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Statistical Look At Daytona International Speedway

Statistical Look 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.
  • Richard Pettywon 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 scheduled for 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.

 

Notebook

  • There have been 139 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series races since the track hosted its first race in 1959: 58 have been 500 miles, 54 were 400 miles and four 250 miles. There were also 23 qualifier races that were point races.
  • Fireball Robertswon the inaugural pole at Daytona in a Pontiac with a speed of 140.121 mph.
  • Bob Welbornwon the first race at Daytona, the 100-mile qualifying race for the Daytona 500.
  • Fireball Robertswon the first 400-mile race at Daytona, the 1963 Firecracker 400.
  • 59 drivers have posted poles at Daytona – including Chase Elliottthe 2016 Daytona 500 pole winner; one of six active drivers that won their first career pole at Daytona – Austin Dillon (2014), Danica Patrick (2013), Paul Menard (2008), Kevin Harvick (2002), Jimmie Johnson (2002).
  • Cale Yarboroughleads all drivers with 12 poles at Daytona.
  • Jimmie Johnson leads all active drivers with two poles at Daytona.
  • 60 different drivers have won at Daytona International Speedway; led by Richard Pettywith 10 points-paying victories at Daytona.
  • The Wood Brothershave won 15 races at Daytona, more than any other organization.
  • 18 full-length races at Daytona have been won from the pole; the last to do it was Dale Earnhardt Jr.in the 2015 July race.

 

NASCAR in Florida

  • There have been 365 NASCAR national series races among 10 tracks held in the state of Florida.
Track Name City MENCS NXS NCWTS Total Races
Daytona International Speedway Daytona Beach 139 50 17 266
Homestead-Miami Speedway Homestead 18 22 21 67
Daytona Beach & Road Course Daytona Beach 10 0 0 10
Palm Beach Speedway W. Palm Beach 7 0 0 7
Speedway Park Jacksonville 6 0 0 6
Volusia County Speedway Barberville 0 4 0 4
Walt Disney World Speedway Orlando 0 0 2 2
Five Flags Speedway Pensacola 1 0 0 1
Golden Gate Speedway Tampa 1 0 0 1
Titusville-Cocoa Speedway Titusville 1 0 0 1
Totals 183 76 40 365
  • 178 drivers in NASCAR’s three national series have their home state recorded as Florida.
  • There have been 11 race winners with their home state recorded as Florida in NASCAR’s three national series:
Driver MENCS 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 2 2
Shorty Rollins 1 0 0
Joey Coulter 0 0 1
Rick Wilson 0 2 0
Ben Kennedy 0 0 1
Total 64 21 5

 

Pre-Race Loop Data Category Leaders At Daytona International Speedway

 

 

Loop Data Categories Active Series Leaders Stat
Driver Rating Kyle Busch 95.9
Average Running Position Kyle Busch 12.8
Percentage of Laps In The Top 15 Kyle Busch 69.7%
Laps Led Denny Hamlin 369
Fastest Laps Run Kevin Harvick 104
Quality Passes Jamie McMurray 3,739
Green Flag Passes Jamie McMurray 5,886
Closers Michael Waltrip 5.3 Avg. Spots Gained
Fastest On Restarts Dale Earnhardt Jr. 177.282 MPH
Average Speed Early In A Run Ricky Stenhouse Jr. 192.196 MPH
Average Speed Late In A Run Ty Dillon 191.049 MPH

 

Daytona 500 All-Time Winners

Season Daytona 500 Winners
2016 Denny Hamlin
2015 Joey Logano
2014 Dale Earnhardt Jr
2013 Jimmie Johnson
2012 Matt Kenseth
2011 Trevor Bayne
2010 Jamie McMurray
2009 Matt Kenseth
2008 Ryan Newman
2007 Kevin Harvick
2006 Jimmie Johnson
2005 Jeff Gordon
2004 Dale Earnhardt Jr
2003 Michael Waltrip
2002 Ward Burton
2001 Michael Waltrip
2000 Dale Jarrett
1999 Jeff Gordon
1998 Dale Earnhardt
1997 Jeff Gordon
1996 Dale Jarrett
1995 Sterling Marlin
1994 Sterling Marlin
1993 Dale Jarrett
1992 Davey Allison
1991 Ernie Irvan
1990 Derrike Cope
1989 Darrell Waltrip
1988 Bobby Allison
1987 Bill Elliott
1986 Geoff Bodine
1985 Bill Elliott
1984 Cale Yarborough
1983 Cale Yarborough
1982 Bobby Allison
1981 Richard Petty
1980 Buddy Baker
1979 Richard Petty
1978 Bobby Allison
1977 Cale Yarborough
1976 David Pearson
1975 Benny Parsons
1974 Richard Petty
1973 Richard Petty
1972 A.J. Foyt
1971 Richard Petty
1970 Pete Hamilton
1969 LeeRoy Yarbrough
1968 Cale Yarborough
1967 Mario Andretti
1966 Richard Petty
1965 Fred Lorenzen
1964 Richard Petty
1963 Tiny Lund
1962 Fireball Roberts
1961 Marvin Panch
1960 Junior Johnson
1959 Lee Petty

 


Daytona International Speedway

Qualifying / Race Data

 

2017 pole winner:

Chase Elliott, Chevrolet SS

(192.872 mph, 46.663 seconds)

 

2016 pole winner:

Chase Elliott, Chevrolet SS

(196.314 mph, 45.845 seconds)

 

2016 race winner:

Joey Logano, Ford Fusion

(161.939 mph, 2-22-15)

 

Qualifying record:

Bill Elliott, Ford Thunderbird

(210.364 mph, 42.783 secs. 2-9-87)

 

Race record:

Buddy Baker, Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme

(177.602 mph, 2-17-80)

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02/21/2017 - Posted by | ARCHIVES

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