Daytona 500 Winners

The list of Daytona 500 winners reads like a who's who of NASCAR, featuring names like Richard Petty, Dale Earnhardt, Jeff Gordon, and "Fireball" Roberts. Here's a complete rundown of the Daytona 500 winners:

Year Driver
Car
Average Speed (mph)
2007
Kevin Harvick
Chevrolet
149.333
2006 Jimmie Johnson
Chevrolet
142.734
2005
Jeff Gordon
Chevrolet
135.173
2004
Dale Earnhardt Jr.
Chevrolet
156.341
2003
Michael Waltrip
Chevrolet
133.870
2002
Ward Burton
Dodge
130.810
2001
Michael Waltrip
Chevrolet
161.783
2000
Dale Jarrett
Ford
155.669
1999
Jeff Gordon
Chevrolet
161.551
1998
Dale Earnhardt
Chevrolet
172.7612
1997
Jeff Gordon
Chevrolet
148.295
1996
Dale Jarrett
Ford
154.308
1995
Sterling Marlin
Chevrolet
141.710
1994
Sterling Marlin
Chevrolet
156.931
1993
Dale Jarrett
Chevrolet
154.972
1992
Davey Allison
Ford
160.256
1991
Ernie Irvan
Chevrolet
148.148
1990
Derrike Cope
Chevrolet
165.761
1989
Darrell Waltrip
Chevrolet
148.466
1988
Bobby Allison
Buick
137.531
1987
Bill Elliott
Ford
176.263
1986
Geoff Bodine
Chevrolet
148.124
1985
Bill Elliott
Ford
172.265
1984
Cale Yarborough
Chevrolet
150.994
1983
Cale Yarborough
Pontiac
155.979
1982
Bobby Allison
Buick
153.991
1981
Richard Petty
Buick
169.651
1980
Buddy Baker
Oldsmobile
177.602
1979
Richard Petty
Oldsmobile
143.977
1978
Bobby Allison
Ford
159.730
1977
Cale Yarborough
Chevrolet
153.218
1976
David Pearson
Mercury
152.181
1975
Benny Parsons
Chevrolet
153.649
1974
Richard Petty
Dodge
140.894
1973
Richard Petty
Dodge
157.205
1972
A.J. Foyt
Mercury
161.550
1971
Richard Petty
Plymouth
144.462
1970
Pete Hamilton
Plymouth
149.601
1969
Lee Roy Yarborough
Ford
157.950
1968
Cale Yarborough
Mercury
143.251
1967
Mario Andretti
Ford
146.251
1966
Richard Petty
Plymouth
160.927
1965
Fred Lorenzen
Ford
141.539
1964
Richard Petty
Plymouth
154.334
1963
DeWayne "Tiny" Lund
Ford
151.566
1962
Glen "Fireball" Roberts
Pontiac
152.529
1961
Marvin Panch
Pontiac
149.601
1960
Robert "Junior" Johnson
Chevrolet
124.740
1959
Lee Petty
Oldsmobile
135.521

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