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Daytona 500 Facts and Figures
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- The 2013 edition will be the 55th running of the Daytona 500.

- Although the first Daytona 500 was held in 1959, it has been the season-opener only since 1982.

- 521 drivers have competed in at least one Daytona 500; 309 in more than one.

- 35 drivers have won a Daytona 500.

- Youngest Daytona 500 winner: Trevor Bayne (02/20/2011 - 20 years, 0 months, 1 days).

- Oldest Daytona 500 winner: Bobby Allison (02/14/1988 - 50 years, 2 months, 11 days).

- Nine drivers have won more than one Daytona 500, led by Richard Petty with seven victories.

- The nine drivers who have won the Daytona 500 more than once: Richard Petty (seven), Cale Yarborough (four), Bobby Allison (three), Dale Jarrett (three), Jeff Gordon (three), Bill Elliott (two), Matt Kenseth (two), Sterling Marlin (two) and Michael Waltrip (two).

- Dale Earnhardt leads the series in runner-up finishes in the Daytona 500 with five; Kurt Busch, Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Terry Labonte lead all active drivers in Daytona 500 second-place finishes with three.

- Dale Earnhardt finished in the top 10 in 16 of his 23 Daytona 500s.

- Dale Earnhardt and Richard Petty each had 16 top 10s in the Daytona 500, more than any other driver. Terry Labonte leads all active drivers in Daytona 500 top-10 finishes with 12; followed by Mark Martin with 11.

- Dale Earnhardt had 12 top fives in the Daytona 500, more than any other driver. Terry Labonte leads all active drivers in Daytona 500 top-five finishes with six; followed by Dale Earnhardt Jr. with five.

- Only 12 drivers have an average finish of 10th or better in the Daytona 500, five of those competed in the Daytona 500 only once.

- Clint Bowyer has a 12.0 average finish in eight appearances, the best of the active drivers who have competed in more than one Daytona 500.

- Lee Petty, who won the inaugural Daytona 500, and Trevor Bayne, 2011 Daytona 500 champion, are the only two drivers to win the Daytona 500 in their first appearance.

- 28 of the 35 drivers who have won, participated in at least two Daytona 500s before visiting Victory Lane.

- Dale Earnhardt competed 19 times before winning his only Daytona 500 (1998), the longest span of any of the 35 race winners.

- Six drivers made 10 or more attempts before their first Daytona 500 victory: Dale Earnhardt (19), Buddy Baker (18), Darrell Waltrip (16), Bobby Allison (14), Michael Waltrip (14) and Sterling Marlin (12).

- The most Daytona 500s all-time without a victory was Dave Marcis (33 races).

- Seven drivers posted their career-first victory with a win in the Daytona 500: Tiny Lund (1963), Mario Andretti (1967), Pete Hamilton (1970), Derrike Cope (1990), Sterling Marlin (1994), Michael Waltrip (2001) and Trevor Bayne (2011).

- Three other drivers posted their career-first victory in (point-paying) qualifying races: Johnny Rutherford (1963), Bobby Isaac (1964) and Earl Balmer (1966).

- A driver has won back-to-back Daytona 500s three times. Richard Petty (1973-74), Cale Yarborough (1983-84) and Sterling Marlin (1994-95).

- Kevin Harvick's 0.020-second margin of victory over Mark Martin in the 2007 Daytona 500 is the 12th-closest overall since the advent of electronic timing in 1993, and the closest in a Daytona 500.

- 27 of the 54 Daytona 500s have been won from a top-five starting position.

- Matt Kenseth won the Daytona 500 from the 39th starting position in 2009, the deepest a race winner has started.

- Nine have been won from the pole. The last to do so was Dale Jarrett in 2000.

- 16 Daytona 500s have been won from the front row.

- Five reigning NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champions have gone on to win the Daytona 500 the following season: Lee Petty (1959), Richard Petty (1973), Cale Yarborough (1977), Jeff Gordon (1999) and Dale Jarrett (2000).

- Five drivers have won the Daytona 500 and the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship in the same season, Richard Petty has done it four times: Jimmie Johnson (2006), Jeff Gordon (1997), Richard Petty (1964, 1971, 1974, 1979), Cale Yarborough (1977) and Lee Petty (1959).

- Danica Patrick on Sunday, Feb. 19, 2013 became the first female in NASCAR Sprint Cup Series history to win a Coors Light pole for the Daytona 500 posting a speed of 196.434 mph.

- Janet Guthrie previously held the record for top starting position by a female NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver, twice starting ninth in 1977. She started ninth at Talladega Superspeedway on Aug. 7, 1977 and at Bristol Motor Speedway on Aug. 28, 1977.

- In 2012, Danica Patrick became the third female driver to compete in a Daytona 500 joining Janet Guthrie and Shawna Robinson. Below are the previous female driver performances in the Daytona 500.