France entered the 1936 Daytona event, finishing fifth. Further, Cup playoff qualifiers from the previous season are not allowed to compete in some Xfinity races and there will be restrictions on owner point earning by Cup drivers. Moonshine runners were also known as bootleggers who illegally transported whiskey from stills that were hidden to markets all across the Southeast. He went to events with them, stayed weekends with them and generally became very familiar with racing on the west coast. In 2008, the series came together in east and west divisions under sponsorship from as the Camping World Series. The format is identical to that used in the Xfinity Series, except that only eight drivers qualify for the Chase instead of 12 in the Xfinity Series and only two drivers are eliminated at the end of each preliminary round instead of four in the Xfinity Series. The first race, held in North Carolina in 1949, was the Winston Cup Series.
Over a period of more than a decade, modifications for both safety and performance were allowed, and by the mid-1960s, the vehicles were purpose-built race cars with a stock-appearing body. List of Daytona 500 past winners Year No. In 1976, the Winston Cup Series took the lead in worldwide motorsports attendance, with more than 1. In December of 1948, he assembled promoters from the Northeast, Southeast, and Midwest for a meeting in Daytona. Rules differ from track to track, and the drivers were often victimized by promoters who would run away with all the prize money for the drivers. Glenn Dunnaway drove a 1947 Ford and won the first race.
Two months later, on February 15, 1948, the first official Nascar race was held on the beach in Daytona. Trevor Bayne became the youngest Daytona 500 winner in 2011 at 20 years old. That honor belonged to the late Dale Earnhardt, who won his first of seven Cup titles in 1980, driving the No. The roadster division was quickly abandoned, while the division now operates as the. The number of qualifying drivers will remain at 12, but only the top 10 will qualify solely on regular-season points. The winner also receives 3 bonus points, and single bonus points are awarded to all drivers who lead a lap, plus the driver who leads the most laps. The 500-mile track at Daytona International Speedway is the site of some of the sport's most iconic moments, from Richard Petty's record seventh Daytona 500 triumph in 1981 to Dale Earnhart's 1998 victory after years of near-misses.
In addition, wins were given an increased emphasis, with the 16 drivers with the most wins 15 if the points leader is winless; points leader will receive an automatic berth gaining a spot in the chase. Throughout the race, the heavier cars got bogged down in the sand, while the lightweight Fords navigated the ruts of the course, eventually claiming the top 6 finishes for the race. Fire-retardant driver suits were required only after the death of , who died from complications of burns suffered in a crash when flames engulfed his car during a Charlotte race. Who is the oldest Daytona 500 winner? Thus, by the time that meeting at the Streamline Hotel was completed, the Jim Roper of Great Bend, Kan. Bayne therefore retained the right to declare for Rookie eligibility at a later date. Archived from on December 19, 2008.
Bootlegging was booming and driving at high speed was very dangerous. The winner of a race now receives 43 points, with one-point decrements for each subsequent position 42 for second, 41 for third, and so on. I think fans should appreciate drivers being honest and open, and this is my personality. The points system was written on a bar room napkin. He had never run more than three Truck races in any previous season, and made no 2009 starts at all in either of the two higher-level series, hence he was eligible for the truck series' rookie award. Television exposure grew as well.
You all share the same competitive drive, one that's fueled by the souped-up vehicles that could show off your abilities. Archived from on July 10, 2013. It was a dangerous time and losing meant jail time or even the loss of living. France embraced leadership for the organization. Some years were straight forward, such as 's selection in , when he finished second in the overall championship, the highest ever finish for an eligible rookie. It is special for me to have what I consider one of the most special paint schemes of my career.
She qualifies 39th and finishes 12th. Significant people William France Sr. A week later, Nascar was incorporated, and Big Bill appointed as its fearless leader. During this time, whiskey trade was illegal, so people delivered their bootleg whiskey secretly by driving at high speeds to evade the police. Since 1974, the Rookie of the Year points system described below has been used, even if it meant the winner was not the highest finisher in championship points. Bobby Allison remains the oldest driver to win the Daytona 500.
Outside of his endorsements, business ventures, and awesome racing career, Jimmie Johnson is a charitable athlete who donates millions annually and often participates in charity events. As noted previously, the Chase format was extended to the Truck Series in 2016. Most — perhaps all — of the drivers were involved in the moonshine trade. If there are less than 16 winners, the remaining spots will be filled based on the conventional points system. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners. Shortly after won the Daytona 500, Ford driver about McDowell not pushing him on the final lap.
By the numbers for the No. In 1981, the annual awards ceremony was moved from Daytona Beach to the bustling city of New York. The race was held on June 19, 1949 and won by driver when was disqualified after the discovery of his altered rear springs. Worth and added a second date in New Hampshire. Lincolnwood, Illinois: Publications International Ltd. In 2003, Bill France Jr. Archived from on February 21, 2009.