Budweiser Duel

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Budweiser Duel
Budweiser Duel 2013 logo.jpg
Venue Daytona International Speedway
Sponsor InBev
First race 1959
Distance 150 miles (241.401 km)
Laps 60
Previous names 100 Mile Qualifying Races (1959–1967)
125 Mile Qualifying Races (1969–1980)
UNO Twin 125 Qualifiers (1981–1984)
7-Eleven Twins (1985–1987)
Twin 125 Qualifiers (1988–1990)
Gatorade Twin 125 Qualifiers (1991–1993)
Gatorade Twin 125s (1994–1996)
Gatorade 125s (1997–2004)
Gatorade Duel (2005–2012)

The Budweiser Duels, formerly known as the Gatorade Duels,[1] are a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series preliminary event to the Daytona 500 held annually in February at Daytona International Speedway. They consist of two 150-mile (240 km) races, which serve as a qualifying race for the Daytona 500. The finishing order in the two 150-mile (240 km) races, held on the Thursday before the Daytona 500, determine the starting lineup for the Daytona 500 held on Sunday.

Qualifying for the Daytona 500 is unique in NASCAR. Only the two front row starters (the pole position and "outside pole") are determined by the unique qualifying process of single-car better of two timed laps ("knockout qualifying" is not used for this race). After the top two positions are locked in, the rest of the starting grid is set by the finishing order of these two races. All drivers participate in one of the two races, including the drivers who locked their positions on the front row from qualifying. The first duel includes the drivers who qualified in the odd positions. The top 14 in the race (exception of the pole winner, who automatically starts on the pole regardless of their Duel finish unless they crashed and had to switch to a backup car during any qualifying or practice session; other drivers who switch to backup cars before the Duel and make the top 14 do not need to move to the back for the 500 even if they do for the Duel) is how the inside lane will start during the Daytona 500, provided after the one engine change allowed in Friday's first practice, they do not have to change an engine. The second Duel includes the drivers who qualified in the even positions and the top 14 (with the exception of the pole winner, who automatically starts second, with the same restrictions) where they finish will set the outside starting lane for the Daytona 500. After the Duels are completed, and the top 30 is set by the above order, the six fastest non-qualifiers by time, and finally the six or seven (if no past champion's exemption is needed) highest-earning teams in points not in the race yet advance (also set by time), and the starting grid for the Daytona 500 would then be set.

History[edit]

The original Gatorade Duel logo

The event began as twin 100-mile (40-lap) races. From 1959–1971, the races were counted with points towards the Grand National championship. Purses awarded were counted separately from those awarded in the Daytona 500. For 1968, the races were scheduled for 125 miles (201 km) each, but were cancelled due to rain, and the starting lineup for the 1968 Daytona 500 fell back on the timed laps. In 1969, the races were extended to 125 miles (50 laps), which would require a fuel stop, and change the pit stop strategy.

For 1972, NASCAR's modern era commenced, and the races were dropped from the Grand National schedule as points-paying championship events. As part of Winston's changes to the series, races were required to be at least 250 miles (400 km) to be included as official points events. The races continued, however, held as a non-points event. CBS began covering the race by the early 1980s, airing them tape-delayed and edited the day before the Daytona 500.

With the introduction of restrictor plates in 1988, the resulting reduction in speed and fuel consumption again allowed drivers to possibly complete the race without a pit stop. Nine times from 1988–2004, one of the races went without a caution, and without a pit stop by the winner. In 2003, rules had been put in place requiring smaller fuel tanks on restrictor plate track (from 22-gallons down to 13), which effectively forced a pit stop.

Starting in 2001, the races were shown live on television, as the Daytona 500 would rotate between FOX/FX and NBC/TNT from 2001–2006.

The final Gatorade Duel logo

In 2005, the races were lengthened to 150 miles (60-laps), given a new name, the Gatorade Duel, and from 2005–12, used NASCAR's All-Exempt Tour format (similar to golf). The grids changed from even-odd qualifiers to a combination of even-odd based on the front row drivers by speed, then previous year's points standings (even-odd) of exempt teams) and non-exempt teams by speed.[2] A rain delay in 2006 saw the second race finish under the lights.

Starting in 2007, the Gatorade Duel is shown live on SPEED, under the new broadcast agreement. That same year, allegations of cheating came up. In 2013, Budweiser took over as sponsor of the Duels.

It was announced during Speedweeks 2013 that that the Duel Races will be held in prime-time and held under the lights starting in 2014 on the new Fox Sports 1 cable channel. The races will still be held on the Thursday before the 56th Daytona 500, but will be moved from the mid-afternoon to nighttime.

Format[edit]

  • Coors Light Pole qualifying is currently held one week prior to the Daytona 500. Since 2003, it has been held the Sunday before (except in 2010, when qualifying was held on Saturday to avoid a conflict with Super Bowl XLIV). Prior to that it was held the Saturday before (except 1992), and prior to the 1980s, the Wednesday before. Each car, one at a time, makes a two-lap qualifying attempt, with the best single lap of the two counting as their qualifying speed. The fastest qualifier wins the pole position for the Daytona 500, and second fastest is considered the "outside pole." Both front row starters are locked into those positions on the Daytona 500 starting grid.
  • The two fastest qualifiers above (the Daytona 500 pole winner and the "outside" pole winner) are awarded the first starting position on the grid for the two Duel races, respectively.

Format (except 2005-12)[edit]

  • The top 14 finishers in each Twin 125 race (excluding the two original front row qualifiers) advance to the Daytona 500 starting lineup.
    • The top 14 from the first race (excluding the original pole position winner) fill the insides of rows 2 through 15.
    • The top 14 from the second race (excluding the original outside pole winner) fill the outsides of rows 2–15.
  • After both races, the remaining non-qualifiers revert to their original qualifying speeds. Currently the six fastest remaining cars are assigned positions 31 until 36. This format has been in place from 1998-2003 and 2013–present. This rule was generally to protect fast qualifying cars that suffered a crash or engine failure during the heats.
    • For 1995–1997 & 2004, qualifying speeds filled positions 31-38.
    • Through 1994, qualifying speeds filled positions 31-40.
  • The final starting positions (37-42) are reserved for provisionals. The highest entries in championship owner points (not driver points) from the previous season that have not yet made the field are assigned grid positions 37-42.
    • Prior to 1995, the provisional system varies, with typically two cars added.
    • From 1995-1997, four provisionals were used.
    • From 1998-2003, seven provisionals were used.
    • In 2004, five provisionals were used
    • Until the end of this format in 2004, the provisions were assigned by owner points from the previous season.
  • Since 1990, the 43rd and final slot on the grid is tentatively reserved for the most recent NASCAR Cup champion not yet in the field. The "Champions Provisional" is used if needed, but if there are no former Cup champions in need of the slot, it reverts to a standard provisional spot.
  • Since 2013, after the seven provisionals are assigned, the starting order of positions 37-43 are determined by fastest qualifying speeds.

All Exempt Tour Format (2005-2012)[edit]

During the 2005-12 seasons, the Duel used different rules because of NASCAR's All Exempt Tour format used at the time for the Sprint Cup Series (which is still used in Nationwide and Camping World Trucks).

  • All exempt teams (the previous season's top 35 teams through owner points), along with the two drivers who qualified for the front row – the top two drivers from qualifying, if they are not exempt teams, are locked into the Daytona 500 starting field, regardless of finishing position in the Duel races.
  • The pole position winner is given the pole for the first Duel, and the driver who qualifies second is given the pole for the second Duel; regardless of their exempt status.
  • Exempt teams (excluding the pole and "outside pole" winners) are split among the two Duels based on their owner points position from the previous season. Odd numbered points positions are entered into the first Duel, even-numbered points positions are entered into the second Duel.
    • If both teams on the front row at the Daytona 500 are even-positioned teams from the previous year's points (and would be in Duel 2), the slowest exempt team of the odd-positioned teams, based on the final points standings from the previous year, is moved to Duel 2. This was used in the 2012 Duels.
  • Non-exempt entries are split between the two qualifying races. The top qualifier among non-exempt teams provided the team is not on the front row is slotted into the second race (along with even ranked non-exempt qualifiers) are split into the second race, and even ranked qualifiers are in the first race (as if they were called 36th and 37th, et al.), unless both front row starters were odd or even teams from the previous year, or if one of the two non-exempt teams makes the front row.
  • After the participants are determined for the two Duels, the actual lineups for the two Duels revert to overall time trial speed rank.
  • The top two finishers among the non-exempt teams (excluding any that happened to qualify on the front row) from each Duel advance to the Daytona 500.
  • Starting positions 3 through 39 are finalized by Duel finishes. Drivers from the first Duel start on the inside and drivers from the second Duel on the outside.
    • Starting positions 3 through 40 (or 41) are finalized in this manner if one (or both) front row starter is a non-exempt team.
  • One to four additional positions are filled by non-exempt entries by original time trial speeds.
    • If both front row starters are non-exempt teams, only one position is available. If the 43rd position is not needed, two positions are available.
    • If one front row starters is a non-exempt team, two (or three) positions are available.
    • If both front row starters are exempt teams, three (or four) positions are available. This brings the field to 42 cars.
  • If there is a former Sprint Cup Series champion driver who raced in the previous season racing for a non-exempt team and has yet to qualify, the most recent former champion not in the field yet takes the 43rd position. It is not unusual for a non-exempt team to seek out a former champion as their driver, as it provides an easier way to qualify. Otherwise, an extra position by time is available.

Early years[edit]

  • In the early years of the Daytona 500, the rules for the qualifying races varied widely. In 1959, the first race comprised the Convertible series, while the second comprised the Grand National series. The top 20 finishers in each race advanced to the Daytona 500, while a last-chance, 25-mile (40 km) consolation race was held on Saturday, to fill the field to a maximum of 65 cars.
  • In early years, the qualifying races were held on the Friday prior to the Daytona 500, rather than the current Thursday.
  • On rare occasions, a 75-mile "consolation race" was also held.
  • In some early years, pole qualifying for the Daytona 500 was held on Wednesday, the day before the qualifying races. It was eventually moved up to the weekend before.

Notes[edit]

  • In 2010, Jimmie Johnson and Kasey Kahne had a combined victory margin of .019 over second place drivers Kevin Harvick and Tony Stewart.
  • Dale Earnhardt set a record by winning one of the Twin 125 races for ten consecutive years, twelve times overall, as well as six Bud Shootouts, before winning the 1998 Daytona 500.
  • Jeff Gordon won a Twin 125 in 1993, his rookie season. It marked his first win in a NASCAR Winston Cup event, however, it did not count as an official points-paying victory.
  • In 2007 Jeff Gordon won the race, but failed the post race inspection. He then "earned" the lowest Daytona 500 starting spot for a race winner, starting in 42nd place, but he was still credited with the victory.
  • Since the race became a non-championship heat race in 1971, two drivers who did not win a Cup race, Coo Coo Marlin and Mike Skinner, have won the race.
  • Four drivers been killed in qualifying races. Talmadge "Tab" Prince was killed in 1970, Raymond "Friday" Hassler in 1972, Ricky Knotts in 1980 and Bruce Jacobi in 1983 (although he was in a coma for four years before dying in 1987).
  • Denny Hamlin won the second Gatorade Duel on February 14, 2008, making him the first ever Toyota driver to win a Sprint Cup race.
  • A driver each from Hendrick Motorsports and Joe Gibbs Racing won the Duel races from 2007–2009.
  • Randy LaJoie suffered a horrific crash in the 1984 UNO Twin 125 event when he spun out of turn 4, got airborne and slammed hard into the wall, then performed two backflips and a barrel roll, in an identical position as Ricky Rudd's Busch Clash accident days earlier. A rash of Turn 4 incidents (including Darrell Waltrip's crash in the same area that resulted in a concussion that would have suspended him from competition immediately under current NASCAR rules during the previous year's Daytona 500) resulted in the grass apron graded and paved over for the Firecracker 400 that July.
  • Oddly, despite Richard Petty's wins at Daytona in championship competition, none of his official 200 wins included a qualifying race (1959–71).
  • 2000 was Bill Elliott's only win as an owner/driver.

Past winners[edit]

Year Date Driver Team Manufacturer Race Distance Race Time Average Speed
(mph)
Report
Laps Miles (km)
1959 February 20 Bob Welborn Chevrolet 40 100 (160.934) 0:41:54 143.198 Report
Shorty Rollins Ford 40 100 (160.934) 0:46:26 129.218
February 21 Jack Smith Jack Smith Chevrolet 10 25 (40.233) 0:10:37 141.28
1960 February 13 Fireball Roberts John Hines Pontiac 40 100 (160.934) 0:45:32 137.614 Report
Jack Smith Jack Smith Pontiac 40 100 (160.934) 0:40:57 146.52
Curtis Turner Holman-Moody Ford 10 25 (40.233) 0:18:22 144.694
1961 February 24 Fireball Roberts Smokey Yunick Pontiac 39* 97.5 (156.911) 0:45:06 129.711 Report
Joe Weatherly Bud Moore Engineering Pontiac 40 100 (160.934) 0:39:16 152.671
Junior Johnson Pontiac 10 25 (40.233) 0:10:04 149.006
1962 February 16 Fireball Roberts Jim Stephens Pontiac 40 100 (160.934) 0:38:13 156.999 Report
Joe Weatherly Bud Moore Engineering Pontiac 40 100 (160.934) 0:41:16 145.395
Bobby Johns Pontiac 10 25 (40.233) 0:09:53 151.556
1963 February 22 Junior Johnson Ray Fox Chevrolet 40 100 (160.934) 0:36:34 164.083 Report
Johnny Rutherford Smokey Yunick Chevrolet 40 100 (160.934) 0:36:49 162.969
1964 February 21 Junior Johnson Ray Fox Dodge 40 100 (160.934) 0:35:08 170.777 Report
Bobby Isaac Ray Nichels Dodge 40 100 (160.934) 0:35:20 169.811
1965 February 12 Darel Dieringer Bud Moore Engineering Mercury 40 100 (160.934) 0:36:13 165.669 Report
Junior Johnson Junior Johnson & Associates Ford 40 100 (160.934) 0:54:01 111.076
1966 February 23 Paul Goldsmith Ray Nichels Plymouth 40 100 (160.934) 0:37:24 160.427 Report
Earl Balmer Ray Fox Dodge 40 100 (160.934) 0:39:01 153.191
1967 February 24 LeeRoy Yarbrough Jon Thorne Dodge 40 100 (160.934) 0:36:36 163.934 Report
Fred Lorenzen Holman-Moody Ford 40 100 (160.934) 0:34:22 174.587
1968 February 22
Races cancelled because of rain.
1969 February 20 David Pearson Holman-Moody Ford 50 125 (201.168) 0:49:16 152.181 Report
Bobby Isaac Nord Krauskopf Dodge 50 125 (201.168) 0:49:27 151.688
1970 February 19 Cale Yarborough Wood Brothers Racing Mercury 50 125 (201.168) 0:40:48 183.295 Report
Charlie Glotzbach Ray Nichels Dodge 50 125 (201.168) 0:50:46 147.734
1971 February 11 Pete Hamilton Cotton Owens Plymouth 50 125 (201.168) 0:42:51 175.029 Report
David Pearson Holman-Moody Mercury 50 125 (201.168) 0:44:27 168.728
1972 February 17 Bobby Isaac Nord Krauskopf Dodge 50 125 (201.168) 0:59:00 127.118 Report
Bobby Allison Richard Howard Chevrolet 50 125 (201.168) 0:48:45 178.217
1973 February 15 Buddy Baker Nord Krauskopf Dodge 50 125 (201.168) 0:43:12 173.611 Report
Coo Coo Marlin H.B. Cunningham Chevrolet 50 125 (201.168) 0:47:43 157.177
1974 February 14 Bobby Isaac Banjo Matthews Chevrolet 45* 112.5 (181.051) 0:54:27 123.212 Report
Cale Yarborough Richard Howard Chevrolet 45* 112.5 (181.051) 0:52:03 129.724
1975 February 13 Bobby Allison Penske Racing Matador 50 125 (201.168) 0:47:52 156.685 Report
David Pearson Wood Brothers Racing Mercury 50 125 (201.168) 0:47:47 156.958
1976 February 12 Dave Marcis Nord Krauskopf Dodge 50 125 (201.168) 1:02:47 119.458 Report
Darrell Waltrip DiGard Motorsports Chevrolet 50 125 (201.168) 0:48:00 156.25
1977 February 17 Richard Petty Petty Enterprises Dodge 50 125 (201.168) 0:41:42 179.856 Report
Cale Yarborough Junior Johnson & Associates Chevrolet 50 125 (201.168) 0:43:45 171.429
1978 February 16 A. J. Foyt A. J. Foyt Buick 50 125 (201.168) 1:00:58 123.018 Report
Darrell Waltrip DiGard Motorsports Chevrolet 50 125 (201.168) 0:44:12 169.683
1979 February 15 Buddy Baker Ranier-Lundy Oldsmobile 50 125 (201.168) 0:44:45 167.598 Report
Darrell Waltrip DiGard Motorsports Oldsmobile 50 125 (201.168) 0:49:01 153.009
1980 February 14 Neil Bonnett Wood Brothers Racing Mercury 50 125 (201.168) 0:54:15 138.25 Report
Donnie Allison Hoss Ellington Oldsmobile 50 125 (201.168) 0:45:20 165.441
1981 February 12 Bobby Allison Ranier-Lundy Pontiac 50 125 (201.168) 0:49:36 150.125 Report
Darrell Waltrip Junior Johnson & Associates Buick 50 125 (201.168) 0:49:03 152.905
February 13 Lake Speed Speed Racing Oldsmobile 30 75 (120.7) 0:31:12 144.231
1982 February 11 Cale Yarborough M.C. Anderson Buick 50 125 (201.168) 0:55:26 135.298 Report
Buddy Baker Hoss Ellington Buick 50 125 (201.168) 0:51:54 144.509
February 12 Tim Richmond Billie Harvey Ford 30 75 (120.7) 0:31:17 143.847
1983 February 18 Dale Earnhardt Bud Moore Engineering Ford 50 125 (201.168) 0:48:28 157.746 Report
Neil Bonnett RahMoc Enterprises Chevrolet 50 125 (201.168) 1:01:23 122.183
Blackie Wangerin Wangerin Racing Ford 30 75 (120.7) 0:31:57 140.845
1984 February 12 Cale Yarborough Ranier-Lundy Chevrolet 50 125 (201.168) 0:57:56 129.459 Report
Bobby Allison DiGard Motorsports Buick 50 125 (201.168) 0:53:44 139.578
February 17 Connie Saylor Lain Racing Pontiac 30 75 (120.7) 0:35:22 127.238
1985 February 14 Bill Elliott Melling Racing Ford 50 125 (201.168) 0:41:43 179.784 Report
Cale Yarborough Ranier-Lundy Ford 50 125 (201.168) 0:48:16 155.387
February 15 Randy LaJoie Snellman Brothers Chevrolet 30 75 (120.7) 0:23:46 189.341
1986 February 13 Bill Elliott Melling Racing Ford 50 125 (201.168) 0:48:49 153.636 Report
Dale Earnhardt Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 50 125 (201.168) 0:48:56 153.27
1987 February 12 Ken Schrader Donlavey Racing Ford 50 125 (201.168) 0:57:31 130.397 Report
Benny Parsons Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 50 125 (201.168) 0:41:02 182.778
1988 February 11 Bobby Allison Stavola Brothers Racing Buick 50 125 (201.168) 0:57:16 130.966 Report
Darrell Waltrip Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 50 125 (201.168) 0:56:01 133.889
1989 February 16 Ken Schrader Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 50 125 (201.168) 0:50:57 147.203 Report
Terry Labonte Junior Johnson & Associates Ford 50 125 (201.168) 0:39:34 189.554
1990 February 15 Geoff Bodine Junior Johnson & Associates Ford 50 125 (201.168) 0:40:05 187.11 Report
Dale Earnhardt Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 50 125 (201.168) 0:47:42 157.123
1991 February 13 Davey Allison Robert Yates Racing Ford 50 125 (201.168) 0:45:21 165.38 Report
Dale Earnhardt Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 50 125 (201.168) 0:47:50 156.794
1992 February 13 Dale Earnhardt Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 50 125 (201.168) 1:04:25 116.43 Report
Bill Elliott Junior Johnson & Associates Ford 50 125 (201.168) 0:44:10 169.811
1993 February 11 Jeff Gordon Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 50 125 (201.168) 0:48:56 153.27 Report
Dale Earnhardt Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 50 125 (201.168) 0:47:41 157.288
1994 February 17 Ernie Irvan Robert Yates Racing Ford 50 125 (201.168) 0:47:59 156.304 Report
Dale Earnhardt Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 50 125 (201.168) 0:51:06 146.771
1995 February 13 Sterling Marlin Morgan-McClure Motorsports Chevrolet 50 125 (201.168) 0:49:59 150.05 Report
Dale Earnhardt Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 50 125 (201.168) 0:56:52 131.887
1996 February 15 Dale Earnhardt Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 50 125 (201.168) 0:52:26 143.039 Report
Ernie Irvan Robert Yates Racing Ford 50 125 (201.168) 0:40:19 186.027
1997 February 13 Dale Jarrett Robert Yates Racing Ford 50 125 (201.168) 0:45:09 166.113 Report
Dale Earnhardt Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 50 125 (201.168) 0:46:05 162.749
1998 February 12 Sterling Marlin SABCO Racing Chevrolet 50 125 (201.168) 0:53:36 139.925 Report
Dale Earnhardt Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 50 125 (201.168) 0:50:57 147.203
1999 February 12 Bobby Labonte Joe Gibbs Racing Pontiac 50 125 (201.168) 0:45:52 163.57 Report
Dale Earnhardt Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 50 125 (201.168) 0:48:16 155.28
2000 February 17 Bill Elliott Bill Elliott Racing Ford 50 125 (201.168) 0:39:44 188.758 Report
Ricky Rudd Robert Yates Racing Ford 50 125 (201.168) 0:39:53 188.048
2001 February 15 Sterling Marlin Chip Ganassi Racing Dodge 50 125 (201.168) 0:50:51 147.493 Report
Mike Skinner Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 50 125 (201.168) 0:46:12 162.338
2002 February 14 Jeff Gordon Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 50 125 (201.168) 0:40:50 183.674 Report
Michael Waltrip Dale Earnhardt, Inc. Chevrolet 50 125 (201.168) 0:56:50 131.965
2003 February 13 Robby Gordon Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 50 125 (201.168) 0:41:24 181.14 Report
Dale Earnhardt, Jr. Dale Earnhardt, Inc. Chevrolet 50 125 (201.168) 0:41:28 180.845
2004 February 12 Dale Earnhardt, Jr. Dale Earnhardt, Inc. Chevrolet 50 125 (201.168) 0:48:03 156.087 Report
Elliott Sadler Robert Yates Racing Ford 50 125 (201.168) 0:41:08 182.334
2005 February 17 Michael Waltrip Dale Earnhardt, Inc. Chevrolet 60 150 (241.401) 1:04:05 140.422 Report
Tony Stewart Joe Gibbs Racing Chevrolet 60 150 (241.401) 1:00:02 145.161
2006 February 16 Elliott Sadler Robert Yates Racing Ford 64* 160 (257.495) 1:08:16 140.625 Report
Jeff Gordon Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 64* 160 (257.495) 1:05:32 146.49
2007 February 15 Tony Stewart Joe Gibbs Racing Chevrolet 63* 157.5 (253.471) 1:23:16 113.491 Report
Jeff Gordon Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 60 150 (241.401) 0:58:05 154.95
2008 February 14 Dale Earnhardt, Jr. Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 60 150 (241.401) 0:59:00 160.81 Report
Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 64* 160 (257.495) 1:14:45 128.428
2009 February 12 Jeff Gordon Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 60 150 (241.401) 1:04:32 139.436 Report
Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 60 150 (241.401) 0:57:14 157.251
2010 February 11 Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 60 150 (241.401) 1:01:27 146.461 Report
Kasey Kahne Richard Petty Motorsports Ford 60 150 (241.401) 0:51:32 174.644
2011 February 17 Kurt Busch Penske Racing Dodge 62* 155 (249.448) 0:58:12 159.794 Report
Jeff Burton Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 60 150 (241.401) 1:05:54 136.571
2012 February 23 Tony Stewart Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolet 60 150 (241.401) 0:56:34 159.104 Report
Matt Kenseth Roush Fenway Racing Ford 60 150 (241.401) 0:46:23 194.175
2013 February 21 Kevin Harvick Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet 60 150 (241.401) 0:50:46 177.282 Report
Kyle Busch Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 60 150 (241.401) 0:46:24 193.966
2014 February 20 Matt Kenseth Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 60 150 (241.401) 0:46:49 192.259 Report
Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota 60 150 (241.401) 1:02:43 140.651

Multiple winners (drivers)[edit]

# Wins Driver Years Won
12 Dale Earnhardt 1983, 1986, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999
6 Cale Yarborough 1970, 1974, 1977, 1982, 1984, 1985
5 Bobby Allison 1972, 1975, 1981, 1984, 1988
Darrell Waltrip 1976, 1978, 1979, 1981, 1988
Jeff Gordon 1993, 2002, 2006, 2007, 2009
4 Junior Johnson 1961, 1963, 1964, 1965
Bobby Isaac 1964, 1969, 1972, 1974
Bill Elliott 1985, 1986, 1992, 2000
3 Fireball Roberts 1960, 1961, 1962
David Pearson 1969, 1971, 1975
Buddy Baker 1973, 1979, 1982
Sterling Marlin 1995, 1998, 2001
Dale Earnhardt, Jr. 2003, 2004, 2008
Tony Stewart 2005, 2007, 2012
2 Jack Smith 1959, 1960
Joe Weatherly 1961, 1962
Neil Bonnett 1980, 1983
Ken Schrader 1987, 1989
Ernie Irvan 1994, 1996
Michael Waltrip 2002, 2005
Elliott Sadler 2004, 2006
Kyle Busch 2009, 2013
Matt Kenseth 2012, 2014
Denny Hamlin 2008, 2014

Multiple winners (teams)[edit]

# Wins Team Years Won
15 Richard Childress Racing 1986, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2001, 2003, 2011, 2013
10 Hendrick Motorsports 1987, 1988, 1989, 1993, 2002, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010
8 Joe Gibbs Racing 1999, 2005, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2013, 2014, 2014
7 Robert Yates Racing 1991, 1994, 1996, 1997, 2000, 2004, 2006
6 Junior Johnson & Associates 1965, 1977, 1981, 1989, 1990, 1992
4 Holman-Moody 1960, 1967, 1969, 1971
Bud Moore Engineering 1961, 1962, 1965, 1983
Nord Krauskopf 1969, 1972, 1973, 1976
DiGard Motorsports 1976, 1978, 1979, 1984
Ranier-Lundy 1979, 1981, 1984, 1985
Dale Earnhardt, Inc. 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005
3 Ray Fox 1963, 1964, 1966
Ray Nichels 1964, 1966, 1970
Wood Brothers Racing 1970, 1975, 1980
2 Jack Smith 1961, 1963
Smokey Yunick 1959, 1960
Richard Howard 1972, 1974
Penske Racing 1975, 2011
Hoss Ellington 1980, 1982
Melling Racing 1985, 1986

Manufacturer wins[edit]

Television broadcasters[edit]

CBS began covering the event regularly by the early 1980s, at times with partner USA. They were edited and aired tape-delayed the day before the Daytona 500. Starting in 2001, the races were shown live, as part of the new centralized television deal between Fox/FX and NBC/TNT. From 2001–2006 the Fox package carried the race in odd years, and the NBC package carried the race in even years.

Starting in 2007, the event would be shown live on SPEED, under a newer broadcast agreement. In addition, the race would be rerun in primetime to reach a larger audience. Starting in 2014, the race will move to primetime under-the-lights, and continue to be shown live on Fox Sports 1.

Year Network Lap-by-lap Color commentator(s)
2014 Fox Sports 1 Mike Joy Darrell Waltrip & Larry McReynolds
2013 SPEED Mike Joy Darrell Waltrip & Larry McReynolds
2012 SPEED Mike Joy Darrell Waltrip & Larry McReynolds
2011 SPEED Mike Joy Darrell Waltrip & Larry McReynolds
2010 SPEED Mike Joy Darrell Waltrip & Larry McReynolds
2009 SPEED Mike Joy Darrell Waltrip & Larry McReynolds
2008 SPEED Mike Joy Darrell Waltrip & Larry McReynolds
2007 SPEED Mike Joy Darrell Waltrip & Larry McReynolds
2006 TNT Bill Weber Benny Parsons & Wally Dallenbach, Jr.
2005 FX Mike Joy Darrell Waltrip & Larry McReynolds
2004 TNT Allen Bestwick Benny Parsons & Wally Dallenbach, Jr.
2003 FX Mike Joy Darrell Waltrip & Larry McReynolds
2002 TNT Allen Bestwick Benny Parsons & Wally Dallenbach, Jr.
2001 Fox Sports Net Mike Joy Darrell Waltrip & Larry McReynolds
2000 CBS Mike Joy Ned Jarrett & Buddy Baker
1999 CBS Mike Joy Ned Jarrett & Buddy Baker
1998 CBS Mike Joy Ned Jarrett & Buddy Baker
1997 CBS Ken Squier Ned Jarrett & Buddy Baker
1996 CBS Ken Squier Ned Jarrett & Buddy Baker
1995 CBS Ken Squier Ned Jarrett & Richard Petty
1994 CBS Ken Squier Ned Jarrett & Chris Economaki
1993 CBS Ken Squier Ned Jarrett & Neil Bonnett
1992 CBS Ken Squier Ned Jarrett & Neil Bonnett
1991 CBS Ken Squier David Hobbs & Ned Jarrett
1990 CBS Ken Squier Ned Jarrett & Chris Economaki
1989 CBS Ken Squier Ned Jarrett & Chris Economaki
1988 CBS Ken Squier Ned Jarrett & Chris Economaki
1987 CBS Ken Squier David Hobbs & Ned Jarrett
1986 CBS Ken Squier David Hobbs & Ned Jarrett
1985 CBS Ken Squier David Hobbs & Ned Jarrett
1984 USA/CBS Ken Squier David Hobbs
1983 USA/CBS Ken Squier David Hobbs
1982 USA/CBS Ken Squier David Hobbs
1981 CBS Ken Squier David Hobbs
1980 CBS Ken Squier David Hobbs
1979 CBS Ken Squier David Hobbs
1978 ABC Jim McKay Jackie Stewart
1975 ABC
1974 ABC Keith Jackson Jackie Stewart
1973 ABC Jim McKay Jackie Stewart
1972 ABC Keith Jackson Chris Economaki
1971 ABC Keith Jackson Chris Economaki
1967 ABC
1960 CBS Bud Palmer

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Newton, David (February 24, 2012). "Next year's Daytona 500 is Feb. 24". ESPN.com. Retrieved February 24, 2012. 
  2. ^ http://www.thatsracin.com/mld/thatsracin/10432038.htm

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