10 1st time Cup winners have happened in the Coke Zero Sugar 400, but the top winners all-time are all in Hall of Fame Too

Daytona International Speedway has hosted 146 NASCAR Cup Series races since the inaugural race in 1959:  62 have been 500 miles, 57 were 400 miles and four were 250 miles. There were also 23 qualifier races that were point races. But this weekend marks the first time the summer race will be the regular season finale.

 

NASCAR Cup Series

Active Daytona Summer Race Winners

Race Winners (7)

Wins

Erik Jones

Saturday, July 7, 2018

Ricky Stenhouse Jr

Saturday, July 1, 2017

Brad Keselowski

Saturday, July 2, 2016

Aric Almirola

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Jimmie Johnson

Saturday, July 6, 2013

Kevin Harvick

Saturday, July 3, 2010

Kyle Busch

Saturday, July 5, 2008

The 146 NASCAR Cup Series races at Daytona have produced 62 different pole winners and 65 different race winners, 29 drivers have multiple Cup Series wins at Daytona. NASCAR Hall of Famer Richard Petty leads the series in wins at Daytona with 10 victories (Feb. 1964, Feb. 1966, Feb. 1971, Feb. 1973, Feb. 1974, July 1975, July 1977, Feb. 1979, Feb. 1981, July 1984). Jimmie Johnson (Feb. 2006 and 2013 sweep) and Denny Hamlin (Feb. 2016, Feb. 2019, Feb. 2020) lead all active series drivers in Daytona wins with three each. Of the 65 Cup Series Daytona winners, 39 of them have won the summer race and seven are entered in this weekend’s event – Erik Jones (2018), Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (2017), Brad Keselowski (2016), Aric Almirola (2014), Jimmie Johnson (2013), Kevin Harvick (2010) and Kyle Busch (2008).

 

NASCAR Hall of Famer David Pearson leads the series in summer race victories at Daytona with five wins (1961, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1978).

 

Five drivers have posted consecutive summer race wins at Daytona International Speedway: Fireball Roberts (1962-1963), A.J. Foyt (1964-1965), Cale Yarborough (1967-1968) David Pearson (1972 – 1974) and Tony Stewart (2005-2006).

 

The youngest Daytona summer race winner is Justin Haley (07/07/2019 – 20 years, 2 months, 9 days); all-time track record – Trevor Bayne (02/20/2011 – 20 years, 0 months, 1 day). The oldest Daytona summer race winner is Bobby Allison (07/04/1987 – 49 years, 7 months, 1 day); all-time track record – Bobby Allison (02/14/1988 – 50 years, 5 months, 23 days).

 

A total of 20 drivers have posted their first NASCAR Cup Series win at Daytona; 10 of the 20 drivers posted their first win in the summer race – the most recent was last season’s July race with winner Justin Haley and Spire Motorsports.

 

NASCAR Cup Series Summer Daytona Race First-Time Winners

First-Time Race Winners

Date

Driver’s Age

1

Justin Haley

Sunday, July 7, 2019

20

2

Erik Jones

Saturday, July 7, 2018

22

3

Aric Almirola

Sunday, July 6, 2014

30

4

David Ragan

Saturday, July 2, 2011

25

5

Greg Biffle

Saturday, July 5, 2003

33

6

John Andretti

Saturday, July 5, 1997

34

7

Jimmy Spencer

Saturday, July 2, 1994

37

8

Greg Sacks

Thursday, July 4, 1985

32

9

Sam McQuagg

Monday, July 4, 1966

28

10

A.J. Foyt

Saturday, July 4, 1964

29

Winning at one of NASCAR’s most prestigious tracks, Daytona International Speedway, is a major accomplishment too. So, it is not all that surprising that the top 10 series winningest drivers at Daytona are all also in the NASCAR Hall of Fame.

NASCAR Cup Series

Top 10 Winningest Drivers at Daytona

Daytona Winners

Total

Daytona 500

Summer Race

1

Richard Petty

10

7

3

2

Cale Yarborough

9

5

4

3

David Pearson

8

3

5

4

Fireball Roberts

7

4

3

5

Bobby Allison

6

3

3

Jeff Gordon

6

3

3

7

Bill Elliott

4

2

2

Dale Earnhardt Jr

4

2

2

Dale Jarrett

4

3

1

Junior Johnson

4

4

0

Tony Stewart

4

0

4

 

Active Daytona Winners

Wins

Denny Hamlin

3

Jimmie Johnson

3

Kevin Harvick

2

Matt Kenseth

2

Aric Almirola

1

Austin Dillon

1

Brad Keselowski

1

Erik Jones

1

Joey Logano

1

Kurt Busch

1

Kyle Busch

1

Ricky Stenhouse Jr

1

Ryan Newman

1

 This weekend the NASCAR Cup Series field will have 13 former Daytona International Speedway winners entered, led by Jimmie Johnson and Denny Hamlin with three wins each.

The most recent winner at Daytona that is entered this weekend is Denny Hamlin who won the last two Daytona 500s (2019, 2020). Spire Motorsports Justin Haley won the rain shortened summer race last season but is not entered in the Cup race this weekend.

 

Joe Gibbs Racing’s Denny Hamlin is not only tied for the lead in wins at Daytona among active drivers, he has also spent the most time out front of the field at the 2.5-mile superspeedway among active drivers, leading  521 laps of 4,981 laps completed (10.4%) in 30 starts.

 

Since the ‘Win and Your In’ format to the Playoffs was initiated in 2016, Erik Jones’ 2018 summer race win is the only summer race at Daytona to catapult a driver into the postseason – the other three winners were either not eligible for the Playoffs due to not competing for a championship in the series (Haley in 2019) or the drivers had already previously won in the same season (Keselowski in 2016 and Stenhouse in 2017). 

 

But optimism is still permeating throughout the garage for the drivers on the outside of the Playoff cutoff as several have run quite well in the summer months at Daytona. Below is the top-10 in average finish in the summer race at Daytona:

 

Rank

Active Drivers

Avg Finish

Races

1

Ty Dillon

8.667

4

2

Erik Jones

11.000

4

3

Bubba Wallace

14.667

4

4

Corey Lajoie

16.000

4

5

Ryan Newman

16.000

19

6

Austin Dillon

16.167

7

7

Clint Bowyer

16.214

15

8

Kyle Busch

16.333

16

9

Matt Kenseth

16.389

19

10

Ricky Stenhouse Jr

16.857

8

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