Daytona 500: History & Past Winners

Jeff Gordon has won the Daytona 500 three times, the last in 2005. (Getty)

Jeff Gordon has won the Daytona 500 three times, the last in 2005. (Getty)

It might not be the race which wins a driver the Sprint Cup championship, but the Daytona 500 is the Super Bowl of NASCAR.

You get a victory in Daytona on your resume, you become part of NASCAR lore.

Also known as the “Great American Race,” the 57th edition of NASCAR’s most famous run is this Sunday.

The action can be seen at 1 p.m. Eastern on Fox. Jeff Gordon, a 3-time winner, is on the pole.

The first race was in 1959, coinciding with opening of Daytona International Speedway, and was won by Lee Petty.

Since 1982, the Daytona 500 has been the season-opening race of the NASCAR schedule.

Here’s some history and records of the tradition-rich Daytona 500:


Past 10 Winners


Jimmie Johnson in car POV 2013 Daytona 500Watch the end of the Daytona 500 from within Jimmie Johnson's car. For more NASCAR news, check out: NASCAR.com2013-02-27T18:33:08.000Z

2014 Dale Earnhardt Jr.
2013 Jimmie Johnson
2012 Matt Kenseth
2011 Trevor Bayne
2010 Jamie McMurray
2009 Matt Kenseth
2008 Ryan Newman
2007 Kevin Harvick
2006 Jimmie Johnson
2005 Jeff Gordon

For a complete list of winners, click here.


Multiple Wins For Drivers


1964 Daytona 500Daytona 500 highlights: amzn.to/2Ho7lmA Richard Petty's powerful Plymouth dominates the race to win the 1964 Daytona 500. Racing a 451 hemi engine Richard was able to lap the field with Jimmy Pardue and Paul Goldsmith, also running Hemi's, finishing second and third. This would be his first of seven Daytona 500 victories. Time of race:…2012-05-13T20:43:17.000Z

Richard Petty, 7 (1964, 1966, 1971, 1973, 1974, 1979, 1981)
Cale Yarborough, 4 (1968, 1977, 1983, 1984)
Bobby Alliso, 3 (1978, 1982, 1988)
Dale Jarrett, 3 (1993, 1996, 2000)
Jeff Gordon, 3 (1997, 1999, 2005)
Bill Elliott, 2 (1985, 1987)
Sterling Marlin, 2 (1994, 1995)
Michael Waltrip, 2 (2001, 2003)
Matt Kenseth, 2 (2009, 2012)
Jimmie Johnson, 2 (2006, 2013)
Dale Earnhardt, Jr., 2 (2004, 2014)


Multiple Wins For Teams

Team owner Rick Hendrick. (Getty)

Team owner Rick Hendrick. (Getty)

Petty Enterprises, 9 (1959, 1964, 1966, 1970, 1971, 1973, 1974, 1979, 1981)
Hendrick Motorsports, 8 (1986, 1989, 1997, 1999, 2005, 2006, 2013, 2014)
Wood Brothers Racing, 5 (1963, 1968, 1972, 1976, 2011)
Ranier-Lundy, 3 (1980, 1983, 1984)
Morgan-McClure Motorsports, 3 (1991, 1994, 1995)
Robert Yates Racing, 3 (1992, 1996, 2000)
Dale Earnhardt, Inc., 3 (2001, 2003, 2004)
Holman-Moody, 2 (1965, 1967)
Junior Johnson & Associates, 2 (1969, 1977)
Melling Racing, 2 (1985, 1987)
Richard Childress Racing, 2 (1998, 2007)
Roush Fenway Racing, 2 (2009, 2012)


Manufacturer Wins

(Getty)

(Getty)

Chevrolet, 23 (1960, 1975, 1977, 1984, 1986, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2001, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2010, 2013, 2014)
Ford, 13 (1963, 1965, 1967, 1969, 1978, 1985, 1987, 1992, 1996, 2000, 2009, 2011, 2012)
Plymouth, 4 (1964, 1966, 1970, 1971)
Dodge, 4 (1973, 1974, 2002, 2008)
Mercury, 3 (1968, 1972, 1976)
Oldsmobile, 3 (1959, 1979, 1980)
Pontiac, 3 (1961, 1962, 1983)
Buick, 3 (1981, 1982, 1988)


Back-To-Back Winners


The Finish Of The Daytona 500, February 1994Relive the final four laps of the Daytona 500 as a lengthy green-flag period sets up a fuel-mileage race with a yet-winless Sterling Marlin leading the biggest race of them all over Ernie Irvan and Terry Labonte.2007-09-19T09:23:02.000Z

Richard Petty (1973–1974)
Cale Yarborough (1983–1984)
Sterling Marlin (1994–1995)


Winners From The Pole Position

Bill Elliot (Getty)

Bill Elliot (Getty)

Fireball Roberts (1962)
Richard Petty (1966)
Cale Yarborough (1968, 1984)
Buddy Baker (1980)
Bill Elliott (1985, 1987)
Jeff Gordon (1999)
Dale Jarrett (2000)


Winners of 500 & Duel In The Same Year


Final Laps: Duel 2Matt Kenseth uses a crossover move to dodge a block attempt by teammate Greg Biffle. Kenseth took the lead coming to the white flag and held on for the win.2012-02-24T13:56:57.000Z

Fireball Roberts (1962)
Cale Yarborough (1977)
Cale Yarborough (1984)
Bill Elliott (1985)
Bobby Allison (1988)
Sterling Marlin (1995)
Dale Earnhardt (1998)
Dale Earnhardt Jr. (2004)
Matt Kenseth (2012)


Family Winners

The late Dale Earnhardt, right, and son Dale Jr. (Getty)

The late Dale Earnhardt, right, and son Dale Jr. (Getty)

Petty – Father Lee (1959) and son Richard (1964, 1966, 1971, 1973, 1974, 1979, 1981)
Allison – Father Bobby (1978, 1982, 1988) and son Davey (1992)
Earnhardt – Father Dale (1998) and son Dale Jr. (2004, 2014)
Waltrip – Brothers Darrell (1989) and Michael (2001, 2003)


Youngest & Oldest Winners


2011 Daytona 500 Finish: Trevor Bayne wins 53rd Daytona 500 – Fox Sports Feed20 year old rookie driver Trevor Bayne of the #21 Woods Brother car makes history in becoming the youngest driver to win the Great American Race as he holds off Carl Edwards to the checkered flag to win the 53rd Daytona 500.2011-02-28T01:11:41.000Z

Youngest: Trevor Bayne – 2011 (age 20 years, 1 day)
Oldest: Bobby Allison – 1988 (age 50 years, 73 days)


Last 10 Pole Winners


Danica Patrick qualifies in pole position for the 2013 Daytona 500After running fast all weekend, Danica put in a lap of 196.43mph resulting in 45.81 seconds around Daytona International Speedway. The effort won her the Coors Light pole position, becoming the first woman in the history of Cup to qualify first for a race.2013-02-17T18:54:22.000Z

2015 Jeff Gordon
2014 Austin Dillon
2013 Danica Patrick
2012 Carl Edwards
2011 Dale Earnhardt Jr.
2010 Mark Martin
2009 Martin Truex, Jr.
2008 Jimmie Johnson
2007 David Gilliland
2006 Jeff Burton

In 2013, Danica Patrick became the first woman to win a pole for the Daytona 500.

For a complete list of Daytona 500 pole winners, click here.



Comment Here
Subscribe
Notify of
1 Comment
Newest
Oldest Most Voted
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments
1
0
Would love your thoughts, please comment.x
()
x