Daytona 500 – Every February
The DAYTONA 500 Race is an amazing NASCAR event that happens the last weekend of every February at the Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Florida. It’s considered the most important race of the entire NASCAR Cup Series Schedule and it pays the most money to the driver that wins.
Finishing races is important, but racing is more important.
Here are some facts about Daytona International Speedway:
The 2.5-mile trioval runs 40 feet wide with 12- to 30-foot apron turns.
In the turns, the banking is 31 degrees.
Pit Road is 1,600 feet long, 50 feet wide.
Garage area includes seven garages with 82 stalls (spaces for 164 cars).
The track’s Road Course is 3.56 miles (incorporates trioval superspeedway and non-banked infield section). The infield course and chicane range from 30 to 50 feet wide.
Of the 480 total acres for the speedway facility, 180 make up the infield include 44-acre Lake Lloyd.
Most Victories: (7) Richard Petty (1964, 66, 71, 73, 74, 79, 81)
Most Wins by a Manufacturer: (17) Chevrolet
Most Starters in the Field: (68) (1960)
Lowest Starting Position by a Winner: (33rd) Bobby Allison (1978)
Widest Winning Margin: 2 laps, Richard Petty (1973)
Closest Winning Margin: 2 feet, Lee Petty (1959)
Fastest Winning Speed: 177.602 mph, Buddy Baker (1980)
Slowest Winning Speed: 124.740 mph, Junior Johnson (1960)
Youngest Winner: 25 years, 6 months, 12 days, Jeff Gordon (1997)
Oldest Winner: 50 years, 2 months, 11 days, Bobby Allison (1988)