Roger Reiman won the first DAYTONA 200 held on the high banks of DAYTONA in 1961.
Due to the country’s demand for supplies toward WWII, the American Motorcycling Association discontinued the event “in the interest of national defense” until 1947. Kyle Busch wrecked out of Sunday’s Cup race with five laps left in the event on the Daytona road course, resulting in a 37th-place finish and leaving Busch winless through 23 races this season. Once it became clear the series’ annual stop at Watkins Glen (N.Y.) International would be canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, NASCAR elected to utilize the 3.57-mile course at Daytona International Speedway as a substitute.
“The only way to get that is laps around the race track and 65 laps is not really a ton of time to figure those things out. The next foreign rider to win the Daytona road race however, was one of two names that dominated the event in the 90’s. Others winners of the DAYTONA 200 include Josh Herrin, Jason DiSalvo, Joey Pascarella, Cameron Beaubier, and Michael Barnes, who became the oldest rider to win the DAYTONA 200 at the age of 47 years old in 2016. Following the war, Daytona International Speedway founder Bill France Sr. began promoting the sixth running of the DAYTONA 200, which occurred on Feb. 24, 1947. The new course produced thrilling bike racing action and champions, including 1953 Champion Paul Goldsmith, who later became the only rider to win on the Daytona Beach Road course both in a stock car and on a motorcycle in 1958, and Brad Andres, who became the youngest rider to win the DAYTONA 200 in 1955 at the age of 18. “Yeah, the high banks take a toll on your body physically, but nothing compared to racing in the 40’s with a hardtail. Elliott enters the race with three consecutive top-10 finishes but he and his Hendrick Motorsports teammates have appeared to be off a bit on race-winning speed of late. To enable Verizon Media and our partners to process your personal data select 'I agree', or select 'Manage settings' for more information and to manage your choices. It still hasn’t really sunk in. Floyd Emde takes the checkered flag on the Daytona beach course. Over the years, minor changes such as the backstretch chicane and infield reconfigurations changed the course distance. “I think the one guy that I look at that really has a leg up is Kyle (Busch), having come off (the Rolex 24) this year.
Scott Russell won his first DAYTONA 200 a year after Duhamel in 1992. Any road course event typically puts teams on a more equal footing and Sunday’s race has the possibility for unpredictable results. Year after year the DAYTONA 200 delivers spectacular champions on spectacular machines in a spectacular event, and 2019’s 78th edition will provide another chapter for this motorcycle classic. In 1961, the DAYTONA 200 was held on the road course of Daytona International Speedway for the first time.