The Daytona International Speedway has been staging high-octane races for decades, notably the Daytona 500, which has become a fan favorite. Since 1959, this speedway has drawn tens of thousands of spectators who delight in cheering on their favorite driver as he crosses the finish line.
With such a long and illustrious history, it’s possible that some fans are unaware of some of the more obscure aspects of this legendary Daytona attraction. Take a look at some interesting facts about the Daytona International Speedway, as well as some useful hints for visitors.
The new NASCAR season kicks off on Sunday at 2:30 p.m. Drivers and teams will have to obey additional rules and regulations when it comes to the vehicles they compete in to prepare for this new era.
2023 Daytona 500 Results
Here we will update the complete 2023 Daytona 500 results.
Daytona 500 unofficial results
1 – #2 – Austin Cindric (R)
2 – #23 – Bubba Wallace
3 – #14 – Chase Briscoe
4 – #12 – Ryan Blaney
5 – #10 – Aric Almirola
6 – #18 – Kyle Busch
7 – #34 – Michael McDowell
8 – #15 – David Ragan
9 – #6 – Brad Keselowski
10 – #9 – Chase Elliott
Last 12 years Daytona 500 Winners
Here are the last 12 years of Daytona 500 winners:
2011 Daytona 500 winner – Trevor Bayne
Trevor Bayne’s No. 21 Wood Brothers Racing Chevrolet won the 53rd running of the Daytona 500. He was unafraid of the rain. His first NASCAR victory came in the 1976 Daytona 500 with Wood Brothers Racing. After leading six laps and beating Carl Edwards, he grabbed the checkered flag.
2012 Daytona 500 winner – Matt Kenseth
Matt Kenseth’s Ford No. 17 won the 54th Daytona 500. Dale Earnhardt Jr. finished second in the Daytona 500, with Kevin Kenseth crossing the finish line ahead of him.
2013 Daytona 500 winner – Jimmie Johnson
Jimmie Johnson won the 55th Daytona 500 after leading for 17 laps and pulling away from Hendrick Motorsports teammate Dale Earnhardt Jr.
2014 Daytona 500 winner – Dale Earnhardt Jr.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. won the 56th Daytona 500 in a Hendrick Motorsports No. 88 Chevy. Earnhardt got his first victory in the Great American Race. He held a 54-lap advantage over Denny Hamlin.
2015 Daytona 500 winner – Joey Logano
Joey Logano, driving the No. 22 Ford for Team Penske, took home the 57th annual Daytona 500 victory. Logano took the lead for 31 laps and held off Kevin Harvick to win the Daytona 500 for the first time.
2016 Daytona 500 winner – Denny Hamlin
Denny Hamlin, driving the No. 11 Toyota for Joe Gibbs Racing, took home the 58th annual Daytona 500 victory. It was the closest finish in the history of the race as Hamlin had the lead for 95 laps and held off Martin Truex Jr. in the last lap to win.
2017 Daytona 500 winner – Kurt Busch
Results of the 59th Daytona 500: Kurt Busch’s No. 41 Ford of Stewart-Haas Racing won the race. Kurt Busch led Kyle Larson by one lap before passing him to win the Great American Race for the first time.
2018 Daytona 500 winner – Austin Dillon
Austin Dillon piloted Richard Childress Racing’s Chevrolet to victory in the 60th edition of the Daytona 500. Dillon eventually won the race after Aric Almirola collided with the wall on the backstretch.
2019 Daytona 500 winner – Denny Hamlin
Denny Hamlin’s Joe Gibbs Racing No. 11 Toyota won the 61st Daytona 500. Hamlin outdueled teammate Kyle Busch, who led 30 of the last 37 laps, to win his second straight race.
2020 Daytona 500 Winner – Denny Hamlin
The 62nd Daytona 500 was won by Joe Gibbs Racing’s Toyota. It was the most lead laps since Dale Jarrett in 2000, and Hamlin beat Ryan Blaney on the final lap after a horrible crash with Ryan Newman.
2021 Daytona 500 Winner – Michael McDowell
Michael McDowell was the winner of the 2021 Daytona 500. Despite being a 100-1 underdog, McDowell managed to win the race in his 358th Cup Series start, driving for a team that had only secured two previous Cup Series victories.
2022 Daytona 500 Winner – Rookie Austin Cindric
23-year-old NASCAR Cup Series rookie Austin Cindric claimed his first victory in the thrilling 2022 Daytona 500, beating Bubba Wallace to the finish line. The race took place on the 85th birthday of Cindric’s car owner, Roger Penske, in Daytona Beach, Florida.
Here is the full list of Daytona 500 Past Winners
|1959||42||Lee Petty||Petty Enterprises||Oldsmobile|
|1960||27||Junior Johnson||John Masoni||Chevrolet|
|1961||20||Marvin Panch||Smokey Yunick||Pontiac|
|1962||22||Fireball Roberts||Jim Stephens||Pontiac|
|1963||21||Tiny Lund||Wood Brothers Racing||Ford|
|1964||43||Richard Petty||Petty Enterprises (2)||Plymouth|
|1966||43||Richard Petty (2)||Petty Enterprises (3)||Plymouth|
|1967||11||Mario Andretti†||Holman-Moody (2)||Ford|
|1968||21||Cale Yarborough||Wood Brothers Racing (2)||Mercury|
|1969||98||LeeRoy Yarbrough||Junior Johnson & Associates||Ford|
|1970||40||Pete Hamilton||Petty Enterprises (4)||Plymouth|
|1971||43||Richard Petty (3)||Petty Enterprises (5)||Plymouth|
|1972||21||A. J. Foyt||Wood Brothers Racing (3)||Mercury|
|1973||43||Richard Petty (4)||Petty Enterprises (6)||Dodge|
|1974||43||Richard Petty (5)||Petty Enterprises (7)||Dodge|
|1975||72||Benny Parsons||L.G. DeWitt||Chevrolet|
|1976||21||David Pearson||Wood Brothers Racing (4)||Mercury|
|1977||11||Cale Yarborough (2)||Junior Johnson & Associates (2)||Chevrolet|
|1978||15||Bobby Allison||Bud Moore Engineering||Ford|
|1979||43||Richard Petty (6)||Petty Enterprises (8)||Oldsmobile|
|1981||43||Richard Petty (7)||Petty Enterprises (9)||Buick|
|1982||88||Bobby Allison (2)||DiGard Motorsports||Buick|
|1983||28||Cale Yarborough (3)||Ranier-Lundy (2)||Pontiac|
|1984||28||Cale Yarborough (4)||Ranier-Lundy (3)||Chevrolet|
|1985||9||Bill Elliott||Melling Racing||Ford|
|1986||5||Geoffrey Bodine||Hendrick Motorsports||Chevrolet|
|1987||9||Bill Elliott (2)||Melling Racing (2)||Ford|
|1988||12||Bobby Allison (3)||Stavola Brothers Racing||Buick|
|1989||17||Darrell Waltrip||Hendrick Motorsports (2)||Chevrolet|
|1990||10||Derrike Cope||Whitcomb Racing||Chevrolet|
|1991||4||Ernie Irvan||Morgan-McClure Motorsports||Chevrolet|
|1992||28||Davey Allison||Robert Yates Racing||Ford|
|1993||18||Dale Jarrett||Joe Gibbs Racing||Chevrolet|
|1994||4||Sterling Marlin||Morgan-McClure Motorsports (2)||Chevrolet|
|1995||4||Sterling Marlin (2)||Morgan-McClure Motorsports (3)||Chevrolet|
|1996||88||Dale Jarrett (2)||Robert Yates Racing (2)||Ford|
|1997||24||Jeff Gordon||Hendrick Motorsports (3)||Chevrolet|
|1998||3||Dale Earnhardt||Richard Childress Racing||Chevrolet|
|1999||24||Jeff Gordon (2)||Hendrick Motorsports (4)||Chevrolet|
|2000||88||Dale Jarrett (3)||Robert Yates Racing (3)||Ford|
|2001||15||Michael Waltrip||Dale Earnhardt, Inc.||Chevrolet|
|2002||22||Ward Burton||Bill Davis Racing||Dodge|
|2003||15||Michael Waltrip (2)||Dale Earnhardt, Inc. (2)||Chevrolet|
|2004||8||Dale Earnhardt Jr.||Dale Earnhardt, Inc. (3)||Chevrolet|
|2005||24||Jeff Gordon (3)||Hendrick Motorsports (5)||Chevrolet|
|2006||48||Jimmie Johnson||Hendrick Motorsports (6)||Chevrolet|
|2007||29||Kevin Harvick||Richard Childress Racing (2)||Chevrolet|
|2008||12||Ryan Newman||Penske Racing||Dodge|
|2009||17||Matt Kenseth||Roush Fenway Racing||Ford|
|2010||1||Jamie McMurray||Earnhardt Ganassi Racing||Chevrolet|
|2011||21||Trevor Bayne||Wood Brothers Racing (5)||Ford|
|2012||17||Matt Kenseth (2)||Roush Fenway Racing (2)||Ford|
|2013||48||Jimmie Johnson (2)||Hendrick Motorsports (7)||Chevrolet|
|2014||88||Dale Earnhardt Jr. (2)||Hendrick Motorsports (8)||Chevrolet|
|2015||22||Joey Logano||Team Penske (2)||Ford|
|2016||11||Denny Hamlin||Joe Gibbs Racing (2)||Toyota|
|2017||41||Kurt Busch||Stewart-Haas Racing||Ford|
|2018||3||Austin Dillon||Richard Childress Racing (3)||Chevrolet|
|2019||11||Denny Hamlin (2)||Joe Gibbs Racing (3)||Toyota|
|2020||11||Denny Hamlin (3)||Joe Gibbs Racing (4)||Toyota|
|2021||34||Michael McDowell||Front Row Motorsports||Ford|
|2022||2||Austin Cindric||Team Penske||Ford|
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Daytona 500 Race Fun Facts: You want to know
When is the Daytona 500 in 2024?
This year’s Daytona 500 is slated on February 19, 2023, and The 66th running of the Daytona 500 event will take place on February 18, 2024.
Who won the most Daytona 500?
Richard Petty was victorious in the tournament on seven separate occasions.
Who has won Daytona 3 times?
Bobby Allison won the Daytona 500 three times, in 1978, 1982, and 1988, and is the first driver to do so. Allison’s second-place result in the Daytona 500 in 1988 was particularly memorable for him since his son, Davey Allison, finished in second place behind him. Allison’s victory in the 1988 Daytona 500 marked the end of his professional racing career at the highest level of the sport.
How long does the Daytona 500 last?
The race in 2020 was 209 laps long, which equates to 522.5 miles in distance. Every year, the race takes around 3.5 hours to finish.
How many laps in the Daytona 500?
Around the 2.5-mile oval, 200 laps are completed.
Which is bigger, the Indy 500 or the Daytona 500?
Daytona International Speedway has recently undergone another repaving project, which has altered the type of racing we are witnessing. The 2.5-mile oval features some of the steepest banked bends you’ll ever see, and the infield is nothing short of spectacular. Even though Indianapolis is referred to as an “oval” course, the track is actually a 2.5-mile rectangle.