Below is a look at some of the top statistical performers at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Florida going into the Coke Zero Sugar 400 on August 27 at 7 p.m. ET on NBC, MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.
2022 Top 30 In Points2022 Driver Playoff Outlook Following Race No. 25RankDriverPointsLdr.RankDriverPointsWinsStagesPlayoff PtsPts From Cutoff1Chase Elliott92201Chase Elliott9224525In On Wins2Kyle Larson788-1342Kyle Larson78823133Ryan Blaney779-1433Joey Logano76724144Joey Logano767-1554Ross Chastain76125155Ross Chastain761-1615Kevin Harvick69020106Martin Truex Jr.754-1686William Byron66423137Christopher Bell733-1897Tyler Reddick60222128Kevin Harvick690-2328Denny Hamlin59123139Kyle Busch679-2439Christopher Bell73312710William Byron664-25810Kyle Busch67911611Alex Bowman615-30711Alex Bowman61511612Daniel Suarez614-30812Daniel Suarez61412713Tyler Reddick602-32013Austin Cindric #58011614Denny Hamlin591-33114Chase Briscoe57114915Austin Cindric #580-34215Kurt Busch48512716Chase Briscoe571-35116Ryan Blaney7790552517Erik Jones567-35517Martin Truex Jr.754077-2518Aric Almirola560-36218Erik Jones567000-21219Austin Dillon524-39819Aric Almirola560000-21920Bubba Wallace519-40320Austin Dillon524000-25521Chris Buescher512-41021Bubba Wallace519011-26022Kurt Busch485-43722Chris Buescher512000-26723Justin Haley480-44223Justin Haley480000-29924Michael McDowell435-48724Michael McDowell43500-10-34425Ricky Stenhouse Jr.432-49025Ricky Stenhouse Jr.432000-34726Cole Custer431-49126Cole Custer431000-34827Brad Keselowski411-51127Brad Keselowski41100-10-36828Harrison Burton #395-52728Harrison Burton #395000-38429Ty Dillon377-54529Ty Dillon377000-40230Todd Gilliland #374-54830Todd Gilliland #374000-405
2022 Playoff Clinch Scenarios — Daytona International Speedway
The following 15 drivers have clinched a spot in the 16-driver postseason field: Chase Elliott, Kyle Larson, Joey Logano, Ross Chastain, Christopher Bell, Kevin Harvick, Kyle Busch, William Byron, Alex Bowman, Daniel Suarez, Tyler Reddick, Denny Hamlin, Austin Cindric, Chase Briscoe, Kurt Busch.
Can Clinch Via Points
If there is a repeat winner or a win by a driver who cannot advance to the playoffs, the following drivers could clinch by being ahead of the second winless driver in the standings.
Ryan Blaney: Would clinch with 31 pointsMartin Truex Jr.: Could only clinch with help
Can Clinch Via Win
The following drivers would clinch on their win alone:
Ryan Blaney, Martin Truex Jr., Erik Jones, Aric Almirola, Austin Dillon, Bubba Wallace, Chris Buescher, Justin Haley, Michael McDowell, Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Cole Custer, Brad Keselowski, Harrison Burton, Ty Dillon, Todd Gilliland
2022 Regular Season Championship Presented by Coca-Cola
Chase Elliott clinched 2022 Regular Season Championship at Watkins Glen International (Aug. 21, 2022).
Last Three Regular Season Finales – Clinch History
2021 Season — Heading into the final race of the regular season at Daytona International Speedway, the 2021 season had produced 14 different winners with two additional drivers clinching their spots on points leaving just one spot still available to make the Playoffs, and it was Richard Childress Racing teammates Austin Dillon and Tyler Reddick battling it out for the final postseason position. Ultimately, Ryan Blaney won the regular season finale at Daytona International Speedway, but he had already clinched his spot in the 2021 NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs earlier in the season. Because of the repeat winner, the 16th and final Playoff spot was earned by points, and it was Tyler Reddick‘s fifth-place finish to Austin Dillon‘s 17th at Daytona that earned him enough points to advance for the first-time in his career to the NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs. Hendrick Motorsport‘s driver Kyle Larson clinched the Regular Season Championship in 2021.
2020 Season — Heading into the last race of the regular season at Daytona International Speedway in 2020, six spots were still up for grabs in the Playoffs. Ultimately, William Byron won the regular season finale at Daytona International Speedway to clinch his spot in the 2020 NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs — the first driver since ‘Win & You‘re In‘ was introduced in the series to win his way into the postseason in the final race. The other five Playoff spots were clinched on points. Kevin Harvick clinched the Regular Season Championship in 2020.
2019 Season – Heading into the last race of the regular season at Indianapolis in 2019, just two spots were still up for grabs in the Playoffs and three drivers vying for the spots — Clint Bowyer, Daniel Suarez, Ryan Newman. Ultimately, Kevin Harvick won the regular season finale at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, but he had already clinched his spot in the Playoffs earlier in the season. Clint Bowyer (fifth-place finish) and Ryan Newman (eighth-place) raced their way into the postseason clinching the last two spots on points. Kyle Busch clinched the Regular Season Championship in 2019 for the second-time in his career (2018, 2019).
(Driver loop stats in the below section are from 2005-Present)
Christopher Bell (No. 20 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota)
One top 15Average Finish of 23.400, 13th-bestAverage Running Position of 16.308, eighth-bestDriver Rating of 79.4, 11th-best29 Fastest Laps Run, 26th-best506 Laps in the Top 15 (53.9%), 24th-most754 Quality Passes, 26th-most
Ryan Blaney (No. 12 Team Penske Ford)
One win, four top fives, six top 10sAverage Finish of 18.357, eighth-bestAverage Running Position of 14.302, fourth-bestDriver Rating of 86.4, fifth-best39 Fastest Laps Run, 22nd-best1,667 Laps in the Top 15 (64.7%), 10th-most2,458 Quality Passes, 10th-most
Kyle Busch (No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota)
One win, eight top fives, ten top 10s; one poleAverage Finish of 19.324, ninth-bestAverage Running Position of 13.614, second-bestDriver Rating of 92.2, second-best124 Fastest Laps Run, fifth-best4,023 Laps in the Top 15 (66.1%), series-most4,627 Quality Passes, second-most
Austin Cindric (No. 2 Team Penske Ford)
One win, one top five, one top 10Average Finish of 8.000, series-bestAverage Running Position of 8.282, series-bestDriver Rating of 107.0, series-best8 Fastest Laps Run, 40th-best342 Laps in the Top 15 (85.3%), 31st-most199 Quality Passes, 34th-most
Austin Dillon (No. 3 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet)
One win, three top fives, eight top 10s; one poleAverage Finish of 15.500, third-bestAverage Running Position of 17.188, 12th-bestDriver Rating of 77.9, 13th-best73 Fastest Laps Run, 14th-best1,545 Laps in the Top 15 (47.6%), 11th-most1,971 Quality Passes, 12th-most
Chase Elliott (No. 9 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet)
Two top fives, four top 10s; three polesAverage Finish of 20.308, 11th-bestAverage Running Position of 16.162, seventh-bestDriver Rating of 79.8, 10th-best61 Fastest Laps Run, 16th-best1,370 Laps in the Top 15 (57.8%), 11th-most1,942 Quality Passes, 12th-most
Denny Hamlin (No. 11 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota)
Three wins, 11 top fives, 12 top 10sAverage Finish of 16.545, fourth-bestAverage Running Position of 14.807, fifth-bestDriver Rating of 88.8, third-best129 Fastest Laps Run, fourth-best3,509 Laps in the Top 15 (59.3%), second-most4,496 Quality Passes, third-most
Kevin Harvick (No. 4 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford)
Two wins, 11 top fives, 16 top 10s; one poleAverage Finish of 18.057, sixth-bestAverage Running Position of 18.256, 15th-bestDriver Rating of 82.1, seventh-best133 Fastest Laps Run, third-best3,228 Laps in the Top 15 (51.4%), fourth-most4,190 Quality Passes, fifth-most
Brad Keselowski (No. 6 RFK Racing Ford)
One win, three top fives, six top 10sAverage Finish of 22.692, 12th-bestAverage Running Position of 16.988, 11th-bestDriver Rating of 80.0, ninth-best89 Fastest Laps Run, 10th-best2,556 Laps in the Top 15 (54.6%), seventh-most3,659 Quality Passes, seventh-most
Joey Logano (No. 22 Team Penske Ford)
One win, six top fives, nine top 10sAverage Finish of 18.259, seventh-bestAverage Running Position of 15.303, sixth-bestDriver Rating of 87.9, fourth-best108 Fastest Laps Run, sixth-best2,917 Laps in the Top 15 (60.3%), sixth-most4,213 Quality Passes, fourth-most
Ricky Stenhouse Jr (No. 47 JTG Daugherty Racing Chevrolet)
One win, two top fives, three top 10s; one poleAverage Finish of 20.100, 10th-bestAverage Running Position of 16.704, 10th-bestDriver Rating of 78.8, 12th-best83 Fastest Laps Run, 12th-best1,736 Laps in the Top 15 (48.1%), ninth-most2,706 Quality Passes, eighth-most
Bubba Wallace (No. 23 23XI Racing Toyota)
Four top fives, four top 10sAverage Finish of 12.600, second-bestAverage Running Position of 17.326, 13th-bestDriver Rating of 81.5, eighth-best53 Fastest Laps Run, 19th-best856 Laps in the Top 15 (47.3%), 20th-most1,233 Quality Passes, 17th-most
NASCAR Cup Series 2022 Top 16 in the Driver Standings at Daytona
RankDriverRacesPolesWinsTop FivesTop 10sDNFsAverage FinishDriver Rating1Chase Elliott133024420.279.82Kyle Larson161005721.873.13Ryan Blaney140146618.486.44Joey Logano270169718.287.95Ross Chastain80002420.960.66Martin Truex Jr341035821.977.37Christopher Bell50000323.279.48Kevin Harvick42121116917.582.19Kyle Busch34118101119.392.210William Byron91122524.476.011Alex Bowman122003118.074.812Daniel Suárez100000829.057.113Tyler Reddick60011425.267.314Denny Hamlin33031112416.588.815Austin Cindric2011118.0107.016Chase Briscoe30011114.370.6
* — Based on last 34 races at Daytona International Speedway (2005 — 2022).
Daytona International Speedway:
Season Race #: 26 of 36 (08-27-22)
The Purse: $8,312,719
Track Size: 2.5-mile
Banking/Turns: 31 degrees
Banking/Straights: 3 degrees
Banking/Tri-Oval: 18 degrees
Frontstretch Length: 3,800 feet
Backstretch Length: 3,000 feet
Race Length: 160 laps / 400 miles
Stage 1 Length: 35 laps (Ends on Lap 35)
Stage 2 Length: 60 laps (Ends on Lap 95)
Final Stage Length: 65 laps (Ends on Lap 160)
Track qualifying record (July race): 2021 pole winner:
Cale Yarborough, Ford Starting Lineups were determined by Metric Qualifying
203.519 mph, 44.222 secs., 07-02-86 as a result Kyle Larson started from the pole.
Track race record (July race): 2021 race winner:
Bobby Allison, Mercury Ryan Blaney, Ford
173.473 mph, (02:18:21), 07-04-80 142.201 mph, (02:54:03), 08-28-21
Groundbreaking for Daytona International Speedway was November 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 track is located in the heart of Daytona Beach, Florida and stretches a total 2.5-miles with 31 degrees of banking in the four turns and 18 degrees of banking in the tri-oval where the start/finish line is located.The first NASCAR Cup Series race at Daytona was a 100-mile qualifying race for the Daytona 500 on February 20, 1959 — the race was won by Bob Welborn.The first summer race at Daytona International Speedway was held on July 4, 1959 — won by NASCAR Hall of Famer Fireball Roberts (140.581 mph) driving a 1959 Pontiac for car owner Jim Stephens. The race was just 250 miles in length. The first 400-mile summer Daytona event was on July 4, 1963, also won by Fireball Roberts.NASCAR Hall of Famer Richard Petty won his 200th career race on July 4, 1984 at Daytona International Speedway — a record for wins in the NASCAR Cup Series to this day.Lights were installed in the spring of 1998 at the track. However, the July race was delayed until October that year due to thick smoke from wildfires. The second Daytona race has been held 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.There have been 150 NASCAR Cup Series races at Daytona International Speedway since the track hosted its first race in 1959: 64 have been 500 miles, 59 were 400 miles and four were 250 miles. There were also 23 qualifier races that were point races.
A total of 699 different drivers have competed in at least one NASCAR Cup Series race at Daytona International Speedway; 534 have competed in more than one.A total of 486 different drivers have competed in at least one NASCAR Cup Series summer race at Daytona International Speedway; 308 have competed in more than one.NASCAR Hall of Famer Richard Petty leads the NASCAR Cup Series in starts at Daytona International Speedway with 74 starts.Kevin Harvick and Kurt Busch lead all active series drivers in Daytona starts with 42 starts each.NASCAR Hall of Famer Richard Petty leads the NASCAR Cup Series in summer race starts at Daytona with 32.Kevin Harvick and Kurt Busch lead all active series drivers in summer Daytona starts with 21 starts each.A total of 187 different drivers have made their first career NASCAR Cup Series start at Daytona International Speedway — the most recent are Noah Gragson (2/20/2022) and Todd Gilliland (2/20/2022).Of the 187 drivers that made their first start at Daytona, 19 made it during the summer Daytona races.
Drivers that made their first career Cup start in the Summer race at Daytona
Drivers (19)DateDan PardusSaturday, October 17, 1998Loy Allen JrSaturday, July 3, 1993Larry MoyerSaturday, July 2, 1988Dave PletcherSaturday, July 4, 1987Greg SacksMonday, July 4, 1983Rick WilsonFriday, July 4, 1980Paul FessTuesday, July 4, 1978Christine BeckersMonday, July 4, 1977Lella LombardiMonday, July 4, 1977Bobby BrackSunday, July 4, 1971Gary DuPuisSaturday, July 4, 1970Joe LeonardFriday, July 4, 1969Eddie MacDonaldMonday, July 4, 1966Ken WhiteSunday, July 4, 1965Lionel JohnsonSunday, July 4, 1965Rodney WilliamsSaturday, July 4, 1964Jim BennettTuesday, July 4, 1961Jim AustinSaturday, July 4, 1959John PaschallSaturday, July 4, 1959Of the 19 drivers that made their first start during the summer Daytona races, Lionel Johnson posted the best finish of 10th after starting 30th on July 4, 1965. Johnson was driving a 1964 Ford for car owner Clay Eastridge.Eight active series drivers have made their first career start at Daytona International Speedway, though none were during the summer races:RankFirst-Time Active DriversStartFinishDate1Noah Gragson3931Sunday, February 20, 20222Todd Gilliland2933Sunday, February 20, 20223Austin Cindric3915Sunday, February 14, 20214Chase Briscoe3019Sunday, February 14, 20215Christopher Bell1721Monday, February 17, 20206Tyler Reddick3927Sunday, February 17, 20197William Byron3323Sunday, February 18, 20188Daniel Suarez1929Sunday, February 26, 20179Alex Bowman2923Sunday, February 23, 2014
NASCAR Hall of Famer Fireball Roberts leads the NASCAR Cup Series in average starting position at Daytona International Speedway with a 5.412 in 17 starts.Chase Elliott leads all active drivers in the NASCAR Cup Series in average starting position at Daytona International Speedway with a 10.615 in 13 total starts.Fireball Roberts also leads the series in average starting position in the Daytona summer races with a 2.200 in five starts.William Byron also leads the series in average starting position in the Summer races at Daytona with a 9.5 in four starts.
Top 10 in Average Starting Position at Daytona (All-Time & Active)
RankAll-Time DriversAvg. StartRacesRankActive DriversAvg. StartRaces1Fireball Roberts5.412171Chase Elliott10.615132Pete Hamilton5.900102William Byron11.22293Davey Allison6.500143Alex Bowman12.583124Donald Tucker7.00024Ryan Blaney12.714145Paul Goldsmith7.105195Christopher Bell14.20056Don White7.40056Kevin Harvick14.238427Andy Houston7.50027Kyle Busch14.353348Earl Balmer7.57178Austin Dillon15.389189Joe Weatherly7.867159Joey Logano15.7042710Bobby Isaac7.8892710Denny Hamlin16.63633
A total of 63 different drivers have won the pole in the NASCAR Cup Series at Daytona International Speedway; 25 drivers have won more than one pole at Daytona.Nine of the 63 NASCAR Cup Series Daytona pole winners are active this weekend.RankActive Pole WinnersPolesSeasons1Chase Elliott32018 (July), 2017 (Feb.), 2016 (Feb.)2Alex Bowman22021 (Feb.), 2018 (Feb.)3Kyle Larson12022 (Feb.)4Ricky Stenhouse Jr12020 (Feb.)5William Byron12019 (Feb.)6Austin Dillon12014 (Feb.)7Kyle Busch12013 (July)8Martin Truex Jr12009 (Feb.)9Kevin Harvick12002 (July)A total of 41 different drivers have won the pole for the NASCAR Cup Series Summer races at Daytona; eight drivers have won multiple summer race poles at Daytona in the Cup Series.NASCAR Hall of Famer Cale Yarborough leads the NASCAR Cup Series in poles at Daytona with 12 (Feb. 1968, July 1969, 1970 sweep, 1978 sweep, July 1980, July 1981, July 1983, 1984 sweep, July 1986). Eight of the 12 poles are from the summer race, which is also the series-most for that event.Only three active Daytona Summer race pole winners are entered this weekend: Chase Elliott (2018), Kyle Busch (2013) and Kevin Harvick (2002).Chase Elliott leads all active series drivers in poles at Daytona with three (Feb. 2016, Feb. 2017, and July 2018).Fireball Roberts won the inaugural pole for the Summer races at Daytona International Speedway in 1959 with a speed of 144.997 mph.Three drivers have won consecutive poles for the summer race at Daytona: Cale Yarborough (1969-‘70; 1980-‘81, 1983-‘84), Sterling Marlin (1991-‘92) and Dale Earnhardt (1994-‘95).Youngest Cup Series Daytona pole winner: Chase Elliott (February 21, 2016 — 20 years, 2 months, 24 days).Oldest Cup Series Daytona pole winner: Mark Martin (July 2, 2011 — 52 years, 5 months, 23 days).A total of 17 different drivers have posted their first series career pole at Daytona International Speedway — 10 during Speedweeks in February and seven during the races held in the Summer months.First-Time Pole Winners (Daytona Summer Races)DatePaul MenardSaturday, July 5, 2008Kevin HarvickSaturday, July 6, 2002Sterling MarlinSaturday, July 6, 1991Greg SacksSaturday, July 7, 1990Geoff BodineSunday, July 4, 1982Charlie GlotzbachThursday, July 4, 1968Darel DieringerSaturday, July 4, 1964Hendrick Motorsports leads all organizations in Summer race poles at Daytona in the NASCAR Cup Series with seven: Darrell Waltrip (7/2/88), Greg Sacks (7/7/90), Jeff Gordon (7/6/96 and 7/3/04), Mark Martin (7/2/11), Dale Earnhardt Jr. (7/1/17), Chase Elliott (7/7/2018).Nine different manufacturers have won the pole at Daytona, led by Chevrolet (52) and followed by Ford (25), Pontiac (15), Mercury (10), Dodge (nine), Oldsmobile (six), Plymouth (two), Toyota (one) and Buick (one).Eight different manufacturers have won the pole for the Summer race at Daytona, led by Chevrolet (22), and followed by Ford (13), Pontiac (six), Dodge (five), Mercury (five), Oldsmobile (three), Toyota (one) and Buick (one).
A total of 69 different drivers have posted at least one NASCAR Cup Series win at Daytona International Speedway; 29 drivers have multiple Cup Series wins at Daytona.Of the 69 NASCAR Cup Series Daytona winners, 41 of them have won the Summer race (59.4%).Of the 69 NASCAR Cup Series Daytona winners, 15 are active this weekend; 10 of the 15 have won during the Summer event.RankActive Daytona Race WinnersWinsSeasons1Denny Hamlin32020 (Feb.), 2019 (Feb.), 2016 (Feb.)2Kevin Harvick22010 (July), 2007 (Feb.)3Austin Cindric12022 (Feb.)4Ryan Blaney12021 (Aug.)5Michael McDowell12021 (Feb.)6William Byron12020 (Aug.)7Justin Haley12019 (July)8Erik Jones12018 (July)9Austin Dillon12018 (Feb.)10Ricky Stenhouse Jr12017 (July)11Kurt Busch12017 (Feb.)12Brad Keselowski12016 (July)13Joey Logano12015 (Feb.)14Aric Almirola12014 (July)15David Ragan12011 (July)16Kyle Busch12008 (July)NASCAR Hall of Famer Richard Petty leads the NASCAR Cup Series in victories at Daytona International Speedway with 10 wins (Feb. 1964, Feb. 1966, Feb. 1971, Feb. 1973, Feb. 1974, July 1975, July 1977, Feb. 1979, Feb. 1981, July 1984).Denny Hamlin leads all active NASCAR Cup Series drivers in Daytona wins with three (Feb. 2016, Feb. 2019, Feb. 2020).NASCAR Hall of Famer David Pearson leads the series in Summer race victories at Daytona with five wins (1961, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1978).Youngest Daytona Summer race winner: Justin Haley (07/07/2019 — 20 years, 2 months, 9 days); the all-time track record is held by Trevor Bayne (02/20/2011 — 20 years, 0 months, 1 day).Oldest Daytona Summer race winner: Bobby Allison (07/04/1987 — 49 years, 7 months, 1 day); the all-time track record is held by Bobby Allison (02/14/1988 — 50 years, 5 months, 23 days).Five drivers have posted consecutive Summer race wins at Daytona International Speedway: Fireball Roberts (1962-1963), A.J. Foyt (1964-1965), Cale Yarborough (1967-1968) David Pearson (1972 – 1974) and Tony Stewart (2005-2006). None of the active drivers have multiple Summer race Daytona wins.Five drivers have swept both NASCAR Cup Series races at Daytona in a single season — the Daytona 500 & the Summer race: Fireball Roberts — 1962 (Daytona 500, Firecracker 250); Cale Yarborough — 1968 (Daytona 500, Firecracker 400); LeeRoy Yarborough — 1969 (Daytona 500, Firecracker 400); Bobbie Allison — 1982 (Daytona 500, Firecracker 400); Jimmie Johnson — 2013 (Daytona 500, Coke Zero 400 powered by Coca-Cola)A total of 23 different drivers have posted their first NASCAR Cup Series win at Daytona International Speedway; 11 of the 23 drivers posted their first win in the Summer race — the most recent was August race from 2020 with race winner William Byron.Of 23 different drivers that posted their first NASCAR Cup Series career win at Daytona International Speedway; Justin Haley started the deepest in the field at Daytona to win his first race with a 34th starting position.
NASCAR Cup Series First-Time Winners at Daytona International Speedway (All-Time)
First-Time Race Winners (23) DateDriver’s AgeAustin Cindric5Sunday, February 20, 202223Michael McDowell17Sunday, February 14, 202136William Byron6Saturday, August 29, 202022Justin Haley34Sunday, July 7, 201920Erik Jones29Saturday, July 7, 201822Aric Almirola15Sunday, July 6, 201430David Ragan5Saturday, July 2, 201125Trevor Bayne32Sunday, February 20, 201120Greg Biffle30Saturday, July 5, 200333Michael Waltrip19Sunday, February 18, 200137John Andretti3Saturday, July 5, 199734Jimmy Spencer3Saturday, July 2, 199437Sterling Marlin4Sunday, February 20, 199436Derrike Cope12Sunday, February 18, 199031Greg Sacks9Thursday, July 4, 198532Pete Hamilton9Sunday, February 22, 197027Mario Andretti12Sunday, February 26, 196726Sam McQuagg4Monday, July 4, 196628Earl Balmer6Friday, February 25, 196630A.J. Foyt19Saturday, July 4, 196429Bobby Isaac4Friday, February 21, 196431Tiny Lund12Sunday, February 24, 196333Johnny Rutherford9Friday, February 22, 196324A total of 26 of the 150 NASCAR Cup Series races at Daytona International Speedway have been won from the pole or first starting position (17.3%).Nine of the 63 summer Daytona International Speedway races (14.2%) in the NASCAR Cup Series have been won from the pole or first starting position – six were from the pole and three were from the first starting position when qualifying was cancelled.Winners From 1st Starting PositionDatePole WinnerDale Earnhardt JrSunday, July 5, 2015Qualifying CancelledKevin HarvickSaturday, July 3, 2010Qualifying CancelledTony StewartSaturday, July 4, 2009Qualifying CancelledTony StewartSaturday, July 2, 2005Tony StewartJeff GordonSaturday, July 3, 2004Jeff GordonCale YarboroughSaturday, July 4, 1981Cale YarboroughDavid PearsonThursday, July 4, 1974David PearsonJack SmithMonday, July 4, 1960Jack SmithFireball RobertsSaturday, July 4, 1959Fireball RobertsThe youngest driver to win from the pole or first starting position at Daytona in the summer race was Fireball Roberts at the age of 30 years old.The most recent driver to win from the pole or first starting position at Daytona in the NASCAR Cup Series was NASCAR Hall of Famer Dale Earnhardt Jr. in the 2015 July race.A total of 22 different starting positions have produced winners in the NASCAR Cup Series at Daytona. The first starting position is the most proficient starting position in the field, producing more winners (nine) than any other starting position in the Summer race at Daytona International Speedway.
NASCAR Cup Series Wins by Starting Positions at Daytona (Summer Races)
Starting PositionWinsWinning %Starting PositionWinsWinning %1914.29%1211.59%2711.11%1323.17%369.52%1411.59%434.76%1534.76%546.35%1911.59%669.52%2111.59%711.59%2911.59%846.35%3011.59%969.52%3411.59%1011.59%3811.59%1123.17%4211.59%StatsWinning %WinsWinning from the First Starting Position:14.29%9Winning from the Front Row:25.40%16Winning from a Top-Five Starting Position:46.03%29Winning from a Top-10 Starting Position:74.60%47Winning After Starting Outside the Top 20:9.52%6The deepest in the field that a race winner has started at Daytona is 42nd, by Tony Stewart in the 2012 July race.Martin Truex Jr. leads the series among active drivers with the most NASCAR Cup Series starts at Daytona without visiting Victory Lane at 34; followed by Landon Cassill with 17 and Kyle Larson with 16.Wood Brothers Racing and Hendrick Motorsports are tied for the most wins at Daytona in the NASCAR Cup Series with 15 victories each; both have done it with seven different winning drivers.
Wood Brothers Racing Wins at Daytona
OrganizationWinning DriversDateWood Brothers RacingTrevor BayneFebruary 20, 2011Wood Brothers RacingBuddy BakerJuly 4, 1983Wood Brothers RacingNeil BonnettJuly 4, 1979Wood Brothers RacingDavid PearsonJuly 4, 1978Wood Brothers RacingDavid PearsonFebruary 15, 1976Wood Brothers RacingDavid PearsonJuly 4, 1974Wood Brothers RacingDavid PearsonJuly 4, 1973Wood Brothers RacingDavid PearsonJuly 4, 1972Wood Brothers RacingA.J. FoytFebruary 20, 1972Wood Brothers RacingCale YarboroughFebruary 19, 1970Wood Brothers RacingCale YarboroughJuly 4, 1968Wood Brothers RacingCale YarboroughFebruary 25, 1968Wood Brothers RacingCale YarboroughJuly 4, 1967Wood Brothers RacingA.J. FoytJuly 4, 1965Wood Brothers RacingTiny LundFebruary 24, 1963
Hendrick Motorsports Wins at Daytona
OrganizationWinning DriversDateHendrick MotorsportsWilliam ByronAugust 29, 2020Hendrick MotorsportsDale Earnhardt JrJuly 5, 2015Hendrick MotorsportsDale Earnhardt JrFebruary 23, 2014Hendrick MotorsportsJimmie JohnsonJuly 6, 2013Hendrick MotorsportsJimmie JohnsonFebruary 24, 2013Hendrick MotorsportsJimmie JohnsonFebruary 19, 2006Hendrick MotorsportsJeff GordonFebruary 20, 2005Hendrick MotorsportsJeff GordonJuly 3, 2004Hendrick MotorsportsJeff GordonFebruary 14, 1999Hendrick MotorsportsJeff GordonOctober 17, 1998Hendrick MotorsportsJeff GordonFebruary 16, 1997Hendrick MotorsportsJeff GordonJuly 1, 1995Hendrick MotorsportsDarrell WaltripFebruary 19, 1989Hendrick MotorsportsTim RichmondJuly 4, 1986Hendrick MotorsportsGeoff BodineFebruary 16, 1986Nine different manufacturers have won points-paying races in the NASCAR Cup Series at Daytona, led by Chevrolet with 48, followed by Ford (40), Dodge (15), Pontiac (14), Mercury (13), Buick (6), Plymouth (6), Toyota (5), Oldsmobile (3).Seven different manufacturers have won the Summer races in the NASCAR Cup Series at Daytona, led by Chevrolet with 21, followed by Ford (20), Mercury (7), Dodge (5), Pontiac (5), Buick (6), Toyota (5),
ADDITIONAL FINISHING POSITIONS
A total of 69 different drivers in the NASCAR Cup Series have finished runner-up at Daytona.Buddy Baker leads the NASCAR Cup Series in runner-up finishes at Daytona with eight second-place finishes.Kyle Busch leads all active drivers in runner-up finishes at Daytona with four (2019, 2016, 2007, 2006).A total of 42 different drivers in the NASCAR Cup Series have finished runner-up at Daytona in the Summer race.Buddy Baker leads the series in runner-up finishes at Daytona in the Summer race with five second-place finishes.Kyle Busch leads all active drivers in runner-up finishes in the summer race at Daytona with three (2016, ‘07, ‘06).
Top Five in Runner-Up Finishes in the Summer Race at Daytona (All-Time & Active)
RankAll-Time DriversRunner-UpsRankActive DriversRunner-Ups1Buddy Baker51Kyle Busch32Richard Petty42Chase Elliott13Sterling Marlin4Martin Truex Jr14Jimmie Johnson3William Byron15Kyle Busch3Bubba Wallace1
A total of 160 different drivers in the NASCAR Cup Series have finished in the top-five at Daytona.NASCAR Hall of Famer Richard Petty leads the series in top-five finishes at Daytona with 28 top fives.Denny Hamlin and Kevin Harvick leads all active Cup Series drivers in top-five finishes at Daytona with 11 each.A total of 116 different drivers in the NASCAR Cup Series have finished in the top-five in the summer race at Daytona.NASCAR Hall of Famer David Pearson leads the series in top-five finishes at Daytona in the Summer race with 13.Kyle Busch leads all active drivers in top-five finishes in the Summer race at Daytona with five.
Top Five in Top-Five Finishes in the Summer Race at Daytona (All-Time & Active)
RankAll-Time DriversTop FivesRankActive DriversTop Fives1David Pearson131Kyle Busch52Richard Petty122Denny Hamlin43Buddy Baker11Joey Logano44Dale Earnhardt10Kevin Harvick45Bobby Allison85Bubba Wallace2Darrell Waltrip8Sterling Marlin8
A total of 276 different drivers in the NASCAR Cup Series have finished in the top-10 at Daytona.NASCAR Hall of Famer Richard Petty leads the NASCAR Cup Series in top-10 finishes at Daytona with 37 top 10s.Kevin Harvick leads all active Cup Series drivers in top-10 finishes at Daytona with 16.A total of 191 different drivers in the NASCAR Cup Series have finished in the top-10 in the Summer race at Daytona.NASCAR Hall of Famer David Pearson leads the series in top-10 finishes in the Summer Daytona race with 19 top 10s.Kevin Harvick leads all active drivers in top-10 finishes in the Summer race at Daytona with six top 10s.
Top Five in Top-10 Finishes in the Summer Race at Daytona (All-Time & Active)
RankAll-Time DriversTop 10sRankActive DriversTop 10s1David Pearson191Kevin Harvick62Dale Earnhardt182Kyle Busch53Buddy Baker153Austin Dillon44Terry Labonte14Denny Hamlin45Richard Petty135Alex Bowman3Brad Keselowski3Chris Buescher3David Ragan3Joey Logano3Michael McDowell3
Austin Cindric leads the NASCAR Cup Series in average finishing position at Daytona with an 8.0 in two starts.Justin Haley leads the NASCAR Cup Series in average finishing position at Daytona in the Summer race with a 3.500 in two starts.
Top 10 in Average Finishing Position in the Summer Race at Daytona (All-Time & Active)
RankAll-Time DriversAvg. FinishRacesRankActive DriversAvg. FinishRaces1Justin Haley3.50021Justin Haley3.50022Cotton Owens5.00022Bubba Wallace10.20053David Pearson6.435233Ty Dillon12.00044Fireball Roberts7.80054Alex Bowman13.66765Darel Dieringer8.75085Erik Jones15.80056Jack Smith8.80056Corey Lajoie17.00057Jim Hurtubise10.00037Tyler Reddick17.00028Marvin Panch10.00078Austin Dillon17.37589Bubba Wallace10.20059David Ragan17.3851310Dale Earnhardt10.4782310William Byron18.0004
All Races at Daytona:
A total of 201 different drivers have led at least one lap in the NASCAR Cup Series at Daytona.NASCAR Hall of Famer Dale Earnhardt leads the NASCAR Cup Series in laps led at Daytona with 1,286 laps led out of 7,485 laps completed (17.1%) in 46 starts.Denny Hamlin leads all active series drivers in laps led at Daytona with 665 laps led out of 5,573 laps completed (11.9%) in 33 starts.The most laps led in a NASCAR Cup Series race at Daytona International Speedway by the race winner is 184 of the scheduled 200 laps (92%) by NASCAR Hall of Famer Richard Petty in the 1964 Daytona 500.The most laps led in a NASCAR Cup Series race at Daytona International Speedway by a driver that did not win the race is 170 of the 187 scheduled laps (90.9%) by NASCAR Hall of Famer Fireball Roberts in the 1961 Daytona 500 – he finished 20th in the event.Eight times the NASCAR Cup Series race winner at Daytona International Speedway has led just the final lap; most recent was the 2021 Daytona 500:Race WinnersDateLaps LedMichael McDowellSunday, February 14, 20211Erik JonesSaturday, July 7, 20181Austin DillonSunday, February 18, 20181Kurt BuschSunday, February 26, 20171Jimmy SpencerSaturday, July 2, 19941Earl BalmerFriday, February 25, 19661Bobby IsaacFriday, February 21, 19641Junior JohnsonFriday, February 21, 19641
Top 10 Lap Leaders at Daytona races (All-time & Active)
RankAll-Time DriversLedCompleted% LedRankActive DriversLedCompleted% Led1Dale Earnhardt1,2867,48517%1Denny Hamlin6355,57311%2Richard Petty1,2769,41714%2Kyle Busch5015,6019%3Cale Yarborough1,2526,28420%3Kurt Busch3166,9595%4Buddy Baker1,1257,31815%4Brad Keselowski2974,1227%5Bobby Allison8487,09412%5Kevin Harvick2836,6914%6Jeff Gordon7107,6949%6Joey Logano2204,4575%7Fireball Roberts6991,39950%7Ryan Blaney1912,2119%8David Pearson6746,99010%8Ricky Stenhouse Jr1373,4344%9Tony Stewart6695,43812%9Martin Truex Jr1305,6002%10Denny Hamlin6355,57311%10Chase Elliott1262,0476%
Summer Races at Daytona:
A total of 149 different drivers have led laps in the Summer Cup races at Daytona International Speedway.NASCAR Hall of Famer Cale Yarborough leads the NASCAR Cup Series in laps led in the Summer Daytona races with 644 laps led out of 2,245 laps completed (28.7%) in 22 starts.Kyle Busch leads all active NASCAR Cup Series drivers in laps led in the Summer Daytona races with 177 laps led out of 2,462 laps completed (7.2%) in 17 starts.The most laps led in a NASCAR Cup Series summer race at Daytona International Speedway by the race winner is 151 of scheduled 160 laps (94%) by NASCAR Hall of Famer Tony Stewart in the 2005 event.The most laps led in a NASCAR Cup Series race at Daytona International Speedway by a driver that did not win the race is 118 of 160 scheduled laps (74%) by Buddy Baker in the 1975 summer race – he ultimately finished second.The fewest laps led in a NASCAR Cup Series summer race at Daytona International Speedway by the race winner is just the final lap, and it has occurred twice in the Summer races — July 2018 (Erik Jones) and July 1994 (Jimmy Spencer).
Top 10 Lap Leaders at the Summer Daytona Races (All-Time & Active)
RankAll-Time DriversLedCompleted% LedRankActive DriversLedCompleted% Led1Cale Yarborough6442,24529%1Kyle Busch1772,4627%2Dale Earnhardt6003,30618%2Brad Keselowski1621,8009%3Buddy Baker4453,30313%3Denny Hamlin1612,3127%4Richard Petty4234,13510%4Kevin Harvick1553,1015%5Bobby Allison4053,06713%5Joey Logano1191,7487%6David Pearson3813,42911%6Ricky Stenhouse Jr701,2945%7Tony Stewart3702,68114%7Martin Truex Jr692,2403%8Dale Earnhardt Jr3402,68813%8Austin Dillon571,1155%9Jeff Gordon3183,5899%9Chase Elliott547767%10Ernie Irvan2931,54619%10William Byron4850110%
TRACK / EVENT STATS
Since the advent of electronic scoring the closest margin of victory (MOV) in the NASCAR Cup Series at Daytona International Speedway for the Summer race is the July 7, 2007 event won by Jamie McMurray over Kyle Busch with a margin of victory of 0.005 second.
Top Five Closest Margins of Victory in the NASCAR Cup Series Summer Race at Daytona
Margin of VictoryDateWinnerRunner-Up0.0057/7/2007Jamie McMurrayKyle Busch0.0087/2/1994Jimmy SpencerErnie Irvan0.0297/5/1997John AndrettiTerry Labonte0.0927/3/2010Kevin HarvickKasey Kahne0.1047/6/1996Sterling MarlinTerry Labonte10 of the 63 NASCAR Cup Series Summer races at Daytona have resulted with Overtime; including last season‘s race:DateScheduledActualOvertimeWinnerSaturday, August 28, 20211601655Ryan BlaneySaturday, August 29, 20201601644William ByronSaturday, July 7, 20181601611Erik JonesSaturday, July 1, 20171601633Ricky Stenhouse Jr.Saturday, July 2, 20161601611Brad KeselowskiSunday, July 5, 20151601611Dale Earnhardt JrSaturday, July 6, 20131601611Jimmie JohnsonSaturday, July 2, 201116017010David RaganSaturday, July 3, 20101601666Kevin HarvickSaturday, July 5, 20081601622Kyle BuschThree of the 63 NASCAR Cup Series Summer races at Daytona International Speedway have been shortened due to weather conditions:DateScheduledActualFewer LapsWinnerSunday, July 7, 2019160127-33Justin HaleySunday, July 6, 2014160112-48Aric AlmirolaSaturday, July 6, 1996160117-43Sterling MarlinQualifying for the Summer race has been cancelled due to weather conditions in the NASCAR Cup Series at Daytona International Speedway four times: 2007, 2009, 2010 and 2015.The last two season‘s qualifying for the Summer race at Daytona was also cancelled but due to the pandemic restrictions — starting lineups were set by Metric Qualifying (2020, 2021).The largest number of different leaders in the Summer Daytona race in the NASCAR Cup Series is 25 set in 2011; David Ragan won the 2011 July race.The largest number of lead changes in the Summer Daytona race in the NASCAR Cup Series is 57 set in 2011; David Ragan won the 2011 July race.
A total of six female drivers have competed in the NASCAR Cup Series at Daytona – Danica Patrick, Janet Guthrie, Christine Beckers, Lella Lombardi, Patty Moise and Shawna Robinson. All six have competed in the July race.Janet Guthrie was the first female competitor to race at Daytona International Speedway in 1976. She started 33rd and raced her way up to a 15th-place finish.The best finish by a female driver in the NACAR Cup Series in the Summer race at Daytona was Danica Patrick‘s eighth-place finish in 2014.Below is a look at the female drivers in the Summer races at Daytona:DriverStarting PositionFinishing PositionDriver RatingDateDanica Patrick102560.17/1/2017Danica Patrick222744.77/2/2016Danica Patrick273550.57/5/2015Danica Patrick29886.87/6/2014Danica Patrick111480.97/6/2013Averages19.821.864.6DriverStarting PositionFinishing PositionDateShawna Robinson27407/6/2002DriverStarting PositionFinishing PositionDatePatty Moise35397/1/1989Patty Moise33267/2/1988Averages3432.5DriverStarting PositionFinishing PositionDateJanet Guthrie36117/4/1978Janet Guthrie20407/4/1977Janet Guthrie33157/4/1976Averages29.722DriverStarting PositionFinishing PositionDateChristine Beckers37377/4/1977DriverStarting PositionFinishing PositionDateLella Lombardi29317/4/1977
NASCAR IN FLORIDA
A total of 348 NASCAR national series points-paying races have been held in the state of Florida among 11 different tracks.Track NameCityCupXfinityTruckCombinedYearsDaytona International SpeedwayDaytona Beach15061232341959Homestead-Miami SpeedwayHomestead232825761995Daytona Beach & Road CourseDaytona Beach1000101949Palm Beach SpeedwayW. Palm Beach70071952DAYTONA Road CourseDaytona Beach22262020Speedway ParkJacksonville60061951Volusia County SpeedwayBarberville04041989Walt Disney World SpeedwayOrlando00221997Five Flags SpeedwayPensacola10011953Golden Gate SpeedwayTampa10011963Titusville-Cocoa SpeedwayTitusville10011957Totals2019552348The first NASCAR Cup Series race in the state of Florida was held at the Daytona Beach & Road Course on July 10, 1949 — the inaugural season for the series. The 40-lap event was won by Red Byron (Oldsmobile, 80.883 mph).This weekend‘s NASCAR Cup Series race at Daytona International Speedway will mark the 350th-time a NASCAR national series race has been hosted in the state of Florida.
FLORIDA IN NASCAR
A total of 195 different drivers in NASCAR national series history have their home state recorded as Florida.12 of the 195 have recorded at least one victory in NASCAR national series competition.Nine Florida drivers have won in the NASCAR Cup Series; led by Fireball Roberts with 33 victories.Of the nine Florida native drivers who have won in the NASCAR Cup Series, only Fireball Roberts, LeeRoy Yarborough and Aric Almirola have won the Summer race at Daytona.Florida Race WinnersCupXfinityTruckCombinedFireball Roberts330033LeeRoy Yarbrough140014Marshall Teague7007Joe Nemechek416020Aric Almirola3328Ross Chastain2248Bobby Johns2002David Reutimann2114Shorty Rollins1001Rick Wilson0202Joey Coulter0011Ben Kennedy0011Totals68249101
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