The name Daytona 500 hails from the 500 mile-long (805km) NASCAR Cup Series motor race held annually at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Florida. It has always led when it comes to the first of 2 Cup races held at Daytona every year.
Daytona was one of the four restrictor-plate races on the Cup itinerary starting from 1988 to 2019. Daytona 500 was first introduced in 1959 parallelly with the inaugural of the speedway. Since 1982 it has remained the season-opening race of the Cup series.
The Daytona 500 has been witnessed as the most influential and prestigious race on the NASCAR calendar, which has packed by far the largest purse.
Daytona International Speedway stretches up to 2.5 miles (4 km) in length and it mandates 200 laps to complete the 500-mile race. Yet, the race is considered official after 2 stages on the completion of 120 laps or 300 miles.