2.5 mile tri-oval with 31-degree banking in the turns
18-degree banking in the tri-oval and 6-degree banking on the straightaways
Grandstand Seating: 101,000 [was 147,000, 168,000], with 124 suites
Length: 28 feet
Width: 16 feet
Track Websites and Social Media:
Daytona International Speedway Website
Daytona Rising Redevelopment Project
Track Stats - Racing-reference.info
Some Daytona Track Records & Stats
Daytona 500 qualifying is a different with the Qualifying Races, see the rules on the Qualifying Rules page - Daytona 500 section.
Engine Rule at Daytona: the engine rule is a little different at Daytona 500 then the other 35 races, teams must run the same engine from Saturday's first practice session through the Budweiser Duel 150 mile qualifying races. If a team makes a change before the Duel, then it must start at the rear of the Duel 150 field and the Daytona 500 (as of 2015). After the Duel 150 races, teams can make an engine change before the Happy Hour practice session. After that, if an engine change is made, the driver will start at the rear of the Daytona 500.
Double Yellow Line at Daytona = do not pass: In order to emphasize the yellow-line rule at Daytona International Speedway and Talladega Superspeedway where passes are not permitted, NASCAR has made the single yellow line into a double-yellow line. The second yellow line was painted on the inside of the existing yellow line.
2016 Daytona 500 Race Winner: #11-Denny Hamlin, 157.549mph, started 11th
2016 July Race Winner: #2-Brad Keselowski, 150.342mph, started 5th
Track Race Record: Buddy Baker, Feb 1980, 177.602mph
Oldest Race Winner: Bobby Allison, 50 years, 2 months, 11 days, 2/14/1988
Youngest Race Winner: Trevor Bayne, 20 years, 0 months, 1 days, 2/20/2011
Youngest July Race Winner: Jeff Gordon, 23 years, 10 months, 27 days, 7/1/1995
Worst Starting Spot to win: #14-Tony Stewart, started 42nd, 7/7/2012
2016 Daytona 500 Pole Winner: #24-Chase Elliott, 196.314, finished 37th
2016 July Pole Winner: #16-Greg Biffle, 192.955, finished 8th
Track Qualifying Record: Bill Elliott, 210.364mph, February 1987
Track Qualifying Record with restrictor plate (single car run): Ken Schrader, 196.996, February 1989
Track Qualifying Record with restrictor plate (group qualifying): #24-Jeff Gordon, 201.293mph, February 2014
Oldest Daytona 500 Pole Winner: Mark Martin, 51 years, 0 months, 27 days, 2/6/2010
Oldest Pole Winner: Mark Martin, 52 years, 5 months, 23 days, Daytona, 7/1/2011
Youngest Pole Winner: Chase Elliott, 20 years, 2 months, 17 days, 2/14/2016
Youngest July Pole Winner: Jeff Gordon, 24 years, 11 months, 2 days, 7/6/1996
Only Woman Daytona 500 Pole Sitter: #10-Danica Patrick, 196.434, finished 8th
Most Wins - All-time: 10 - Richard Petty
Most Wins - Active: 4 - Dale Earnhardt Jr.
Most Wins - July race: 5 - David Pearson
Most Poles - All-time: 13 - Cale Yarborough
Most Poles - Active: 2 - Jimmie Johnson, Greg Biffle, Bobby Labonte, David Gilliland
Most Top 5's: 28 - Richard Petty
Most Top 5's Active: 13 - Dale Earnhardt Jr.
Most Top 10's: 37 - Richard Petty
Most Top 10's Active: 19 - Dale Earnhardt Jr.
Most Lead Changes: 74 - 2/20/2011
Fewest Lead Changes: 1 - twice, most recently 2/2/1963
Most Leaders: 25 - 7/2/2011
Fewest Leaders: 1 - twice, most recently 2/2/1963
Most Cautions: 12, 7/1/1989
Most Cautions [Daytona 500]: 16, 2/20/2011
Fewest Cautions: 0 - 12 times, most recently, 2/11/1971
Most Caution Laps: 60, 2/25/1968 and 2/20/2011
Fewest Caution Laps: 0 - 12 times, most recently, 2/11/1971
Most Finishers on a lead lap: 33, 2/16/2003 & 2/22/2015
Fewest Finishers on a lead lap: 1 - eight times, most recently 2/15/1976
Most Running at the Finish: 41, 7/7/2007
Fewest Running at the Finish: 7 - 2/12/1965
Most Laps Led [400 miles]: 151, Tony Stewart, 7/2/2005
Most Laps Led by a Race Winner: 184, Richard Petty, 2/23/1964
Fewest Laps Led by a Race Winner: 1, Jimmy Spencer, 7/2/1994
Fewest Laps Led by a Daytona 500 Winner: 2, Jamie McMurray, 2/14/2010
Most Wins by Manufacturer: 44 - Chevy
Races won from starting pos 1: 7 [of 58 Daytona 500's]
Races won from starting pos 1: 26 [of 139 total points races]
Races won from starting pos 2: 19
Races won from starting pos 3: 11
Races won from starting pos 4: 12
Races won from starting pos 5: 6
Races won from starting pos 6: 7
Races won from starting pos 7: 7
Races won from starting pos 8: 7
Races won from starting pos 9: 12
Races won from starting pos 10: 1
Races won from starting pos 11: 3
Races won from starting pos 12: 4
Races won from starting pos 13: 4
Races won from starting pos 14: 1
Races won from starting pos 15: 6
Races won from starting pos 19: 4
Races won from starting pos 21: 1
Races won from starting pos 30: 1
Races won from starting pos 32: 2
Races won from starting pos 33: 1
Races won from starting pos 34: 1 [Daytona 500]
Races won from starting pos 38: 1 [July Race]
Races won from starting pos 39: 1 [Daytona 500]
Races won from starting pos 42: 1 [July Race]
Races won from the top 5: 74 of 139
Races won from the top 10: 108 of 139
Races won from the top 15: 126 of 139
Harley J. Earl trophy for winning the Daytona 500, who was Earl? If there's one trophy a driver dreams of putting his hands on, it's the Harley J. Earl trophy. Awarded to the winner of the Daytona 500, the Harley J. Earl trophy is one of the most prized possessions in motorsports. Named after Harley J. Earl, a famous General Motors designer and friend of NASCAR founder Bill France Sr., the Harley J. Earl Perpetual Trophy rests year round inside The Daytona 500 Experience , "The Official Motorsports Attraction of NASCAR," and bears the name of every Daytona 500 champion.
Each year, the Harley J. Earl Perpetual Trophy makes a trip outside the attraction to the hallowed grounds of Gatorade Victory Lane at the "World Center of Racing" for a meeting with the Daytona 500 champion.
While the Daytona 500 champion doesn't take home the Harley J. Earl trophy, the winner of the "Great American Race" is awarded a replica Harley J. Earl trophy, which has a black base with a scaled-down replica of the Firebird One that Earl created in 1954 at the peak of his career with General Motors.
For the 50th running of the Daytona 500, the trophy was painted gold. The Harley J. Earl trophy is just one of three trophies awarded on the day of the Daytona 500.
The winning crew chief of the Daytona 500 champion is awarded the Cannonball Baker trophy, which is named after the famous coast-to-coast racer who was elected the first national commissioner of NASCAR in 1948 while the owner of the winning Daytona 500 champion is awarded the Governor's Cup.(DIS PR)
Richard Earl, a former Wall Street broker and youngest grandson of Earl, makes his living selling Harley Earl-designed cars. " 'Motoramic masterpieces' is how I like to refer to them," he said.(3-24-2009/2-21-2015)
59 Daytona 500 races, four ended by rain outs, one postponed:
1965 won by Fred Lorenzen, ran 129 laps for 322.5 miles
1966 won by Richard Petty, ran 198 laps for 495 miles
2003 won by Michael Waltrip, ran 109 laps for 272.5 miles
2009 won by Matt Kenseth, ran 152 laps for 380 miles.
2012 won by Matt Kenseth, postponed from Sunday, Feb 27 to Monday, Feb 28.(2-26-2017)
Fastest Pole Speeds for the Daytona 500:
Speed (mph) Driver Year
210.364 - Bill Elliott, 1987
205.114 - Bill Elliott, 1985
205.039 - Geoff Bodine, 1986
201.848 - Cale Yarborough, 1984
201.293 - Jeff Gordon, 2015
198.864 - Ricky Rudd, 1983
196.966 - Ken Schrader, 1989
196.515 - Ken Schrader, 1990
196.434 - Danica Patrick, 2013
196.317 - Benny Parsons, 1982
196.049 - Buddy Baker, 1979
196.019 - Austin Dillon, 2014
Drivers who have won the Daytona 500 in a backup car:
1969: LeeRoy Yarbrough
1983: Cale Yarborough
1992: Davey Allison
2009: Matt Kenseth
Last time a Daytona 500 winner won the pole for following race?: Jamie McMurray in 2010, who won the Daytona 500 and then won the pole for the following race at Auto Club Speedway finishing 17th.(3-1-2015)
see more stats below in the Daytona Stats section
Track News and Announcements
NASCAR Fan Settles Suit Over Daytona Crash Debris Injury A lawsuit by a NASCAR fan injured by flying debris from a 12-car crash at Daytona International Speedway came to an end Monday as a Florida federal judge issued a final dismissal of the case following a settlement reached last month. U.S. District Judge Gregory A. Presnell dismissed Allen Davis' case against NASCAR, the speedway and speedway owner International Speedway Corp. with prejudice on Monday, putting an end to the over-year-old case concerning the 2013 crash.(Law360)(3-21-2017)
DAYTONA 500 Fancam returns: The popular DAYTONA 500 Fancam Presented By Outback Steakhouse has returned to help race fans relive their experience at the recent 59th annual "Great American Race" where they witnessed a stunning victory by Stewart-Haas Racing's Kurt Busch. The 2017 DAYTONA 500 Fancam Presented By Outback Steakhouse is a photo technology that transforms a high-definition, 360-degree crowd image of Daytona International Speedway into a unique social media fan experience. Designed to recognize the passion of loyal fans, Fancam captures high-definition images of the crowd all the way down to the seat level and uploads them to a custom landing page where fans can tag themselves and share on Facebook, Twitter and e-mail. On the day of the race, panoramic shots of the crowd were taken at two different points - prior to the DAYTONA 500 Pre-Race Show featuring Lady Antebellum and at the start of the DAYTONA 500.[More](3-8-2017)
Kurt Busch wins the Daytona 500: #41-Kurt Busch won the 59th Annual Daytona 500 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Daytona International Speedway for his 1st win of the season, 1st win at Daytona and 29th career win. Busch led only the final lap after taking the lead from #42-Larson, who ran out of gas after taking the white flag.
#21-Blaney finished a career best 2nd, followed by #47-Allmendinger, #43-Almirola, #27-Menard, #22-Logano, #5-Kahne, #15-Waltrip (in his final Cup race), #32-DiBenedetto, and #6-Bayne.
The "big one" happened on lap 127 when contact between #1-McMurray, #48-Johnson, and #6-Bayne led to a 16 car accident that eliminated #48-Johnson, #14-Bowyer, #10-Patrick, #96-Kennignton, and #37-Buescher.
Another big wreck followed on lap 141. #1-McMurray tried to pull inside of #24-Elliott but caught his bumper. 11 cars were involved and #1-McMurray, #2-Keselowski, #13-TDillon and #19-Suarez were eliminated from the race.
#24-Chase Elliott, the pole sitter, led 23 laps on the day, and was leading with 3 laps to go, but had a hiccup on gas and fell back to 14th at the finish.
#88-Earnhardt, Jr., running in his first race since Kentucky last July, started 2nd and was running near the front of the field when he was caught in an accident with Kyle Busch on lap 106. The team could not make repairs and he finished 37th.
#18-Busch was the leader at the end of stage one on lap 60, but he spun out when a tire went down on lap 106 and finished 38th.
#4-Harvick won stage two on lap 120, but got damage in an accident and finished 22nd.
There were 37 lead changes among 18 drivers and 8 cautions for 40 yellow flag laps.
The average speed was 143.187mph.
Scheduled Race Re-Airs: Monday, February 27 at 3:00am/et on FS1 and Tuesday, February 28 at 6:30am/et on FS1
See unofficial race results, awards, laps led, cautions and [NOTE: money won is no longer reported] more at:
Unofficial Race Results page (pdf),
Penalty Report (pdf),
Unofficial Drivers Points Standings page (pdf)
Unofficial Owners Points Standings page (pdf)
See OFFICIAL race results & points standings on the Official Daytona Race & Points Report (pdf) (2-26-2017)
Daytona 500 sold out: Reserved stadium tickets for the 59th annual DAYTONA 500, the season-opening event for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, are sold out, Daytona International Speedway President Chip Wile announced today.[More](2-25-2017)
Small Crowd for the Clash at Daytona: Sunday's Clash at Daytona was the 39th running of the annual exhibition. For much of its existence, it's been a show unto itself. This time, moved to Sunday's bright sunshine due to Saturday night's rain clouds, it served somewhat as a primer for the Daytona 500, which will also presumably run in warm sunshine. But unlike the 500, the Clash rolled out before the smallest crowd for a big-league Daytona race in memory, an estimated 15,000. You can blame the rain-mandated rescheduling. You can blame Dale Earnhardt Jr., who spent the day in the TV booth instead of his racecar. There's some rationale to both of those, but still, it wasn't a busy day at the ticket windows, and that's always troubling for Speedway officials. "If I'm disappointed, I'm disappointed for our team, because they've worked so hard to make sure we put on a great show for the fans," said Chip Wile, in his first Speedweeks as Speedway president.(Daytona Beach News Journal)(2-20-2017)
Rain forces postponement of Daytona Clash to Sunday: Persistent rain on Saturday night forced postponement of the Advance Auto Parts Clash at Daytona.
The race has been rescheduled for Sunday morning, with green flag at 11:35am/et, broadcast on FS1 (coverage starts at 11:00am/et). The Clash will precede Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series qualifying for the Daytona 500, which is scheduled to take place at 3:00pm/et Sunday at Daytona International Speedway.(NASCAR Wire Service)
The Daytona International Speedway stadium admission gates for Clash ticket holders will open at 10:30am. Qualifying ticket holders will not be admitted until 2pm. Qualifying ticket holders wanting to also attend the Clash can upgrade to a general admission ticket for $30.(2-18-2017)
GEICO Restart Zone to debut during Speedweeks 2017 events: The GEICO Restart Zone will be unveiled during Speedweeks' 2017 list of events and the 59th annual DAYTONA 500, which will also serve as the season-opening event to the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. The big unveil will begin this weekend at the Advance Auto Parts Clash and the Lucas Oil Complete Engine Treatment 200 Driven by General Tire ARCA Racing Series event. The GEICO Restart Zone adds significant brand visibility to the area just prior to the start/finish line, indicating where the leader is allowed to accelerate when the race is beginning or continuing following a caution. GEICO's prominent signage will also be located on the apron near the entrance to pit road and will be seen by both guests in attendance during Speedweeks' events and those watching on television. GEICO will be represented in the Restart Zones at 10 additional International Speedway Corporation tracks beginning in 2017 including Chicago, Darlington, Homestead, Kansas, Martinsville, Michigan, Phoenix, Richmond, Talladega and Watkins Glen.(DIS)(2-17-2017)
International Speedway Corporation (ISC) announces new Director of Multicultural Affairs: International Speedway Corporation (ISC) announced that Shameeka E. Quallo, Esq., Corporate Counsel, ISC Legal, is now adding Director of Multicultural Affairs to her title. Quallo will strengthen ISC's diversity and inclusion efforts working in collaboration with the NASCAR Multicultural Development team. "Shameeka brings with her a wealth of knowledge in the diversity arena," stated ISC Senior Vice President, Legal, Brett Scharback. "She joined ISC in 2016 and while a key member of our legal counsel, she is also passionate and dedicated to growing diversity on and off the track."
Quallo moves into the newly-formed role of Director of Multicultural Affairs immediately and will report to Scharback with respect to diversity. She will work closely with the NASCAR Multicultural Development team, focusing on initiatives designed to address diversity and inclusion including employee training, diversity internships, and outreach to multicultural opinion leaders. During Speedweeks, Quallo will participate in the annual NASCAR Diversity Awards Luncheon at Daytona International Speedway on February 23.
Prior to joining ISC's legal team, Quallo served as Associate Counsel for the Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) for four years managing all business and corporate legal matters for the organization and its executives, as well as its related properties including the LPGA Foundation and the Symetra Tour. Quallo is an active member of the Corporate Counsel Women of Color® and participates in its annual diversity strategies conference. She currently serves as Chair of the Board of Directors of Junior Achievement of Volusia County and is a graduate of Rutgers University School of Law and St. John's University.(ISC)(2-10-2017)
Race Stages announced for Daytona: This year's Daytona 500 will feature two 60-lap stages followed by a final 80-lap stage, with points available in all stages. Under NASCAR's 2017 race structure, the top 10 drivers in the first two stages will earn points, with the stage winners also earning one playoff point. The race winner gets 40 points, as well as five playoff points which can be carried forward until the season finale at Homestead. The PowerShares QQQ 300 NASCAR XFINITY Series race will consistent of two 30-lap stages followed by a 60-lap final stage. The NextEra Energy 250 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race will feature two stages of 20 laps each followed by a final stage of 60 laps. A race will be considered official after the first two stages are complete. The season-opening Daytona 500, for example, will be official after 120 of 200 laps, not after the halfway point as in the past.(NASCAR Wire Service)(2-9-2017)
NASCAR settles lawsuit with fan over Daytona wreck: NASCAR has settled with a spectator injured in a February 2013 Xfinity Series crash at Daytona International Speedway, and in doing so was able to avoid having drivers deposed as well as have its crash and fencing reports made public. Allen Davis sued NASCAR and the track parent company International Speedway Corp., in November 2015. The Florida man was sitting in the upper deck and, according to the lawsuit, "was struck in the head by a heavy piece of debris and suffered a catastrophic, traumatic brain injury." Attorneys for NASCAR and the track filed a notice Monday with the court that parties had settled, and Davis attorney Dan Iracki confirmed the sides had agreed to a settlement with terms remaining confidential. He said Davis suffered permanent brain damage and will need medical care the remainder of his life. The settlement notice was filed during a week when Iracki had previously planned to take depositions of six drivers - Kyle Busch, Kyle Larson, Denny Hamlin, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Ryan Newman and Austin Dillon. All but Newman had competed in that race and all either have been advocates for safety or served on the NASCAR Drivers Council. A judge denied NASCAR's request to postpone the depositions but left open the option for each driver to challenge the necessity of his deposition. "Certainly that could have been one aspect as to way it was resolved, as well as others," Iracki said.
It was Larson's car that flew into the catch fence in the wreck, where his car hit what is commonly referred to as the crossover gate. It is a gate in the fencing that allows fans and officials to go from the racing surface to the grandstands prior to the start of the race. The gate buckled, appeared to shear off the front of Larson's car and allowed a wheel with suspension pieces still attached, to fly into the stands along with other pieces of the car and fencing. More than 30 fans were injured in the accident. The Davis lawsuit was the final current one pending, although the statute of limitations for filing a claim doesn't run out until Feb. 22. While there is video of the accident, NASCAR and the track have not made any crash analysis public. NASCAR had its two top safety engineers, Tom Gideon and John Palatak, do a crash reconstruction to analyze what happened. Daytona and NASCAR refused to give that report up to Iracki, citing it as a legal work document. Bill Braniff, ISC Vice President of Construction, said in an affidavit filed in December that the NASCAR report, as well as other reports conducted by outside experts, were done for "legal advice," meaning that they are protected by attorney-client privilege.(ESPN.com)(2-7-2017)
LaDainian Tomlinson named Honorary Starter for 59th DAYTONA 500: NFL great LaDainian Tomlinson has been named the Honorary Starter for the 59th DAYTONA 500, the opening race of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season on Feb. 26 at Daytona International Speedway. Tomlinson, a former All-Pro running back with the San Diego Chargers and New York Jets, is one of 18 finalists for the Pro Football Hall of Fame's 2017 class. The 2017 class of inductees will be announced on Feb. 4, the day before the Super Bowl. Having retired from the NFL in 2012, Tomlinson is now an analyst for the NFL Network and an Ambassador for DAV (Disabled American Veterans). He will soon make his feature-film acting debut in the movie "God Bless The Broken Road." Multi-platinum recording artist Jordin Sparks also stars in the film and will be singing the National Anthem at this year's DAYTONA 500. "God Bless The Broken Road" will be appearing in theaters later this year.(DIS)(2-2-2017)
ISC reports 2016 earnings: International Speedway Corp. cited the impact of Jeff Gordon, Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Tony Stewart missing races as among the reasons for a decline in admission revenue last year at its tracks. International Speedway Corp. reported its fourth quarter and yearly earnings Thursday morning in a conference call with investor analysts. ISC reported that its fourth-quarter admissions revenue was down about 9.3 percent from the previous year. The track hosted Cup races at Darlington Raceway, Richmond International Raceway, Chicagoland Speedway, Kansas Speedway, Talladega Superspeedway, Martinsville Speedway, Phoenix International Raceway and Homestead-Miami Speedway. Earnhardt missed all of those races. Gordon drove in only three of those events (Darlington, Richmond and Martinsville). Stewart competed in each event. For the year, admissions revenue was down about 5 percent for the company.
ISC announced on the call that three of its 19 Cup races sold out in 2016 - the Daytona 500, Watkins Glen and the season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway. John Saunders, president of ISC, said that advance sales for the Feb. 26 Daytona 500 were at comparable levels to last year's event at this time. ISC is "optimistic" the race will sell out again. Saunders also said that advance ticket sales for upcoming races at Auto Club Speedway and Phoenix International Raceway were "trending slightly ahead" compared to last year.
Saunders noted the impact on corporate sponsorship Monster Energy would have as new series sponsor for NASCAR's Cup Series. "It is important to note that 2016 was the last year of our revenue-included agreements between ISC and Sprint for various inventory and activation rights at ISC racetracks," Saunders said. "These agreements were negotiated in the mid-2000s, pre-recession. "While we currently expect to have similar agreements in place with Monster Energy, we anticipate the economics of the agreements will result in a reset for 2017."
In other items:
- Three of ISC's 20 Cup races this year either have the event sponsorship open or yet to be announced.
- Three of ISC's 14 Xfinity races this year either have the event sponsorship open or yet to be announced.
- For the full year, the average ticket price for a Cup event at an ISC track was $90.12, an increase of 5.4 percent. ISC officials cited Daytona's pricing as a reason for the increase.
- Also, Dover Motorsports Inc., issued its earnings report Thursday. Dover also reported lower admissions revenue. The company plans to spend about $300,000 during the first quarter of 2017 to remove portions of the grandstand. The company also announced that the closing of the sale of Nashville Superspeedway should take place in the second quarter of 2017.(NBC Sports)(1-27-2017)
Lady Antebellum To Perform DAYTONA 500 Pre-Race Show: The multi-platinum trio Lady Antebellum will perform the pre-race-show prior to the start of the 59th annual DAYTONA 500 on Sunday, Feb. 26, the opening race of the 2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season. Honing in on the melodious foundation that first brought Lady Antebellum together, the group returns to radio airwaves with "You Look Good," while concurrently announcing it as the debut single off their sixth studio album HEART BREAK (Capitol Nashville), to be released June 9. Charles Kelley, Hillary Scott and Dave Haywood simultaneously share plans to return to the road, with more than 65 shows planned in six countries on their YOU LOOK GOOD WORLD TOUR, presented by NABISCO. With more than 18 million units sold, seven-time GRAMMY award winning group Lady Antebellum has earned nine No. one hits and countless other awards including Billboard Music Awards, People's Choice Awards and Teen Choice Awards, while also taking home ACM and CMA "Vocal Group of the Year" trophies three years in a row. This year's DAYTONA 500 will be Lady Antebellum's third appearance at Daytona International Speedway. The group performed the 2008 pre-race concert for the Coke Zero 400 Powered By Coca-Cola and most recently at last year's inaugural Country 500 Music Festival.(DIS)(1-24-2017)
Owen Wilson named grand marshal for Daytona 500: Actor Owen Wilson, the voice of the animated character Lightning McQueen in Disney Pixar's upcoming movie "Cars 3," will serve as Grand Marshal for the 59th annual DAYTONA 500 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race on Feb. 26 at Daytona International Speedway. The Daytona 500, the season-opening race for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, will begin at 2:00pm/et following Wilson delivering the famous "Drivers, start your engines" command to the 40-car field. In addition to giving the command, Wilson will ride in one of the Grand Marshal cars during pace laps prior to the green flag of the 200-lap, 500-mile race and attend the drivers meeting. "Cars 3" opens nationwide on June 16. Wilson, who voiced Lightning McQueen in "Cars" (2006) and "Cars 2" (2011), is also known for starring roles in a variety of hit comedy films including "Wedding Crashers," "Meet the Parents," "Zoolander" and "The Royal Tenenbaums." Wilson stars in the upcoming "Wonder" and the Woody Harrelson-directed live film "Lost in London."(DIS)(1-20-2017)
Advance Auto Parts sponsoring the Clash at Daytona: Daytona International Speedway will rekindle one of its fan-favorite traditions next month in partnership with Advance Auto Parts, a leading automotive aftermarket parts provider in North America. The Advance Auto Parts Clash will open the 2017 NASCAR season under the lights on the evening of Feb. 18, featuring an elite field of Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series drivers in a 75-lap sprint. The annual all-star event was first held in 1979, originally known as the Busch Clash. A number of name changes ensued over the years, but now the once-iconic label is back. In addition to the race entitlement, Advance Auto Parts will also serve as the Official Auto Parts Store of DIS. The 75-lap/187.5-mile race will be split into two segments, separated by a mandatory caution period at Lap 25.(Daytona International Speedway)(1-18-2017)
UNOH becomes entitlement sponsor of Daytona Fanzone: Daytona International Speedway announced a multi-year partnership with University of Northwestern Ohio (UNOH) for the school to secure the naming rights of the Fanzone, the 211,636-square foot entertainment hub located in the infield of the "World Center of Racing." UNOH, located in Lima, Ohio, invented the first high-performance motorsports degree program in the country, and in 2006, opened the largest U.S. facility dedicated to learning the science of high-performance vehicles - a seven-acre, 70,000-square foot high performance motorsports complex. The UNOH Fanzone, which first opened in 2005 at the "World Center of Racing," is located between the NASCAR premier series (sponsored by Monster Energy) garages and NASCAR XFINITY Series garages and puts fans in the middle of the event action with fan forums, historic displays, autograph sessions, entertainment and merchandise as well as access to pre-race activities. Other amenities include the Fan Deck on top of the NASCAR premier series garages and garage viewing windows with autograph slots. UNOH will also continue to serve as the Official Education Partner of Daytona International Speedway and have an on-site marketing presence at the facility including event signage, display space, tickets and hospitality.(DIS)(12-10-2016)
Coke Zero 400 tickets on sale: Tickets for the 59th annual Coke Zero 400 Powered By Coca-Cola NASCAR Cup Series race scheduled on Saturday, July 1 will go on sale Monday, Oct. 17 at 9:00am/et. Race fans will have the opportunity to celebrate the Independence Day holiday weekend with the stars of NASCAR battling underneath the lights in the 160-lap, 400-mile race. Guests will also enjoy all the unprecedented amenities that come with the world's only motorsports stadium including 101,500 new, wider seats, thousands of premium club seats, 40 escalators and 17 elevators, 60 luxury suites, social "neighborhoods" and three concourse levels that span the nearly mile-long frontstretch. Tickets for the Coke Zero 400 start at $60. Children 12 and under are only $20 in reserved stadium seating. Those wishing to attend should make their plans early. As part of the Coke Zero 400 Weekend Powered By Coca-Cola, in addition to the action on the track, Daytona International Speedway will celebrate the July Fourth holiday by recognizing Congressional Medal of Honor recipients and showcasing one of the largest fireworks shows in the Southeast.(DIS)(10-15-2016)
International Speedway Corp details 3rd quarter financials: International Speedway Corp. held its conference call with investor analysts Thursday morning to detail results from the third quarter. ISC hosted four Sprint Cup weekends during the third quarter, which ended Aug. 31 - two races at Michigan, Daytona in July and Watkins Glen. Among the items mentioned in the nearly hour-long conference call:
- Admissions for comparable Cup events was up about 1 percent compared to the same time last year. This was mostly attributed to the Daytona race in July. In 2015, the seating capacity was reduced to about 50,000 for the Daytona summer race as construction continued on the grandstand. The stadium debuted at this year's Daytona 500 with 101,500 seats.
- Watkins Glen had a second consecutive sellout this year.
- Michigan International Speedway saw admission declines for both its Sprint Cup events.
- The average ticket price for the four Cup races at ISC tracks in the third quarter was $83.11. That's an increase of about 8 percent from the same period last year. The increase was mainly generated by the new seating and pricing at Daytona.
-The average ticket price for all Cup races at ISC tracks through the first nine months of the year is $96.14. That's an increase of about 8 percent, also driven by pricing at Daytona.
- For the fourth quarter, ISC reported lower attendance-related revenue for Cup weekends at Darlington, Richmond and Chicagoland Speedway. Advance sales for the remaining events at ISC tracks (Kansas, Talladega, Martinsville, Phoenix and Homestead) are down 10 percent on average. ISC officials anticipate a sellout for the season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
See more at NBC Sports.(10-14-2016)
DAYTONA 500 In 2018 Returns To Traditional Date On Presidents Day Weekend: The 2018 DAYTONA 500, which will be the historic 60th running of NASCAR's biggest and most prestigious event, will return to its traditional date on Presidents Day weekend - Sunday, Feb. 18. "We wanted to let all of our fans, partners and stakeholders know about this date adjustment in advance and give them ample time to make their travel plans for 'The Great American Race,' " Daytona International Speedway President Chip Wile said. "The 60th annual DAYTONA 500 is going to be a significant milestone in the event's history and we look forward to a special celebration." The DAYTONA 500 has been traditionally held on Presidents Day weekend/George Washington's birthday from 1968 to 2011. In fact, the inaugural DAYTONA 500 back in 1959 was held on George Washington's birthday. Dates for the other Speedweeks events and Bike Week At Daytona International Speedway will be announced at a later date. Tickets for the 2018 DAYTONA 500 will also go on sale at a later date after the completion of ticket renewals following the 2017 DAYTONA 500.(DIS)(7-27-2016)
Motorsports Hall of Fame of America Receives Grant to develop Theater: The Motorsports Hall of Fame of America (MSHFA) announced that it has received a $2.5 million grant from the Margie & Robert E. Petersen Foundation of Los Angeles, with the money targeted to fund construction and development of the Robert E. Petersen Theater in the hall's new permanent home at Daytona International Speedway. The MSHFA, which has moved to Daytona Beach from Novi, Michigan, will be housed in the speedway's expansive ticket and tours facility that greets thousands of motorsports fans each year at the "World Center of Racing." A vital component in the relocation will be the new theater, along with a Robert E. Petersen "Tribute Room" that will greet guests entering the attraction. The first phase of construction and development is expected to be completed by June - in time for the 28th Annual MSHFA Induction Ceremony Presented by Bridgestone on June 29 and the July 2 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at the speedway, the Coke Zero 400 Powered By Coca-Cola. The Margie & Robert E. Petersen Foundation has donated more than $300 million to their namesake and renowned Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles, children's charities and to various organizations and causes since its 1996 formation. In 1948 Robert E. Petersen founded HOT ROD magazine followed by many more automotive magazines including MOTOR TREND, CAR CRAFT, ROD & CUSTOM, CIRCLE TRACK, MOTORCYCLIST and 4 WHEEL & OFF ROAD.(DIS)(4-21-2016)
Son of NASCAR founder installs last seat at Daytona: The last of 101,500 Daytona Rising stadium grandstand seats was installed by the son of NASCAR founder William H.G. France with the help of a race fan at Daytona International Speedway Tuesday. Jim France, who is the chairman of International Speedway Corp., and Ted Swartzlander, 61, who has held the same six seats for two decades near the start/finish line, completed the installation in front of a mob of media. "My partner and I did an excellent job and I hope the supervisor appreciated our quality of work," said the 71-year-old France. "This is one of the most spectacular motorsports facilities that I've ever seen in my life. I've been to many places around the world and nothing compares to this." Bill France Sr., who founded NASCAR in 1948, built the track in 1958. It opened for business in February, 1959 with the running of the inaugural Daytona 500 and several other support races. The $400 million Daytona Rising project started on July 8, 2013. The facility will open to the public on Jan. 28 for the first day of Rolex 24 At Daytona activities. "I think this is something my father would have been proud of," France said as he scanned the new facility. "This is the kind of thing he would have brought about. The process we've gone through over several years, such as improve the garage area and fan experience and repaving the track. We spent $400 million for the fan-part of this venue. This is all for the fans." Daytona Rising stretches almost a mile along International Speedway Boulevard. "The fans coming here are in for a real treat," France said. "Anybody coming to Daytona Beach for a motorsports event will find this the finest experience in the world." Swartzlander owns a fabrication shop in Sanford. He has been watching Daytona races since he was a child and with France's help, installed the seat where he will watch the Feb. 21 Daytona 500.(Daytona Beach News Journal)(1-21-2016)
Anheuser-Busch Extends and Expands Partnership with Daytona: Anheuser-Busch announced today a multi-year partnership renewal with Daytona International Speedway (DIS) that extends its status as the exclusive official beer sponsor of DIS and the DAYTONA 500. The partnership will also provide Anheuser-Busch with naming rights to four locations within the new motorsports stadium as part of the DAYTONA Rising redevelopment project, which is scheduled to open in January 2016.
Two of the bar locations to be featured in the new "World Center of Racing" central "neighborhood" zone and spacious concourses, while the other two will be located in other parts of the stadium. All four locations will enable Anheuser-Busch to advertise multiple brands from its portfolio of beers including Busch, Budweiser, Bud Light and Stella Artois. Anheuser-Busch will also retain naming rights to the infield area - the Budweiser Bistro.
"Daytona International Speedway has been a tremendous partner for Anheuser-Busch ever since we first introduced the Busch Clash back in 1979, which was held each year at DIS the week prior to the DAYTONA 500," said Nick Kelly, director of experiential marketing, Anheuser-Busch. "We're looking forward to continuing this relationship that allows us to have a significant marketing presence at the track, and now we'll be able to deliver an elevated experience to our fans as a result of the DAYTONA Rising project."
Anheuser-Busch's partnership with DIS continues a period of investment and rededication to the sport of racing. The Busch family of beers recently announced it is reigniting its storied past in NASCAR by sponsoring Kevin Harvick and the No. 4 team of Stewart-Haas Racing for select races during the 2016 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season beginning with the Sprint Unlimited at DIS on Feb. 13. In conjunction, Anheuser-Busch will employ a comprehensive marketing approach to celebrate Busch's return to the sport of racing, including on-track, experiential, in-market and retail activations, as well as TV spots leading up to the DAYTONA 500.
"We're thrilled to kick off the next chapter of our longstanding partnership with Anheuser-Busch," said Daytona International Speedway President Joie Chitwood III. "Our new motorsports stadium will provide enhanced opportunities to market their brands and connect with race fans."
Anheuser-Busch shares a rich history with the sport of racing as well as DIS, dating back to the late 1970s. This represents the longest-standing partnership for DIS.(DIS)(11-20-2015)
Can-Am to sponsor Duel races at Daytona: BRP, the manufacturer of world renowned motorized recreational vehicles and engines, will serve as the title sponsor for the 150-mile qualifying races for the DAYTONA 500 at Daytona International Speedway, part of Speedweeks 2016. The races will be known as the Can-Am Duel At Daytona. The Can-Am Duel At Daytona, scheduled for Thursday, Feb. 18, are a pair of 150-mile qualifying races that finalize the starting lineup for the 58th annual DAYTONA 500, the prestigious NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season-opening event on Sunday, Feb. 21. The Can-Am Duel At Daytona will feature every DAYTONA 500 entrant battling for a coveted starting spot in "The Great American Race."
"We're excited about developing this new partnership with BRP, the world leader in recreational vehicles," Daytona International Speedway President Joie Chitwood III said. "With two thrilling and unpredictable 150-mile qualifying races, the Can-Am Duel At Daytona will provide a great platform for BRP to promote their Can-Am products at the 'World Center of Racing.' "
"BRP and its Can-Am products are synonymous with innovation and performance in the powersports industry," said Anne Bélec, senior vice-president, Global Brands and Strategy. "We feel that there's a natural fit with NASCAR racers and their fans. Thanks to our association with Kappa, Cyclops Gear and the GOFAS race team, we are now a sponsor in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and the title sponsor of the Can-Am Duel, the ultimate test before the Daytona 500," she concluded.
The events during Speedweeks 2016 will be the first to be held at Daytona International Speedway following the completion of the $400 million DAYTONA Rising frontstretch redevelopment project. Race fans will experience new amenities such as wider and more comfortable seats, spacious concourses, escalators and elevators, twice as many restrooms and three times as many concessions and merchandise stands.(DIS)(9-19-2015)
Daytona 500 qualifying is a different with the Qualifying Races, see the rules on the Qualifying Rules page - Daytona 500 section.
Rain Disruptions In The Daytona 500:
1963: First 10 laps run under yellow due to rain.
1965: Rain-shortened -- 133 laps (332.5 miles).
1966: Rain-shortened -- 198 laps (495 miles).
1979: First 16 laps run under yellow due to rain.
1992: Laps 84-89 run under yellow due to rain on backstretch.
1995: Red flag on lap 71 due to rain. Red flag lasted 1:44.
2003: Two red flags for rain. 1st: lap 63; 1:08. Rain-shortened -- 109 laps (272.5 miles).
2009: Rain-shortened -- 152 laps (380 miles).
2012: Race postponed from 2/26 to 2/27 because of rain.
2014: Red flag on lap 38 due to rain/severe weather. Red flag lasted 6 hours, 21 minutes
Won Daytona 500 & July Daytona race in the same year:
1962: Fireball Roberts
1968: Cale Yarborough
1969: LeeRoy Yarbrough
1982: Bobby Allison
2013: Jimmie Johnson
Daytona 500 and Championship in same year: nine times by five drivers has the Daytona 500 and the Sprint Cup Championship been won in the same season:
1959: Lee Petty
1964, 1971, 1974, 1979: Richard Petty (4)
1977: Cale Yarborough
1997: Jeff Gordon
2006, 2013: Jimmie Johnson (2)
First Career Sprint Cup win in the Daytona 500:
Seven drivers have gotten their first career Sprint Cup win in the Daytona 500:
Tiny Lund, 1963 [5 career wins]
Mario Andretti, 1967 
Pete Hamilton, 1970 
Derrike Cope, 1990 
Sterling Marlin, 1994 , won the Daytona 500 twice, also in 1995
Michael Waltrip, 2001 , won the Daytona 500 twice, also in 2003
Trevor Bayne, 2011 
Winners of both Clash & Can-Am Duel - never won Daytona 500 same year:
Ten drivers drivers have won both the Clash [started in 1979] and a Can-Am Duel [or Twin] in the same season / speedweeks 14 times, but none have also won the Daytona 500:
year, driver, Daytona finish, Daytona 500 winner
2014: Denny Hamlin, finished 2nd, won by Dale Earnhardt Jr.
2013: Kevin Harvick, finished 42nd, won by Jimmie Johnson
2011: Kurt Busch, 5th, won by Trevor Bayne
2008: Dale Earnhardt Jr., 9th, Ryan Newman
2007: Tony Stewart, 43rd, Kevin Harvick
2003: Dale Earnhardt Jr., 36th, Michael Waltrip
1995: Dale Earnhardt, 2nd, Sterling Marlin
1993: Dale Earnhardt, 2nd, Dale Jarrett
1991: Dale Earnhardt, 5th, Ernie Irvan
1989: Ken Schrader, 2nd, Darrell Waltrip
1986: Dale Earnhardt, 14th, Geoff Bodine
1983: Neil Bonnett, 22nd, Cale Yarborough
1981: Darrell Waltrip, 36th, Richard Petty
1979: Buddy Baker, 40th, Richard Petty
Top Finishes For Daytona 500 Champs in next race since 1982: Daytona 500 winners... how the success doesn't carry over to the second race.
Won the following race: - Twice (Jeff Gordon 1997 & Matt Kenseth 2009)
2nd Place - Five times (Davey Allison 1992, Sterling Marlin 1994, Dale Jarrett 1996, Jimmie Johnson 2006 & 2013)
3rd Place - None
4th Place - Once (Bill Elliott 1987)
5th Place - Twice (Dale Jarrett 2000 & Dale Earnhardt, Jr. 2004)
Only two drivers who won the Daytona 500 since 1982 have gone on to win the Sprint Cup Series Championship, Jeff Gordon in 1997 and Jimmie Johnson in 2006.(Frontstretch)
Front row starters don't win Daytona 500 often: In the 57 runnings of the Daytona 500, only seven drivers have won from the pole position. Only two of these drivers accomplished the feat more than once -- Cale Yarborough (1968, 1984) and Bill Elliott (1985, 1987). Dale Jarrett was the most recent polesitter to capture the Harley J. Earl Trophy when he won the event in 2000. The other drivers to win the Daytona 500 from the pole were Fireball Roberts (1962), Richard Petty (1966), Buddy Baker (1980) and Gordon (1999).
Winning the Daytona 500 from the outside of the front row is even rarer. Only six drivers have accomplished this feat, with Richard Petty the only one with more than one victory in the race from the second starting position. The most recent driver to win from this spot was once again Jarrett, in 1993. A.J. Foyt (1962), Geoffrey Bodine (1986), Darrell Waltrip (1989) and Ernie Irvan (1991) are the four other drivers.(NASCAR Wire Service)(2-22-2015)
Car Numbers that have produced three or more Daytona 500 victories:
Car Number (wins) - Drivers (years)
o #43(7) - Richard Petty (1964, '66, '71, '73, '74, '79, '81)
o #21(5) - Tiny Lund (1963), Cale Yarborough (1968), A.J. Foyt (1972), David Pearson (1976) and Trevor Bayne (2011)
o #28(5) - Fred Lorenzen (1965), Buddy Baker (1980), Cale Yarborough (1983 and 1984) and Davey Allison (1992).
o #88(4) - Bobby Allison (1982), Dale Jarrett (1996, 2000), Dale Earnhardt Jr.(2014)
o #4(3) - Ernie Irvan (1991), Sterling Marlin (1994 and 1995)
o #15(3) - Bobby Allison (1978), Michael Waltrip (2001 and 2003)
o #17(3) - Darrell Waltrip (1989), Matt Kenseth (2009 and 2012)
o #24(3) - Jeff Gordon (1997, 1999 and 2005)
o #22(3) - Fireball Roberts (1962), Ward Burton (2002) and Joey Logano (2015)
Racing related deaths at Daytona: Racing related deaths at Daytona International Speedway since the track opened in 1959:
1. Marshall Teague, NASCAR stock car practice, Feb. 11, 1959.
2. George Amick, USAC 100-mile race, April 4, 1959.
3. Dr. Bernie Taylor, powerboat race in infield lake, June 14, 1959.
4. Harold Haberling, NASCAR stock car practice, Feb. 21, 1964.
5. Billy Drew Wade, NASCAR stock car tire test, Jan. 5, 1965.
6. Don MacTavish, Sportsman 300 race, Feb. 21, 1969.
7. Wayne Harris Bartz, lightweight motorcycle race, March 12, 1969.
8. Talmadge "Tab" Prince, Twin 125-mile qualifying race, Feb. 19, 1970.
9. Joe "Rusty" Bradley, Daytona 200 race, March 14, 1971.
10. Davd Pearl, Paul Whiteman Trophy Race, July 30, 1971.
11. Friday Hassler, Twin 125-mile NASCAR qualifying race, Feb. 17, 1972.
12. Ricky Knotts, Twin 125-mile NASCAR qualifying race, Feb. 14, 1980.
13. Francis Affleck, ARCA stock car practice, Feb. 7, 1985.
14. Dr. Charles Ogle, stock car testing, injured Dec. 15, 1985, died Dec. 26, 1985.
15. Bruce Jacobi, Twin 125-mile NASCAR qualifying race, injured Feb. 1983, died Feb. 4, 1987.
16. Joe Young, Charlotte-Daytona Dash race, Feb. 13, 1987.
17. James Kolman, kart testing, Dec. 27, 1987.
18. Randy Glenn, motorcycle practice, Feb. 26, 1988.
19. Don Williams, Sportsman 300 race, injured Feb. 1979, died May 21, 1989.
20. Dale Robertson, kart race, Dec. 27, 1989.
21. Julius Johnson, ARCA 200 stock car race, injured Feb. 11, 1990, died Feb. 14, 1990.
22. Joe Booher, Florida 200 Dash race, Feb. 12, 1993.
23. James Adamo, motorcycle race, March 7, 1993.
24. Neil Bonnett, NASCAR stock car practice, Feb. 11, 1994.
25. Rodney Orr, NASCAR stock car practice, Feb. 14, 1994.
26. Michael Himes, IMSA Two-Hour endurance race, Jan. 31, 1997.
27. Dale Earnhardt, NASCAR Daytona 500, Feb. 18, 2001.
28. Roy H. Weaver III, Dash Series race, Feb. 8, 2003.