Some Very Interesting Daytona Notes

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There have been 134 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Daytona International Speedway since the track hosted its first race in 1959: 56 have been 500 miles, 51 were 400 miles and 4 were 250 miles. There were also 23 qualifier races that were point races.

Since the advent of electronic scoring the closest margin of victory (MOV) in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at Daytona International Speedway for the July race was the July 7, 2007 race won by Jamie McMurray over Kyle Busch with a MOV of 0.005 second.

Four of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series July races have resulted with a green-white-checkered finish at Daytona International Speedway (Scheduled No. of Laps/Actual No. of Laps): 2008 (160/162), 2010 (160/166), 2011 (160/170) and 2013 (160/161).

Only one of the 55 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series July races at Daytona International Speedway has been shortened due to weather conditions – July 6, 1996 – the race was called on Lap 117, 43 circuits shy of the 160 scheduled laps.

34 different drivers have won the July race at Daytona International Speedway, led by NASCAR Hall of Famer David Pearson with five wins. Tony Stewart leads all active drivers with four; followed by Jeff Gordon with three.

Five drivers have posted consecutive wins in the July race at Daytona International Speedway, including three consecutive by David Pearson (1972 – 1974). Tony Stewart (2005-’06) is the only active driver to win consecutive July races at Daytona.

The Wood Brothers have the most wins at Daytona in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series with 15; followed by Hendrick Motorsports with 13.

Seven different manufacturers have won the July NSCS race at Daytona; led by Chevrolet with 18 victories; followed by Ford with 16.

A driver has swept both races (Daytona 500 and the July race) at Daytona five times: Fireball Roberts – 1962 (Daytona 500, Firecracker 250), Cale Yarborough – 1968 (Daytona 500, Firecracker 400), LeeRoy Yarborough – 1969 (Daytona 500, Firecracker 400), Bobbie Allison – 1982 (Daytona 500, Firecracker 400), Jimmie Johnson – 2013 (Daytona 500, Coke Zero 400 powered by Coca-Cola).(NASCAR)

This year Dale Earnhardt, Jr. could add his name to that list, providing he takes his HMS National Guard/AMP #88 to the front and brings home the hardware in the Coke Zero 400!

TIL NEXT TIME, I AM STILL WORKING ON MY REDNECK!

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