Daytona 500

History

The Daytona 500 is a NASCAR Cup Series race held yearly at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Florida. It is a 500-mile-long race. It is the first of two Cup races held each year at Daytona. The Coke Zero 400 is the second race. The debut Daytona 500 was held in 1959. It has been the season-opening race of the Cup arrangement since 1982.

The Daytona 500 is viewed as the most significant and renowned race on the NASCAR schedule. It even has the biggest prize value.

Since 1995, U.S. TV appraisals for the Daytona 500 have been the most elevated for any auto race of the year. The race has been outperforming the Indianapolis 500. The 2006 Daytona 500 pulled in the 6th biggest live worldwide TV crowd of any game that year with 20 million watchers.

Track Origins

Daytona International Speedway is 2.5 miles long. It takes 200 laps to finish the 500-mile race. Notwithstanding, the race is considered as official only after two stages of 120 laps are finished which accounts for 300 miles.

The track was somewhat on the sand and furthermore on the roadway close to the seashore. Prior occasions highlighted 200-mile races with stock vehicles. In 1959, the 500-mile stock vehicle race was held at Daytona. It was the second 500-mile NASCAR race.

Past Winners

Some of the best NASCAR drivers have won the prestigious Daytona 500 race since its inception. Richard Petty has won the race most times. He has won the race 7 times.

Cale Yarborough has won the race 4 times. Denny Hamlin and Jeff Gordon have won the race 3 times. NASCAR legend Jimmie Johnson has also won the race twice.

Daytona 500
Sep 12, 2020; Richmond, Virginia, USA; NASCAR Cup Series driver Jimmie Johnson (48) races during the Federated Auto Parts 400 at Richmond International Raceway. Mandatory Credit: Amber Searls-USA TODAY Sports

Name Changes

The name of the race has been changed quite a few times. It was known as the Inaugural 500 Mile International Sweepstakes in 1959. In 1960 it was named as Second Annual 500 Mile International Sweepstakes.

The race was name Daytona 500 from 1961 till 1990, it is also the current name of the race. From 1991 to 1993 it was known as the Daytona 500 by STP. The race has been given many other names other the year such as Daytona 500 by Dodge and Daytona 500 by Toyota.

Venue Daytona International Speedway
Location Daytona Beach, Florida, United States
First race 1959
Distance 500 miles
Laps 200
previous names Inaugural 500 Mile International Sweepstakes (1959)
Second Annual 500 Mile International Sweepstakes (1960)
Daytona 500 by STP (1991–1993)
Daytona 500 by Dodge (2001)
Daytona 500 by Toyota (2007)
Daytona 500 (1961–1990, 1994–2000, 2002–2006, 2008–present)
most wins (driver) Richard Petty-7
most wins (team) Petty Enterprises-9
surface Asphalt
Length 2.5mi
Turns 4
where to watch on tv NBCSN, Fox Sports, RDS, Sportitalia, Sport TV
prize money $23.6 million
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