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Information has been provided from many sources. I've been attempting to pull things together in one place. If
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The first race was held on the beach in Daytona. Racers would
drive their cars to Daytona, race & then drive them home (provided they didn't wreck).
Daytona Speedway opened February 1959 & Lee Petty won the race. The track
is a 2.5 mile "tri-oval".
Richard Petty won
Daytona seven times.
Cale Yarbourgh was the first driver
to qualify over 200mph in 1984 & I was there. I was so impressed I immediatly bought a 1984 Monte Carlo SS.
Bill Elliot holds the fastest qualifying lap @ 210.364 set on February 9, 1987
& I was there.
Unfourtunalty on February 11, 1994
I said hi (in passing) to Neil Bonnett the morning before he died in a practice crash.
Dale Earnhardt died February 18, 2001 on the final lap of the 2001 race while leading
the race & protecting Dale Jr. & Michael Waltrip. (see photo below)
Click for Dale Earnhardt & Terry Bradshaw Pace Car pre-race ride! It's out of control!
|2000 GTP Official Daytona 500 Pace Car - 4 built
Check out the site for more links to Daytona, GMMG
and other cool sites.
|#0031 Lead Camera Car (Jim) & #0029 Split-Field Car (George)
Click for Daytona 500 history link
Only four cars were built plus one non-graphics
Split-Field Car is owned by George
|0031 Lead Camera Pace Car -Jim Smith Collection
2 of the 4 CORRECT REAL Pace Cars (The only four in the world!)
#0045 & #0058
Click for 0045 @ BIR 40th Anniversary.
Click for Daytona ISC Archives - photos & info
The First Daytona 500
On February 22, 1959, Daytona International Speedway hosted the first Daytona
500. The posted awards for the “500-Mile International Sweepstakes” totaled $67,760. A field of 59 cars took the
green flag for the start of the 200-lap race. A crowd of 41,000 was on hand to witness the beginning of another chapter in
the history of racing in Daytona.
The finish of the race also went into the history
books. The finish was too close to call, but Johnny Beauchamp went to Victory Lane and savored the celebration although the
results were posted as “unofficial.”
Sixty-one hours later, Lee
Petty was the winner in what appeared to be a dead heat between Petty and Beauchamp – with the lapped car of Joe Weatherly
making it a three-wide finish at the checkered flag. A clip of newsreel footage proved that Petty was the winner by a few
The Daytona 500 – 50 Years And Still Growing
Fifty years later, the Daytona 500 is NASCAR’s
biggest, richest and most prestigious race.
“The Great American Race,”
which traditionally hosts a sell out crowd, has the biggest total payout in prize money for any motorsports event in the United
States, surpassing the Indianapolis 500 and the Brickyard 400. The 2007 Daytona 500 posted awards exceed more than $18 million
with race winner Kevin Harvick pocketing more than $1.5 million.
of winning the Daytona 500 are more than just collecting the largest payout in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series or hoisting the
prestigious Harley J. Earl trophy. Winning stock car racing’s greatest prize also brings fame and fortune.
“It’s the ultimate race,” said three-time Daytona 500 winner Jeff Gordon following
his 2005 Daytona 500 victory. “There’s just no better place to win at than Daytona. You know the sport’s
getting more competitive. It’s getting bigger and it’s just one of those races if you pick one, this is the one
you want to win.”
Traditionally, following a victory in the Daytona 500,
the winner goes on a whirlwind media tour that includes visits to New York City and Los Angeles with appearances on such a
high-profile shows like “Late Show with David Letterman” and “Live with Regis and Kelly.”
In addition, the Daytona 500 winning car rests inside Daytona 500 Experience, “The Official
Attraction of NASCAR,” for a year for race fans to view and the winning driver has his hand prints, right foot and autograph
immortalized in cement at the Daytona 500 Champion’s Walk Of Fame.
Davis Racing reaped a huge benefit after their 2002 Daytona 500 win with then-driver Ward Burton in the form of a sponsorship
Caterpillar, who was in the final year of a sponsorship contract on the No.
22 car, opted to extend its sponsorship agreement and the Daytona 500 victory was a major factor in the decision.
“You hope it wasn't the only thing it was based on, but it probably made a difference,”
Davis said. “The team that they believed in, the team they had been with for four years, had done them a good enough
job that they would look at five more years.
“Certainly, winning the
biggest race, winning the Super Bowl, winning the Masters, winning the World Series, didn't hurt.”
Besides the financial aspect of winning the Daytona 500, the victory can also elevate a driver’s
status in the sport.
“Winning a race during Speedweeks, it makes you
quite a bit more valuable, I think, in the sport as a driver,” said Dale Earnhardt Jr., the 2004 Daytona 500 winner.
“Winning any race at Daytona, it’s like going into Yankee Stadium and winning a game. It further solidifies you
as a driver.”
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Elliott Sadler has
yet to win a Daytona 500 but knows the impact would be huge for his career.
you win the Daytona 500, it will stay with you throughout your racing career,” Sadler said. “It’s really
helped a lot of people catapult their careers up to the next level. There are a few races that if a driver wins, owners and
sponsors really pay attention too.”
Said 1990 Daytona 500 champion
Derrike Cope: “When you say you have a Daytona 500 win, that’s like a Super Bowl ring.”
|#0031 just after the start of the race
|2009 Barret-Jackson Palm Beach Lot #416
|#0031 sold from GM Heritage Collection 2009
|NOTE roof Camera & wires
|#0031 (Jim's) with camera on roof
#0043 Non-Graphic Car (Never prepared - the fifth car)
Owned by Daytona Speedway
Joe Kelly from Daytona informed me that the car had the graphics
package installed & it was later removed.
George I & visited the Daytona Archives in 2006 we looked at the car & took photos. We saw no indication that
the graphics were ever on the car. Can anyone provide information that will support the theory that the car had
or never had the graphics?
were also informed that the car was currently being used as a 'daily-driver' @ Daytona in 2006.
Checkered & Yellow Flag ending the race.
Dale Jarrett is the winner of the 2000 Daytona 500.
There was a rumor that Dale Jarrett was given a Pace Car
for winning the race BUT I got a call from his people on January 30, 2006 saying it's ONLY a rumor!
|#0031 - Lead Camera Car (Jim's) @ finish of race
#0029 George's Car at Daytona USA
Jeff Chew (Pontiac Racing) wrote me a note on
May 11, 2006 documenting the FIVE 'REAL' Daytona Pace Cars
- Split-Field Car (George) - 0031 Lead Camera Car, 0045 & 0058 Festival Cars are in the Jim Smith Collection
(0043 is @ Daytona Archives & does not have any graphics or strobes)
The 2000 Grand Prix GTP & 2000 Monte Carlo SS were the official Pace Cars of NASCAR in
Thirteen races used the Monte Carol SS
(which were NOT street legal & WERE NOT
released to the public).
The rest of the 2000 NASCAR Races used the Grand Prix GTP's.
NASCAR used 29 special prepared Grand Prix GTP Pace Cars in 2000 for the Winston Cup Series
& they ALL had the same 'Pontiac Racing' graphics package.
special 'silver' Daytona Cars were used ONLY at Daytona & 24 'white' cars were used at other tracks.
2000 GTP Pace Car Replica's were built
Replica Pace Cars had sun roof's - The 5 REAL Deal Pace Cars did not have sun roofs
If it has a sun roof, it's a replica
The FIVE special silver Daytona Pace Cars were built
to commerate the 'First Race of the New Millenium'.
The FIVE 'silver' cars were modified by TDM as "Daytona 500 Pace Car Editions" (sun roof delete) 0029,
0031, 0043, 0045, 0058
Replica Pace Cars were built & they all had sun roofs.
The 'white' Pace Cars DID NOT have some of the features unique to the "FIVE Daytona 500
Cars". (Roof rail fences, the Daytona 500 embroidered seats, etc.)
Other tracks used the 'white' for multiple races BUT the silver Daytona 500 Cars
were ONLY USED for 2000 Speed Weeks.
|1 of 24 'white' cars used @ other tracks in 2000
|#0058 (Jim's Car) @ Daytona Feb. 2000
Dale Earnhardt, Sr. died in a last lap racing
accident February 18, 2001 @ Daytona.
photos (taken by David Saad) of Dale, Sr. getting in the car before the race were some of the very last photos.
watched David grow up on Half Moon Lake,WI, taught him how to water-ski & barefoot ski.
DO NOT COPY OR DUPLICATE THESE PHOTOS!
Photos in memory
of David Saad & Dale Earnhardt, Sr.
|Dad giving a pep talk to Jr. just before the start
|The last father son talk. We miss you Dale!
Click for Dale Earnhardt's Fatal Crash with Pace Car in the last frame.
|David Saad & Dale, Sr.
|Maybe the last handshake - ever!
|Dale, Jr. @ 2000 Talledaga
|DO NOT COPY OR DUPLICATE
4, 1984 - President Reagan attends the race @ Daytona
#43 & Air Force One landing is an amazing photo.
Richard Petty wins his 200th Race beating Cale Yarbough
by a fender & the President is there.
|July 4, 1984 Daytona - #43 Richard Petty just happenned to win the race
I attended the 1984 Daytona 500 in Februaty but NOT
the July 4th race. Jim
Petty, president, historic victory define NASCAR
Landmark moment still resounds 25 years later
President Ronald Reagan with Ned Jarrett in one of the Tower Wuites during the 1984
Firecracker 400 at Daytona International Speedway. (N-J file)
President Ronald Reagan, aboard Air Force One, lands at Daytona International Airport
as Richard Petty turns a lap along the backstretch of Daytona International Speedway during the Firecracker 400 on July 4,
1984. (N-J file)
Richard Petty (43) takes the checkered flag just inches ahead of Cale Yarborough (28)
to win the Firecracker 400 at Daytona International Speedway July 4, 1984. This marked Petty's 200th career victory. (N-J
DAYTONA BEACH -- Richard Petty beat Cale Yarborough by the width of his front
bumper to win the 1984 Firecracker 400 and score his 200th career victory with President Ronald Reagan watching from a VIP
It was a victory for the ages, putting racing on the front pages of newspapers across the country and NASCAR
on nightly newscasts. With Reagan present, it gave stock-car racing a new legitimacy as a major sport.
Mike Curb helped
pull it all together.
The founder of Curb Records was not only Petty's car owner at the time, but also a friend of
NASCAR president Bill France Jr. and an adviser to Reagan.
Curb describes his experience on this day 25 years ago as
something of a dream sequence.
"I still cannot believe it happened, " he said.
Petty landed at Curb
Racing after an internal squabble at Petty Enterprises Inc. Petty had been fined for an oversized engine after winning a NASCAR
Cup race at Charlotte near the end of the 1983 season.
Curb was in the process of building his own Cup team for the
"About two weeks after the oversized-engine incident at Charlotte, Bill Jr. called me and said, 'Are
you sitting down? I have a driver I want to recommend to you.' "
"I asked him, 'Why do I need to sit down?
I've had about 25 drivers call me about driving my car.' So I sat down and Bill said, 'Your driver will be Richard Petty.'
As the 1984 season progressed, Petty won his 199th Cup race at Dover International Speedway. Soon after that
race, Curb recommended to Reagan's staff that the president attend the summer race on the Fourth of July at Daytona International
"They wanted him to do something patriotic, " Curb said.
The president liked the idea. It
turns out that early in Reagan's broadcast career, he was a short-track announcer.
"He knew of Dale Earnhardt
and Richard Petty, " Curb said. "I told them, 'If you tell me you are interested, I'll call Bill France Jr., but
if I call and tell him he's going to come and he doesn't go, they might not allow me back at the track.' "
was able to work out the details and logistics, which included heavy security at the Speedway on race day.
who was the grand marshal, gave the "gentlemen, start your engines" command via telephone from Air Force One, which
landed here about 60 laps into the 160-lap race.
As the race progressed, it came down to a two-car battle between Yarborough
and Petty, two of the sport's biggest stars.
When Doug Heveron spun his No. 01 Chevrolet in Turn 1 on Lap 156, it created
a one-lap shootout scenario for the victory. NASCAR threw the yellow flag just after Petty and Yarborough screamed past the
"I happened to be leading, and Cale was running second so we come down to I guess three laps to go
and as we came across the start/finish line and that's when we raced back to the flag, " Petty said. "So, Cale and
myself knew that this was the last lap."
Yarborough passed Petty for the lead going into Turn 3 on Lap 158, but
when Yarborough's Chevrolet washed up the banking, Petty was able to pull even with his stock-car nemesis.
pulled in beside him, and we are hung side-by-side going into Turn 4, into four, down the front stretch, " Petty said.
"And I happened to be on the inside lane, and when we got to the dogleg, then we both turn and my car runs 3-foot shorter
than his and I wind up winning the race."
The cars slowed, and when the pack came around to complete Lap 159,
Yarborough darted into the pits, thinking the race was over.
"I guess my brain blew up, " Yarborough said
after the race that day.
Harry Gant was scored second and Yarborough third after Yarborough pitted.
Petty parked his car at the finish line, and he bounced up the grandstand stairs to meet with Reagan.
up, go up in and talk to the president a little bit up there, and he's kind of blown away because, you know, we are running
side-by-side and smoke is coming off the car and running 200 mph. Blew his mind. He had not seen anything particularly like
that, " Petty said.
Because of the circumstances of the day, many believe the 1984 Firecracker 400 is one of the
landmark moments in the evolution of NASCAR.
With Reagan in attendance, "The King" of stock-car racing achieved
a milestone victory in a heart-stopping finish at the birthplace of the sport.
"In one fan vote, they had the
1984 Firecracker 400 as the most significant stock-car race in history, " Curb said. "The 1979 Daytona 500 was big
(as the first nationally televised race). But this race is right up there."
Twenty-five years after that magic
day, Curb remains in the sport as a NASCAR Nationwide Series car owner, with driver Jason Keller. Petty is part owner of Richard
Petty Motorsports, which fields four Sprint Cup cars.
The two men reunited Wednesday night at a Daytona State College
function. Petty will drive his No. 43 Pontiac during tonight's pace laps before the Coke Zero 400 goes green.
almost feels like I was playing fantasy auto racing, but it was for real, " Curb said. "It sounds like someone wrote
a script. Someday, I think we'll figure out how it happened."
|1959||Pontiac Bonneville convertible|
|1961||Pontiac Bonneville convertible|
|1962||Pontiac Bonneville convertible|
|1965||Dodge Coronet convertible|
|1966||Plymouth Belvedere convertible|
|1969||Chevrolet Camaro convertible|
|1970||Ford Torino GT convertible|
|1971||Porsche Audi 914|
|1976||Pontiac Grand Prix|
|1978||Pontiac Grand Prix|
|1981||Pontiac Turbo Trans-Am|
|1989||Pontiac Turbo Grand Prix|
|1990||Pontiac Turbo Grand Prix|
|1992||Pontiac Grand Prix|
|1997||Pontiac Grand Prix|
|1998||Pontiac Grand Prix|
|2000||Pontiac Grand Prix|
|2003||Pontiac Grand Prix|
|2010 ||Ford Mustang
|Daytona Pace Cars|
|From Past||Pace Car|
|Year||Type of car||Driver||Race Winner||Speed||Winnings||Car||Grand Marshal||Honoray Starter|
|1959||Pontiac Bonneville Convert||Lee Petty||135.521||$19,050 ||Oldsmobile|
|1960||Buick Convertible||Junior Johnson||124.74||$19,600 ||Chevrolet|
|1961||Pontiac Bonnevile Convertible||Marvin Panch||149.601||$21,050 ||Pontiac|
|1962||Pontiac Bonneville Convertible||Fireball Roberts||152.529||$24,190 ||Pontiac|
|1963||Buick Convertible||Tiny Lund||151.566||$24,550 ||Ford|
|1964||Dodge Coronet Convertible||Richard Petty||154.334||$33,300 ||Plymouth|
|1965||Dodge Coronet Convertible||Fred Lorenzen||141.539||$27,100 ||Ford|
|1966||Plymouth Belvedere Convertible||Richard Petty||160.627||$28,150 ||Plymouth|
|1967||Pontiac Firebird||Mario Andretti||146.926||$48,900 ||Ford||Mike
Womer, Chief Marshal|
|1968||Chevy Camaro Convertible||Cale Yarborough||143.251||$47,250 ||Mercury||Alan
S. Boyd, Secretary of Transportation|
|1969||Chevy Camaro Convertible||Enoch Staley||LeeRoy Yarbrough||157.95||$38,950 ||Ford||Fred
Hartley, Union Oil President|
|1970||Ford Torino GT Convertible||Pete Hamilton||149.601||$44,850 ||Plymouth||Semon
E. Knudsen, President of Ford Motor Company|
|1971||Porsche Audi 914||Richard Petty||144.462||$45,450 ||Plymouth||?|
|1972||Pontiac LeMans||AJ Foyt||161.55||$44,600 ||Mercury||James
|1973||Pontiac LeMans||Richard Petty||157.205||$33,500 ||Dodge||Governor
George C. Wallace, Alabama Governor||Joe Littlejohn, Former NASCAR Driver|
Gran Am||Richard Petty||140.894||$34,100 ||Dodge||Major
Jacques Maury, Le Mans, France||Brig. General Robert M. Montague|
LeMans||Benny Parsons||153.649||$40,900 ||Chevrolet||Ambassador
Alejandro Orfila, Aregentina||Charlie Rich (C/W singer)|
|1976||Pontiac Grand Prix||David Pearson||152.181||$46,800 ||Mercury||George
C. Wallace, Presidental Candidate||?|
|1977||Pontiac Grand Prix||Cale Yarborough||153.218||$47,200 ||Chevrolet||Dr.
Joseph Sisco, former Assistant Secretary of State||Ken Stabler, NFL Quarterback|
Grand Prix||Bobby Allison||159.73||$44,300 ||Ford||George
Bush, CIA Director and future President of the United States||James Michener, Author|
|1979||Pontiac Trans-Am||Richard Petty||143.977||$73,900 ||Oldsmobile||Robert
C. Stempel, Pontiac||Ben Gazarra (actor)|
|1980||Pontiac Turbo Trans-Am||Buddy Baker||177.602||$102,175 ||Oldsmobile||August
A. Busch III, Anheuser Busch||Hugh A. Carter, Jr., Special Assistant to the President, Carter Admin.|
|1981||Pontiac Trans Am||Richard Petty||169.651||$90,575 ||Buick||Charles
J. Pillod Jr, Goodyear||William E. Hoglund (Pontiac|
|1982||Pontiac Trans Am||Bobby Allison||153.991||$120,630 ||Buick||Edward
A. Horrigan Jr., R.J. Reynolds||Joseph Block (Pepsi)|
|1983||Pontiac Trans-Am||Cale Yarborough||155.979||$119,600 ||Pontiac||Donald
M. Kendall, PepsiCo||Vice President George Bush|
|1984||Pontiac Trans-Am||Cale Yarborough||150.994||$160,300 ||Chevrolet||William
S. McConnor, Union Oil Company||William R. Howard (Piedmont)|
|1985||Pontiac Trans-Am||Bill Elliott||172.265||$185,500 ||Ford||F.
James McDonald, General Motors||Jere W. Thompson (Southland Corp.)|
Trans-Am||Geoffrey Bodine||148.124||$192,715 ||Chevrolet||Michael
J. Roarty, Anheuser-Busch||Dick Stegemeier (Unocal)|
|1987||Pontiac Trans Am GTA||Bill Elliott||176.263||$204,150 ||Ford||F.
Ross Johnson, RJR Nabisco, Inc.||Jon Mills (FL Speaker of the House)|
Grand Prix||Bobby Allison||137.531||$202,940 ||Buick||Dolph
Von Arx, R.J. Reynolds Tobacco USA||Roger Beech (Unocal)|
|1989||Pontiac Trans Am Turbo 20th
Unser||Darrell Waltrip||148.466||$184,900 ||Chevrolet||Richard
Stegemeier, Unocal||Neal Pilson (CBS)|
|1990||Pontiac Grand Prix Turbo||Derrike Cope||165.761||$188,150 ||Chevrolet||George
J.Mitchell, Majority Leader, US Senate||Anthony J. Celebrezze (Ohio Attorney General)|
|1991||Pontiac Grand Prix GTP||Ernie Irvan||148.148||$233,000 ||Chevrolet||Jim
Sasser, Chairman of Senate Budget Committee, US Senate||Alfred E. Dudley (First Brands Corp.)|
|1992||Pontiac Grand Prix GTP||Kevin Schwantz||Davey Allison||160.256||$244,050 ||Ford||Richard
Petty, seven-time Daytona 500 champion||Ray Pinion (First Brands Corp.)|
Trans-Am||Dale Jarrett||154.972||$238,200 ||Chevrolet||John
D. Dingell, Congressman, Michigan||NASCAR legend Richard Petty|
|1994||Pontiac 25th Anniv. Trans-Am||Sterling Marlin||156.931||$258,275 ||Chevrolet||Peter
S. P. Dimsey, President US Region, MasterCard International||NFL Hall of Fame quarterback Troy Aikman|
|1995||Pontiac Trans-Am||Sterling Marlin||141.71||$300,460 ||Chevrolet||Ed
Woolard, Chairman and CEO, DuPont||NFL Hall of Fame quarterback Jim Kelly|
Trans-Am Firehawk||Dale Jarrett||154.308||$360,775 ||Ford||Join
R. Leach, Chairman and CEO, Western Auto Supply||Lawrence M. Higby (Unocal)|
Grand Prix GTP||Jeff Gordon||148.295||$377,410 ||Chevrolet||Bob
Rewey, Vice President of Sales and Marketing Worldwide, Ford Motor Co||Jim Keown (Pepsi)|
|1998||Pontiac Grand Prix GTP||Dale Earnhardt||172.712||$1,059,105 ||Chevrolet||Governor
Bill Graves, Kansas Governor||NFL Hall of Fame quarterback Dan Marino|
30th Anniv. Trans-Am||Jeff Gordon||161.551||$1,172,246 ||Chevrolet||Justice
Clarence Thomas, Supreme Court Associate||NFL Quarterback Brett Favre|
Grand Prix GTP||Buster
Auton||Dale Jarrett||155.669||$1,277,975 ||Ford||Sam
Gibara, Goodyear Tires||Olympian Jackie Joyner-Kersee|
|2001||Pontiac Aztec||Michael Waltrip||161.783||$1,331,185 ||Chevrolet||James
P. Kelly, Chairman and CEO, UPS||NFL Hall of Fame quarterback Terry Bradshaw|
Affleck||Ward Burton||142.971||$1,409,017 ||Dodge||Charles
Holliday Jr., Chairman and CEO, DuPont||Actress Angie Harmon|
|2003||Pontiac Grand Prix||Michael Waltrip||133.87||$1,400,406 ||Chevrolet||John
Travolta, Actor||Singer Mariah Carey|
|2004||Cheverolet Corvette||Dale Earnhardt Jr.||156.345||$1,495,070 ||Chevrolet||George
W. Bush, President||Comedian Whoopi Goldberg|
|2005||Cheverolet Corvette||Jeff Gordon||135.173||$1,497,154 ||Chevrolet||Matthew
McConaughey, Actor||Actor Ashton Kutcher|
|2006||Cheverolet Corvette||Jay Leno||Jimmie Johnson||142.667||$1,505,124 ||Chevrolet||James
Caan, Actor||Olympic snowboard medalists Hannah Teter and Gretchen Bleiler,|
Ripken||Kevin Harvick||149.335||$1,510,469 ||Chevrolet||Nicolas
Cage, Academy Award-Winning Actor||Phil Parsons, former NASCAR driver|
Johnson||Ryan Newman ||152.672||$1,506,045 ||Dodge||24
Living Daytona 500 champions||Seven-time Daytona 500 champion Richard Petty|
List of Daytona 500 winners
For NASCAR Grand National winners at Daytona from 1949–1958, see Daytona Beach & Road Course.
Mario Andretti, born in Italy, is the only driver to win the race not from the United States.
|Distance||Race Time||Average Speed|
|First Annual 500 Mile International Sweepstakes|
|1959||February 22||Lee Petty||Petty Enterprises||Oldsmobile||42||15th||$19,050||200||500
|Second Annual 500
Mile International Sweepstakes|
|1960||February 24||Junior Johnson||John Masoni||Chevrolet||27||9th||$19,600||200||500
|1961||February 26||Marvin Panch||Smokey Yunick||Pontiac||20||4th||$21,050||200||500
|1962||February 18||Fireball Roberts||Jim Stephens||Pontiac||22||Pole||$24,190||200||500 (805)||3:10:41||152.529|
|1963||February 24||Tiny Lund||Wood Brothers Racing||Ford||21||12th||$24,550||200||500
|1964||February 23||Richard Petty||Petty Enterprises (2)||Plymouth||43||2nd||$33,300||200||500
|1965||February 14||Fred Lorenzen||Holman-Moody||Ford||28||4th||$27,100||133*||332.5 (535)||2:22:56||141.539|
|1966||February 27||Richard Petty (2)||Petty Enterprises (3)||Plymouth||43||Pole||$28,150||198*||495 (797)||3:04:54||160.927|
|1967||February 26||Mario Andretti†||Holman-Moody (2)||Ford||11||12th||$48,900||200||500 (805)||3:24:11||146.926|
|1968||February 25||Cale Yarborough||Wood Brothers Racing (2)||Mercury||21||Pole||$47,250||200||500
|1969||February 23||LeeRoy Yarbrough||Junior Johnson||Ford||98||19th||$38,950||200||500 (805)||3:09:56||157.950|
|1970||February 22||Pete Hamilton||Petty Enterprises (4)||Plymouth||40||9th||$44,850||200||500 (805)||3:20:32||149.601|
|1971||February 14||Richard Petty (3)||Petty Enterprises (5)||Plymouth||43||5th||$45,450||200||500 (805)||3:27:40||144.462|
|1972||February 20||A.J. Foyt||Wood Brothers Racing (3)||Mercury||21||2nd||$44,600||200||500 (805)||3:05:42||161.550|
|1973||February 18||Richard Petty (4)||Petty Enterprises (6)||Dodge||43||7th||$36,100||200||500
|1974||February 17||Richard Petty (5)||Petty Enterprises (7)||Dodge||43||2nd||$39,650||180*||450 (724)||3:11:38||140.894|
|1975||February 16||Benny Parsons||L.G. DeWitt||Chevrolet||72||32nd||$43,905||200||500 (805)||3:15:15||153.649|
|1976||February 15||David Pearson||Wood Brothers Racing (4)||Mercury||21||7th||$46,800||200||500 (805)||3:17:08||152.181|
|1977||February 20||Cale Yarborough (2)||Junior Johnson (2)||Chevrolet||11||4th||$63,700||200||500 (805)||3:15:48||153.218|
|1978||February 19||Bobby Allison||Bud Moore Engineering||Ford||15||33rd||$56,300||200||500 (805)||3:07:49||159.730|
|1979||February 18||Richard Petty (6)||Petty Enterprises (8)||Oldsmobile||43||13th||$73,900||200||500 (805)||3:28:22||143.977|
|1980||February 17||Buddy Baker||Harry Ranier||Oldsmobile||28||Pole||$102,175||200||500 (805)||2:48:55||177.602‡|
|1981||February 15||Richard Petty (7)||Petty Enterprises (9)||Buick||43||8th||$90,575||200||500
|1982||February 14||Bobby Allison (2)||DiGard Motorsports||Buick||88||7th||$120,360||200||500 (805)||3:14:49||153.991|
|1983||February 20||Cale Yarborough (3)||Harry Ranier (2)||Pontiac||28||8th||$119,600||200||500 (805)||3:12:20||155.979|
|1984||February 19||Cale Yarborough (4)||Harry Ranier (3)||Chevrolet||28||Pole||$160,300||200||500 (805)||3:18:41||150.994|
|1985||February 17||Bill Elliott||Melling Racing||Ford||9||Pole||$185,500||200||500 (805)||2:54:09||172.265|
|1986||February 16||Geoffrey Bodine||Hendrick Motorsports||Chevrolet||5||2nd||$192,715||200||500 (805)||3:22:32||148.124|
|1987||February 15||Bill Elliott (2)||Melling Racing (2)||Ford||9||Pole||$204,150||200||500 (805)||2:50:12||176.263|
|1988||February 14||Bobby Allison (3)||Stavola Brothers Racing||Buick||12||3rd||$202,940||200||500 (805)||3:38:08||137.531|
|1989||February 19||Darrell Waltrip||Hendrick Motorsports (2)||Chevrolet||17||2nd||$184,900||200||500 (805)||3:22:04||148.466|
|1990||February 18||Derrike Cope||Bob Whitcomb||Chevrolet||10||12th||$188,150||200||500 (805)||3:00:59||165.761|
500 by STP|
|1991||February 17||Ernie Irvan||Morgan-McClure Motorsports||Chevrolet||4||2nd||$233,000||200||500 (805)||3:22:30||148.148|
|1992||February 16||Davey Allison||Robert Yates Racing||Ford||28||6th||$244,050||200||500 (805)||3:07:12||160.256|
|1993||February 14||Dale Jarrett||Joe Gibbs Racing||Chevrolet||18||2nd||$238,200||200||500 (805)||3:13:35||154.972|
|1994||February 20||Sterling Marlin||Morgan-McClure Motorsports (2)||Chevrolet||4||4th||$258,275||200||500 (805)||3:11:10||156.931|
|1995||February 19||Sterling Marlin (2)||Morgan-McClure Motorsports (3)||Chevrolet||4||3rd||$300,460||200||500 (805)||3:31:42||141.710|
|1996||February 18||Dale Jarrett (2)||Robert Yates Racing (2)||Ford||88||7th||$360,775||200||500 (805)||3:14:25||154.308|
|1997||February 16||Jeff Gordon||Hendrick Motorsports (3)||Chevrolet||24||6th||$377,410||200||500 (805)||3:22:18||148.295|
|1998||February 15||Dale Earnhardt||Richard Childress Racing||Chevrolet||3||4th||$1,059,805||200||500 (805)||2:53:42||172.712|
|1999||February 14||Jeff Gordon (2)||Hendrick Motorsports (4)||Chevrolet||24||Pole||$1,172,246||200||500 (805)||3:05:42||161.551|
|2000||February 20||Dale Jarrett (3)||Robert Yates Racing (3)||Ford||88||Pole||$1,277,975||200||500 (805)||3:12:43||155.669|
|Dodge Daytona 500|
|2001||February 18||Michael Waltrip||Dale Earnhardt, Inc.||Chevrolet||15||19th||$1,331,185||200||500 (805)||3:05:26||161.783|
|2002||February 17||Ward Burton||Bill Davis Racing||Dodge||22||19th||$1,389,017||200||500 (805)||3:29:50||130.810|
|2003||February 16||Michael Waltrip (2)||Dale Earnhardt, Inc. (2)||Chevrolet||15||4th||$1,419,406||109*||272.5 (439)||2:02:08||133.870|
|2004||February 15||Dale Earnhardt, Jr.||Dale Earnhardt, Inc. (3)||Chevrolet||8||3rd||$1,495,070||200||500 (805)||3:11:53||156.341|
|2005||February 20||Jeff Gordon (3)||Hendrick Motorsports (5)||Chevrolet||24||15th||$1,497,150||203*||507.5 (817)||3:45:16||135.173|
|2006||February 19||Jimmie Johnson||Hendrick Motorsports (6)||Chevrolet||48||9th||$1,505,120||203*||507.5 (817)||3:33:26||142.734|
|Daytona 500 presented by Toyota|
|2007||February 18||Kevin Harvick||Richard Childress Racing (2)||Chevrolet||29||34th||$1,510,469||202*||505 (813)||3:22:55||149.333|
|2008||February 17||Ryan Newman||Penske Championship Racing||Dodge||12||7th||$1,543,045||200||500 (805)||3:16:30||152.672|
|2009||February 15||Matt Kenseth||Roush Fenway Racing||Ford||17||39th1||$1,536,388||152*||380 (612)||2:51:40||132.816|
|2010||February 14||Jamie McMurray||Earnhardt Ganassi Racing||Chevrolet||1||13th||$1,514,649||208*||520 (837)||3:47:16||137.284|
|2011||February 20||Trevor Bayne||Wood Brothers Racing (5)||Ford||21||32nd||$1,463,810||208*||520 (837)||3:59:24||130.326|
– Andretti was born in a part of Italy that is now in Croatia, but became a naturalized American citizen.
‡ – Record for fastest Daytona 500 at 177.602 mph (285.823 km/h) set by Buddy Baker in 1980.
1 – Originally started 39th, but had to go back to the 43rd position
due to changing to a backup car after crashing in the qualifying races. A driver who crashes during the qualifying race and
goes to a backup car, or after 2003, changes an engine between the first practice after the qualifying race and the Daytona
500, is relegated to the rear of the field.
The following races have been shortened:
332.5 miles (133 laps) because of rain.
- 1966: 495 miles (198 laps) because of rain.
450 miles (180 laps) Race scheduled for 90% distance in response to the energy crisis; scoring began on lap 21.
- 2003: 272.5 miles (109 laps) because of rain.
380 miles (152 laps) because of rain.
The following races have been lengthened because of the green-white-checker finish. Note that from July 25, 2004 until November 22, 2009, only one attempt was permitted in Sprint Cup Series racing. Starting
February 11, 2010, a maximum of three attempts was permitted.
- 2005 and 2006: 507.5 miles (203
- 2007: 505 miles (202 laps)
- 2010: 520 miles (208 laps) (two attempts
— Lap 203 and Lap 207; This was the first time a NASCAR Sprint Cup race used the Green-white-checker format 2 times
to finish a race.
- 2011: 520 miles (208 laps); two attempts