|Venue||Daytona International Speedway|
|Distance||150 miles (241.401 km)|
|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)
Budweiser Duel (2013–2015)
The Duel at Daytona, formerly known as the Twin 125s, is a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series preliminary event to the Daytona 500 held annually in February at Daytona International Speedway. It consists of two 150-mile (240 km) races, which both 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 race day.
Qualifying for the Daytona 500 is unique in NASCAR. Only the two front row starters (the pole and "outside pole") are determined by the standard knockout qualifying system. After the Top 2 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 15 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 15 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 15 (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 32 is set by the above order, the four fastest non-qualifiers by time (drivers who advance to multiple rounds of knockout qualifying use their fastest time, regardless of session), 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.
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.
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. 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 would be held in prime-time and held under the lights starting in 2014 on the new Fox Sports 1 cable channel. The races were held on the Thursday before the 56th Daytona 500, but was moved from the mid-afternoon to nighttime.
- 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 for 1992) and the Wednesday before prior to the 1980s. Standard three-round knockout qualifying procedures are used for restrictor plate tracks. The fastest qualifier in the third round wins the pole position for the Daytona 500, and second fastest in the third round is considered the second starting position, also known as 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 each of the two Duel races, respectively.
- Drivers who qualify in odd-numbered positions in Q3 start in the first Duel, while drivers who qualify in even-numbered positions in Q3 start in the second Duel. This fills positions 1-6 in each duel.
- The 12 drivers eliminated after Q2 have their Q2 times determine their starting position. The fastest driver eliminated in Q2, based on Q2 times only, starts 7th in the first Duel, while the second-fastest driver in Q2 starts 7th in the second Duel, and based on position of elimination from Q2, start in the first (odd) or second (even) numbered positions.
- Drivers eliminated after Q1 will have Q1 times determine their starting position. The fastest driver eliminated in Q1 starts 13th in the first Duel, while the second-fastest driver eliminated in Q1 starts 13th in the second duel.
Format (except 2005–12)
- The top 15 (14 until 2004) finishers in each Twin 125 race (excluding the two original front row qualifiers) advance to the Daytona 500 starting lineup.
- The top 15 (14 until 2004) from the first race (excluding the original pole position winner) fill the inside portions of rows 2 through 16 (15 until 2004).
- The top 15 (14 until 2004) from the second race (excluding the original outside pole winner) fill the outside portions of rows 2 through 16 (15 until 2004).
- After both races, the remaining non-qualifiers revert to their original qualifying speeds. Currently the four fastest remaining cars are assigned positions 34 through 36. This format has been in place from 1998-2003 and 2013–present. This rule was to generally protect fast qualifying cars that suffered a crash or engine failure during the heats.
- Starting in 2015 with knockout qualifying, a driver's qualifying speed is based on his fastest, regardless of it taking place in Q1, Q2, or Q3.
- For 1998-2003, qualifying speeds filled positions 31 through 36.
- For 1995–1997 & 2004, qualifying speeds filled positions 31 through 38.
- Through 1994, qualifying speeds filled positions 31 though 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 through 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.
- Provisionals are assigned by owner points from the previous season.
- Since 1990, the 43rd and final spot 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 through 43 are determined by fastest qualifying speeds.
All Exempt Tour Format (2005–2012)
Between the 2005 and 2012 seasons, the Duel used different rules because of NASCAR's All Exempt Tour format used at the time for the Sprint Cup Series.
- 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 and even-numbered points positions are entered into the second Duel.
- If both teams on the front row in 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 2 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 start 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.
- 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.
- Typically, until 2014, the faster of two laps in single-car qualifying determined starting positions for the Duels and the front row for the 500.
- 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. He did not win an official points race until the 1994 Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte.
- 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.
|Year||Date||Driver||Team||Manufacturer||Race Distance||Race Time||Average Speed
|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|
|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|
|2015||February 19||Dale Earnhardt, Jr.||Hendrick Motorsports||Chevrolet||60||150 (241.401)||1:02:18||144.462||Report|
|Jimmie Johnson||Hendrick Motorsports||Chevrolet||64*||160 (257.495)||1:06:20||144.724|
- 1961: First race was shortened due to crash.
- 1974: Both races were shortened due to energy crisis (10% shorter).
- 2006: Both races were extended due to a Green-white-checker finish.
- 2007 & 2011: First race was extended due to a Green-white-checker finish.
- 2008 & 2015: Second race was extended due to a Green-white-checker finish.
Multiple winners (drivers)
|# 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|
|Dale Earnhardt, Jr.||2003, 2004, 2008, 2015|
|3||Fireball Roberts||1960, 1961, 1962|
|David Pearson||1969, 1971, 1975|
|Buddy Baker||1973, 1979, 1982|
|Sterling Marlin||1995, 1998, 2001|
|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|
|Jimmie Johnson||2010, 2015|
Multiple winners (teams)
|# Wins||Team||Years Won|
|15||Richard Childress Racing||1986, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2001, 2003, 2011, 2013|
|12||Hendrick Motorsports||1987, 1988, 1989, 1993, 2002, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2015, 2015|
|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|
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, FSN or FX (part of the Fox package) carried the race in odd years, and TNT package carried the race in even years.
Starting in 2007, the event would be shown live on SPEED (part of the Fox package), 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 (still part of the Fox package).
- Newton, David (February 24, 2012). "Next year's Daytona 500 is Feb. 24". ESPN.com. Retrieved February 24, 2012.
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