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By the numbers: Daytona International Speedway stats and driver ratings

Feb 18, 2014, 2:39 PM EDT

Kevin Harvick, Kurt Busch, Matt Kenseth, Marcos Ambrose, Kyle Busch, Ricky Stenhouse Jr. AP

NASCAR officials aren’t just motorheads, they’re also number geeks – and I mean that in a good way.

The sanctioning body’s crack statistics crew have once again put out a number of, well, numbers related to Sunday’s Daytona 500 that not only give you a great history of the Great American Race, they also show how the best of the best drivers have fared in recent years at the 2.5-mile superspeedway.

Enjoy:

Fast Facts about the Daytona International Speedway (including Daytona 500 and Coke Zero 400):

* There have been 133 NASCAR Sprint Cup races at the fabled Daytona International Speedway since the track hosted its first race in 1959: 55 have been 500 miles, 51 were 400 miles and four 250 miles. There were also 23 qualifier races that were point races.

* Fireball Roberts won the inaugural pole at Daytona.

* Bob Welborn won the first race at Daytona, the 100-mile qualifying race for the Daytona 500.

* Lee Petty won the inaugural Daytona 500 on Feb. 22, 1959; he led 38 laps and won by 2 feet.

* Fireball Roberts won the first 400-mile race at Daytona, the 1963 Firecracker 400.

* 57 different drivers have posted poles at Daytona.

* Cale Yarborough leads all drivers with 12 poles at Daytona.

* Jeff Gordon and Mark Martin lead all active drivers with three poles at Daytona.

* 56 different drivers have won Cup races at Daytona.

* Richard Petty leads all drivers in victories at Daytona with 10.

* Jeff Gordon has six victories at Daytona, more than any other active driver.

* The Wood Brothers have won 15 races at Daytona, more than any other car owner.

* 17 full-length races at Daytona have been won from the pole; the last to do it was Jimmie Johnson in the 2013 Daytona 500.

* A driver has swept both the Daytona 500 and the July race only five times at Daytona International Speedway: Jimmie Johnson (2013), Bobby Allison (1982), LeeRoy Yarborough (1969), Cale Yarborough (1968) and Fireball Roberts (1962).

Top 10 Driver Ratings at Daytona:

No. 18 – Kyle Busch 96.9

No. 14 – Tony Stewart 93.0

No. 20 – Matt Kenseth 92.6

No. 88 – Dale Earnhardt Jr. 89.7

No. 41 – Kurt Busch 88.8

No. 48 – Jimmie Johnson 88.4

No. 24 – Jeff Gordon 87.2

No. 15 – Clint Bowyer 86.2

No. 11 – Denny Hamlin 83.7

No. 5   -Kasey Kahne 82.4

* Driver Ratings are compiled from 2005-2013 races (17 total) at Daytona.

** Ratings are compiled by combining the following categories: Wins, Finishes, Top-15 Finishes, Average Running Position While on Lead Lap, Average Speed Under Green, Fastest Lap, Led Most Laps, Lead-Lap Finish. Maximum: 150 points per race.

(Statistics and information courtesy of NASCAR)

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