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We are counting down the days until the Daytona 500 using some fun facts.
- Consecutive Daytona 500 starts for Michael Waltrip. Waltrip will pay tribute to Dale Earnhardt by driving the No. 15 NAPA Auto Parts car in this year's DAYTONA 500 to commemorate the 10-year anniversary of his first Daytona victory and the death of his late boss and friend, Dale Earnhardt, with a personally designed black memorial paint scheme.
- Number of nominees for the inaugural NASCAR Hall of Fame class.
- Races won in the Cup Series by Joe Weatherly. Weatherly was one of the first drivers who attracted fans to NASCAR as much for his personality as his racing ability, thus his nickname the "Clown Prince of Stock Car Racing."
- Rick Hendrick stepped behind the wheel of the No. 25 car at Riverside in 1987. He finished in 33rd place.