StatChat - Nascar Cup Series @ Daytona

It’s been a long 98 days since the last time we went Cup Series racing, but the moment we’ve all been waiting for is finally here.  On Sunday, 40 drivers will kick off the Daytona 500, and with it the 2021 NASCAR season.  Fear not, StatChat will be here to guide you all along the way.


Daytona International Speedway may be the most famous track in NASCAR.  The first ever Daytona 500 was won by Lee Petty in 1959, and has been the season opener since 1982.  It is a 2.5 mile high-speed tri-oval.


The race will be 200 laps long (for a total of 500 miles), with stage breaks occurring at 65 – 130 – 200.  The fuel window is approximately 38-42 laps.


This is the first race of the season.


Top 5 Career Average Finishers at Daytona:

Bubba Wallace

14.86 over 7 races

Austin Dillon

15.53 over 15 races

Denny Hamlin

16.33 over 30 races

Alex Bowman

16.67 over 9 races

Christopher Bell

17.00 over 2 races


Bottom 5 Career Average Finishers at Daytona:

Cole Custer

33.50 over 2 races

Quin Houff

33.00 over 3 races

Daniel Suarez

31.00 over 7 races

Tyler Reddick

28.00 over 3 races

Ryan Preece

26.50 over 4 races


Daytona is classified as a Super Speedway.


Top 5 Career Average Finishers at Super Speedways

Ricky Stenhouse Jr.

16.16 over 32 races

Denny Hamlin

16.52 over 60 races

Kevin Harvick

16.81 over 79 races

Kurt Busch

17.14 over 79 races

Joey Logano

17.83 over 49 races


Richard Petty is the winningest driver at Daytona, having won 10 times.  Cale Yarborough follows behind with 8, and then Bobby Allison, David Pearson and Jeff Gordon all each have 6.  As far as current drivers go, Denny Hamlin has 3 victories (including a current streak of 2 in a row), and Kevin Harvick has 2.


Notable drivers who have not won at Daytona:

Martin Truex Jr.

(has won at 14 other tracks)

Chase Elliott

(has won at 9 other tracks)


Corey LaJoie, Bubba Wallace, and Ross Chastain all list Daytona as their BEST career track, while Brad Keselowski, Chase Elliott, Joey Logano, Cole Custer, Josh Bilicki and Daniel Suarez all list Daytona as their WORST track.


The race begins Sunday, February 14th at 2:30 pm EST (11:30 am PST) – Enjoy the race everyone!


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