Richard Petty and Drivers with the Most Daytona 500 Wins

The King of the Daytona 500: Richard Petty

The King of the Daytona 500: Richard Petty (fansedge.com)

Well, everybody’s gearing up for the Super Bowl.  Here at Sports List of the Day, we’ve covered a lot of football playoff and SB topics.  Scroll down to the bottom right and click on “NFL” if you want to check those (or any other sport’s lists)  out – and more Super Bowl lists coming this week…

But there’s another Super Bowl of sorts this month.  It’s the Super Bowl – the biggest race of the year – of NASCAR, which rather irregularly starts the season as opposed to finishing it. It’s the Daytona 500, this year to be held on February 26th.

Technically, the first official 500 mile race at Daytona International Speedway was held in 1959.  Lee Petty, Richard’s father, won that one.

Richard Petty, in turn, has won the most: seven Daytona 500 wins.

Here are the biggest winners in Daytona 500 history.  Eight drivers have won it more than once.  In total, 35 drivers have won the race, so 27 other drivers have won it once.

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DRIVER WINS YEAR TEAM CAR #
1. Richard Petty 7 1964 Petty Enterprises Plymouth 43
1966 Petty Enterprises Plymouth 43
1971 Petty Enterprises Plymouth 43
1973 Petty Enterprises Dodge 43
1974 Petty Enterprises Dodge 43
1979 Petty Enterprises Oldsmobile 43
1981 Petty Enterprises Buick 43
2. Cale Yarborough 4 1968 Wood Brothers Racing Mercury 21
1977 Junior Johnson Chevrolet 11
1983 Harry Ranier Pontiac 28
1984 Harry Ranier Chevrolet 28
3. Bobby Allison 3 1978 Bud Moore Engineering Ford 15
1982 DiGard Motorsports Buick 88
1988 Stavola Brothers Racing Buick 12
3. Dale Jarrett 3 1993 Joe Gibbs Racing Chevrolet 18
1996 Robert Yates Racing Ford 88
2000 Robert Yates Racing Ford 88
3. Jeff Gordon 3 1997 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 24
1999 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 24
2005 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet 24
6. Bill Elliott 2 1985 Melling Racing Ford 9
1987 Melling Racing Ford 9
6. Sterling Marlin 2 1994 Morgan-McClure Motorsports Chevrolet 4
1995 Morgan-McClure Motorsports Chevrolet 4
6. Michael Waltrip 2 2001 Dale Earnhardt, Inc. Chevrolet 15
2003 Dale Earnhardt, Inc. Chevrolet 15

 

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Posted on January 30, 2012, in NASCAR / Auto Racing and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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