Record-Setting Day At The Daytona 500
DAYTONA BEACH, Feb. 20, 2011: The 53rd running of the Daytona 500, the
first on the brand-new racing surface at Daytona International Speedway,
featured a track-record 74 lead changes and 22 leaders. The lead-change
record was especially noteworthy, considering the previous mark lasted more
than three decades. The prior lead change mark was 60, set in the 1974
Daytona 500. For the second consecutive year, the record for different
leaders fell. In last year’s 500, 21 different drivers led.
Additionally, there were 16 cautions, a track record.
The 60 caution laps
tied a record at Daytona. Sunday’s Daytona 500 continued a
record-breaking Speedweeks trend. Last Saturday night, the Budweiser
Shootout featured a record-breaking 28 lead changes. Records also were
broken in each of Thursday’s two Gatorade Duel races. The first Duel
race had a record 20 lead changes. That mark was immediately broken in the
second Duel event, which had 22 lead changes. Trevor Bayne, who became the
youngest Daytona 500 winner (20 years, one day), led the final six laps. He
gave the Wood Brothers organization its fifth Daytona 500 win.
Woods’ last victory came in 1976 with NASCAR Hall of Fame Inductee
David Pearson beating Richard Petty in a legendary last-lap battle. Bayne
became the seventh driver to earn his first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series
victory in the Daytona 500.