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The 10 Youngest Drivers to Win the Daytona 500

Or…everybody under 30…

DRIVER AGE DAYTONA 500 WIN BIRTHDATE
1. Trevor Bayne 20 2011 Feb. 19, 1991
2. Joey Logano 24 2015 May 24, 1990
3. Jeff Gordon 25 1997 Aug. 4, 1971
4. Richard Petty 26 1964 Jul. 2, 1937
5. Mario Andretti 26 1967 Feb. 28, 1940
6. Jeff Gordon 27 1999 Aug. 4, 1971
7. Pete Hamilton 27 1970 Jul. 20, 1942
8. Richard Petty 28 1966 Jul. 2, 1937
9. Junior Johnson 28 1960 Jun. 28, 1931
10. Cale Yarborough 28 1968 Mar. 27, 1939
11. Dale Earnhardt, Jr. 29 2004 Oct. 10, 1974
12. Bill Elliott 29 1985 Oct. 8, 1955

 

NASCAR: Drivers with the Most Daytona 500 Pole Postions

Cale Yarborough, Buddy Baker And Bill Elliott Sat Took The Daytona 500 Pole Four Times

Cale Yarborough, Buddy Baker And Bill Elliott Took The Daytona 500 Pole Four Times

The Daytona 500 gives and takes when it comes to legendary drivers. In Dale Earnhardt‘s case, things went tragic after late successes.

Earnhardt struggled with the opening track, winning just one pole, in the 18th of 23 straight tries, and finally the race itself in the twilight of his all-time career (1998).

Then, the worst in 2001.

In 2015 (this coming Sunday, actually), Jeff Gordon, one of the greatest drivers of all time and in an act of, say, circular historical reference, will be at the pole in his final hurrah – but its for only the second time in his career. He’s won three 500’s, the last 10 years ago.

Even Jimmie Johnson, six-time NASCAR champion (five in a row between 2006 and 2010), has won Daytona just twice (and also earned the pole just twice).

Popular driver (in fact THE most popular driver the past 12 years in a row), Dale Earnhardt, Jr., has managed one pole, but does have two wins to his credit during that reign, including his second just last year.

Richard Petty, arguably the greatest NASCAR driver of all time, won a record seven 500’s on one pole in 32 tries.

But the best legendary 500 pole sitter was Cale Yarborough, who, along with Buddy Baker and Bill Elliott, captured it four times.

How do pole winners do anyway? I crunched all the numbers here. It is, in fact, better not to start at the pole, historically, if you want to win the Daytona 500.

DRIVER DAYTONA 500 POLE POSITIONS YEARS CARS
1. Cale Yarborough 4 1968, 1970, 1978, 1984 Mercury; Oldsmobile (1978); Chevrolet (1984)
1. Buddy Baker 4 1969, 1973, 1979-1980 Dodge; Oldsmobile (1979, 1980)
1. Bill Elliott 4 1985-1987, 2001 Ford; Dodge (2001)
4. Fireball Roberts 3 1961-1963 Pontiac
4. Ken Schrader 3 1988-1990 Chevrolet
4. Dale Jarrett 3 1995, 2000, 2005 Ford
7. Donnie Allison 2 1975, 1977 Chevrolet
7. Jeff Gordon 2 1999, 2015 Chevrolet
7. Jimmie Johnson 2 2002, 2008 Chevrolet
10. A. J. Foyt 1 1971 Mercury
10. Austin Dillon 1 2014 Chevrolet
10. Benny Parsons 1 1982 Pontiac
10. Bob Welborn 1 1959 Chevrolet
10. Bobby Allison 1 1981 Pontiac
10. Bobby Isaac 1 1972 Dodge
10. Bobby Labonte 1 1998 Pontiac
10. Carl Edwards 1 2012 Ford
10. Cotton Owens 1 1960 Pontiac
10. Curtis Turner 1 1967 Chevrolet
10. Dale Earnhardt 1 1996 Chevrolet
10. Dale Earnhardt, Jr. 1 2011 Chevrolet
10. Danica Patrick 1 2013 Chevrolet
10. Darel Dieringer 1 1965 Mercury
10. Davey Allison 1 1991 Ford
10. David Gilliland 1 2007 Ford
10. David Pearson 1 1974 Chevrolet
10. Greg Biffle 1 2004 Ford
10. Jeff Burton 1 2006 Chevrolet
10. Jeff Green 1 2003 Chevrolet
10. Kyle Petty 1 1993 Pontiac
10. Loy Allen, Jr. 1 1994 Ford
10. Mark Martin 1 2010 Chevrolet
10. Martin Truex, Jr. 1 2009 Chevrolet
10. Mike Skinner 1 1997 Chevrolet
10. Paul Goldsmith 1 1964 Plymouth
10. Ramo Stott 1 1976 Chevrolet
10. Richard Petty 1 1966 Plymouth
10. Ricky Rudd 1 1983 Chevrolet
10. Sterling Marlin 1 1992 Ford

Photos: chevyhardcore.com / notinhalloffame.com / raceweekillustrated.com

Lewis Hamilton and Drivers with the Most Formula 1 World Championships

Michael Schumacher Wins His Seventh Formula 1 World Championship In 2004

Michael Schumacher Wins His Seventh Formula 1 World Championship In 2004

Lewis Hamilton won his second Formula 1 World Championship today, becoming the 16th driver since 1950 to win more than one title. Together, these 16 drivers below, have won 49 of the 65 championships (so another 16 drivers were one-time winners).

In 2008, Hamilton won for a home team, the UK’s McLaren. This time around, he jumped to his engine’s team, Germany’s Mercedes.

He breaks Sebastian Vettel‘s streak of four championships in a row for team Red Bull (2010-2013); Vettel finished fifth this year.

But the driver with the most F1 world titles overall is Michael Schumacher, of course, with seven, including five in a row between 2000 and 2004.

Driver No. 2 on today’s list, Argentina’s Juan Manuel Fangio, won five in total (over a seven-year span).

Here are the 16 drivers with multiple Formula 1 World Championships.

DRIVER HOME COUNTRY F1 WORLD TITLES YEAR TEAM ENGINE
1. Michael Schumacher Germany 7 1994 Benetton (UK) Ford
1995 Benetton (UK) Renault
2000 Ferrari (Italy) Ferrari
2001 Ferrari (Italy) Ferrari
2002 Ferrari (Italy) Ferrari
2003 Ferrari (Italy) Ferrari
2004 Ferrari (Italy) Ferrari
2. Juan Manuel Fangio Argentina 5 1951 Alfa Romeo (Italy) Alfa Romeo
1954 Maserati (Italy) / Mercedes (Germany) Maserati / Mercedes
1955 Mercedes (Germany) Mercedes
1956 Ferrari (Italy) Ferrari
1957 Maserati (Italy) Maserati
3. Sebastian Vettel Germany 4 2010 Red Bull (Austria) Renault
2011 Red Bull (Austria) Renault
2012 Red Bull (Austria) Renault
2013 Red Bull (Austria) Renault
3. Alain Prost France 4 1985 McLaren (UK) TAG
1986 McLaren (UK) TAG
1989 McLaren (UK) Honda
1993 Williams (UK) Renault
5. Nelson Piquet Brazil 3 1981 Brabham (UK) Ford
1983 Brabham (UK) BMW
1987 Williams (UK) Honda
5. Ayrton Senna Brazil 3 1988 McLaren (UK) Honda
1990 McLaren (UK) Honda
1991 McLaren (UK) Honda
5. Niki Lauda Austria 3 1975 Ferrari (Italy) Ferrari
1977 Ferrari (Italy) Ferrari
1984 McLaren (UK) TAG
5. Jackie Stewart UK 3 1969 Matra (France) Ford
1971 Tyrrell (UK) Ford
1973 Tyrrell (UK) Ford
5. Jack Brabham Australia 3 1959 Cooper (UK) Climax
1960 Cooper (UK) Climax
1966 Brabham (UK) Repco
10. Lewis Hamilton UK 2 2008 McLaren (UK) Mercedes
2014 Mercedes (Germany) Mercedes
10. Fernando Alonso Spain 2 2005 Renault (France) Renault
2006 Renault (France) Renault
10. Mika Häkkinen Finland 2 1998 McLaren (UK) Mercedes
1999 McLaren (UK) Mercedes
10. Emerson Fittipaldi Brazil 2 1972 Lotus (UK) Ford
1974 McLaren (UK) Ford
10. Jim Clark UK 2 1963 Lotus (UK) Climax
1965 Lotus (UK) Climax
10. Graham Hill UK 2 1962 BRM (UK) BRM
1968 Lotus (UK) Ford
10. Alberto Ascari* Italy 2 1952 Ferrari (Italy) Ferrari
1953 Ferrari (Italy) Ferrari

* Technically, the first two-time winner, Alberto Ascari, was not a “Formula 1″ winner. The races in 1952 and 1953 were run under the Formula 2 standard. What’s the difference? Answer here.

Photo: Sutton Images via espnf1.com

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