Complete names of winners in Daytona 500 NASCAR History

Last Updated on January 2, 2024 by admin

In the annals of motorsports, one name stands tall as the inaugural victor of the prestigious Daytona 500: Lee Petty. On February 22, 1959, a crowd of over 41,000 spectators gathered at the newly constructed Daytona International Speedway for a race that would forever change stock car racing history in annual U.S. stock-car race that is the most prestigious event in the National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing (NASCAR) season. Lee Petty, a seasoned driver from North Carolina, exhibited exceptional skill and determination on that fateful day.

Battling against fierce competitors such as Johnny Beauchamp and Joe Weatherly, Petty maneuvered his Oldsmobile No. 42 with precision and finesse throughout the grueling 200-lap race. However, controversy clouded the finish line as Petty crossed it alongside Beauchamp in a photo finish. After reviewing newsreels and photographs for three days, officials eventually declared Lee Petty as the rightful winner by mere inches – an unprecedented outcome for such a momentous event.

The victory marked not only Lee Petty’s first Daytona triumph but also initiated a dynasty that would see his family dominate NASCAR for generations to come. Lee’s son Richard Petty would go on to earn seven Daytona 500 titles himself, solidifying their place in racing history.

Memorable Moments And Iconic Names: Past Winners Of The Daytona 500

The Daytona 500, known as the “Great American Race,” has witnessed its fair share of unforgettable moments and iconic names throughout its rich history. Since its inception in 1959, this prestigious NASCAR event has become a symbol of speed, skill, and sheer determination.

From legendary drivers to nail-biting finishes, the race has left an indelible mark on motorsports enthusiasts worldwide. One particularly memorable moment was in 1976 when Richard Petty and David Pearson engaged in an intense battle for victory on the final lap.

As they jostled for position, their cars collided, causing both to spin out just shy of the finish line. In a dramatic turn of events, Pearson managed to regain control of his vehicle and crossed the line first while Petty’s car limped across in second place.

Another unforgettable chapter was written in 1998 when Dale Earnhardt Sr., one of NASCAR’s most revered figures, finally secured his first Daytona 500 win after several near-misses.

Known as “The Intimidator,” Earnhardt’s triumph that day was met with thunderous applause from fans who had eagerly waited to see him claim victory at Daytona International Speedway.

Read: Unforgettable Moments: The Greatest Daytona Races in NASCAR History

Recent Champions And Their Road To Victory At The Daytona 500

The Daytona 500, often referred to as “The Great American Race,” is one of the most prestigious events in NASCAR. Over the years, we have witnessed several remarkable victories by talented drivers who have etched their names into racing history. In recent years, Denny Hamlin has emerged as a force to be reckoned with at the Daytona International Speedway. With his back-to-back wins in 2019 and 2020, Hamlin showcased his exceptional skills on this iconic track.

His relentless determination and strategic maneuvers allowed him to outpace his competitors, securing his place among the elite Daytona 500 winners. Another notable champion is Austin Dillon, whose victory in 2018 marked a significant milestone for Richard Childress Racing. Dillon’s triumphant run was nothing short of spectacular as he fearlessly navigated through intense pack racing and executed a well-timed pass for the win.

Furthermore, Kurt Busch’s victory in 2017 cannot be overlooked. Overcoming adversity and displaying unwavering perseverance throughout the race, Busch demonstrated why he is considered one of NASCAR’s most resilient drivers. These recent champions exemplify the skill, courage, and determination required to conquer this legendary track.


Daytona International Speedway Race Winners
NASCAR Cup Series

1. 1959: Lee Petty
2. 1960: Junior Johnson
3. 1961: Marvin Panch
4. 1962: ‘Fireball’ Roberts
5.1963: Tiny Lund
6.1964: Richard Petty
7. 1965: Fred Lorenzen .
8.1966: Richard Petty
9. 1967: Mario Andretti
10.1968: Cale Yarborough

11, 1969: LeeRoy Yarbrough
12. 1970: Pete Hamilton
13. 1971: Richard Petty
14. 1972: A.J. Foyt
15. 1973: Richard Petty
16. 1974: Richard Petty
17.1975: Benny Parsons
18. 1976: David Pearson
19. 1977: Cale Yarborough
20. 1978: Bobby Allison

21. 1979: Richard Petty
22. 1980: Buddy Baker
23. 1981: Richard Petty
24. 1982: Bobby Allison
25. 1983: Cale Yarborough
26. 1984: Cale Yarborough
27. 1985: Bill Elliott
28. 1986: Geoff Bodine
29. 1987: Bill Elliott
30. 1988: Bobby Allison

31. 1989: Darrell Waltrip
32. 1990: Derrike Cope
33. 1991: Ernie Irvan
34. 1992: Davey Allison
35. 1993: Dale Jarrett
36. 1994: Sterling Marlin
37. 1995: Sterling Marlin
38. 1996: Dale Jarrett
39. 1997: Jeff Gordon
40. 1998: Dale Earnhardt

41. 1999: Jeff Gordon
42. 2000: Dale Jarrett
43. 2001: Michael Waltrip
44. 2002: Ward Burton
45. 2003: Michael Waltrip
46. 2004: Dale Earnhardt Jr.
47. 2005: Jeff Gordon
48. 2006: Jimmie Johnson
49. 2007: Kevin Harvick
50. 2008: Ryan Newman

51. 2009: Matt Kenseth
52. 2010: Jamie McMurray
53. 2011: Trevor Bayne
54, 2012: Matt Kenseth
55. 2013: Jimmie Johnson
56. 2014: Dale Earnhardt Jr.
57. 2015: Joey Logano
58. 2016: Denny Hamlin
59. 2017: Kurt Busch
60. 2018: Austin Dillon

61. 2019: Denny Hamlin
62. 2020: Denny Hamlin
63. 2021: Michael McDowell
64. 2022: Austin Cindric
65. 2023: Ricky Stenhouse Jr.

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