Daytona 500

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Daytona 500
Venue Daytona International Speedway
First race 1959 (1959)
Distance 500 miles (800 km)
Laps 200
Previous names Inaugural 500 Mile International Sweepstakes (1959)
Second Annual 500 Mile International Sweepstakes (1960)
Daytona 500 by STP (1991–1993)
Daytona 500 by Dodge (2001)
Daytona 500 by Toyota (2007)
Daytona 500 (1961–1990, 1994–2000, 2002–2006, 2008–present)

The Daytona 500 is a 500-mile-long (805 km) NASCAR Sprint Cup Series motor race held annually at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Florida. It is the first of two Sprint Cup races held every year at Daytona, the second being the Coke Zero 400. It is one of the four restrictor plate races on the Sprint Cup schedule. The inaugural Daytona 500 was held in 1959 coinciding with the opening of the speedway and since 1982, it has been the season-opening race of the Cup series.[1]

The Daytona 500 is regarded as the most important and prestigious race on the NASCAR calendar, carrying by far the largest purse.[2] Championship points awarded are equal to that of any other Sprint Cup race. It is also the series' first race of the year; this phenomenon is virtually unique in sports, which tend to have championships or other major events at the end of the season rather than the start. Since 1995, U.S. television ratings for the Daytona 500 have been the highest for any auto race of the year, surpassing the traditional leader, the Indianapolis 500 which in turn greatly surpasses the Daytona 500 in in-track attendance and international viewing. The 2006 Daytona 500 attracted the sixth largest average live global TV audience of any sporting event that year with 20 million viewers.[3]

The race serves as the final event of Speedweeks and is sometimes known as the "Great American Race" or the "Super Bowl of Stock Car Racing".[4][5][6] Since the first race, all 57 runnings of the Daytona 500 have been held in the month of February. From 1971 to 2011, it was associated with Presidents Day weekend, taking place on the Sunday before the third Monday in February. Beginning in 2012, the race was pushed up a week, to the last Sunday of February. Because of inclement weather conditions on February 26, the 2012 Daytona 500 was postponed until the evening of Monday, February 27,[7] The 2013 Daytona 500 was held on February 24, the first time the race was held on the last Sunday of February.

The winner of the Daytona 500 is presented with the Harley J. Earl Trophy in Victory Lane, and the winning car is displayed in race-winning condition for one year at Daytona 500 Experience, a museum and gallery adjacent to Daytona International Speedway. Joey Logano is the defending winner of this race, after winning in 2015.


Course map of Daytona International Speedway

The race is the direct successor of shorter races held on the Daytona Beach Road Course. This long square was partially on the sand and also on the highway near the beach. Earlier events featured 200-mile (320 km) races with stock cars. Eventually, a 500-mile (805 km) stock car race was held at Daytona International Speedway in 1959. It was the second 500-mile NASCAR race, following the annual Southern 500, and has been held every year since. By 1961, it began to be referred to as the Daytona 500,[8] by which it is still commonly known.

Daytona International Speedway is 2.5 miles (4 km) long and a 500-mile race[9] requires 200 laps to complete. However, the race is considered official after half its distance (100 laps and 250 miles (400 km)) has been completed. The race has been shortened four times due to rain (in 1965, 1966, 2003, and 2009) and once in response to the energy crisis of 1974. Since the adaptation of the green–white–checker finish rule in 2004, the race has gone past 500 miles on seven occasions (2005, 2006, 2007, 2010, 2011, 2012, and 2015).


  • 1959: Lee Petty, patriarch of the racing family, won the inaugural Daytona 500 on February 22, 1959, defeating Johnny Beauchamp.
  • 1960: Junior Johnson made use of the draft, then a little-understood phenomenon, to win while running a slower, year-old car in a field of 68 cars, most in Daytona 500 history through the present day.
  • 1965: The first rain-shortened Daytona 500 was the 1965 event. with Fred Lorenzen in the lead when the race was called on Lap 133 of 200[10]
  • 1966: Richard Petty becomes the first two-time winner, having previously won the 1964 race. Through 2015, only 11 drivers have won 2 or more Daytona 500s.
  • 1967: Mario Andretti led 112 of the 200 laps including the last 33 to capture his first and only win in the Sprint Cup Series.
  • 1968: For much of this race, both Cale Yarborough and LeeRoy Yarbrough traded the lead. With 5 laps to go, Yarborough made a successful slingshot pass on the third turn to take the lead from Yarbrough and never looked back as he won his first Daytona 500 by 1.3 seconds.
  • 1969: Just like a year earlier, LeeRoy Yarbrough would inflict the same treatment on Charlie Glotzbach, scoring the victory on the last lap.
  • 1971: Richard Petty becomes the first three-time winner, including the 1964 and 1966 races. Through 2015, only 5 drivers have won 3 or more Daytona 500s.
  • 1972: A. J. Foyt cruised into the lead on lap 80 and stayed there through the 200 lap race, lapping the entire field. Foyt beat second place Charlie Glotzbach by nearly two laps, with Jim Vandiver finishing 6 laps down in third.
  • 1973: Richard Petty becomes the first four-time winner, including the 1964, 1966 and 1971 races . Through 2015, only Petty (7 total) and Cale Yarborough have won 4 Daytona 500s.
  • 1974: During the start of the 1974 NASCAR season, many races had their distance cut ten percent in response to the 1973 oil crisis. As a result, the 1974 Daytona 500 was shortened to 180 laps (450 miles), as symbolically, the race "started" on Lap 21. Richard Petty became the first of only 3 drivers (through 2015) to win consecutive Daytona 500s, while also setting a mark of 5 total wins.
  • 1976: In the 1976 race, Richard Petty was leading on the last lap when he was passed on the backstretch by David Pearson. Petty tried to turn under Pearson coming off the final corner, but didn't clear Pearson. The contact caused the drivers to spin into the grass in the infield just short of the finish line. Petty's car didn't start, but Pearson was able to keep his car running and limp over the finish line for the win. Many fans consider this finish to be the greatest in the history of NASCAR.
  • 1979: The 1979 race was the first Daytona 500 to be broadcast live on national television,[11][12] airing on CBS, whose audience was increased in much of the Eastern and Midwestern USA due to a blizzard. (The Indianapolis 500 was only broadcast on tape delay that evening in this era; most races were broadcast only through the final quarter to half of the race, as was the procedure for ABC's Championship Auto Racing broadcasts; with the new CBS contract, the network and NASCAR agreed to a full live broadcast.) That telecast introduced in-car and low-level track-side cameras, which has now become standard in all sorts of automotive racing broadcasts. A final lap crash and subsequent fight between leaders Cale Yarborough and Donnie Allison (along with Donnie's brother Bobby) brought national (if unwelcome) publicity to NASCAR, with the added emphasis of a snowstorm that bogged down much of the northeastern part of the United States. Donnie Allison was leading the race on the final lap with Yarborough drafting him tightly. As Yarborough attempted a slingshot pass at the end of the backstretch, Allison attempted to block him. Yarborough refused to give ground and as he pulled alongside Allison, his left side tires left the pavement and went into the wet and muddy infield grass. Yarborough lost control of his car and contacted Allison's car halfway down the backstretch. As both drivers tried to regain control, their cars made contact several more times before finally locking together and crashing into the outside wall in turn three. After the cars settled in the grass, Donnie Allison and Yarborough began to argue. After they had talked it out, Bobby Allison, who was lapped at that point, pulled over, began defending his brother, and a fight broke out. Richard Petty, who was over half a lap behind at the time, went on to win; with the brawl in the infield, the television audience scarcely noticed. The story was the talk of the water cooler the next day, even making the front page of The New York Times Sports section.
  • 1980: Buddy Baker won the fastest Daytona 500 in history, at 177.602 mph (285.809 km/h).
  • 1981: Richard Petty becomes the first seven-time winner, three wins more than the second highest multiple winner, Cale Yarborough. With wins in 1964, 1966, 1971, 1973, 1974 and 1979, Petty is the only driver to win in three different decades.
  • 1982: The Daytona 500 becomes the opening race in the NASCAR season, a position held since.
  • 1983: Cale Yarborough was the first driver to run a qualifying lap over 200 mph (320 km/h) in his Chevrolet Monte Carlo.
  • 1984: Cale Yarborough completed a lap of 201.848 mph (324.843 km/h), officially breaking the 200 mph (320 km/h) barrier at Daytona. He joined Richard Petty as the only drivers to win the race in consecutive years and to win the race four times overall.
  • 1985: Bill Elliott dominated the race, and by lap 140, was close to lapping the entire field. During a pit stop, NASCAR officials held him in the pit area in order to repair a supposed broken headlight assembly. The two-minute pit stop dropped him to third, barely clinging to the lead lap. Elliott made up the deficit and survived a late race caution and a final lap restart to win his first Daytona 500. Elliott would go on to win the first Winston Million.
  • 1986: The race that came down to a two-car duel between Dale Earnhardt and Geoff Bodine. With 3 laps to go, Earnhardt was forced to make a pit stop for a "splash 'n go". However, as Earnhardt left the pits he burned a piston, allowing Bodine to cruise to victory.
  • 1987: Winner Bill Elliott qualified for the pole position at an all-time Daytona record of 210.364 mph (338.532 km/h)..
  • 1988: Restrictor plates were mandated to reduce dangerously high speeds at Daytona. Bobby Allison and his son Davey finished one-two and celebrated together in Victory Lane, making Bobby Allison the oldest driver to win the Daytona 500.
  • 1990: Dale Earnhardt appeared headed for certain victory until the closing laps. On lap 193, Geoff Bodine spun in the first turn, causing the third and final caution of the race. All of the leaders pitted except Derrike Cope, who stayed out to gain track position. On the lap 195 restart, Earnhardt re-took the lead. On the final lap, going into turn three, he ran over a bell housing from the blown engine of Rick Wilson's car. He blew a tire, allowing the relatively unknown Cope to slip by and take the his first career win in a major upset.[13]
  • 1991: Dale Earnhardt's Daytona 500 frustrations continued as Ernie Irvan passed Earnhardt with six laps to go to. Ultimately, Earnhardt spun with two laps remaining and collected Davey Allison and Kyle Petty. Irvan took the win as the race ended under the caution flag. The race was dominated by complex pit stop rules, implemented to improve safety in the pit area.
  • 1992: Davey Allison dominated the second half en route to his lone Daytona 500 victory. He avoided a major wreck on lap 92 and went on to lead the final 102 laps. To date, Allison is the last driver to win the Daytona 500 after leading the halfway lap.
  • 1993: On lap 170, a frightening wreck saw Rusty Wallace flip over multiple times on the back straightaway. With two laps to go, Dale Earnhardt was leading Jeff Gordon and Dale Jarrett. Jarrett battled into the lead with one lap to go. It was the fourth time Earnhardt had been leading the Daytona 500 with less than ten laps to go, but failed to win.
  • 1994: Sterling Marlin gambled on fuel, and was able to complete the final 59 laps without stopping, to win his first career Cup victory.
  • 1995: Sterling Marlin became the first driver since Cale Yarborough, and only third overall, to win back-to-back Daytona 500s. To date, Marlin is the last driver to have won back-to-back Daytona 500s.
  • 1996: Dale Jarrett won his second Daytona 500 in four years, again holding off Dale Earnhardt, who finished second for the third time in four years.
  • 1997: Jeff Gordon became the youngest driver to win the Daytona 500.
  • 1998: Dale Earnhardt finally won the Daytona 500 after 20 years of trying. Though Earnhardt had usually been a strong competitor in the Daytona 500, mechanical problems, crashes, or other misfortunes had prevented him from winning. After his victory, a joyous Earnhardt drove slowly down pit road, where members of other race teams had lined up to give him handshakes and high-fives. Mike Joy, who was play-by-play announcer for CBS's broadcast, called the win "the most anticipated moment in racing".[citation needed]
  • 2001: Also known as "Black Sunday", or the "darkest day in NASCAR", as Dale Earnhardt died in a crash on the final lap. Michael Waltrip and Dale Earnhardt, Jr. were running first and second on the final lap, while Earnhardt Sr. was third. In turn 4, Earnhardt lost control after making contact from Sterling Marlin, and crashed into the outside wall, taking Ken Schrader with him. Earnhardt suffered a fatal basilar skull fracture. Waltrip would win.[14]
  • 2003: Michael Waltrip became a two-time winner of in the shortest ever ever Daytona 500, after the race was shortened to 109 laps due to rain.[15]
  • 2005: The start time was changed, allowing the race to finish under the lights at dusk. In the first use of the green-white-checker finish rule in the Daytona 500, Gordon held off Earnhardt, Jr. to win his third Daytona 500.
  • 2008: The celebrated 50th running of the Daytona 500 was the first using NASCAR's Car of Tomorrow. It also marked the first race under the "Sprint Cup Series" banner, following the merger of Sprint with NEXTEL in 2006.
Trevor Bayne, driving the No. 21 Motorcraft-sponsored Ford for Wood Brothers Racing, won the 2011 Daytona 500.
  • 2010: The longest Daytona 500 distance, 207 laps (517.5 miles (832.8 km)), due to requiring two green-white-checker finish|green-white-checker efforts to finish the race.
  • 2011: Since this race marked the tenth anniversary of the tragic death of Dale Earnhardt, the third lap was a "silent lap", meaning the TV and radio announcers were silent during the entire lap, and fans held up three fingers in reference to Earnhardt's car number. Trevor Bayne, at 20 years and one day old, became the youngest Daytona 500 winner ever.
  • 2012: While 2010 was the longest distance, 2012 was the longest time to complete the race. Scheduled for a 12 noon EST start on Sunday, rain delayed the race to Monday, then further delayed it to a 7 PM start that Monday night, resulting in the first primetime Daytona 500 start (but the third to reach primetime). On lap 160, Juan Pablo Montoya crashed into a jet dryer in turn 3, sparking a lengthy red flag as crews put out the resulting fire and repaired the damage. The race finally ended at approximately 1 AM EST Tuesday morning, 37 hours after the originally scheduled start, with Matt Kenseth becoming the first repeat winner since Michael Waltrip's rain-shortened 2003 race.
  • 2013: This race saw a number of firsts. This was the first race with NASCAR's new redesigned Generation 6 body. Rookie Danica Patrick won the pole, becoming the first woman on pole in the Daytona 500. She also was the first woman to lead laps under green flag conditions in the race. Jimmie Johnson earned his second Daytona 500 victory.
  • 2014: For the second year in a row, a rookie won the pole position, in this case Austin Dillon in his first ride in the newly renumbered #3 Chevy SS for Richard Childress Racing, the first time the #3 had been used in a Sprint Cup race since Dale Earnhardt's death. Dale Earnhardt, Jr., won his second Daytona 500, the third straight won by a past winner, after Kenseth in 2012 and Johnson in 2013.
  • 2015: Jeff Gordon won the pole for the final time, There were two big wrecks during the race, one with 19 laps to go for Justin Allgaier and Ty Dillon, brought out a red flag to ensue cleanup on the track, and one on lap 202 at a scheduled Green-white-checker finish, Joey Logano won his first Daytona 500.

Qualifying procedure

The qualifying procedure is unique for the Daytona 500. Some teams must race their way into the Daytona 500 field. The first row is set by a timed round of qualifying, held one week before the race (prior to 2003, this was two rounds; prior to 2001, it was three). The remainder of the field is set by two separate qualifying races (these were 100 miles (160 km) from 1959 to 1967; 125 miles (201 km) from 1969 to 2004; and 150 miles (240 km) with two lap overtime, if necessary, beginning in 2005 (these races were not held in 1968 due to rain). The top two drivers from the qualifying races who were not in the top 35 in owner points were given spots on the field, and the rest of the field was set by the finishing order of the duels, with guaranteed spots to those in the top 35. The remaining spots, 40 to 43, were filled by top qualifying times of those not already in the field from the qualifying race. If there was a previous NASCAR champion without a spot, he would get one of those four spots, otherwise, the fourth fastest car was added to the field.

Prior to 2005 – and beginning again in 2013 – after the top two cars were set, the top fourteen cars in the qualifying races advance to the field, and then between six (1998–2003), eight (1995–97, 2004) or 10 (until 1994) fastest cars which do not advance from the qualifying race are added, then cars in the top 35 in owner points not locked into the race, and then the driver with the championship provisional, except for 1985 when no such car was eligible for a provisional starting spot, the only time that happened in the Daytona 500 from when the provisional was added in 1976 through 2004.


The Daytona 500 was the first 500-mile (800 km) auto race to be televised live flag-to-flag on network television when CBS aired it in 1979, continuing to air until 2000.

From 2001 to 2006, the race alternated between FOX and NBC under the terms of a six–year, $2.48 billion NASCAR television contract, with FOX broadcasting the Daytona 500 in odd-numbered years (2001, 2003, 2005) and the Pepsi 400 in even-numbered years (2002, 2004, 2006) and NBC broadcasting the opposite race in that year.

In 2005, a new television contract was signed, which made FOX the sole broadcaster of the Daytona 500 for eight years, from 2007 to 2014. In 2013, 10 more years were added to the contract, giving FOX every Daytona 500 from 2015 to 2024 as well, for a total of at least 18 Daytona 500s in a row. The installation of the lighting system at Daytona International Speedway in 1998, as well as the implementations of the television packages in 2001 and 2007 respectively, have resulted in the race starting and ending much later than it did in the race's early years. The race started at 12:15 p.m. EST from 1979 until 2000. The start time was moved to 1:00 p.m. Eastern time from 2001 to 2004, 2:30 p.m. in 2005 and 2006 and 3:30 p.m. from 2007 to 2009, all for the convenience of west coast viewers. The 2005 race ended at sunset for the first time in its history, and the 2006 race ended well after sunset.

Every Daytona 500 between 2006 and 2010, as well as the 2012 and 2014 races, ended under the lights. The changing track conditions caused by the onset of darkness in the closing laps in these years forced the crew chiefs to predict the critical car setup adjustments needed for their final two pit stops. The 2007 race was the first Daytona 500 to go into prime-time, ending at 7:07 p.m. Eastern time. In 2010, the race moved back to a 1:00 p.m. start time, which should have resulted in it ending in daylight; however, two red flags caused by track surface issues led to long delays that pushed the race to 7:34 p.m. EST, pushing the race into prime-time for the second time. The 2012 race was also scheduled to start at 1:00 p.m. EST on Sunday, February 26, but heavy rain in the area caused the race to be postponed to 7:00 p.m. EST on Monday, February 27, making it the first Daytona 500 to be postponed to a Monday, as well as the first (and only) Daytona 500 to be run as a night race. Due to a two–hour red flag period after a jet dryer fire on the track with 40 laps remaining, the race did not end until about 12:40 a.m. on Tuesday, February 28. The 2013 race marked a return to the race's past tradition of ending in the late afternoon, as it ended at about 4:40 p.m., the race's earliest ending time since 2004. Although the 2014 race started around 1:30 p.m. EST, heavy rain and a tornado warning red–flagged the race after 38 laps and it was delayed for a record six hours and 22 minutes; the race finished the entire 500–mile distance around after 11:00 p.m. the same day, which effectively competed with the time delayed East Coast broadcast of NBC's coverage of the 2014 Winter Olympics closing ceremony, scheduled between 7:00 and 10:30 p.m. The 2015 race started on time around 1:00  p.m., and ended after 203 laps due to a Green–white–checkered finish.


The television ratings for the Daytona 500 have surpassed those of the larger Indianapolis 500 (which has much larger physical attendance and international attendance) since 1995, even though the 1995 race was available in far fewer homes than the year before. Then-broadcaster CBS had lost well-established VHF (channels 2–13) affiliates in major markets as a result of the Fox affiliate switches of 1994. As an example, new affiliates WDJT in Milwaukee and WGNX in Atlanta — both cities that are home to NASCAR races — and WWJ in Detroit, close to Michigan International Speedway, were on the UHF band (channels 14–69), meaning that they had a significantly reduced broadcast area compared to former affiliates WITI, WAGA-TV, and WJBK, respectively. WDJT was not available in many Wisconsin markets by the time the Daytona 500 took place.

Pole position holders

List of Daytona 500 winners

For NASCAR Grand National winners at Daytona from 1949–1958, see Daytona Beach & Road Course.

Year Date Grid No. Driver Team Manufacturer Distance Race Time Average Speed
Laps Miles (Km)
1959 February 22 15th 42 Lee Petty Petty Enterprises Oldsmobile 200 500 (804.672) 3:41:22 135.521 Report
1960 February 24 9th 27 Junior Johnson John Masoni Chevrolet 200 500 (804.672) 4:00:30 124.74 Report
1961 February 26 4th 20 Marvin Panch Smokey Yunick Pontiac 200 500 (804.672) 3:20:32 149.601 Report
1962 February 18 Pole 22 Fireball Roberts Jim Stephens Pontiac 200 500 (804.672) 3:10:41 152.529 Report
1963 February 24 12th 21 Tiny Lund Wood Brothers Racing Ford 200 500 (804.672) 3:17:56 151.566 Report
1964 February 23 2nd 43 Richard Petty Petty Enterprises (2) Plymouth 200 500 (804.672) 3:14:23 154.334 Report
1965 February 14 4th 28 Fred Lorenzen Holman-Moody Ford 133* 332.5 (535.106) 2:22:56 141.539 Report
1966 February 27 Pole 43 Richard Petty (2) Petty Enterprises (3) Plymouth 198* 495 (796.625) 3:04:54 160.927 Report
1967 February 26 12th 11 Mario Andretti Holman-Moody (2) Ford 200 500 (804.672) 3:24:11 146.926 Report
1968 February 25 Pole 21 Cale Yarborough Wood Brothers Racing (2) Mercury 200 500 (804.672) 3:23:44 143.251 Report
1969 February 23 19th 98 LeeRoy Yarbrough Junior Johnson & Associates Ford 200 500 (804.672) 3:09:56 157.95 Report
1970 February 22 9th 40 Pete Hamilton Petty Enterprises (4) Plymouth 200 500 (804.672) 3:20:32 149.601 Report
1971 February 14 5th 43 Richard Petty (3) Petty Enterprises (5) Plymouth 200 500 (804.672) 3:27:40 144.462 Report
1972 February 20 2nd 21 A. J. Foyt Wood Brothers Racing (3) Mercury 200 500 (804.672) 3:05:42 161.55 Report
1973 February 18 7th 43 Richard Petty (4) Petty Enterprises (6) Dodge 200 500 (804.672) 3:10:50 157.205 Report
1974 February 17 2nd 43 Richard Petty (5) Petty Enterprises (7) Dodge 180* 450 (724.205) 3:11:38 140.894 Report
1975 February 16 32nd 72 Benny Parsons L.G. DeWitt Chevrolet 200 500 (804.672) 3:15:15 153.649 Report
1976 February 15 7th 21 David Pearson Wood Brothers Racing (4) Mercury 200 500 (804.672) 3:17:08 152.181 Report
1977 February 20 4th 11 Cale Yarborough (2) Junior Johnson & Associates (2) Chevrolet 200 500 (804.672) 3:15:48 153.218 Report
1978 February 19 33rd 15 Bobby Allison Bud Moore Engineering Ford 200 500 (804.672) 3:07:49 159.73 Report
1979 February 18 13th 43 Richard Petty (6) Petty Enterprises (8) Oldsmobile 200 500 (804.672) 3:28:22 143.977 Report
1980 February 17 Pole 28 Buddy Baker Ranier-Lundy Oldsmobile 200 500 (804.672) 2:48:55 177.602‡ Report
1981 February 15 8th 43 Richard Petty (7) Petty Enterprises (9) Buick 200 500 (804.672) 2:56:50 169.651 Report
1982 February 14 7th 88 Bobby Allison (2) DiGard Motorsports Buick 200 500 (804.672) 3:14:49 153.991 Report
1983 February 20 8th 28 Cale Yarborough (3) Ranier-Lundy (2) Pontiac 200 500 (804.672) 3:12:20 155.979 Report
1984 February 19 Pole 28 Cale Yarborough (4) Ranier-Lundy (3) Chevrolet 200 500 (804.672) 3:18:41 150.994 Report
1985 February 17 Pole 9 Bill Elliott Melling Racing Ford 200 500 (804.672) 2:54:09 172.265 Report
1986 February 16 2nd 5 Geoffrey Bodine Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 200 500 (804.672) 3:22:32 148.124 Report
1987 February 15 Pole 9 Bill Elliott (2) Melling Racing (2) Ford 200 500 (804.672) 2:50:12 176.263 Report
1988 February 14 3rd 12 Bobby Allison (3) Stavola Brothers Racing Buick 200 500 (804.672) 3:38:08 137.531 Report
1989 February 19 2nd 17 Darrell Waltrip Hendrick Motorsports (2) Chevrolet 200 500 (804.672) 3:22:04 148.466 Report
1990 February 18 12th 10 Derrike Cope Whitcomb Racing Chevrolet 200 500 (804.672) 3:00:59 165.761 Report
1991 February 17 2nd 4 Ernie Irvan Morgan-McClure Motorsports Chevrolet 200 500 (804.672) 3:22:30 148.148 Report
1992 February 16 6th 28 Davey Allison Robert Yates Racing Ford 200 500 (804.672) 3:07:12 160.256 Report
1993 February 14 2nd 18 Dale Jarrett Joe Gibbs Racing Chevrolet 200 500 (804.672) 3:13:35 154.972 Report
1994 February 20 4th 4 Sterling Marlin Morgan-McClure Motorsports (2) Chevrolet 200 500 (804.672) 3:11:10 156.931 Report
1995 February 19 3rd 4 Sterling Marlin (2) Morgan-McClure Motorsports (3) Chevrolet 200 500 (804.672) 3:31:42 141.71 Report
1996 February 18 7th 88 Dale Jarrett (2) Robert Yates Racing (2) Ford 200 500 (804.672) 3:14:25 154.308 Report
1997 February 16 6th 24 Jeff Gordon Hendrick Motorsports (3) Chevrolet 200 500 (804.672) 3:22:18 148.295 Report
1998 February 15 4th 3 Dale Earnhardt Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 200 500 (804.672) 2:53:42 172.712 Report
1999 February 14 Pole 24 Jeff Gordon (2) Hendrick Motorsports (4) Chevrolet 200 500 (804.672) 3:05:42 161.551 Report
2000 February 20 Pole 88 Dale Jarrett (3) Robert Yates Racing (3) Ford 200 500 (804.672) 3:12:43 155.669 Report
2001 February 18 19th 15 Michael Waltrip Dale Earnhardt, Inc. Chevrolet 200 500 (804.672) 3:05:26 161.783 Report
2002 February 17 19th 22 Ward Burton Bill Davis Racing Dodge 200 500 (804.672) 3:29:50 130.81 Report
2003 February 16 4th 15 Michael Waltrip (2) Dale Earnhardt, Inc. (2) Chevrolet 109* 272.5 (438.546) 2:02:08 133.87 Report
2004 February 15 3rd 8 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Dale Earnhardt, Inc. (3) Chevrolet 200 500 (804.672) 3:11:53 156.341 Report
2005 February 20 15th 24 Jeff Gordon (3) Hendrick Motorsports (5) Chevrolet 203* 507.5 (816.742) 3:45:16 135.173 Report
2006 February 19 9th 48 Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Motorsports (6) Chevrolet 203* 507.5 (816.742) 3:33:26 142.667 Report
2007 February 18 34th 29 Kevin Harvick Richard Childress Racing (2) Chevrolet 202* 505 (812.719) 3:22:55 149.333 Report
2008 February 17 7th 12 Ryan Newman Penske Racing Dodge 200 500 (804.672) 3:16:30 152.672 Report
2009 February 15 39th1 17 Matt Kenseth Roush Fenway Racing Ford 152* 380 (611.551) 2:51:40 132.816 Report
2010 February 14 13th 1 Jamie McMurray Earnhardt Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 208* 520 (836.859) 3:47:16 137.284 Report
2011 February 20 32nd 21 Trevor Bayne Wood Brothers Racing (5) Ford 208* 520 (836.859) 3:59:24 130.326 Report
2012 February 27–28* 4th 17 Matt Kenseth (2) Roush Fenway Racing (2) Ford 202* 505 (812.719) 3:36:02 140.256 Report
2013 February 24 9th 48 Jimmie Johnson (2) Hendrick Motorsports (7) Chevrolet 200 500 (804.672) 3:08:23 159.25 Report
2014 February 23 9th 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. (2) Hendrick Motorsports (8) Chevrolet 200 500 (804.672) 3:26:29 145.29 Report
2015 February 22 5th 22 Joey Logano Team Penske (2) Ford 203* 507.5 (816.742) 3:08:02 161.939 Report
2016 February 21 11th 11 Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Racing (2) Toyota 200 500 (804.672) 3:10:25 157.549 Report
2017 February 26 8th 41 Kurt Busch Stewart-Haas Racing Ford 200 500 (805) 3:29:31 143.187 Report
2018 February 18 14th 3 Austin Dillon Richard Childress Racing (3) Chevrolet 207 517 (832.8) 3:26:15 150.545 Report

Race winner records

Prerace ceremonies before the 2008 Daytona 500.

Consecutive victories

Winners from the pole position

Family winners

  • Petty
    • Father Lee (1959) and son Richard (1964, 1966, 1971, 1973, 1974, 1979, 1981)
  • Allison
    • Father Bobby (1978, 1982, 1988) and son Davey (1992)
      • The 1988 race was the third 1st–2nd finish by a father and son in a NASCAR Cup Series race.
  • Earnhardt
  • Waltrip

Winners as both driver and owner

Won the Daytona 500 & Sprint Unlimited in same year

Won the Daytona 500 & Can-Am Duel in same year

Won the Daytona 500 & Brickyard 400 the same year

Won the Daytona 500 & Coke Zero 400 the same year

Won the Daytona 500 and the Sprint Cup Championship the same year

Drivers whose first NASCAR Cup Series win was the Daytona 500

Youngest and oldest winners of the Daytona 500


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