Saturday March 2nd, 2024 5:56AM

Countdown to the DAYTONA 500: 13 days to go

By Holly Cain NASCAR Wire Service

With 13 days remaining before the 2024 DAYTONA 500, a look at the “lucky 13” reveals it is not one of the 30 car numbers to have ever won The Great American Race. It does have a win in Daytona Speedweeks as IndyCar star Johnny Rutherford raced to a dominant victory in the 1963 Daytona 500 qualifying race in a No. 13 Chevrolet owned by Smokey Yunick.

In total, 12 different drivers have piloted the No. 13 in the DAYTONA 500, including NASCAR Hall of Famers Curtis Turner in 1967 and Mario Andretti in 1966. The famed No. 43 is the all-time winningest in the DAYTONA 500, with the legendary NASCAR Hall of Famer Richard Petty claiming a record seven trophies in NASCAR’s most celebrated race. The last three car numbers to celebrate a DAYTONA 500 win are all new to the list – including the No. 34 (Michael McDowell) in 2021, the No. 2 (Austin Cindric) in 2022 and the No. 47 (Ricky Stenhouse Jr.) last year. 

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