DAYTONA 500

Friday, February 20, 2015

Top Performers At Daytona International Speedway

Clint Bowyer * Three top fives, eight top 10s * Average finish of 15.9 * Driver Rating of 83.7, ninth-best * 78 Fastest Laps Run, fifth-most *

Average Green Flag Speed of 189.828 mph, second-fastest KURT BUSCH * 11 top fives, 14 top 10s * Average finish of 17.5 * Average Running Position of 15.8 * Driver Rating of 90.5, third-best * 3,864 Green Flag Passes * 2,161 Laps in the Top 15 (60.9%) * 2,724 Quality Passes, third-most

KYLE BUSCH * One win, five top fives, six top 10s; one pole * Average finish of 19.1 * Series-best Average Running Position of 12.8 * Series-best Driver Rating of 96.2 * 85 Fastest Laps Run, third-most * Average Green Flag Speed of 189.827 mph, third-fastest * Series-high 2,488 Laps in the Top 15 (70.1%) * Series-high 2,869 Quality Passes

DALE EARNHARDT JR. * Three wins, 11 top fives, 17 top 10s; one pole * Average finish of 13.4 * Average Running Position of 14.6 * Driver Rating of 90.3, fourth-best * Series-high 87 Fastest Laps Run * 4,108 Green Flag Passes * 2,279 Laps in the Top 15 (64.2%) * 2,772 Quality Passes

JEFF GORDON * Six wins, 13 top fives, 20 top 10s; three poles * Average finish of 16.2 * Average Running Position of 14.8 * Driver Rating of 87.1, sixth-best * 3,818 Green Flag Passes * 2,074 Laps in the Top 15 (58.4%) * 2,407 Quality Passes, ninth-most

DENNY HAMLIN * Three top fives, four top 10s * Average finish of 19.6 * Average Running Position of 15.8 * Driver Rating of 86.4, eighth-best * 81 Fastest Laps Run, fourth-most * Average Green Flag Speed of 189.765 mph, sixth-fastest * 1,703 Laps in the Top 15 (53.5%)

JIMMIE JOHNSON * Three wins, nine top fives, 12 top 10s; two poles * Average finish of 18.0 * Average Running Position of 14.9, * Driver Rating of 87.0, seventh-best * 2,214 Laps in the Top 15 (62.4%) * 2,425 Quality Passes, eighth-most

KASEY KAHNE * Two top fives, seven top 10s * Average finish of 19.9 * Average Running Position of 17.0 * Driver Rating of 82.2, 12th-best * 71 Fastest Laps Run, 10th-most * 4,093 Green Flag Passes * 1,818 Laps in the Top 15 (51.2%) * 2,446 Quality Passes

MATT KENSETH * Two wins, six top fives; ves, 14 top 10s; one pole * Average finish of 17.2 * Average Running Position of 14.4, second-best * Driver Rating of 91.6, second-best * 78 Fastest Laps Run, fi fifth-most * 2,247 Laps in the Top 15 (63.3%),

JOEY LOGANO * Two top fives, three top 10s * Average finish of 19.8 * Average Running Position of 17.5 * Driver Rating of 82.5, 11th-best * Average Green Flag Speed of 189.750 mph

BRIAN LAWDERMILK/GETTY IMAGES (L-R) Tony Stewart, driver of the #14 Bass Pro Shops/Mobil 1 Chevrolet, and Danica Patrick, driver of the #10 GoDaddy Chevrolet, talk in the garage area during practice for the 57th Annual Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway on Feb. 18, 2015 in Daytona Beach, Florida.

TONY STEWART * Four wins, nine top fives, 14 top 10s; one pole * Average finish of 17.8 * Average Running Position of 17.4 * Driver Rating of 87.9, fi fifth-best * 76 Fastest Laps Run, eighth-most * 1,917 Laps in the Top 15 (54.0%)

Daytona 500 Tidbits

* The 2015 edition will be the 57th running of the Daytona 500. * Although the first Daytona 500 was held in 1959, it has been the season-opener only since 1982.

* 530 drivers have competed in at least one Daytona 500; 314 in more than one. * 35 drivers have won a Daytona 500. * Youngest Daytona 500 winner: Trevor Bayne (02/20/2011 - 20 years, 0 months, 1 days) *

Oldest Daytona 500 winner: Bobby Allison (02/14/1988 - 50 years, 2 months, 11 days) *

Dale Earnhardt leads the series in runner-up finishes in the Daytona 500 with five; Dale Earnhardt Jr. leads all active drivers with four (Earnhardt Jr. is tied with NASCAR Hall of Famer Cale Yarborough for second all-time with four).