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Daytona 500 Fast Facts

By CNN Library
updated 10:15 AM EST, Thu November 6, 2014

(CNN) -- Here's a look at what you need to know about the Daytona 500, the first race of the racing season for NASCAR.

February 22, 2015 - The 57th annual Daytona 500 will take place.

February 23, 2014 - The 56th annual Daytona 500 takes place, with Dale Earnhardt Jr. as the winner.

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: (14,392.5 miles; 5,757 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)

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