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Full list of past Daytona 500 winners

We go over who’s won the Daytona 500 in recent years ahead of Tuesday’s start to 2021 NASCAR Cup Series standings.

Denny Hamlin, driver of the FedEx Express Toyota, poses with the trophy in Victory Lane after winning the NASCAR Cup Series 62nd Annual Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway on February 17, 2020 in Daytona Beach, Florida. Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images

The 2021 NASCAR Cup Series is set to begin on Tuesday, and the action will kick off at Daytona International Speedway. The first race of the year will be the Clash at Daytona, and the Duels at Daytona will follow that on Thursday. Once the Duels are over, the first major race of the year — the Daytona 500 — will take place on Saturday, Feb. 7th. Will any driver pull off the rare grand slam this year? Let’s take a look at who’s had success at the venue in recent years.

Denny Hamlin has had some great runs at Dayton lately. The Joe Gibbs Racing star has won the Dayton 500 three times in the last five years. If he takes the checkered flag there in 2021, he’ll have won the race three times in a row. No other driver has won twice in the last decade, but Austin Dillion, Kurt Busch, and Joey Logano have all amassed one Daytona 500 victory apiece since 2010.

Hamlin is one of the favorites this year, but every driver has a shot. Last year’s NASCAR Cup Series champ, Chase Elliott, will be in the hunt alongside Martine Truex Jr., Kevin Harvick, and Brad Keselowski.

Richard Petty is The King in more ways than one, including his record-setting seven victories at the Daytona 500. Cale Yarborough is second with four. Denny Hamlin is the closest active driver with three over the past five years, including the last two. Hamlin is the favorite to win it a third straight time, installed at +700 at DraftKings Sportsbook.

Here’s a year-by-year look at who’s won the Dayton 500 since it began in 1959.

Daytona 500 winners, all-time

Year Grid No. Driver Team Manufacturer
Year Grid No. Driver Team Manufacturer
1959 15th 42 Lee Petty Petty Enterprises Oldsmobile
1960 9th 27 Junior Johnson John Masoni Chevrolet
1961 4th 20 Marvin Panch Smokey Yunick Pontiac
1962 Pole 22 Fireball Roberts Jim Stephens Pontiac
1963 12th 21 Tiny Lund Wood Brothers Racing Ford
1964 2nd 43 Richard Petty Petty Enterprises (2) Plymouth
1965 4th 28 Fred Lorenzen Holman-Moody Ford
1966 Pole 43 Richard Petty (2) Petty Enterprises (3) Plymouth
1967 12th 11 Mario Andretti Holman-Moody (2) Ford
1968 Pole 21 Cale Yarborough Wood Brothers Racing (2) Mercury
1969 19th 98 LeeRoy Yarbrough Junior Johnson & Associates Ford
1970 9th 40 Pete Hamilton Petty Enterprises (4) Plymouth
1971 5th 43 Richard Petty (3) Petty Enterprises (5) Plymouth
1972 2nd 21 A. J. Foyt Wood Brothers Racing (3) Mercury
1973 7th 43 Richard Petty (4) Petty Enterprises (6) Dodge
1974 2nd 43 Richard Petty (5) Petty Enterprises (7) Dodge
1975 32nd 72 Benny Parsons L.G. DeWitt Chevrolet
1976 7th 21 David Pearson Wood Brothers Racing (4) Mercury
1977 4th 11 Cale Yarborough (2) Junior Johnson & Associates (2) Chevrolet
1978 33rd 15 Bobby Allison Bud Moore Engineering Ford
1979 13th 43 Richard Petty (6) Petty Enterprises (8) Oldsmobile
1980 Pole 28 Buddy Baker Ranier-Lundy Oldsmobile
1981 8th 43 Richard Petty (7) Petty Enterprises (9) Buick
1982 7th 88 Bobby Allison (2) DiGard Motorsports Buick
1983 8th 28 Cale Yarborough (3) Ranier-Lundy (2) Pontiac
1984 Pole 28 Cale Yarborough (4) Ranier-Lundy (3) Chevrolet
1985 Pole 9 Bill Elliott Melling Racing Ford
1986 2nd 5 Geoffrey Bodine Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet
1987 Pole 9 Bill Elliott (2) Melling Racing (2) Ford
1988 3rd 12 Bobby Allison (3) Stavola Brothers Racing Buick
1989 2nd 17 Darrell Waltrip Hendrick Motorsports (2) Chevrolet
1990 12th 10 Derrike Cope Whitcomb Racing Chevrolet
1991 2nd 4 Ernie Irvan Morgan-McClure Motorsports Chevrolet
1992 6th 28 Davey Allison Robert Yates Racing Ford
1993 2nd 18 Dale Jarrett Joe Gibbs Racing Chevrolet
1994 4th 4 Sterling Marlin Morgan-McClure Motorsports (2) Chevrolet
1995 3rd 4 Sterling Marlin (2) Morgan-McClure Motorsports (3) Chevrolet
1996 7th 88 Dale Jarrett (2) Robert Yates Racing (2) Ford
1997 6th 24 Jeff Gordon Hendrick Motorsports (3) Chevrolet
1998 4th 3 Dale Earnhardt Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet
1999 Pole 24 Jeff Gordon (2) Hendrick Motorsports (4) Chevrolet
2000 Pole 88 Dale Jarrett (3) Robert Yates Racing (3) Ford
2001 19th 15 Michael Waltrip Dale Earnhardt, Inc. Chevrolet
2002 19th 22 Ward Burton Bill Davis Racing Dodge
2003 4th 15 Michael Waltrip (2) Dale Earnhardt, Inc. (2) Chevrolet
2004 3rd 8 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Dale Earnhardt, Inc. (3) Chevrolet
2005 15th 24 Jeff Gordon (3) Hendrick Motorsports (5) Chevrolet
2006 9th 48 Jimmie Johnson Hendrick Motorsports (6) Chevrolet
2007 34th 29 Kevin Harvick Richard Childress Racing (2) Chevrolet
2008 7th 12 Ryan Newman Penske Racing Dodge
2009 39th1 17 Matt Kenseth Roush Fenway Racing Ford
2010 13th 1 Jamie McMurray Earnhardt Ganassi Racing Chevrolet
2011 32nd 21 Trevor Bayne Wood Brothers Racing (5) Ford
2012 4th 17 Matt Kenseth (2) Roush Fenway Racing (2) Ford
2013 9th 48 Jimmie Johnson (2) Hendrick Motorsports (7) Chevrolet
2014 9th 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. (2) Hendrick Motorsports (8) Chevrolet
2015 5th 22 Joey Logano Team Penske (2) Ford
2016 11th 11 Denny Hamlin Joe Gibbs Racing (2) Toyota
2017 8th 41 Kurt Busch Stewart-Haas Racing Ford
2018 14th 3 Austin Dillon Richard Childress Racing (3) Chevrolet
2019 10th 11 Denny Hamlin (2) Joe Gibbs Racing (3) Toyota
2020 39th 11 Denny Hamlin (3) Joe Gibbs Racing (4) Toyota