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The Daytona 500. The Great American Race. The Super Bowl of Stock Car Racing. Whatever you want to call it, the iconic race has kicked off the NASCAR Cup Series every year since 1959. Held at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Florida, the Daytona 500 has long been regarded as the most prestigious race in NASCAR.

From the last-lap fight at the 1979 race to Dale Earnhardt’s classic win in ’98 to the last restrictor plate race in 2019, there have been a host of legendary Daytona 500 moments.

Here, we’ll look at every single Daytona 500 winner — from Lee Petty in 1959 to Austin Cindric in 2022 — along with a few major race records from over the years.

Daytona 500 Winners

Michael McDowell celebrates in victory lane after winning the NASCAR Cup Series 63rd Annual Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway on February 14, 2021 in Daytona Beach, Florida
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1959: Lee Petty — Petty Enterprises — No. 42 Oldsmobile

1960: Junior Johnson — John Masoni — No. 27 Chevrolet

1961: Marvin Panch — Smokey Yunick — No. 20 Pontiac

1962: Fireball Roberts — Jim Stephens — No. 22 Pontiac

1963: Tiny Lund — Wood Brothers Racing — No. 21 Ford

1964: Richard Petty — Petty Enterprises — No. 43 Plymouth

1965: Fred Lorenzen — Holman-Moody — No. 28 Ford

1966: Richard Petty — Petty Enterprises — No. 43 Plymouth

1967: Mario Andretti — Holman-Moody — No. 11 Ford

1968: Cale Yarborough — Wood Brothers Racing — No. 21 Mercury

1969: LeeRoy Yarbrough  — Junior Johnson & Associates — No. 98 Ford

1970: Pete Hamilton — Petty Enterprises — No. 40 Plymouth

1971: Richard Petty — Petty Enterprises — No. 43 Plymouth

1972: A. J. Foyt — Wood Brothers Racing — No. 21 Mercury

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1973: Richard Petty — Petty Enterprises — No. 43 Dodge

1974: Richard Petty — Petty Enterprises — No. 43 Dodge

1975: Benny Parsons — L.G. DeWitt — No. 72 Chevrolet

1976: David Pearson — Wood Brothers Racing — No. 21 Mercury

1977: Cale Yarborough — Junior Johnson & Associates — No. 11 Chevrolet

1978: Bobby Allison — Bud Moore Engineering  — No. 15 Ford

1979: Richard Petty — Petty Enterprises — No. 43 Oldsmobile

1980: Buddy Baker — Ranier-Lundy — No. 28 Oldsmobile

1981: Richard Petty — Petty Enterprises — No. 43 Buick

1982: Bobby Allison — DiGard Motorsports — No. 88 Buick

1983: Cale Yarborough — Ranier-Lundy — No. 28 Pontiac

1984: Cale Yarborough — Ranier-Lundy — No. 28 Chevrolet

1985: Bill Elliott — Melling Racing — No. 9 Ford

1986: Geoffrey Bodine — Hendrick Motorsports — No. 5 Chevrolet

1987: Bill Elliott — Melling Racing — No. 9 Ford

1988: Bobby Allison — Stavola Brothers Racing — No. 12 Buick

1989: Darrell Waltrip — Hendrick Motorsports — No. 17 Chevrolet

1990: Derrike Cope — Whitcomb Racing — No. 10 Chevrolet

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1991: Ernie Irvan — Morgan-McClure Motorsports — No. 4 Chevrolet

1992: Davey Allison — Robert Yates Racing — No. 28 Ford

1993: Dale Jarrett — Joe Gibbs Racing — No. 18 Chevrolet

1994: Sterling Marlin — Morgan-McClure Motorsports — No. 4 Chevrolet

1995: Sterling Marlin — Morgan-McClure Motorsports — No. 4 Chevrolet

1996: Dale Jarrett — Robert Yates Racing — No. 88 Ford

1997: Jeff Gordon — Hendrick Motorsports — No. 24 Chevrolet

1998: Dale Earnhardt — Richard Childress Racing — No. 3 Chevrolet

1999: Jeff Gordon — Hendrick Motorsports — No. 24 Chevrolet

2000: Dale Jarrett — Robert Yates Racing — No. 88 Ford

2001: Michael Waltrip — Dale Earnhardt, Inc. — No. 15 Chevrolet

2002: Ward Burton — Bill Davis Racing — No. 22 Dodge

2003: Michael Waltrip — Dale Earnhardt, Inc. — No. 15 Chevrolet

2004: Dale Earnhardt Jr. — Dale Earnhardt, Inc. — No. 8 Chevrolet

2005: Jeff Gordon — Hendrick Motorsports — No. 24 Chevrolet

2006: Jimmie Johnson — Hendrick Motorsports — No. 48 Chevrolet

2007: Kevin Harvick — Richard Childress Racing — No. 29 Chevrolet

2008: Ryan Newman — Penske Racing — No. 12 Dodge

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2009: Matt Kenseth — Roush Fenway Racing — No. 17 Ford

2010: Jamie McMurray — Earnhardt Ganassi Racing — No. 1 Chevrolet

2011: Trevor Bayne — Wood Brothers Racing — No. 21 Ford

2012: Matt Kenseth — Roush Fenway Racing — No. 17 Ford

2013: Jimmie Johnson — Hendrick Motorsports — No. 48 Chevrolet

2014: Dale Earnhardt Jr. — Hendrick Motorsports — No. 88 Chevrolet

2015: Joey Logano — Team Penske — No. 22 Ford

2016: Denny Hamlin — Joe Gibbs Racing — No. 11 Toyota

2017: Kurt Busch — Stewart-Haas Racing — No. 41 Ford

2018: Austin Dillon — Richard Childress Racing — No. 3 Chevrolet

2019: Denny Hamlin — Joe Gibbs Racing — No. 11 Toyota

2020: Denny Hamlin — Joe Gibbs Racing — No. 11 Toyota

2021: Michael McDowell — Front Row Motorsports — No. 34 Ford

2022: Austin Cindric — Team Penske — No. 2 Ford

Daytona 500 Records

Richard Petty celebrates in victory lane after winning the Winston Cup Daytona 500 on February 17, 1974 at the Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Florida
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Youngest Winner: At only 20 years old, Trevor Bayne won the 2011 Daytona 500.

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Oldest Winner: Bobby Allison won the 1988 race at 50 years old.

Most Wins: With a whopping seven victories, Richard “The King” Petty has the most Daytona 500 wins.

Drivers With Consecutive Wins: Richard Petty (1973, 1974), Cale Yarborough (1983, 1984), Sterling Marlin (1994, 1995), and Denny Hamlin (2019, 2020) all have consecutive wins.

Winningest Family: Richard Petty’s seven wins along with Lee Petty’s win at the first Daytona 500 in 1959 make the Pettys the winningest family in Daytona 500 history.

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This post was originally published on January 14, 2021.

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