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States with the most drivers to win the Daytona 500
Austin Dillon and Richard Childress celebrate in victory lane after winning the 2018 Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway. (Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports)

States with the most drivers to win the Daytona 500

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (BVM) – Ricky Stenhouse Jr. is the first driver from Mississippi to win NASCAR’s crown jewel, the Daytona 500. Here’s a look at where all 65 Daytona 500 winners grew up and how many of them got started in their racing careers. Notably, several states have produced more than one Daytona 500 winner. 

Here are the states that have produced a single Daytona 500 winner:  

1963 – Tiny Lund | Harlan, Iowa 

1965 – Fred Lorenzen | Elmhurst, Illinois

1967 – Mario Andretti | Montona, Kingdom of Italy 

1970 – Pete Hamilton | Dedham, Massachusetts

1972 – AJ Foyt | Houston, Texas 

1985 & 1987 – Bill Elliott | Dawsonville, Georgia

1986 – Geoffrey Bodine | Chemung, New York 

2002 – Ward Burton | South Boston, Virginia 

2008 – Ryan Newman | South Bend, Indiana

2010 – Jamie McMurray | Joplin, Missouri 

2015 – Joey Logano | Middletown, Connecticut 

2017 – Kurt Busch | Las Vegas, Nevada 

2021 – Michael McDowell | Phoenix, Arizona 

2022 – Austin Cindric | Columbus, Ohio

2023 – Ricky Stenhouse Jr. | Olive Branch, Mississippi

Take a look at which states have produced multiple Daytona 500 winners and how each driver got into racing. 

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