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Who won the Daytona 500? Full results, winner from NASCAR’s 2021 season-opening race

The winner of the 2021 Daytona 500 wasn't in the lead until the very end of the race after a fiery crash on the final lap opened a path for him to drive through.

Michael McDowell was tracking leaders (and Penske teammates) Joey Logano and Brad Keselowski on Lap 200 of the 200-lap race when Logano and Keselowski wrecked and NASCAR subsequently turned on the caution lights. McDowell was ahead of Chase Elliott by a car length at the time of the caution, giving him the lead and the race win. He crossed the start-finish line first for good measure after securing his first Cup Series victory in his 358th career start. 

"I can't believe it," McDowell said. "I've got to thank God. So many years of just grinding it out, hoping for an opportunity like this. I've got to thank (team owner) Bob Jenkins for giving me this opportunity. I'm so thankful.

"What a great way to get a first victory — in the Daytona 500!"

McDowell, who led only the final lap at 2.5-mile Daytona International Speedway, is the eighth driver to get his first Cup win in the Great American Race. His victory is the third for Front Row Motorsports — all coming in the No. 34 Ford with three different drivers: David Ragan at Talladega, Chris Buescher at Pocono and McDowell at Daytona.

The win also qualifies McDowell for the Cup Series playoffs Round of 16.

Keselowski, meanwhile, threw his gloves and helmet in frustration after he exited his heavily damaged car.

"Had a big run down the backstretch, went to make the pass to win the Daytona 500 and it ended up really bad," he told Fox Sports. "I don't feel like I made a mistake, but I can't drive everybody else's car." It was unclear whether Keselowski was referring to Logano appearing to block him or McDowell bump-drafting him just prior to the wreck.

"Chaos struck," Logano told Fox Sports. "The 2 (Keselowski) kept trying to back up, trying to get a run, (I) was trying to back up to him to keep the run from being too big. I guess he got back up to the 34 (McDowell) and it ended up being a really big run coming at me and seemed like we all just collided in one spot. Real bummer."

McDowell said he was able to get by because his car and Keselowski's got "disconnected" during the bump draft just before the wreck. "Otherwise, I would have been right on the 2," he said.

"The way that these runs work, sometimes when you hit a guy, you kind of push him out a little bit and you get detached from him," McDowell continued. "Brad and I had a great run and I was on his bumper and then he pulled down and I got a little bit detached from him and then him and the 22 (Logano) got together."     

The wild finish early Monday capped a marathon race day that was bracketed by big wrecks.

Mother Nature grudgingly allowed NASCAR Cup Series drivers to kick off a new season. Inclement weather loomed over the 500 on Sunday, and then rain over Daytona Beach, Fla., caused almost six hours of delays.

Sporting News tracked live updates and lap-by-lap highlights from the Daytona 500. Follow below for complete results from NASCAR's 2021 season-opening race.

Contributing: Tom Gatto. Material from the NASCAR Wire Service also was used in this report.

MORE: Watch NASCAR racing live with fuboTV (7-day free trial)

Daytona 500 results 2021

(Official order of finish)

Pos.Driver
1.Michael McDowell
2.Chase Elliott
3.Austin Dillon
4.Kevin Harvick
5.Denny Hamlin
6.Ryan Preece
7.Ross Chastain
8.Jamie McMurray
9.Corey LaJoie
10.Kyle Larson
11.Cole Custer
12.Joey Logano
13.Brad Keselowski
14.Kyle Busch
15.Austin Cindric
16.Christopher Bell
17.Bubba Wallace
18.Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
19.Chase Briscoe
20.Joey Gase
21.Cody Ware
22.Kurt Busch
23.BJ McLeod
24.Josh Bilicki
25.Martin Truex Jr.
26.William Byron
27.Tyler Reddick
28.Kaz Grala
29.Quin Houff
30.Ryan Blaney
31.Chris Buescher
32.Anthony Alfredo
33.Matt DiBenedetto
34.Aric Almirola
35.Alex Bowman
36.Daniel Suarez
37.David Ragan
38.Ryan Newman
39.Erik Jones
40.Derrike Cope

Daytona 500 live updates, highlights from 2021 race

(All times Eastern)

12:16 a.m.  — Huge, fiery crash on the last lap takes out leaders Joey Logano and Brad Keselowski and opens it up for Michael McDowell to win NASCAR's premier event under caution. 

12:10 a.m.  — Down to 10 laps remaining. It's go time.

Midnight  — Unscheduled green-flag stop for Bubba Wallace; Fox Sports reports he told his crew his car had a vibration. Right-side tires for the 23, who goes a lap down.

11:55 p.m. — The final green-flag stops of the night begin on Lap 170, with each manufacturer group pitting separately.

11:45 p.m.  — The calm before the storm. Denny Hamlin still leads the way, and everyone else is lined up behind him.

11:35 p.m. — Denny Hamlin leads with 52 to go. The field is running single file on the high side before the serious racing begins. 

11:20 p.m.  — Denny Hamlin wins Stage 2 of the Daytona 500, building on his Stage 1 victory. The top 10 in the stage: Hamlin, Kevin Harvick, Bubba Wallace, Chase Elliott, Austin Dillon, Kyle Larson, Kyle Busch, Brad Keselowski, Ryan Preece and Austin Cindric.

Just 70 laps remain in this year's Great American Race. It's about to get wild. 

11:05 p.m.  — Scary-looking moment as the right rear of Kaz Grala's car catches fire on pit road. Safety crews are there to extinguish it. Grala was one of the drivers involved in the wreck that Bell triggered. Amazingly, Grala tried to keep racing before being told to call it quits for the night. 

11 p.m.  — CAUTION NO. 5. Christopher Bell causes a multi-vehicle wreck as his left rear tire goes down. Kyle Larson is one of the half-dozen drivers caught up in it. Bubba Wallace escapes and is scored in second at the time of the yellow.

10:55 p.m.  — Kyle Larson is the leader after all the pit stops. Fewer than 20 laps to go in Stage 2.

10:45 p.m.  — Green-flag pit stops are near in the second half of Stage 2. (Oh, by the way, the race is now official after moving past Lap 100.)

10:30 p.m. — The worst of the rain appears to be behind us, but there are some concerns about fog.

10:10 p.m. — Denny Hamlin takes Stage 1 of the Daytona 500. The rest of the top 10:

9:55 p.m. — OK, switching out yellow for green. Can we please be careful, guys?

9:45 p.m. — And the yellow flag is back on Lap 38. Quin Houff is out of the race.

9:35 p.m. — Green flag is waving. We are a full go on Lap 30.

9:20 p.m. — Well, this seems problematic. Still under a yellow flag at the moment.

9:05 p.m. — A quick recap of where we stand as the restart approaches:

8:20 p.m. — Hey, a restart time! This might actually happen.

7:55 p.m. —  Trending in the right direction...

6:50 p.m. — The Air Titans are back on the track, but NASCAR has not offered any additional details on a possible restart time.

6:20 p.m. —  Good news: There could be a window to dry the track in between waves of rain. Bad news: That second wave could be ugly.

5:15 p.m. — OK, this rain really needs to chill out for a minute.

4:55 p.m. — Chase Briscoe just hitting the Panda Express drive-thru during the delay. A real power move.

4:10 p.m. — So, uh, this isn't ideal.

3:55 p.m. — After just 15 laps, the Air Titans are out with the Daytona 500 under a red flag. Kevin Harvick is the current leader.

3:40 p.m. — Here's a full list of the drivers involved in the crash on Lap 14, per the FOX broadcast: Kurt Busch, Ryan Newman, Tyler Reddick, Aric Almirola, Ryan Blaney, Chris Buescher, Martin Truex Jr., Christopher Bell, Matt DiBenedetto, William Byron, David Ragan, Anthony Alfredo, Erik Jones, Alex Bowman, Jamie McMurray and Daniel Suarez. 

3:35 p.m. — And now a red flag because of a lighting strike. What a wild start.

3:25 p.m. — Whoa. We've got huge crash involving at least a dozen cars.

3:10 p.m. —  The caution flag goes up after Derrike Cope hits the wall on Lap 3. He's done for the day.

3 p.m. — A new season. Daytona 500. Pitbull. Here we go.

2:40 p.m. — Let's hope those rain clouds float right on by the track.

What time does the Daytona 500 start?

The Daytona 500 broadcast will begin at 2:30 p.m. ET on Sunday, Feb. 14, but the race itself may not start until closer to 3 p.m. ET. It will be held at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Fla.

MORE:  Remembering Dale Earnhardt's deadly crash at Daytona 20 years later

Daytona 500 starting lineup 2021

Wednesday's pole qualifying set the front row for the Daytona 500 with Alex Bowman earning the nod and William Byron recording the second-fastest lap. The results of Thursday's Duels races won by Aric Almirola and Austin Dillon set the remainder of the field. 

Starting pos.Driver
1.Alex Bowman
2.William Byron
3.Aric Almirola
4.Austin Dillon
5.Christopher Bell
6.Bubba Wallace
7.Ryan Newman
8.Kevin Harvick
9.Joey Logano
10.Kyle Busch
11.Ryan Preece
12.Chase Elliott
13.Kyle Larson
14.David Ragan
15.Daniel Suarez
16.Corey LaJoie
17.Michael McDowell
18.David Regan
19.Jamie McMurray
20.Kurt Busch
21.Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
22.Chris Buescher
23.Matt DiBenedetto
24.Brad Keselowski
25.Denny Hamlin
26.Martin Truex Jr.
27.Cole Custer
28.Joey Gase
29.Tyler Reddick
30.Chase Briscoe
31.Erik Jones
32.Derrike Cope
33.Quin Houff
34.Ross Chastain
35.Cody Ware
36.Anthony Alfredo
37.Josh Bilicki
38.BJ McLeod
39.Austin Cindric
40.Kaz Grala
Sours: https://www.sportingnews.com/us/nascar/news/daytona-500-live-updates-results-highlights/vaftzteehe3b1fr6w2jrmrqjh

Who won the Daytona 500? Full results, winner from NASCAR’s 2021 season-opening race

The winner of the 2021 Daytona 500 wasn't in the lead until the very end of the race, after a fiery crash on the final lap opened a path for him to drive through.

Michael McDowell was tracking leaders (and Penske teammates) Joey Logano and Brad Keselowski on Lap 200 of the 200-lap race when Logano and Keselowski wrecked and NASCAR subsequently put out the caution flag. McDowell was ahead of Chase Elliott by a car length at the time of the caution, giving him the lead and the race win. He crossed the start-finish line first for good measure after securing his first Cup Series victory. 

"I can't believe it," McDowell said. "I've got to thank God. So many years of just grinding it out, hoping for an opportunity like this. I've got to thank (team owner) Bob Jenkins for giving me this opportunity. I'm so thankful.

"What a great way to get a first victory — in the Daytona 500!"

McDowell, who led only the final lap at 2.5-mile Daytona International Speedway, is the eighth driver to get his first Cup win in the Great American Race. His victory is the third for Front Row Motorsports — all coming in the No. 34 Ford with three different drivers: David Ragan at Talladega, Chris Buescher at Pocono and McDowell at Daytona.

The wild finish early Monday capped a marathon race day that was bracketed by big wrecks.

Mother Nature grudgingly allowed NASCAR Cup Series drivers to kick off a new season. Inclement weather loomed over the 500 on Sunday, and then rain over Daytona Beach, Fla., caused almost six hours of delays.

Sporting News tracked live updates and lap-by-lap highlights from the Daytona 500. Follow below for complete results from NASCAR's 2021 season-opening race.

Contributing: Tom Gatto. Material from the NASCAR Wire Service also was used in this report.

MORE: Watch NASCAR racing live with fuboTV (7-day free trial)

Daytona 500 results 2021

(Unofficial)

Pos.Driver
1.Michael McDowell
2.Chase Elliott
3.Austin Dillon
4.Kevin Harvick
5.Denny Hamlin
6.Ryan Preece
7.Ross Chastain
8.Jamie McMurray
9.Corey LaJoie
10.Kyle Larson
11.Cole Custer
12.Joey Logano
13.Brad Keselowski
14.Kyle Busch
15.Austin Cindric
16.Christopher Bell
17.Bubba Wallace
18.Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
19.Chase Briscoe
20.Joey Gase
21.Cody Ware
22.Kurt Busch
23.BJ McLeod
24.Josh Bilicki
25.Martin Truex Jr.
26.William Byron
27.Tyler Reddick
28.Kaz Grala
29.Quin Houff
30.Ryan Blaney
31.Chris Buescher
32.Anthony Alfredo
33.Matt DiBenedetto
34.Aric Almirola
35.Alex Bowman
36.Daniel Suarez
37.David Ragan
38.Ryan Newman
39.Erik Jones
40.Derrike Cope

Daytona 500 live updates, highlights from 2021 race

(All times Eastern)

12:16 a.m.  — Huge, fiery crash on the last lap takes out leaders Joey Logano and Brad Keselowski and opens it up for Michael McDowell to win NASCAR's premier event under caution. 

12:10 a.m.  — Down to 10 laps remaining. It's go time.

Midnight  — Unscheduled green-flag stop for Bubba Wallace; Fox Sports reports he told his crew his car had a vibration. Right-side tires for the 23, who goes a lap down.

11:55 p.m. — The final green-flag stops of the night begin on Lap 170, with each manufacturer group pitting separately.

11:45 p.m.  — The calm before the storm. Denny Hamlin still leads the way, and everyone else is lined up behind him.

11:35 p.m. — Denny Hamlin leads with 52 to go. The field is running single file on the high side before the serious racing begins. 

11:20 p.m.  — Denny Hamlin wins Stage 2 of the Daytona 500, building on his Stage 1 victory. The top 10 in the stage: Hamlin, Kevin Harvick, Bubba Wallace, Chase Elliott, Austin Dillon, Kyle Larson, Kyle Busch, Brad Keselowski, Ryan Preece and Austin Cindric.

Just 70 laps remain in this year's Great American Race. It's about to get wild. 

11:05 p.m.  — Scary-looking moment as the right rear of Kaz Grala's car catches fire on pit road. Safety crews are there to extinguish it. Grala was one of the drivers involved in the wreck that Bell triggered. Amazingly, Grala tried to keep racing before being told to call it quits for the night. 

11 p.m.  — CAUTION NO. 5. Christopher Bell causes a multi-vehicle wreck as his left rear tire goes down. Kyle Larson is one of the half-dozen drivers caught up in it. Bubba Wallace escapes and is scored in second at the time of the yellow.

10:55 p.m.  — Kyle Larson is the leader after all the pit stops. Fewer than 20 laps to go in Stage 2.

10:45 p.m.  — Green-flag pit stops are near in the second half of Stage 2. (Oh, by the way, the race is now official after moving past Lap 100.)

10:30 p.m. — The worst of the rain appears to be behind us, but there are some concerns about fog.

10:10 p.m. — Denny Hamlin takes Stage 1 of the Daytona 500. The rest of the top 10:

9:55 p.m. — OK, switching out yellow for green. Can we please be careful, guys?

9:45 p.m. — And the yellow flag is back on Lap 38. Quin Houff is out of the race.

9:35 p.m. — Green flag is waving. We are a full go on Lap 30.

9:20 p.m. — Well, this seems problematic. Still under a yellow flag at the moment.

9:05 p.m. — A quick recap of where we stand as the restart approaches:

8:20 p.m. — Hey, a restart time! This might actually happen.

7:55 p.m. —  Trending in the right direction...

6:50 p.m. — The Air Titans are back on the track, but NASCAR has not offered any additional details on a possible restart time.

6:20 p.m. —  Good news: There could be a window to dry the track in between waves of rain. Bad news: That second wave could be ugly.

5:15 p.m. — OK, this rain really needs to chill out for a minute.

4:55 p.m. — Chase Briscoe just hitting the Panda Express drive-thru during the delay. A real power move.

4:10 p.m. — So, uh, this isn't ideal.

3:55 p.m. — After just 15 laps, the Air Titans are out with the Daytona 500 under a red flag. Kevin Harvick is the current leader.

3:40 p.m. — Here's a full list of the drivers involved in the crash on Lap 14, per the FOX broadcast: Kurt Busch, Ryan Newman, Tyler Reddick, Aric Almirola, Ryan Blaney, Chris Buescher, Martin Truex Jr., Christopher Bell, Matt DiBenedetto, William Byron, David Ragan, Anthony Alfredo, Erik Jones, Alex Bowman, Jamie McMurray and Daniel Suarez. 

3:35 p.m. — And now a red flag because of a lighting strike. What a wild start.

3:25 p.m. — Whoa. We've got huge crash involving at least a dozen cars.

3:10 p.m. —  The caution flag goes up after Derrike Cope hits the wall on Lap 3. He's done for the day.

3 p.m. — A new season. Daytona 500. Pitbull. Here we go.

2:40 p.m. — Let's hope those rain clouds float right on by the track.

What time does the Daytona 500 start?

The Daytona 500 broadcast will begin at 2:30 p.m. ET on Sunday, Feb. 14, but the race itself may not start until closer to 3 p.m. ET. It will be held at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Fla.

MORE:  Remembering Dale Earnhardt's deadly crash at Daytona 20 years later

Daytona 500 starting lineup 2021

Wednesday's pole qualifying set the front row for the Daytona 500 with Alex Bowman earning the nod and William Byron recording the second-fastest lap. The results of Thursday's Duels races won by Aric Almirola and Austin Dillon set the remainder of the field. 

Starting pos.Driver
1.Alex Bowman
2.William Byron
3.Aric Almirola
4.Austin Dillon
5.Christopher Bell
6.Bubba Wallace
7.Ryan Newman
8.Kevin Harvick
9.Joey Logano
10.Kyle Busch
11.Ryan Preece
12.Chase Elliott
13.Kyle Larson
14.David Ragan
15.Daniel Suarez
16.Corey LaJoie
17.Michael McDowell
18.David Regan
19.Jamie McMurray
20.Kurt Busch
21.Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
22.Chris Buescher
23.Matt DiBenedetto
24.Brad Keselowski
25.Denny Hamlin
26.Martin Truex Jr.
27.Cole Custer
28.Joey Gase
29.Tyler Reddick
30.Chase Briscoe
31.Erik Jones
32.Derrike Cope
33.Quin Houff
34.Ross Chastain
35.Cody Ware
36.Anthony Alfredo
37.Josh Bilicki
38.BJ McLeod
39.Austin Cindric
40.Kaz Grala
Sours: https://www.sportingnews.com/au/nascar/news/daytona-500-live-updates-results-highlights/vwh2l6w0iha71myqtjpfwqe4i
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By MARK LONG

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — For all the potential outcomes that could have occurred at Daytona International Speedway on Saturday night, the NASCAR Cup Series regular-season finale was somewhat predictable.

Ryan Blaney ended up in victory lane for the second straight week. Kyle Larson, the most dominant driver all year, took home the regular-season trophy. Tyler Reddick ended up with the 16th and final playoff spot. And the race ended in overtime with a fiery crash that involved nearly half the field.

“It’s Daytona. For me, it was no different than any other race here,” said 2017 series champion Martin Truex Jr., who finished 30th. “I’m glad we’re done; I’m glad we’re out of here.”

He was hardly alone. Drivers ripped the revamped aerodynamics package and bemoaned the usual aggressive driving that caused three wrecks in the final 20 laps.

Reddick got caught up in the first one but rebounded to finish sixth. He needed only to beat Richard Childress Racing teammate Austin Dillon and hope for a repeat winner to earn his first playoff berth.

Reddick and Dillon were both in contention to make a desperate, last-gasp push for the win in the two-lap overtime sprint to the finish. But Blaney, who was second on the restart, cleared traffic thanks partly to a bump from Corey LaJoie and was well ahead of the pack when a crash ended the race.

Daniel Suarez, one of 10 drivers in the front pack trying to win the race to earn the automatic playoff berth, turned Kevin Harvick to trigger the multi-car melee. Suarez seemed to be pushed into Harvick from behind by Kurt Busch.

Blaney, the winner in Michigan last week, heads into next week’s playoff opener at Darlington Raceway with three victories this season in his Team Penske Ford.

“Yeah, we’ve got good momentum,” Blaney said. “We’d like to make it three in a row, we’ll see.”

The regular-season finale had fairly low stakes since 15 of the 16 playoff slots were claimed beforehand. It meant only a first-time race winner could edge Reddick or Dillon for the final spot.

Neither had a smooth night: Reddick’s car suffered crash damage in an earlier incident and Dillon was first flagged for speeding on pit road and also battled voltage issues in his Chevrolet.

“I don’t know how to smile at this point. It was a lot tonight,” Reddick said. “I’m excited to be past it.”

Dillon had still rallied to fourth on the final restart but was collected in the race-ending crash.

“We gave it all we could and fought until the end,” Dillon said. “We’ll finish hard this year and build on next year.”

The only other competition at Daytona was for the regular-season title, which went to Larson, a five-time winner this season. The race for the regular-season championship and its playoff points was between Larson and Denny Hamlin, who entered Daytona trailing Larson by 28 points.

Hamlin held the regular-season lead for 22 weeks until Larson claimed it two races ago at Indianapolis. Larson overcame a 166-point deficit to Hamlin to earn the title.

“What an awesome year he’s had,” said team owner Rick Hendrick, who gave Larson a job this season after he missed most of 2020 while suspended for using a racial slur.

Chris Buescher finished second, one spot short of earning the automatic berth into the playoffs he was seeking. But it was a 1-2 finish for Ford.

“To miss that playoff spot by one spot, that’s a tough ending to a day,” Buescher said. “I’m sure I’ll play it back and find something else different.”

Bubba Wallace was a season-best third but frustrated he had no help from any Toyotas at the end of the race. Hamlin, his team owner at 23XI Racing, was the closest Toyota driver to Wallace at the finish — way back in 14th.

“I’m a little frustrated, I’m the one who gets called out for not working with teammates and I’m the one that gets left hanging,” Wallace said. “There’s a reason why Ford’s in victory lane, cause they always work together.”

MCDOWELL’S MISS

Michael McDowell finished first and last in two superspeedway races at Daytona this season.

The surprise Daytona 500 winner blew an engine under caution Saturday and was done after 23 laps. McDowell clinched a spot in the playoffs with his Daytona 500 victory so the early exit didn’t affect his playoff chances.

But McDowell has no momentum after finishing 20th or worse for the seventh consecutive race.

OVERDUE OVERTURE

NASCAR presented Wendell Scott’s family a custom trophy commemorating his historic 1963 victory before the race. Scott is the only Black driver to win a race at NASCAR’s top level.

Scott passed Richard Petty with 25 laps remaining at Speedway Park in Jacksonville on Dec. 1, 1963. But Buck Baker, who actually finished second, was declared the winner of the Jacksonville 200 and received the trophy in victory lane.

Race officials discovered hours later that Scott was the actual winner and had lapped the entire field twice. But he was not credited with the victory for another two years, and his family has long pushed for a proper celebration.

NASCAR obliged on the eve of what would have been Scott’s 100th birthday.

OLYMPIC FLAIR

Olympic bronze medalist Noah Lyles served as the race’s grand marshal and demanded more from the crowd.

Lyles, the 200-meter favorite who settled for third in Tokyo, asked fans for a louder response after his first attempt drew a lackluster effort. “That’s what I’m talking about,” he said before giving the command for drivers to start their engines.

Lyles was wearing his medal before the race and mingling with driver Bubba Wallace on the grid. Wallace got an up-close look at the medal. Lyles made headlines in Japan for his emotional breakdown following the 200-meter final.

UP NEXT

The playoffs begin next Sunday at Darlington Raceway, which recently repaved a section in Turn 2 that could change the way the track races. Kevin Harvick is the defending race winner and Martin Truex Jr. won at the South Carolina track in May.

Sours: https://www.macombdaily.com/2021/08/29/ryan-blaney-wins-daytona-race-tyler-reddick-qualifies-for-nascar-playoffs
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List of Daytona 500 winners

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For a list of pole winners, see List of Daytona 500 pole position winners.

This is a list of Daytona 500 winners. The Daytona 500 is a 500-mile-long (805 km) NASCAR Cup Series motor race held annually at the Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Florida. It is one of four restrictor plate races on the Cup schedule. The first Daytona 500 was held in 1959, coinciding with the opening of the speedway, and since 1982, it has been the season-opening race of the Cup series.[1]

The Daytona 500 is regarded as the most important and prestigious race on the NASCAR calendar, carrying by far the largest purse.[2] Championship points awarded are equal to that of any other NASCAR Cup race. It is also the series' first race of the year; this phenomenon is virtually unique in sports, which tend to have championships or other major events at the end of the season rather than the start. Since 1995, U.S. television ratings for the Daytona 500 have been the highest for any auto race of the year, surpassing the traditional leader, the Indianapolis 500 which in turn greatly surpasses the Daytona 500 in in-track attendance and international viewing. The 2006 Daytona 500 attracted the sixth largest average live global TV audience of any sporting event that year with 20 million viewers.[3]

The event serves as the final event of Speedweeks and is sometimes referred to as "The Great American Race" or the "Super Bowl of Stock Car Racing". All 62 Daytona 500s since the first race in 1959 have been held in February. From 1971–2011, it was associated with Presidents Day weekend, taking place on the Sunday before the third Monday in February. For 2012, the race was pushed back a week, to the last Sunday of February. Because of inclement weather conditions on February 26, the day the 2012 Daytona 500 was supposed to be held, the race was postponed until the evening of Monday, February 27,[4] and it was not until the 2013 Daytona 500, which was held on February 24 of that year, that the race took place on the last Sunday of February for the first time.[5]

The winner of the Daytona 500 is presented with the Harley J. Earl Trophy in Victory Lane, and the winning car is displayed, in race-winning condition, for one year at Daytona 500 Experience, a museum and gallery adjacent to Daytona International Speedway. Michael McDowell is the race's incumbent champion after winning it in 2021.

List of winners[edit]

† – Andretti was born in a part of Italy that is now in Croatia, but became a naturalized American citizen. He remains the only foreign-born driver to win the race.
‡ – Record for fastest Daytona 500 at 177.602 mph (285.823 km/h) set by Buddy Baker in 1980.
1 – Originally started 39th, but had to go back to the 43rd position due to changing to a backup car after crashing in the qualifying races. A driver who crashes during the qualifying race and goes to a backup car, or after 2003, changes an engine between the first practice after the qualifying race and the Daytona 500, is relegated to the rear of the field.
2 – Originally started 21st, but had to go back to the 39th position due to failing multiple inspections.

The following races were shortened:

  • 1965: 332.5 miles (133 laps) because of rain.
  • 1966: 495 miles (198 laps) because of rain.
  • 1974: 450 miles (180 laps) Race scheduled for 90% distance in response to the 1973 oil crisis; scoring began on lap 21.
  • 2003: 272.5 miles (109 laps) because of rain.
  • 2009: 380 miles (152 laps) because of rain.

The following races were lengthened because of the green–white–checker finish. Note that from 2004 through 2009, only one attempt was permitted in NASCAR Cup Series racing. From 2010 to 2016, a maximum of three attempts were permitted. Since 2017, an unlimited number of attempts are permitted

  • 2005: 507.5 miles (203 laps)
  • 2006: 507.5 miles (203 laps)
  • 2007: 505 miles (202 laps)
  • 2010: 520 miles (208 laps) (two attempts — Lap 203 & Lap 207; This was the first time a NASCAR Cup Series race used the green-white-checker format 2 times to finish a race)
  • 2011: 520 miles (208 laps) two attempts  — Lap 203 & Lap 207
  • 2012: 505 miles (202 laps) one attempt
  • 2015: 507.5 miles (203 laps) one attempt
  • 2018: 517.5 miles (207 laps) one attempt
  • 2019: 517.5 miles (207 laps) one attempt
  • 2020: 522.5 miles (209 laps) two attempts  — Lap 204 & Lap 208

Two races have been rescheduled from their original dates:

  • 2012: Rescheduled from February 26 to February 27 at noon and later rescheduled to start at 7 p.m. because of rain. (This marks the first time the Daytona 500 was moved to Monday, and the first night-time Daytona 500 race.)[4]
  • 2020: Rescheduled from February 16 to February 17 at 4 p.m. because of rain.

The 2017 Daytona 500 was first time the "stage format" was used in the Daytona 500; it was set up in three stages similar to the all star race (but without the requirement to pit), where drivers are given an chance to pit if they wish to do so. Kyle Busch won the first stage earning him ten points in the new points format, Kevin Harvick won the second stage and Kurt Busch won the final stage in a dramatic last lap pass (passing Kyle Larson who ran out of gas) to win the race.

Multiple winners (drivers)[edit]

# Wins Driver Years Won
7 Richard Petty1964, 1966, 1971, 1973, 1974, 1979, 1981
4 Cale Yarborough1968, 1977, 1983, 1984
3 Bobby Allison1978, 1982, 1988
Dale Jarrett1993, 1996, 2000
Jeff Gordon1997, 1999, 2005
Denny Hamlin2016, 2019, 2020
2 Bill Elliott1985, 1987
Sterling Marlin1994, 1995
Michael Waltrip2001, 2003
Matt Kenseth2009, 2012
Jimmie Johnson2006, 2013
Dale Earnhardt, Jr.2004, 2014

Multiple winners (teams)[edit]

# Wins Team Years Won
9 Petty Enterprises1959, 1964, 1966, 1970, 1971, 1973, 1974, 1979, 1981
8 Hendrick Motorsports1986, 1989, 1997, 1999, 2005, 2006, 2013, 2014
5 Wood Brothers Racing1963, 1968, 1972, 1976, 2011
4 Joe Gibbs Racing1993, 2016, 2019, 2020
3 Ranier-Lundy1980, 1983, 1984
Morgan-McClure Motorsports1991, 1994, 1995
Robert Yates Racing1992, 1996, 2000
Dale Earnhardt, Inc.2001, 2003, 2004
Richard Childress Racing1998, 2007, 2018
2 Holman-Moody1965, 1967
Junior Johnson & Associates1969, 1977
Melling Racing1985, 1987
Roush Fenway Racing2009, 2012
Team Penske2008, 2015

Manufacturer wins[edit]

# Wins Manufacturer Years Won
23 Chevrolet1960, 1975, 1977, 1984, 1986, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2001, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2010, 2013, 2014, 2018
16 Ford1963, 1965, 1967, 1969, 1978, 1985, 1987, 1992, 1996, 2000, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2015, 2017, 2021
4 Plymouth1964, 1966, 1970, 1971
Dodge1973, 1974, 2002, 2008
3 Mercury1968, 1972, 1976
Oldsmobile1959, 1979, 1980
Pontiac1961, 1962, 1983
Buick1981, 1982, 1988
Toyota2016, 2019, 2020

References[edit]

Sours: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Daytona_500_winners

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