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Ranking the top 10 Daytona 500 races of all time
Dale Earnhardt Sr. (3) held off defending champion Jeff Gordon (24) among many others to earn his first Daytona 500 victory in 1998. (Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports)

Ranking the top 10 Daytona 500 races of all time

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (BVM) – The Daytona 500 is the biggest race in NASCAR, and tends to kick off the racing season with a bang each and every February. Since its inception in 1959, there have been 64 editions of the “Great American Race” with many thrilling moments.

Some legends of NASCAR like Richard Petty, David Pearson and Dale Earnhardt Sr. all found themselves in victory lane at Daytona at one point or another, while some surprising names like Trevor Bayne and Derrick Cope have pulled off improbable upsets to etch their name into history.

Whether it’s the drivers, the moments or just the unique spectacle the race brings, the Daytona 500 continues to be one of the most exciting American sporting events year after year. Here’s a look back at the 10 best Daytona 500 races over the years.


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