Daytona 500 History

Events in Sport

  • 1959-02-22 1st Daytona 500: Lee Petty wins (135.521 MPH)
  • 1960-02-24 2nd Daytona 500: Junior Johnson wins (124.74 MPH)
  • 1961-02-26 3rd Daytona 500: Marvin Panch wins (149.601 MPH)
  • 1962-02-18 4th Daytona 500: Fireball Roberts wins (152.529 MPH)
  • 1963-02-24 5th Daytona 500: Tiny Lund wins (151.566 MPH)
  • 1964-02-23 6th Daytona 500: Richard Petty wins (154.334)
  • 1965-02-14 7th Daytona 500: Fred Lorenzen wins (141.539 MPH)
  • 1966-02-27 8th Daytona 500: Richard Petty wins (160.927 MPH)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1967-02-26 9th Daytona 500: Mario Andretti wins (146.926 MPH)

Racing Car Driver Mario Andretti
Racing Car Driver
Mario Andretti
  • 1968-02-25 10th Daytona 500: Cale Yarborough wins (143.251 MPH)
  • 1969-02-23 11th Daytona 500: LeeRoy Yarbrough wins (157.95 MPH)
  • 1970-02-22 12th Daytona 500: Pete Hamilton wins (149.601 MPH)
  • 1971-02-14 13th Daytona 500: Richard Petty wins (144.462 MPH)
  • 1972-02-20 14th Daytona 500: A.J. Foyt wins (161.55 MPH)
  • 1973-02-18 15th Daytona 500: Richard Petty wins (157.205 MPH)
  • 1974-02-17 16th Daytona 500: Richard Petty wins (140.894 MPH)
  • 1975-02-16 17th Daytona 500: Benny Parsons wins (153.649 MPH)
  • 1976-02-15 18th Daytona 500: David Pearson wins (152.181 MPH)
  • 1977-02-20 19th Daytona 500: Cale Yarborough wins (153.218 MPH)
  • 1978-02-19 20th Daytona 500: Bobby Allison wins (159.73 MPH)
  • 1979-02-18 21st Daytona 500: Richard Petty wins (143.977 MPH)
  • 1980-02-17 22nd Daytona 500: Buddy Baker wins (177.602 MPH)
  • 1981-02-15 23rd Daytona 500: Richard Petty wins (169.651 MPH)
  • 1982-02-14 24th Daytona 500: Bobby Allison wins (153.991 MPH)
  • 1983-02-20 25th Daytona 500: Cale Yarborough wins (155.979 MPH)
  • 1984-02-12 Cale Yarborough, becomes 1st Daytona 500 qualifier, above 200 MPH
  • 1984-02-19 26th Daytona 500: Cale Yarborough wins (150.994 MPH)
  • 1985-02-17 27th Daytona 500: Bill Elliott wins (172.265 MPH)
  • 1986-02-16 28th Daytona 500: Geoffrey Bodine wins (148.124 MPH)
  • 1987-02-15 29th Daytona 500: Bill Elliott wins (176.263 MPH)
  • 1988-02-14 30th Daytona 500: Bobby Allison wins (137.531 MPH)
  • 1989-02-19 31st Daytona 500: Darrell Waltrip wins (148.466 MPH)
  • 1990-02-18 32nd Daytona 500: Derrike Cope wins (165.761 MPH)
  • 1991-02-17 33rd Daytona 500: Ernie Irvan wins (148.148 MPH)
  • 1992-02-16 34th Daytona 500: Davey Allison wins (160.256 MPH)
  • 1993-02-14 35th Daytona 500: Dale Jarrett wins (154.972 MPH)
  • 1994-02-20 36th Daytona 500: Sterling Marlin wins (156.931 MPH)
  • 1995-02-19 37th Daytona 500: Sterling Marlin wins (141.71 MPH)
  • 1996-02-18 38th Daytona 500: Dale Jarrett wins (154.308 MPH)
  • 1997-02-16 39th Daytona 500: Jeff Gordon wins (148.295 MPH)
  • 1998-02-15 40th Daytona 500: Dale Earnhardt wins (172.712 MPH)
  • 1999-02-14 41st Daytona 500: Jeff Gordon wins (161.551 MPH)
  • 2000-02-20 42nd Daytona 500: Dale Jarrett wins (155.669 MPH)
  • 2001-02-18 Crash during Daytona 500 race on last lap claims life of Dale Earnhardt
  • 2001-02-18 43rd Daytona 500: Michael Waltrip wins (161.783 MPH)
  • 2002-02-17 44th Daytona 500: Ward Burton wins (130.81 MPH)
  • 2003-02-16 45th Daytona 500: Michael Waltrip wins (133.87 MPH)
  • 2004-02-15 46th Daytona 500: Dale Earnhardt, Jr. wins (156.341 MPH)
  • 2005-02-20 47th Daytona 500: Jeff Gordon wins (135.173 MPH)
  • 2006-02-19 48th Daytona 500: Jimmie Johnson wins (142.667 MPH)
  • 2007-02-18 49th Daytona 500: Kevin Harvick wins (149.333 MPH)
  • 2008-02-17 50th Daytona 500: Ryan Newman wins (152.672 MPH)
  • 2009-02-15 51st Daytona 500: Matt Kenseth wins (132.816 MPH)
  • 2010-02-14 52nd Daytona 500: Jamie McMurray wins (137.284 MPH)
  • 2011-02-20 53rd Daytona 500: Trevor Bayne wins (130.326 MPH)
  • 2012-02-28 54th Daytona 500: Matt Kenseth wins (140.256 MPH)
  • 2013-02-24 55th Daytona 500: Jimmie Johnson wins (159.25 MPH)
  • 2014-02-23 56th Daytona 500: Dale Earnhardt, Jr. wins (145.29 MPH)
  • 2015-02-22 57th Daytona 500: Joey Logano wins (148.379 MPH)
  • 2016-02-21 58th Daytona 500: Denny Hamlin wins closest finish in race history - by just one-hundredth of a second from Martin Truex Jr
  • 2017-02-26 59th Daytona 500: Kurt Busch in a Ford leads for just a single lap to win from Ryan Blaney
  • 2018-02-18 60th Daytona 500: Austin Dillon wins in a Chevrolet Camero ZL1

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1929-01-20 Glenn "Fireball" Roberts, American auto racer (Daytona 500 1962), born in Tavares, Florida (d. 1964)
  • 1937-07-02 Richard Petty "The King", American NASCAR Driver (7x NASCAR Championship, 7x Daytona 500), born in Level Cross, North Carolina
  • 1937-12-03 Bobby Allison, auto racer (3 time winner of Daytona 500)
  • 1938-03-07 Janet Guthrie, American professional race car driver (1st woman to race in Indie 500 and Daytona 500), born in Iowa City, Iowa
  • 1939-03-27 Cale Yarborough, American auto racer (Daytona 500-1968, 77, 83, 84), born in Timmonsville, South Carolina
  • 1974-10-10 [Ralph] Dale Earnhardt Jr., American racing driver (Two-time Daytona 500 winner), born in Kannapolis, North Carolina

Deaths in Sport

  • 1964-07-02 Glenn "Fireball" Roberts, American auto racer (Daytona 500 1962), dies from injuries in May 24 crash at 35
  • 2001-02-18 Dale Earnhardt, American race car driver dies in car crash at Daytona 500 race (b. 1951)