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DATE: Sunday, Feb. 23
SITE: Daytona International Speedway -- Daytona Beach, Fla.
TRACK: 2.5-mile tri-oval
CAPACITY: 146,000 (Grandstand Seating)
ANNUAL: 56th
TELEVISION: FOX
RADIO: Motor Racing Network (MRN)/SIRIUS NASCAR Radio
START TIME: 1 p.m. ET
QUALIFYING TIME: Daytona 500 time trials/qualifying races already held
DEFENDING CHAMPION: Jimmie Johnson
RUNNER-UP: Dale Earnhardt Jr.
POLE WINNER: Danica Patrick (finished 8)
LAPS: 200
MILES: 500
QUALIFYING RECORD: Bill Elliott, 1987 (210.364 mph)
RACE RECORD: Buddy Baker, 1980 (177.602 mph)
 
2013 Finish
FinishDriverStartFinishDriverStart
1Jimmie Johnson96Greg Biffle5
2Dale Earnhardt Jr.197Regan Smith40
3Mark Martin148Danica Patrick1
4Brad Keselowski159Michael McDowell38
5Ryan Newman3410J.J. Yeley41
2013 Daytona 500 Facts and Figures
AVERAGE SPEED: 159.250 mph
TIME OF RACE: 3 hrs., 8 mins., 23 secs.
MARGIN OF VICTORY: 0.129 secs.
CAUTION FLAGS: 6 for 24 laps
LEAD CHANGES: 28 among 14 drivers
POLE WINNER: Danica Patrick (196.434 mph)
Past Daytona 500 Winners (Starting Position) Car -- Speed
2013 -- Jimmie Johnson (9) -- Chevrolet -- 159.250 mph
2012 -- Matt Kenseth (4) -- Ford -- 140.256 mph
2011 -- Trevor Bayne (32) -- Ford -- 130.326 mph
2010 -- Jamie McMurray (13) Chevrolet -- 137.284 mph
2009 -- *Matt Kenseth (39) -- Ford -- 132.816 mph
2008 -- Ryan Newman (7) -- Dodge -- 152.672 mph
2007 -- Kevin Harvick (34) -- Chevrolet -- 149.335 mph
2006 -- Jimmie Johnson (9) -- Chevrolet -- 142.667 mph
2005 -- Jeff Gordon (15) -- Chevrolet -- 135.173 mph
2004 -- Dale Earnhardt Jr. (3) -- Chevrolet -- 156.345 mph
2003 -- *Michael Waltrip (4) -- Chevrolet -- 133.870 mph
2002 -- Ward Burton (19) -- Dodge -- 142.971 mph
2001 -- Michael Waltrip (19) -- Chevrolet -- 161.794 mph
2000 -- Dale Jarrett (1) -- Ford -- 155.669 mph
1999 -- Jeff Gordon (1) -- Chevrolet -- 161.551 mph
1998 -- Dale Earnhardt (4) -- Chevrolet -- 172.712 mph
1997 -- Jeff Gordon (6) -- Chevrolet -- 148.295 mph
1996 -- Dale Jarrett (7) -- Ford -- 154.308 mph
1995 -- Sterling Marlin (3) -- Chevrolet -- 141.710 mph
1994 -- Sterling Marlin (4) -- Chevrolet -- 156.931 mph
1993 -- Dale Jarrett (2) -- Chevrolet -- 154.972 mph
1992 -- Davey Allison (6) -- Ford -- 168.256 mph
1991 -- Ernie Irvan (2) -- Chevrolet -- 148.148 mph
1990 -- Derrike Cope (12) -- Chevrolet -- 165.761 mph
1989 -- Darrell Waltrip (2) -- Chevrolet -- 148.466 mph
1988 -- Bobby Allison (3) -- Buick -- 137.531 mph
1987 -- Bill Elliott (1) -- Ford -- 176.263 mph
1986 -- Geoff Bodine (2) -- Chevrolet -- 148.124 mph
1985 -- Bill Elliott (1) -- Ford -- 172.265 mph
1984 -- Cale Yarborough (1) -- Chevrolet -- 150.994 mph
1983 -- Cale Yarborough (8) -- Pontiac -- 155.979 mph
1982 -- Bobby Allison (7) -- Buick -- 153.991 mph
1981 -- Richard Petty (8) -- Buick -- 169.651 mph
1980 -- Buddy Baker (1) -- Oldsmobile -- 177.602 mph
1979 -- Richard Petty (13) -- Oldsmobile -- 143.977 mph
1978 -- Bobby Allison (33) -- Ford -- 159.730 mph
1977 -- Cale Yarborough (4) -- Chevrolet -- 153.218 mph
1976 -- David Pearson (7) -- Mercury -- 152.181 mph
1975 -- Benny Parsons (32) -- Chevrolet -- 153.649 mph
1974 -- Richard Petty (2) -- Dodge -- 140.894 mph
1973 -- Richard Petty (7) -- Dodge -- 157.205 mph
1972 -- A.J. Foyt (2) -- Mercury -- 161.550 mph
1971 -- Richard Petty (5) -- Plymouth -- 144.462 mph
1970 -- Pete Hamilton (9) -- Plymouth -- 149.601 mph
1969 -- LeeRoy Yarborough (19) -- Ford -- 157.950 mph
1968 -- Cale Yarborough (1) -- Mercury -- 143.251 mph
1967 -- Mario Andretti (12) -- Ford -- 146.926 mph
1966 -- *Richard Petty (1) -- Plymouth -- 160.627 mph
1965 -- *Fred Lorenzen (4) -- Ford -- 141.539 mph
1964 -- Richard Petty (2) -- Plymouth -- 154.334 mph
1963 -- Tiny Lund (12) -- Ford -- 151.566 mph
1962 -- Fireball Roberts (1) -- Pontiac -- 152.529 mph
1961 -- Marvin Panch (4) -- Pontiac -- 149.601 mph
1960 -- Junior Johnson (9) -- Chevrolet -- 124.740 mph
1959 -- Lee Petty (15) -- Oldsmobile -- 135.521 mph
 
NOTE: * - Rain shortened.
 
Past Daytona 500 Pole Winners (Finish)
2013 -- Danica Patrick -- 8
2012 -- Carl Edwards -- 8
2011 -- Dale Earnhardt Jr -- 24
2010 -- Mark Martin -- 12
2009 -- Martin Truex Jr -- 11
2008 -- Jimmie Johnson -- 27
2007 -- David Gilliland -- 8
2006 -- Jeff Burton -- 32
2005 -- Dale Jarrett -- 15
2004 -- Greg Biffle -- 12
2003 -- Jeff Green -- 39
2002 -- Jimmie Johnson -- 15
2001 -- Bill Elliott -- 5
2000 -- Dale Jarrett -- 1
1999 -- Jeff Gordon -- 1
1998 -- Bobby Labonte -- 2
1997 -- Mike Skinner -- 12
1996 -- Dale Earnhardt -- 2
1995 -- Dale Jarrett -- 5
1994 -- Loy Allen Jr -- 22
1993 -- Kyle Petty -- 31
1992 -- Sterling Marlin -- 35
1991 -- Davey Allison -- 15
1990 -- Ken Schrader -- 40
1989 -- Ken Schrader -- 2
1988 -- Ken Schrader -- 6
1987 -- Bill Elliott -- 1
1986 -- Bill Elliott -- 13
1985 -- Bill Elliott -- 1
1984 -- Cale Yarborough -- 1
1983 -- Ricky Rudd -- 24
1982 -- Benny Parsons -- 26
1981 -- Bobby Allison -- 2
1980 -- Buddy Baker -- 1
1979 -- Buddy Baker -- 40
1978 -- Cale Yarborough -- 2
1977 -- Donnie Allison -- 30
1976 -- Ramo Stott -- 26
1975 -- Donnie Allison -- 28
1974 -- David Pearson -- 35
1973 -- Buddy Baker -- 6
1972 -- Bobby Isaac -- 33
1971 -- A.J. Foyt -- 3
1970 -- Cale Yarborough -- 37
1969 -- Buddy Baker -- 5
1968 -- Cale Yarborough -- 1
1967 -- Curtis Turner -- 25
1966 -- Richard Petty -- 1
1965 -- Darel Dieringer -- 2
1964 -- Paul Goldsmith -- 3
1963 -- Fireball Roberts -- 21
1962 -- Fireball Roberts -- 1
1961 -- Fireball Roberts -- 20
1960 -- Cotton Owens -- 40
1959 -- Bob Welborn -- 41
Last Race Results
RACE: The Sprint Unlimited at Daytona (Feb. 15)
SITE: Daytona International Speedway -- Daytona Beach, Fla.
MILES: 187.5
LAPS: 75
WINNER: Denny Hamlin
RUNNER-UP: Brad Keselowski
THIRD: Kyle Busch
FOURTH: Joey Logano
FIFTH: Kevin Harvick
POLE WINNER: Denny Hamlin (finished 1)
TIME OF RACE: 1 hr., 18 mins., 35 secs.
AVERAGE SPEED: 143.160 mph
MARGIN OF VICTORY: 0.149 secs.
CAUTION FLAGS: 5 for 13 laps
LEAD CHANGES: 16 among 7 drivers
LAP LEADERS: D. Hamlin 1; J. McMurray 2-10; Kyle Busch 11-16; K. Harvick
17-21; D. Hamlin 22; K. Harvick 23; D. Hamlin 24-30; B.
Keselowski 31-34; D. Hamlin 35-41; B. Keselowski 42-43; J. Logano
44-46; D. Hamlin 47-55; J. McMurray 56; D. Earnhardt Jr. 57-63;
J. Logano 64-71; B. Keselowski 72-73; D. Hamlin 74-75.
Daytona 500 Entry List
CarDriver, HometownCar/Name
1Jamie McMurray (Joplin, MO)Chevrolet/McDonald's Chevrolet
2Brad Keselowski (Rochester Hills, MI)Ford/Miller Lite
3.Austin Dillon (Welcome, NC)Chevrolet/Dow
4.Kevin Harvick (Bakersfield, CA)Chevrolet/Budweiser
5Kasey Kahne (Enumclaw, WA)Chevrolet/Farmers Insurance
7Michael Annett (Des Moines, IA)Chevrolet/Pilot/Flying J Travel
9Marcos Ambrose (Launceston, Australia)Ford/Stanley Ford
10Danica Patrick (Roscoe, IL)Chevrolet/GoDaddy
11Denny Hamlin (Chesterfield, VA)Toyota/FedEx Express
13Casey Mears (Bakersfield, CA)Ford/GEICO
14Tony Stewart (Columbus, IN)Chevrolet/Bass Pro Shops/Mobil 1
15Clint Bowyer (Emporia, KS)Toyota/5-Hour Energy
16Greg Biffle (Vancouver, WA)Ford/3M
17Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (Olive Branch, MS)Ford/Nationwide Insurance
18Kyle Busch (Las Vegas, NV)Toyota/M&M's
20Matt Kenseth (Cambridge, WI)Toyota/Dollar General
21Trevor Bayne (Knoxville, TN)Ford/Motorcraft/Quick Lane Tire
22Joey Logano (Middletown, CT)Ford/Shell/Pennzoil
23Alex Bowman (Tucson, AZ)Toyota/Dr. Pepper
24Jeff Gordon (Vallejo, CA)Chevrolet/Drive to End Hunger
26Cole Whitt (Alpine, CA)Toyota/Speed Stick Gear
27Paul Menard (Eau Claire, WI)Chevrolet/Menards/Peak
30Parker Kligerman (Westport, CT)Swan Energy Toyota
31Ryan Newman (South Bend, IN)Chevrolet/Caterpillar
32Terry Labonte (Corpus Christi, TX)Ford/C&J Energy Services
33Brian Scott (Boise, ID)Chevrolet/Whitetail
34David Ragan (Unadilla, GA)Ford/CSX-Play It Safe
35Eric McClure (Chilhowie, VA)Ford/Hefty/Reynolds Wrap
36Reed Sorenson (Peachtree City, GA)Chevrolet/Golden Corral
38David Gilliland (Riverside, CA)Ford/Love's Travel Stops
40Landon Cassill (Fairfax, IA)Chevrolet/Hillman Racing
41Kurt Busch (Las Vegas, NV)Chevrolet/Haas Automation
42Kyle Larson (Elk Grove, CA)Chevrolet/Target
43Aric Almirola (Tampa, FL)Ford/Smithfield
47A.J. Allmendinger (Los Gatos, CA)Chevrolet/Kroger/USO
48 *Jimmie Johnson (El Cajon, CA)Chevrolet/Lowe's
51Justin Allgaier (Riverton, IL)Chevrolet/Brandt Professional
52Bobby Labonte (Corpus Christi, TX)Chevrolet/Phoenix Construction
55Brian Vickers (Thomasville, NC)Toyota/Aaron's Dream Machine
66Michael Waltrip (Owensboro, KY)Toyota/Blue DEF/AAA
78Martin Truex Jr. (Mayetta, NJ)Chevrolet/Furniture Row
83Ryan Truex (Mayetta, NJ)Toyota/Borla Exhaust
87Joe Nemechek (Lakeland, FL)Toyota/300 Rise of an Empire
88Dale Earnhardt Jr. (Kannapolis, NC)Chevrolet/National Guard
93Morgan Shepherd (Ferguson, NC)Toyota/supportmilitary.org
95Michael McDowell (Glendale, AZ)Ford/K-Love
98Josh Wise (Riverside, CA)Ford/Curb Records
99Carl Edwards (Columbia, MO)Ford/Fastenal
 
* - Defending champion
 
Leading Contenders (Finish the last nine years)
Driver200520062007200820092010201120122013
Jimmie Johnson5Won392731352742Won
Dale Earnhardt Jr383292722422
Brad Keselowski---------------3629324
Ryan Newman20338Won363422215
Greg Biffle253125102033536
Danica Patrick---------------------388
Clint Bowyer---6182444171111
Ricky Stenhouse Jr.---------------------2012
Aric Almirola------------30------3313
Denny Hamlin---302817261721414
Marcos Ambrose------------1741371318
Joey Logano------------432023919
Jeff GordonWon2610391326284020
Paul Menard---------2238139621
Martin Truex Jr34162920116191224
Trevor Bayne------------------Won3527
Kurt Busch238412102353928
Austin Dillon------------------------31
Jamie McMurray3237312637Won183132
Carl Edwards124323191892833
Kyle Busch3823244411481734
David Ragan------542616144335
Kasey Kahne2211772930252936
Matt Kenseth42152736Won834Won37
Tony Stewart75433822131641
Kevin Harvick2814Won142742742
Brian Vickers217---12391531------
 
Sports Network Selections
Pick to Win - Dale Earnhardt Jr.
Last Week's Pick to Win (Dale Earnhardt Jr.) - finished 9
 
NOTES:
The 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series begins with stock car racing's most prestigious race of the season -- the Daytona 500. This will be the 56th running of "The Great American Race" at Daytona International Speedway.

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

Groundbreaking for DIS took place on Nov. 25, 1957. The soil underneath the banked corners was dug from the infield of the track and the hole filled with water. It is now known as Lake Lloyd.

DIS has 31 degrees of banking in all of its turns as well as 18 degrees of banking on the tri-oval and 3 degrees on the straights. The length of the frontstretch is 3,800 feet, and the backstretch measures 3,000 feet. The track was repaved in 2010. Lights were installed in 1998.

The first Cup Series race at Daytona was a 100-mile qualifying event for the Daytona 500 on Feb. 20, 1959. Bob Welborn won that race.

Thirty-five drivers have won a Daytona 500. Ten of them have won it multiple times.

Richard Petty holds the record for most Daytona 500 wins with seven ((1964, '66, '71, '73, '74, '79, '81). Jeff Gordon leads all active drivers with three victories in this race (1997, '99 and 2005).

Jimmie Johnson won his second Daytona 500 in 2013. It came in his 400th career Sprint Cup start.

Johnson will attempt to become the fourth driver to win back-to-back Daytona 500s. Sterling Marlin is the last one to accomplish the feat, doing so from 1994-95. Marlin is the only driver whose first two career wins in the Cup Series occurred in the Daytona 500. Petty won this race consecutively from 1973-74, and Cale Yarborough scored back-to-back victories from 1983-84.

Johnson won his sixth Sprint Cup championship last year. Five reigning Cup champions went on to win the Daytona 500 the following season: Lee Petty (1959), Richard Petty (1973), Yarborough (1977), Gordon (1999) and Dale Jarrett (2000).

The winner of the Daytona 500 has started from the pole position just nine times. The last driver to do it is Jarrett in 2000. Gordon is the only active driver to accomplish the feat (1999). Rookie Austin Dillon is starting on the pole for this year's race.

Seven drivers scored their first career Cup Series victories in the Daytona 500: Tiny Lund (1963), Mario Andretti (1967), Pete Hamilton (1970), Derrike Cope (1990), Marlin (1994), Michael Waltrip (2001) and Trevor Bayne (2011).

Bayne is the youngest winner of the Daytona 500. He won this race one day after he celebrated his 20th birthday on Feb. 20, 2011. When Bobby Allison was 50 years, 2 months and 11 days old, he became the oldest driver to win the Daytona 500 on Feb. 14, 1988.

Lee Petty won the inaugural Daytona 500 on Feb. 22 1959. With more than 41,000 in attendance at the newly-built DIS, Petty beat Johnny Beauchamp in a photo finish to win the race. However, the winner was not decided until 61 hours after the checkered flag had waved. NASCAR founder Bill France Sr. reviewed the finish from a newsreel and concluded that Petty crossed the line just two feet ahead of Beauchamp.

Since NASCAR began using electronic timing and scoring in 1993, the closest margin of victory in the Daytona 500 happened in 2007 when Kevin Harvick nipped Mark Martin to finish line by only 0.02 seconds.

The quickest a Daytona 500 has been completed occurred in 1980 when Buddy Baker, driving an Oldsmobile, finished the race in 2 hours, 48 minutes and 55 seconds.

Four drivers who are competing in this year's Daytona 500 made their first career Cup start in this race: Tony Stewart (1999), Casey Mears (2003), Kasey Kahne (2004) and Danica Patrick (2012).

The purse for this year's Daytona 500 will be $19,784,864, with at least $1,454,600 awarded to the race winner. The second-place finisher is guaranteed to collect $1,071,125, while the third-place finisher gets $780,225. Last year's purse for the Daytona 500 was $19,346,972. Johnson had a $1,525,275 payday for his victory.

The next Sprint Cup Series race is the March 2 The Profit on CNBC 500 at Phoenix International Raceway. Carl Edwards won last year's race there.

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