Daytona By the Numbers

7 MOST VICTORIES in the Daytona 500, by Richard Petty (1964, '66, '71, '73, '74, '79 and '81).

12,150 MILES completed in 4,860 laps, the most by one driver, Richard Petty, who made 33 starts in the 500.

8 TIMES the winner of the Daytona 500 has won the Cup in the same year: Lee Petty (1959), Richard Petty ('64, '71, '74, '79), Cale Yarborough ('77), Jeff Gordon ('97) and Jimmie Johnson (2006).

184 MOST LAPS led by a winning driver, by Richard Petty in 1964.

170 MOST LAPS led by a nonwinning driver, by Glenn (Fireball) Roberts in 1961.

4 FEWEST LAPS led by a winning driver, by Benny Parsons in 1975 and Kevin Harvick in 2007.

15 MOST DRIVERS to lead a single Daytona 500 (1974, '89 and '96).

3 FEWEST DRIVERS to lead a race ('72).

60 MOST LEAD CHANGES in a race (1974).

8 CAR MAKERS that have won the 500: Chevrolet (20), Ford (10), Plymouth (4), Buick (3), Dodge (3), Mercury (3), Oldsmobile (3) and Pontiac (3).

20 MOST STARTS at the Daytona 500 by a driver before winning the race, by Dale Earnhardt.

2 LAPS by which Richard Petty won in 1973, the widest margin of victory in the Daytona 500.

2 FEET by which Lee Petty won in 1959, the narrowest margin of victory.

177.602 MILES PER HOUR averaged by Buddy Baker in 1980, the fastest winning speed.

124.740 MPH by Junior Johnson in 1960, the slowest winning speed.

210.364 MPH by Bill Elliott in 1987, the fastest qualifying speed.

32 CONSECUTIVE career starts, by Dave Marcis (1968-99, 2002), the most by any driver.

34 LOWEST STARTING position by a winner, by Kevin Harvick in 2007.

$67,760 TOTAL PURSE of the first Daytona 500.

$19,050 FIRST-PLACE purse won by Lee Petty in 1959.

$1,510,469 WINNING purse, by Kevin Harvick in 2007.

$248,050 FORTY-SECOND-PLACE purse earned by Kyle Petty in 2007, the smallest of any Daytona 500 entrant last year.

4 DRIVERS whom crew chief Leonard Wood helped win the Daytona 500: Tiny Lund (1963), Cale Yarborough ('68), A.J. Foyt ('72) and David Pearson ('76).

55 MOST CAREER victories by a driver never to win at Daytona (in the 500 or the Pepsi 400), by Rusty Wallace, who didn't win in 45 starts.

272.5 FEWEST MILES completed (109 laps), because of rain, in 2003.

61 HOURS after the finish that Lee Petty was awarded victory in the inaugural Daytona 500 in 1959; Johnny Beauchamp had been declared the unofficial winner -- and posed with the trophy -- but photographs and newsreel footage showed otherwise.

.020 FRACTION of a second by which Kevin Harvick edged Mark Martin in 2007, the closest Daytona 500 finish since computerized scoring was introduced in 1993.

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