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DAYTONA INTERNATIONAL SPEEDWAY: History [Expanded]

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 Sprint 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.

 

Starts

  • There have been 136 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Daytona International Speedway since the track hosted its first race in 1959: 57 have been 500 miles, 52 were 400 miles and four 250 miles. There were also 23 qualifier races that were point races.
  • 445 drivers have competed in at least one NASCAR Sprint Cup Series July race at Daytona International Speedway; 277 in more than one.
  • Richard Petty leads the series in July race starts at Daytona with 32. Jeff Gordon leads all active drivers with 22 starts – this weekend will be Gordon’s final start at Daytona.
  • Four NASCAR Sprint Cup Series active drivers have made their first career start at Daytona International Speedway, though none were during the July race: Tony Stewart (2/14/99), Casey Mears (2/16/03), Kasey Kahne (2/15/04), Brendan Gaughan (2/15/04) Danica Patrick (2/27/12), Alex Bowman (2/23/14), Michael Annett (2/23/14).


Poles

  • Fireball Roberts won the inaugural Coors Light pole for the July race at Daytona in 1959 with a speed of 144.997 mph.
  • 38 drivers have Coors Light poles at Daytona for the July event, led by NASCAR Hall of Famer Cale Yarborough with eight.
  • Jeff Gordon leads all active drivers in Daytona July race poles, with two. Gordon started first in 2007 due to qualifying being cancelled as well.
  • Three drivers have won consecutive Coors Light poles for the July race at Daytona: Cale Yarborough (1970-’71; 1980-’81, 1983-’84), Sterling Marlin (1991-’92) and Dale Earnhardt (1994-’95).
  • Youngest Daytona July race pole winner: Jeff Gordon (07/06/1996 – 24 years, 11 months, 2 days); all-time track record belongs to Austin Dillon (02/23/2014 – 23 years, 9 months, 27 days).
  • Oldest Daytona pole winner: Mark Martin (07/02/2011 – 52 years, 5 months, 23 days).
  • Six active drivers have posted their first career NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Coors Light pole at Daytona International Speedway: Greg Biffle (2/15/04), Kevin Harvick (7/6/02), Jimmie Johnson (2/17/02), Paul Menard (7/5/08), Danica Patrick (2/24/13) and Austin Dillon (2/23/2014).

 

Wins

Drivers who have swept both races (Daytona 500 and the July race) at Daytona: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)

35 different drivers have won the July race at Daytona International Speedway, led by NASCAR Hall of Famer David Pearson with five wins. Tony Stewart leads all active drivers with four; followed by Jeff Gordon with three.

  • Five drivers have posted consecutive wins in the July race at Daytona International Speedway, including three consecutive by David Pearson (1972 – 1974).
  • Tony Stewart (2005-’06) is the only active driver to win consecutive July races at Daytona.
  • 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).
  • The Wood Brothers have the most wins at Daytona in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series with 15; followed by Hendrick Motorsports with 13.

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Seven different manufacturers have won the July NSCS race at Daytona:

Manufacturer Daytona July Race Wins
Chevrolet 18
Ford 17
Mercury 7
Dodge 5
Pontiac 5
Buick 3
Toyota 1

 

Eight of the 56 (14.2%) July NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Daytona have been won from the Coors Light pole; the most recent was Kevin Harvick in 2010.

  • The Coors Light pole is the most proficient starting position in the field, producing more winners (eight) than any other starting position in the July race at Daytona International Speedway.
  • 15 of the 56 (26.7%) July NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Daytona have been won from the front row: eight from the pole and seven from second-place.
  • 41 of the 56 (73.2%) July NASCAR Sprint Cup races at Daytona have been won from a top-10 starting position.
  • Four of the 56 (7.1%) July NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Daytona have been won from a starting position outside the top 20.
  • The deepest in the field that a race winner has started at Daytona is 42nd, by Tony Stewart in the 2012 July race.
  • Four active NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers have posted their first career win at Daytona International Speedway; two were during the July race: Trevor Bayne (2/20/11), Greg Biffle (7/5/03), David Ragan (7/2/11) and Michael Waltrip (2/18/01).
  • Greg Biffle won the July race at Daytona in his first appearance.
  • Jeff Gordon leads all active drivers in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in laps led at Daytona with 710 laps led in 45 starts.
  • Tony Stewart leads the series among active drivers in laps led in the July race at Daytona with 369; followed by Jeff Gordon with 318 and Dale Earnhardt Jr. with 243.
  • Fewest laps led by a July race winner at Daytona are one lap led by Jimmy Spencer in 1994. The fewest laps led by an active July race winner at Daytona are three laps led by Jamie McMurray in 2007.

 

Additional Finishing Position Stats

  • Buddy Baker leads the series in runner-up finishes in the July race at Daytona with five; followed by Richard Petty and Sterling Marlin with four. Jimmie Johnson and Kyle Busch lead all active drivers with two each.
  • NASCAR Hall of Famer David Pearson leads the series in top-five finishes in the July race at Daytona with 13; followed by Richard Petty with 12. Jeff Gordon leads all active drivers with seven.

 

Additional Finishing Position Stats

  • David Pearson leads the series in top-10 finishes in the July race at Daytona with 19; followed by Dale Earnhardt with 18. Jeff Gordon leads all active drivers with 11.
  • Jimmie Johnson leads all active drivers in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in average starting position at Daytona with a 9.926.
  • Dale Earnhardt Jr. leads all active drivers in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in average finishing position at Daytona with a 13.065.
  • Kurt Busch leads the series among active drivers with the most NASCAR Sprint Cup Series starts at Daytona without visiting Victory Lane at 28.

 

Female Competitor Stats

  • Five female drivers have competed in the July event at Daytona International Speedway in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series: Janet Guthrie, Christine Beckers, Lella Lombardi, Patty Moise and Shawna Robinson. Below they are ordered by best finish:
Driver Starting Position Finishing Position Date
Danica Patrick 29 8 7/6/2014
Danica Patrick 11 14 7/6/2013
Shawna Robinson 27 40 7/6/2002
Patty Moise 35 39 7/1/1989
Patty Moise 33 26 7/2/1988
Janet Guthrie 36 11 7/4/1978
Christine Beckers 37 37 7/4/1977
Janet Guthrie 20 40 7/4/1977
Lella Lombardi 29 31 7/4/1977
Janet Guthrie 33 15 7/4/1976

 

Track Event Stats

  • Since the advent of electronic scoring the closest margin of victory (MOV) in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at Daytona International Speedway for the July race was the July 7, 2007 race won by Jamie McMurray over Kyle Busch with a MOV of 0.005 second.
  • Four of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series July races have resulted with a green-white-checkered finish at Daytona International Speedway (Scheduled No. of Laps/Actual No. of Laps): 2008 (160/162), 2010 (160/166), 2011 (160/170) and 2013 (160/161).
  • Only two of the 56 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series July races at Daytona International Speedway has been shortened due to weather conditions: 1) July 6, 1996 – the race was called on Lap 117, 43 circuits shy of the 160 scheduled laps and 2) July 6, 2014 – the race was called on Lap 112.
  • Qualifying for the July race has been cancelled due to weather conditions in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at Daytona International Speedway three times: 2007, 2009, and 2010.


NASCAR in Florida

  • There have been 178 NASCAR Sprint Cup races among eight tracks in the state of Florida.
  • The first NASCAR premiere series race in the state of Florida was held at the Daytona Beach & Road Course in 7/10/1949. The 40 lap event was by won Red Byron (Oldsmobile, 80.883 mph).
Track Name City NSCS
Daytona International Speedway Daytona Beach 136
Homestead-Miami Speedway Homestead 16
Daytona Beach & Road Course Daytona Beach 10
Palm Beach Speedway W. Palm Beach 7
Speedway Park Jacksonville 6
Five Flags Speedway Pensacola 1
Golden Gate Speedway Tampa 1
Titusville-Cocoa Speedway Titusville 1

 

  • 174 drivers in NASCAR national series history have their home state recorded as Florida; 10 of the 174 (6.3%) have recorded at least one victory in NASCAR national series competition.
  • Of the eight Florida native drivers who have won in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, only Fireball Roberts, LeeRoy Yarborough and Aric Almirola have won the July race at Daytona International Speedway.
Driver NSCS NXS NCWTS
Fireball Roberts 33 0 0
LeeRoy Yarbrough 14 0 0
Marshall Teague 7 0 0
Joe Nemechek 4 16 0
Bobby Johns 2 0 0
David Reutimann 2 1 1
Aric Almirola 1 1 2
Shorty Rollins 1 0 0
Rick Wilson 0 2 0
Joey Coulter 0 0 1


MILESTONES – Daytona International Speedway

 

 DRIVER HAS NEEDS MILESTONE DESCRIPTION
Aric Almirola 124 1 125th Consecutive NSCS Start Almirola is 18th on the active consecutive NSCS starts list.
Landon Cassill 49 1 50th Consecutive NSCS Start Cassill is 25th on the active consecutive NSCS starts list.
Martin Truex Jr. 349 1 350th NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Career Start Truex is tied with NASCAR Hall of Famer Ned Jarrett for 67th on the all-time NSCS career starts list, eight starts behind Dick Brooks (357) in 66th.
Trevor Bayne 74 1 75th NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Career Start Bayne is tied with Mike Alexander for 224th on the all-time NSCS career starts list, one start behind Casey Atwood (75) in 223rd.
Brendan Gaughan 49 1 50th NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Career Start Gaughan is ranked 277th on the all-time NSCS career starts list.
Jimmie Johnson 74 2 76th NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Win Jimmie Johnson is eighth on the all-time NSCS wins list, two wins behind NASCAR Hall of Famer Dale Earnhardt in seventh (76 wins).
Tony Stewart 48 2 50th NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Win Stewart is 13th on the all-time NSCS wins list, two wins behind NASCAR Hall of Famer Ned Jarrett in 12th (50 wins).
Matt Kenseth 32 1 33rd NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Win Kenseth is tied with Dale Jarrett for 22nd on the all-time NSCS wins list, one win behind Fireball Roberts in 21st (33 wins).
Dale Earnhardt Jr. 24 1 25th NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Win Earnhardt Jr. is tied with Carl Edwards for 30th on the all-time NSCS wins list, one win behind Joe Weatherly and Denny Hamlin in 29th (25 wins).
Carl Edwards 24 1 25th NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Win Edwards is tied with Dale Earnhardt Jr. for 30th on the all-time NSCS wins list, one win behind Joe Weatherly and Denny Hamlin in 29th (25 wins).
Jeff Gordon 24,826 174 25,000 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Laps Led Gordon can become the sixth driver in NSCS history to lead 25,000 laps.
Matt Kenseth 9,597 403 10,000 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Laps Led Kenseth can become the 16th driver in series history to lead 10,000 or more laps.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. 7,954 46 8,000 NSCS Laps Led Earnhardt can become the 23rd driver in series history to lead 8,000 or more laps.
#43 car 199 1 200 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Wins The No. 43 car is second on the all-time NSCS wins list, five wins behind the No. 11 car in first (204). The last win for the No. 43 car came at Daytona last season.
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