Daytona International Speedway; 308 have competed in more than one.
- NASCAR Hall of Famer Richard Petty leads the NASCAR Cup Series in starts at Daytona International Speedway with 74 starts.
- Kevin Harvick and Kurt Busch lead all active series drivers in Daytona starts with 42 starts each.
- NASCAR Hall of Famer Richard Petty leads the NASCAR Cup Series in summer race starts at Daytona with 32.
- Kevin Harvick and Kurt Busch lead all active series drivers in summer Daytona starts with 21 starts each.
- A total of 187 different drivers have made their first career NASCAR Cup Series start at Daytona International Speedway – the most recent are Noah Gragson (2/20/2022) and Todd Gilliland (2/20/2022).
- Of the 187 drivers that made their first start at Daytona, 19 made it during the summer Daytona races.
Drivers that made their first career Cup start in the Summer race at Daytona
|Dan Pardus||Saturday, October 17, 1998|
|Loy Allen Jr||Saturday, July 3, 1993|
|Larry Moyer||Saturday, July 2, 1988|
|Dave Pletcher||Saturday, July 4, 1987|
|Greg Sacks||Monday, July 4, 1983|
|Rick Wilson||Friday, July 4, 1980|
|Paul Fess||Tuesday, July 4, 1978|
|Christine Beckers||Monday, July 4, 1977|
|Lella Lombardi||Monday, July 4, 1977|
|Bobby Brack||Sunday, July 4, 1971|
|Gary DuPuis||Saturday, July 4, 1970|
|Joe Leonard||Friday, July 4, 1969|
|Eddie MacDonald||Monday, July 4, 1966|
|Ken White||Sunday, July 4, 1965|
|Lionel Johnson||Sunday, July 4, 1965|
|Rodney Williams||Saturday, July 4, 1964|
|Jim Bennett||Tuesday, July 4, 1961|
|Jim Austin||Saturday, July 4, 1959|
|John Paschall||Saturday, July 4, 1959|
- Of the 19 drivers that made their first start during the summer Daytona races, Lionel Johnson posted the best finish of 10th after starting 30th on July 4, 1965. Johnson was driving a 1964 Ford for car owner Clay Eastridge.
- Eight active series drivers have made their first career start at Daytona International Speedway, though none were during the summer races:
|Rank||First-Time Active Drivers||Start||Finish||Date|
|1||Noah Gragson||39||31||Sunday, February 20, 2022|
|2||Todd Gilliland||29||33||Sunday, February 20, 2022|
|3||Austin Cindric||39||15||Sunday, February 14, 2021|
|4||Chase Briscoe||30||19||Sunday, February 14, 2021|
|5||Christopher Bell||17||21||Monday, February 17, 2020|
|6||Tyler Reddick||39||27||Sunday, February 17, 2019|
|7||William Byron||33||23||Sunday, February 18, 2018|
|8||Daniel Suarez||19||29||Sunday, February 26, 2017|
|9||Alex Bowman||29||23||Sunday, February 23, 2014|
- NASCAR Hall of Famer Fireball Roberts leads the NASCAR Cup Series in average starting position at Daytona International Speedway with a 5.412 in 17 starts.
- Chase Elliott leads all active drivers in the NASCAR Cup Series in average starting position at Daytona International Speedway with a 10.615 in 13 total starts.
- Fireball Roberts also leads the series in average starting position in the Daytona summer races with a 2.200 in five starts.
- William Byron also leads the series in average starting position in the Summer races at Daytona with a 9.5 in four starts.
Top 10 in Average Starting Position at Daytona (All-Time & Active)
|Rank||All-Time Drivers||Avg. Start||Races||Rank||Active Drivers||Avg. Start||Races|
|1||Fireball Roberts||5.412||17||1||Chase Elliott||10.615||13|
|2||Pete Hamilton||5.900||10||2||William Byron||11.222||9|
|3||Davey Allison||6.500||14||3||Alex Bowman||12.583||12|
|4||Donald Tucker||7.000||2||4||Ryan Blaney||12.714||14|
|5||Paul Goldsmith||7.105||19||5||Christopher Bell||14.200||5|
|6||Don White||7.400||5||6||Kevin Harvick||14.238||42|
|7||Andy Houston||7.500||2||7||Kyle Busch||14.353||34|
|8||Earl Balmer||7.571||7||8||Austin Dillon||15.389||18|
|9||Joe Weatherly||7.867||15||9||Joey Logano||15.704||27|
|10||Bobby Isaac||7.889||27||10||Denny Hamlin||16.636||33|
- A total of 63 different drivers have won the pole in the NASCAR Cup Series at Daytona International Speedway; 25 drivers have won more than one pole at Daytona.
- Nine of the 63 NASCAR Cup Series Daytona pole winners are active this weekend.
|Rank||Active Pole Winners||Poles||Seasons|
|1||Chase Elliott||3||2018 (July), 2017 (Feb.), 2016 (Feb.)|
|2||Alex Bowman||2||2021 (Feb.), 2018 (Feb.)|
|3||Kyle Larson||1||2022 (Feb.)|
|4||Ricky Stenhouse Jr||1||2020 (Feb.)|
|5||William Byron||1||2019 (Feb.)|
|6||Austin Dillon||1||2014 (Feb.)|
|7||Kyle Busch||1||2013 (July)|
|8||Martin Truex Jr||1||2009 (Feb.)|
|9||Kevin Harvick||1||2002 (July)|
- A total of 41 different drivers have won the pole for the NASCAR Cup Series Summer races at Daytona; eight drivers have won multiple summer race poles at Daytona in the Cup Series.
- NASCAR Hall of Famer Cale Yarborough leads the NASCAR Cup Series in poles at Daytona with 12 (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, which is also the series-most for that event.
- Only three active Daytona Summer race pole winners are entered this weekend: Chase Elliott (2018), Kyle Busch (2013) and Kevin Harvick (2002).
- 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 races at Daytona International Speedway 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 Cup Series Daytona pole winner: Chase Elliott (February 21, 2016 – 20 years, 2 months, 24 days).
- Oldest Cup 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 during the races held in the Summer months.
|First-Time Pole Winners (Daytona Summer Races)||Date|
|Paul Menard||Saturday, July 5, 2008|
|Kevin Harvick||Saturday, July 6, 2002|
|Sterling Marlin||Saturday, July 6, 1991|
|Greg Sacks||Saturday, July 7, 1990|
|Geoff Bodine||Sunday, July 4, 1982|
|Charlie Glotzbach||Thursday, July 4, 1968|
|Darel Dieringer||Saturday, July 4, 1964|
- 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 (52) 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).
- A total of 69 different drivers have posted at least one NASCAR Cup Series win at Daytona International Speedway; 29 drivers have multiple Cup Series wins at Daytona.
- Of the 69 NASCAR Cup Series Daytona winners, 41 of them have won the Summer race (59.4%).
- Of the 69 NASCAR Cup Series Daytona winners, 15 are active this weekend; 10 of the 15 have won during the Summer event.
|Rank||Active Daytona Race Winners||Wins||Seasons|
|1||Denny Hamlin||3||2020 (Feb.), 2019 (Feb.), 2016 (Feb.)|
|2||Kevin Harvick||2||2010 (July), 2007 (Feb.)|
|3||Austin Cindric||1||2022 (Feb.)|
|4||Ryan Blaney||1||2021 (Aug.)|
|5||Michael McDowell||1||2021 (Feb.)|
|6||William Byron||1||2020 (Aug.)|
|7||Justin Haley||1||2019 (July)|
|8||Erik Jones||1||2018 (July)|
|9||Austin Dillon||1||2018 (Feb.)|
|10||Ricky Stenhouse Jr||1||2017 (July)|
|11||Kurt Busch||1||2017 (Feb.)|
|12||Brad Keselowski||1||2016 (July)|
|13||Joey Logano||1||2015 (Feb.)|
|14||Aric Almirola||1||2014 (July)|
|15||David Ragan||1||2011 (July)|
|16||Kyle Busch||1||2008 (July)|
- NASCAR Hall of Famer Richard Petty leads the NASCAR Cup Series in victories at Daytona International Speedway with 10 wins (Feb. 1964, Feb. 1966, Feb. 1971, Feb. 1973, Feb. 1974, July 1975, July 1977, Feb. 1979, Feb. 1981, July 1984).
- Denny Hamlin leads all active NASCAR Cup Series drivers in Daytona wins with three (Feb. 2016, Feb. 2019, Feb. 2020).
- NASCAR Hall of Famer David Pearson leads the series in Summer race victories at Daytona with five wins (1961, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1978).
- Youngest Daytona Summer race winner: Justin Haley (07/07/2019 – 20 years, 2 months, 9 days); the all-time track record is held by 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); the all-time track record is held by Bobby Allison (02/14/1988 – 50 years, 5 months, 23 days).
- 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). None of the active drivers have multiple Summer race Daytona wins.
- Five drivers have swept both NASCAR Cup Series races at Daytona in a single season – the Daytona 500 & the Summer race: Fireball Roberts – 1962 (Daytona 500, Firecracker 250); Cale Yarborough – 1968 (Daytona 500, Firecracker 400); LeeRoy Yarborough – 1969 (Daytona 500, Firecracker 400); Bobbie Allison – 1982 (Daytona 500, Firecracker 400); Jimmie Johnson – 2013 (Daytona 500, Coke Zero 400 powered by Coca-Cola)
- A total of 23 different drivers have posted their first NASCAR Cup Series win at Daytona International Speedway; 11 of the 23 drivers posted their first win in the Summer race – the most recent was August race from 2020 with race winner William Byron.
- Of 23 different drivers that posted their first NASCAR Cup Series career win at Daytona International Speedway; Justin Haley started the deepest in the field at Daytona to win his first race with a 34th starting position.
NASCAR Cup Series First-Time Winners at Daytona International Speedway (All-Time)
|First-Time Race Winners (23)||Date||Driver’s Age|
|Austin Cindric||5||Sunday, February 20, 2022||23|
|Michael McDowell||17||Sunday, February 14, 2021||36|
|William Byron||6||Saturday, August 29, 2020||22|
|Justin Haley||34||Sunday, July 7, 2019||20|
|Erik Jones||29||Saturday, July 7, 2018||22|
|Aric Almirola||15||Sunday, July 6, 2014||30|
|David Ragan||5||Saturday, July 2, 2011||25|
|Trevor Bayne||32||Sunday, February 20, 2011||20|
|Greg Biffle||30||Saturday, July 5, 2003||33|
|Michael Waltrip||19||Sunday, February 18, 2001||37|
|John Andretti||3||Saturday, July 5, 1997||34|
|Jimmy Spencer||3||Saturday, July 2, 1994||37|
|Sterling Marlin||4||Sunday, February 20, 1994||36|
|Derrike Cope||12||Sunday, February 18, 1990||31|
|Greg Sacks||9||Thursday, July 4, 1985||32|
|Pete Hamilton||9||Sunday, February 22, 1970||27|
|Mario Andretti||12||Sunday, February 26, 1967||26|
|Sam McQuagg||4||Monday, July 4, 1966||28|
|Earl Balmer||6||Friday, February 25, 1966||30|
|A.J. Foyt||19||Saturday, July 4, 1964||29|
|Bobby Isaac||4||Friday, February 21, 1964||31|
|Tiny Lund||12||Sunday, February 24, 1963||33|
|Johnny Rutherford||9||Friday, February 22, 1963||24|
- A total of 26 of the 150 NASCAR Cup Series races at Daytona International Speedway have been won from the pole or first starting position (17.3%).
- Nine of the 63 summer Daytona International Speedway races (14.2%) in the NASCAR Cup Series have been won from the pole or first starting position – six were from the pole and three were from the first starting position when qualifying was cancelled.
|Winners From 1st Starting Position||Date||Pole Winner|
|Dale Earnhardt Jr||Sunday, July 5, 2015||Qualifying Cancelled|
|Kevin Harvick||Saturday, July 3, 2010||Qualifying Cancelled|
|Tony Stewart||Saturday, July 4, 2009||Qualifying Cancelled|
|Tony Stewart||Saturday, July 2, 2005||Tony Stewart|
|Jeff Gordon||Saturday, July 3, 2004||Jeff Gordon|
|Cale Yarborough||Saturday, July 4, 1981||Cale Yarborough|
|David Pearson||Thursday, July 4, 1974||David Pearson|
|Jack Smith||Monday, July 4, 1960||Jack Smith|
|Fireball Roberts||Saturday, July 4, 1959||Fireball Roberts|
- The youngest driver to win from the pole or first starting position at Daytona in the summer race was Fireball Roberts at the age of 30 years old.
- The most recent driver 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.
- A total of 22 different starting positions have produced winners in the NASCAR Cup Series at Daytona. The first starting position is the most proficient starting position in the field, producing more winners (nine) than any other starting position in the Summer race at Daytona International Speedway.
NASCAR Cup Series Wins by Starting Positions at Daytona (Summer Races)
|Starting Position||Wins||Winning %||Starting Position||Wins||Winning %|
|Winning from the First Starting Position:||14.29%||9|
|Winning from the Front Row:||25.40%||16|
|Winning from a Top-Five Starting Position:||46.03%||29|
|Winning from a Top-10 Starting Position:||74.60%||47|
|Winning After Starting Outside the Top 20:||9.52%||6|
- The deepest in the field that a race winner has started at Daytona is 42nd, by Tony Stewart in the 2012 July race.
- Martin Truex Jr. leads the series among active drivers with the most NASCAR Cup Series starts at Daytona without visiting Victory Lane at 34; followed by Landon Cassill with 17 and Kyle Larson with 16.
- Wood Brothers Racing and Hendrick Motorsports are tied for the most wins at Daytona in the NASCAR Cup Series with 15 victories each; both have done it with seven different winning drivers.
Wood Brothers Racing Wins at Daytona
|Wood Brothers Racing||Trevor Bayne||February 20, 2011|
|Wood Brothers Racing||Buddy Baker||July 4, 1983|
|Wood Brothers Racing||Neil Bonnett||July 4, 1979|
|Wood Brothers Racing||David Pearson||July 4, 1978|
|Wood Brothers Racing||David Pearson||February 15, 1976|
|Wood Brothers Racing||David Pearson||July 4, 1974|
|Wood Brothers Racing||David Pearson||July 4, 1973|
|Wood Brothers Racing||David Pearson||July 4, 1972|
|Wood Brothers Racing||A.J. Foyt||February 20, 1972|
|Wood Brothers Racing||Cale Yarborough||February 19, 1970|
|Wood Brothers Racing||Cale Yarborough||July 4, 1968|
|Wood Brothers Racing||Cale Yarborough||February 25, 1968|
|Wood Brothers Racing||Cale Yarborough||July 4, 1967|
|Wood Brothers Racing||A.J. Foyt||July 4, 1965|
|Wood Brothers Racing||Tiny Lund||February 24, 1963|
Hendrick Motorsports Wins at Daytona
|Hendrick Motorsports||William Byron||August 29, 2020|
|Hendrick Motorsports||Dale Earnhardt Jr||July 5, 2015|
|Hendrick Motorsports||Dale Earnhardt Jr||February 23, 2014|
|Hendrick Motorsports||Jimmie Johnson||July 6, 2013|
|Hendrick Motorsports||Jimmie Johnson||February 24, 2013|
|Hendrick Motorsports||Jimmie Johnson||February 19, 2006|
|Hendrick Motorsports||Jeff Gordon||February 20, 2005|
|Hendrick Motorsports||Jeff Gordon||July 3, 2004|
|Hendrick Motorsports||Jeff Gordon||February 14, 1999|
|Hendrick Motorsports||Jeff Gordon||October 17, 1998|
|Hendrick Motorsports||Jeff Gordon||February 16, 1997|
|Hendrick Motorsports||Jeff Gordon||July 1, 1995|
|Hendrick Motorsports||Darrell Waltrip||February 19, 1989|
|Hendrick Motorsports||Tim Richmond||July 4, 1986|
|Hendrick Motorsports||Geoff Bodine||February 16, 1986|
- Nine different manufacturers have won points-paying races in the NASCAR Cup Series at Daytona, led by Chevrolet with 48, followed by Ford (40), Dodge (15), Pontiac (14), Mercury (13), Buick (6), Plymouth (6), Toyota (5), Oldsmobile (3).
- Seven different manufacturers have won the Summer races in the NASCAR Cup Series at Daytona, led by Chevrolet with 21, followed by Ford (20), Mercury (7), Dodge (5), Pontiac (5), Buick (6), Toyota (5),
ADDITIONAL FINISHING POSITIONS
- A total of 69 different drivers in the NASCAR Cup Series have finished runner-up at Daytona.
- Buddy Baker leads the NASCAR Cup 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 (2019, 2016, 2007, 2006).
- A total of 42 different drivers in the NASCAR Cup 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 leads all active drivers in runner-up finishes in the summer race at Daytona with three (2016, ‘07, ‘06).
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||Kyle Busch||3|
|2||Richard Petty||4||2||Chase Elliott||1|
|3||Sterling Marlin||4||Martin Truex Jr||1|
|4||Jimmie Johnson||3||William Byron||1|
|5||Kyle Busch||3||Bubba Wallace||1|
- A total of 160 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.
- Denny Hamlin and Kevin Harvick leads all active Cup Series drivers in top-five finishes at Daytona with 11 each.
- A total of 116 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.
- Kyle Busch leads all active drivers in top-five finishes in the Summer race at Daytona with five.
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||Kyle Busch||5|
|2||Richard Petty||12||2||Denny Hamlin||4|
|3||Buddy Baker||11||Joey Logano||4|
|4||Dale Earnhardt||10||Kevin Harvick||4|
|5||Bobby Allison||8||5||Bubba Wallace||2|
- A total of 276 different drivers in the NASCAR Cup Series have finished in the top-10 at Daytona.
- NASCAR Hall of Famer Richard Petty leads the NASCAR Cup Series in top-10 finishes at Daytona with 37 top 10s.
- Kevin Harvick leads all active Cup Series drivers in top-10 finishes at Daytona with 16.
- A total of 191 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 in the Summer Daytona race with 19 top 10s.
- Kevin Harvick leads all active drivers in top-10 finishes in the Summer race at Daytona with six top 10s.
Top Five in Top-10 Finishes in the Summer Race at Daytona (All-Time & Active)
|Rank||All-Time Drivers||Top 10s||Rank||Active Drivers||Top 10s|
|1||David Pearson||19||1||Kevin Harvick||6|
|2||Dale Earnhardt||18||2||Kyle Busch||5|
|3||Buddy Baker||15||3||Austin Dillon||4|
|4||Terry Labonte||14||Denny Hamlin||4|
|5||Richard Petty||13||5||Alex Bowman||3|
- Austin Cindric leads the NASCAR Cup Series in average finishing position at Daytona with an 8.0 in two starts.
- Justin Haley leads the NASCAR Cup Series in average finishing position at Daytona in the Summer race with a 3.500 in two 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||Justin Haley||3.500||2||1||Justin Haley||3.500||2|
|2||Cotton Owens||5.000||2||2||Bubba Wallace||10.200||5|
|3||David Pearson||6.435||23||3||Ty Dillon||12.000||4|
|4||Fireball Roberts||7.800||5||4||Alex Bowman||13.667||6|
|5||Darel Dieringer||8.750||8||5||Erik Jones||15.800||5|
|6||Jack Smith||8.800||5||6||Corey Lajoie||17.000||5|
|7||Jim Hurtubise||10.000||3||7||Tyler Reddick||17.000||2|
|8||Marvin Panch||10.000||7||8||Austin Dillon||17.375||8|
|9||Bubba Wallace||10.200||5||9||David Ragan||17.385||13|
|10||Dale Earnhardt||10.478||23||10||William Byron||18.000||4|
All Races at Daytona:
- A total of 201 different drivers have led at least one lap in the NASCAR Cup Series 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 665 laps led out of 5,573 laps completed (11.9%) in 33 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 in the event.
- Eight times the NASCAR Cup Series race winner at Daytona International Speedway has led just the final lap; most recent was the 2021 Daytona 500:
|Race Winners||Date||Laps Led|
|Michael McDowell||Sunday, February 14, 2021||1|
|Erik Jones||Saturday, July 7, 2018||1|
|Austin Dillon||Sunday, February 18, 2018||1|
|Kurt Busch||Sunday, February 26, 2017||1|
|Jimmy Spencer||Saturday, July 2, 1994||1|
|Earl Balmer||Friday, February 25, 1966||1|
|Bobby Isaac||Friday, February 21, 1964||1|
|Junior Johnson||Friday, February 21, 1964||1|
Top 10 Lap Leaders at Daytona races (All-time & Active)
|Rank||All-Time Drivers||Led||Completed||% Led||Rank||Active Drivers||Led||Completed||% Led|
|1||Dale Earnhardt||1,286||7,485||17%||1||Denny Hamlin||635||5,573||11%|
|2||Richard Petty||1,276||9,417||14%||2||Kyle Busch||501||5,601||9%|
|3||Cale Yarborough||1,252||6,284||20%||3||Kurt Busch||316||6,959||5%|
|4||Buddy Baker||1,125||7,318||15%||4||Brad Keselowski||297||4,122||7%|
|5||Bobby Allison||848||7,094||12%||5||Kevin Harvick||283||6,691||4%|
|6||Jeff Gordon||710||7,694||9%||6||Joey Logano||220||4,457||5%|
|7||Fireball Roberts||699||1,399||50%||7||Ryan Blaney||191||2,211||9%|
|8||David Pearson||674||6,990||10%||8||Ricky Stenhouse Jr||137||3,434||4%|
|9||Tony Stewart||669||5,438||12%||9||Martin Truex Jr||130||5,600||2%|
|10||Denny Hamlin||635||5,573||11%||10||Chase Elliott||126||2,047||6%|
Summer Races at Daytona:
- A total of 149 different drivers have led laps in the Summer Cup races at Daytona International Speedway.
- NASCAR Hall of Famer Cale Yarborough leads the NASCAR Cup Series in laps led in the Summer Daytona races with 644 laps led out of 2,245 laps completed (28.7%) in 22 starts.
- Kyle Busch leads all active NASCAR Cup Series drivers in laps led in the Summer Daytona races with 177 laps led out of 2,462 laps completed (7.2%) in 17 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.
- The fewest laps led in a NASCAR Cup Series summer race at Daytona International Speedway by the race winner is just the final lap, and it has occurred twice in the Summer races – July 2018 (Erik Jones) and July 1994 (Jimmy Spencer).
Top 10 Lap Leaders at the Summer Daytona Races (All-Time & Active)
|Rank||All-Time Drivers||Led||Completed||% Led||Rank||Active Drivers||Led||Completed||% Led|
|1||Cale Yarborough||644||2,245||29%||1||Kyle Busch||177||2,462||7%|
|2||Dale Earnhardt||600||3,306||18%||2||Brad Keselowski||162||1,800||9%|
|3||Buddy Baker||445||3,303||13%||3||Denny Hamlin||161||2,312||7%|
|4||Richard Petty||423||4,135||10%||4||Kevin Harvick||155||3,101||5%|
|5||Bobby Allison||405||3,067||13%||5||Joey Logano||119||1,748||7%|
|6||David Pearson||381||3,429||11%||6||Ricky Stenhouse Jr||70||1,294||5%|
|7||Tony Stewart||370||2,681||14%||7||Martin Truex Jr||69||2,240||3%|
|8||Dale Earnhardt Jr||340||2,688||13%||8||Austin Dillon||57||1,115||5%|
|9||Jeff Gordon||318||3,589||9%||9||Chase Elliott||54||776||7%|
|10||Ernie Irvan||293||1,546||19%||10||William Byron||48||501||10%|
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|
- 10 of the 63 NASCAR Cup Series Summer races at Daytona have resulted with Overtime; including last season’s race:
|Saturday, August 28, 2021||160||165||5||Ryan Blaney|
|Saturday, August 29, 2020||160||164||4||William Byron|
|Saturday, July 7, 2018||160||161||1||Erik Jones|
|Saturday, July 1, 2017||160||163||3||Ricky Stenhouse Jr.|
|Saturday, July 2, 2016||160||161||1||Brad Keselowski|
|Sunday, July 5, 2015||160||161||1||Dale Earnhardt Jr|
|Saturday, July 6, 2013||160||161||1||Jimmie Johnson|
|Saturday, July 2, 2011||160||170||10||David Ragan|
|Saturday, July 3, 2010||160||166||6||Kevin Harvick|
|Saturday, July 5, 2008||160||162||2||Kyle Busch|
- Three of the 63 NASCAR Cup Series Summer races at Daytona International Speedway have been shortened due to weather conditions:
|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 Summer race has been cancelled due to weather conditions in the NASCAR Cup Series at Daytona International Speedway four times: 2007, 2009, 2010 and 2015.
- The last two season’s qualifying for the Summer race at Daytona was also cancelled but due to the pandemic restrictions – starting lineups were set by Metric Qualifying (2020, 2021).
- The largest number of different leaders in the Summer Daytona race in the NASCAR Cup Series is 25 set in 2011; David Ragan won the 2011 July race.
- The largest number of lead changes in the Summer Daytona race in the NASCAR Cup Series is 57 set in 2011; David Ragan won the 2011 July race.
- 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 races at Daytona:
|Driver||Starting Position||Finishing Position||Driver Rating||Date|
|Driver||Starting Position||Finishing Position||Date|
|Driver||Starting Position||Finishing Position||Date|
|Driver||Starting Position||Finishing Position||Date|
|Driver||Starting Position||Finishing Position||Date|
|Driver||Starting Position||Finishing Position||Date|
NASCAR IN FLORIDA
- A total of 348 NASCAR national series points-paying races have been held in the state of Florida among 11 different tracks.
|Daytona International Speedway||Daytona Beach||150||61||23||234||1959|
|Daytona Beach & Road Course||Daytona Beach||10||0||0||10||1949|
|Palm Beach Speedway||W. Palm Beach||7||0||0||7||1952|
|DAYTONA Road Course||Daytona Beach||2||2||2||6||2020|
|Volusia County Speedway||Barberville||0||4||0||4||1989|
|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|
- The first NASCAR Cup Series race in the state of Florida was held at the Daytona Beach & Road Course on July 10, 1949 – the inaugural season for the series. The 40-lap event was won by Red Byron (Oldsmobile, 80.883 mph).
- This weekend’s NASCAR Cup Series race at Daytona International Speedway will mark the 350th-time a NASCAR national series race has been hosted in the state of Florida.
FLORIDA IN NASCAR
- A total of 195 different drivers in NASCAR national series history have their home state recorded as Florida.
- 12 of the 195 have recorded at least one victory in NASCAR national series competition.
- Nine Florida drivers have won in the NASCAR Cup Series; led by Fireball Roberts with 33 victories.
- Of the nine 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|
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