The Race is Close! More Daytona 500 Fun Facts

The Daytona 500 is less than three weeks away and it’s no ordinary race. Your friends at Sea Shells Beach Club are dutifully sharing this slideshow from Fox Sports so you can be armed with even more fun facts every fan should know.

It’s always fun to attend an event armed with the facts. Here were some of our favorites from Fox Sports’ list:

When NASCAR founder Bill France Sr. started building Daytona International Speedway in 1957, critics called it France’s Folly. He proved them wrong when the first Daytona in 1959 ended…making national headlines.

Brothers Austin and Ty Dillon will start the Daytona 500 30th and 31st, respectively. This will be Austin’s 3rd Daytona 500 and Ty’s first.

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The closest finish in Daytona 500 history – or at least since the advent of electronic timing and scoring – came in 2007, when Kevin Harvick edged Mark Martin by 0.02 seconds.

This will be Jeff Gordon’s 23rd and final Daytona 500. He has won this race three times before.

Since entering the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in 2007, Toyota has never won the Daytona 500…This is also the first time a Toyota will serve as the Daytona 500 pace car.

Hopefully you’ll be among the lucky ducks at Sea Shells Beach Club for the Daytona 500.

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