Daytona 500 Fast Facts
Here's a look at what you need to know about the Daytona 500, the first race of the racing season for NASCAR .
February 24, 2013 - The 55th annual Daytona 500 takes place, with Jimmy Johnson as winner. Johnson is a five-time NASCAR Sprint Cup champion.
February 26, 2012 - The 54th annual Daytona 500 is delayed due to rain. This is the first time in its 53-year history that the race has been delayed. It is rescheduled to February 27, 2012. Continuing rain and a massive fire cause further delays leading to the race not finishing until 1:00 AM February 28. Matt Kenseth wins.
Other Facts: "The Great American Race" is 200 laps and covers 500 miles.
On average, the annual global TV audience for the Daytona 500 is 20 million.
February 22, 1959 - The first Daytona 500 is held.
February 21, 2001 - Seven time NASCAR Winston Cup champion Dale Earnhardt dies in a crash on the final lap of the 43rd Daytona 500.
Records: Most Victories: (7) Richard Petty (1964, 66, 71, 73, 74, 79, 81)
Most Consecutive Victories: (2) Richard Petty (1973-74); Cale Yarborough (1983-84); Sterling Marlin (1994-95)
Most Career Starts: (33) Dave Marcis
Most Times Completing All 500 Miles: (14) Dale Earnhardt
Most Miles Completed: (12,150 miles, 4,860 laps ) Richard Petty
Driver Leading the Most Laps and Winning: (184) Richard Petty (1964)
Driver Leading the Fewest Laps and Winning: (4) Benny Parsons (1975)
Fastest Winning Speed: 177.602 mph, Buddy Baker (1980)
Slowest Winning Speed: 124.740 mph, Junior Johnson (1960)
Youngest Winner: 20 years, 0 months, 1 day, Trevor Bayne (2011)
Oldest Winner: 50 years, 2 months, 11 days, Bobby Allison (1988)
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