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.

 

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

Zero Jay Wyatt 1968 Dodge

Zero Jay Wyatt 1968 Dodge

Zero Jay Wyatt '65 Dodge Jimmy Cook owner

00 AJ Foyt '65 Galaxie Riverside 1965

00 David Reutimann Aaron's Toyota Camry 2008

0 Delma Cowart Chevrolet Monte Carlo 1984

0 Dave MacDonald 1962 Chevrolet 1963 Motor Trend 500

0 Delma Cowart Pontiac Daytona 1982

Zero Jay Wyatt 1965 Dodge dirt fairgrounds

0 Dave MacDonald '62 Chevrolet Riverside 1963

00 Buckshot Jones Pontiac Grand Prix Pocono 1998

00 Bobby Mausgrover 1971 Chevrolet Monte Carlo 1973

0 Dan Gurney '63 Ford Daytona 500 1963

0 Dan Gurney '63 Ford Holman Moody Daytona 500 1963

AJ Foyt '65 Ford Riverside 1965

0 George Altheide 1970 Dodge Charger 1971

00 AJ Foyt '64 Ford Atlanta 1964

00 Sterling Marlin Helen Rae Special Chevrolet Monte Carlo 1985

0 Dan Gurney '63 Ford Daytona 500 1963

Mike Bliss Coast Guard Chevrolet Monte Carlo 2005

Zero Gene Cleveland Dodge Dart owned by Jimmy Cook

0 Eddie Bond Dodge Charger Daytona 1972

0 Delma Cowart Ford Thunderbird 1997

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