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Some fun facts about the Daytona 500

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Posted at 3:41 PM, Feb 21, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-21 15:41:03-05

DAYTONA BEACH, Fl — Here’s a look at what you need to know about the Daytona 500, the first race of the racing season for NASCAR.

February 21, 2016 – The 58th annual Daytona 500 is scheduled to take place.

February 22, 2015 – The 57th annual Daytona 500 takes place, with Joey Logano as the winner. It is the first time Logano has won the 500.

Other Facts: “The Great American Race” is 200 laps and covers 500 miles.

On average, the annual global TV audience for the Daytona 500 is 20 million.

February 22, 1959 – The first Daytona 500 is held and Lee Petty defeats Johnny Beauchamp in a photo finish.

February 21, 2001 – Seven time NASCAR Winston Cup champion Dale Earnhardt dies in a crash on the final lap of the 43rd Daytona 500.

Records: Most Victories: (7) Richard Petty (1964, 66, 71, 73, 74, 79, 81)

Most Consecutive Victories: (2) Richard Petty (1973-74); Cale Yarborough (1983-84); Sterling Marlin (1994-95)

Most Career Starts: (33) Dave Marcis

Most Times Completing All 500 Miles: (16) Bill Elliott

Most Miles Completed: (14,892.5 miles; 5,957 laps) Terry Labonte

Driver Leading the Most Laps and Winning: (184) Richard Petty (1964)

Driver Leading the Fewest Laps and Winning: (2) Jamie McMurray (2010)

Lowest Starting Position by a Winner: (39) Matt Kenseth (2009)

Fastest Winning Speed: 177.602 mph, Buddy Baker (1980)

Slowest Winning Speed: 124.740 mph, Junior Johnson (1960)

Youngest Winner: 20 years, 0 months, 1 day, Trevor Bayne (2011)

Oldest Winner: 50 years, 2 months, 11 days, Bobby Allison (1988)