Daytona 500 Countdown: day zero

It’s Daytona 500 zero day—the green rag is scheduled to wave this afternoon at 1:29 PM. This morning we take an informal look at the number zero in stock car racing.

 

In auto racing, the number zero and its close relation, the double zero, are the jokers in the deck. The numbers have never been terribly popular—or successful, for that matter. In over sixty years of competition in NASCAR’s premier series, the 0 and the 00 have only two wins each.

That said, some memorable drivers have raced the naught and the double-naught, if sporadically. Dan Gurney ran the 0 for Holman Moody in two attempts at the Daytona 500 in 1962 and 1963. AJ Foyt ran the 00 on a Ford for Banjo Matthews in 1964 and again for Holman Moody in 1965.

Privateer Delma Cowart actually made the number 0 his own, running the number through the ’80s and ’90s mainly at Daytona and Talladega. More recently, David Reutimann picked up the double-zero’s only two victories driving Toyotas for¬†Michael Waltrip Racing.¬†You’ll find these and other famed zeros in the gallery below.

 

00 AJ Foyt '65 Galaxie Riverside 1965
Zero Jay Wyatt '65 Dodge Jimmy Cook owner
00 Buckshot Jones Pontiac Grand Prix Pocono 1998
0 Dave MacDonald 1962 Chevrolet 1963 Motor Trend 500
AJ Foyt '65 Ford Riverside 1965
0 Delma Cowart Ford Thunderbird 1997
00 AJ Foyt '64 Ford Atlanta 1964
0 Dave MacDonald '62 Chevrolet Riverside 1963
00 Sterling Marlin Helen Rae Special Chevrolet Monte Carlo 1985
00 David Reutimann Aaron's Toyota Camry 2008
Mike Bliss Coast Guard Chevrolet Monte Carlo 2005
0 Dan Gurney '63 Ford Daytona 500 1963
Zero Jay Wyatt 1965 Dodge dirt fairgrounds
Zero Jay Wyatt 1968 Dodge
0 Eddie Bond Dodge Charger Daytona 1972
00 Bobby Mausgrover 1971 Chevrolet Monte Carlo 1973
0 Dan Gurney '63 Ford Daytona 500 1963
0 Delma Cowart Chevrolet Monte Carlo 1984
0 Dan Gurney '63 Ford Holman Moody Daytona 500 1963
 Zero Jay Wyatt 1968 Dodge
0 Delma Cowart Pontiac Daytona 1982
0 George Altheide 1970 Dodge Charger 1971
Zero Gene Cleveland Dodge Dart owned by Jimmy Cook

00 AJ Foyt '65 Galaxie Riverside 1965

Zero Jay Wyatt '65 Dodge Jimmy Cook owner

00 Buckshot Jones Pontiac Grand Prix Pocono 1998

0 Dave MacDonald 1962 Chevrolet 1963 Motor Trend 500

AJ Foyt '65 Ford Riverside 1965

0 Delma Cowart Ford Thunderbird 1997

00 AJ Foyt '64 Ford Atlanta 1964

0 Dave MacDonald '62 Chevrolet Riverside 1963

00 Sterling Marlin Helen Rae Special Chevrolet Monte Carlo 1985

00 David Reutimann Aaron's Toyota Camry 2008

Mike Bliss Coast Guard Chevrolet Monte Carlo 2005

0 Dan Gurney '63 Ford Daytona 500 1963

Zero Jay Wyatt 1965 Dodge dirt fairgrounds

Zero Jay Wyatt 1968 Dodge

0 Eddie Bond Dodge Charger Daytona 1972

00 Bobby Mausgrover 1971 Chevrolet Monte Carlo 1973

0 Dan Gurney '63 Ford Daytona 500 1963

0 Delma Cowart Chevrolet Monte Carlo 1984

0 Dan Gurney '63 Ford Holman Moody Daytona 500 1963

Zero Jay Wyatt 1968 Dodge

0 Delma Cowart Pontiac Daytona 1982

0 George Altheide 1970 Dodge Charger 1971

Zero Gene Cleveland Dodge Dart owned by Jimmy Cook

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