Daytona 500 Preview [VIDEO]
It’s the “Great American Race, the granddaddy of NASCAR’s Sprint Cup circuit, the 55th annual Daytona 500, and it promises to be a spectacular event this Sunday. The Zac Brown Band will perform before the race with band member Clay Cook doing the National Anthem. Then shortly after 1, pole sitter Danica Patrick and the best drivers in the world will fire their engines. How about a little pre-race trivia from YahooSports to whet the appetite.
–The number of times a driver has won back-to-back Daytona 500s: Johnny Rutherford (1963), Bobby Isaac (1964) and Earl Balmer (1966).
–Number of reigning champions who have won the next season’s opening race: Lee Petty (1959), Richard Petty (1973), Cale Yarborough (1977), Jeff Gordon (1999) and Dale Jarrett (2000).
–Number of drivers who have won the Daytona 500 more than once: Richard Petty, Cale Yarborough, Bobby Allison, Dale Jarrett, Jeff Gordon, Bill Elliott, Matt Kenseth, Sterling Marlin and Michael Waltrip.
–Number of drivers with 16 top 10s in the race, the highest yet: Dale Earnhardt and Richard Petty.
–The age of the oldest Daytona 500 winner, Bobby Allison, who was 50 years, 2 months and 11 days old when he won in 1988.
via Daytona 500 by the numbers – Yahoo! Sports.
Check out the closest Daytona 500 finish ever back in 2007 when Kevin Harvick nosed out Mark Martin by .002 seconds.
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