Daytona 500 Tidbits

Daytona 500 Tidbits

  • The 2017 edition will be the 59th running of the Daytona 500.
  • Although the first Daytona 500 was held in 1959, it has been the season-opener only since 1982.




  • 536 drivers have competed in at least one Daytona 500; 321 in more than one.
  • Dave Marcisleads the series all-time in Daytona 500 starts with 33; followed by NASCAR Hall of Famers Richard Petty (32) and Terry Labonte (32).
  • Michael Waltrip leads all active MENCS drivers in Daytona 500 starts with 29; followed by Dale Earnhardt Jr. (17) and Matt Kenseth (17).
  • Dale Earnhardt Jr. leads the series among active drivers with more than one start in the Daytona 500 in average starting position (5.89).
  • 12 different manufacturers have made at least one start in the Daytona 500: Chevrolet, Ford, Dodge, Pontiac, Oldsmobile, Buick, Toyota, Plymouth, Mercury, Chrysler, American Motors Company and Studebaker




  • 40 different drivers have won a Coors Light pole for the Daytona 500; led byBill Elliott, Cale Yarborough and Buddy Baker with four each.
  • Only nine drivers have posted more than one Coors Light pole for the Daytona 500; Jimmie Johnson(two) is the only active driver with more than one Daytona 500 pole.
  • Chase Elliottbecame the youngest Daytona 500 pole winner at the age of 20 years, 2 months, 17 days with his pole last season.
  • Hendrick Motorsports has won 10 Daytona 500 poles, the series most: Ken Schrader(1988, 1989, 1990), Jeff Gordon (1999, 2015), Jimmie Johnson (2002, 2008), Mark Martin (2010), Dale Earnhardt Jr. (2011) and Chase Elliott (2016).
  • Seven different manufacturers have won the pole for the Daytona 500, led by Chevroletwith 24; followed by Ford (12), Pontiac (eight), Mercury (five), Dodge (four), Oldsmobile (three), Plymouth (two).



02/21/2017 - Posted by | ARCHIVES

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