Daytona 500 THEN (1960) and NOW (2010)
Top qualifying speed:
Then: 151.556 mph
Now: 191.188 mph
Cars on track:
Approximate race-car cost:
1st Place Winnings:
Margin of Victory:
Then: 23 sec.
Now: 119 sec.
Safety measures implemented by NASCAR since Earnhardt's death:
- Full-face helmets must be worn by all drivers.
- Head-and-neck restraints (HANS devices) must be worn by all drivers.
- SAFER barriers (soft walls) were installed at all major NASCAR-sanctioned oval tracks.
- Six-point racing harnesses replaced traditional five-point restraints.
- NASCAR's "car of tomorrow" began development with a focus on driver safety; the car is used by the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series today.
Number of race-car driver fatalities at Daytona International prior to Dale Earnhardt's death: 22
Since Earnhardt's death: 0