What happened to the cars that won the Daytona 500?

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What happened to the cars that won the Daytona 500?

Post by gone-sovereign on Sun May 03, 2015 9:41 pm

If you read the title, the obvious answer is that the winning Daytona 500 car is put on display at Daytona USA for the next year until the next Daytona 500 is held. But what happens to the race-winning cars after that? Well, let's find out!

I should probably put this in the Forum Games section, but this is less of a game and more of a scavenger hunt (though I invite the admins to move this thread to that section if they see fit). Just gather information and see what you can come up with.

Findings so far:
Spoiler:
2015 - Joey Logano; On display at Daytona USA.

2014 - Dale Earnhardt, Jr.; On display at the Hendrick Motorsports museum.

2013 - Jimmie Johnson; On display at the Hendrick Motorsports museum.

2012 - Matt Kenseth; Was on display at the Roush Racing shops, but might not still be there.

2011 - Trevor Bayne; On display at the Henry Ford Museum. There's still a Dasani water bottle under the driver's seat, apparently.

2010 - Jamie McMurray; Might still be at the Earnhardt-Ganassi Racing shop.

2009 - Matt Kenseth; Was on display at the Roush Racing shops, but might not still be there.

2007 - Kevin Harvick; On display at the Richard Childress Racing shop.

2006 - Jimmie Johnson; On display at the International Motorsports Hall of Fame.

2005 - Jeff Gordon; On display at the Hendrick Motorsports museum.

2004 - Dale Earnhardt, Jr.; Junior said himself he thought the car was still at the DEI shops.

1999 - Jeff Gordon; On display at the Hendrick Motorsports museum.

1998 - Dale Earnhardt, Sr.; This car was brought out on display during the pre-race festivities for the 2008 Daytona 500, now on display at the Richard Childress Racing shop in Welcome, NC.

1997 - Jeff Gordon; On display at the Hendrick Motorsports museum.

1996 - Dale Jarrett; On display at the NASCAR Hall of Fame, supposed to be returned to its owners soon.

1994/1995 - Sterling Marlin; Car was converted from a Lumina into a Monte Carlo, now on display at the City Garage Car Museum in Greenville, Tennessee.

1991 - Ernie Irvan; Underwent restoration in 2001. The car was last seen being sold by a private owner.

1990 - Derrike Cope; Was eventually sold to future longtime car owner for Frank Kimmel, Larry Clement. After being converted to a Monte Carlo at some point, it returned to Daytona in 1996, and was the car that Bob Hill infamously rolled over. It's now in the hands of a private collector who appeared on American Pickers.

1989 - Darrell Waltrip; On display at the Hendrick Motorsports Museum.

1988 - Bobby Allison; Now on display at the Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum.

1967 - Mario Andretti; Replica sitting in the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame and Museum in Knoxville, IA, but fate of the original car remains unknown.

1963 - Tiny Lund; A replica/replicas of the original car has/have been circulating, but the fate of the original car remains unknown.

1962 - Fireball Roberts; Was on display at the NASCAR Hall of Fame.

1960 - Junior Johnson; I specifically remember this car also being driven around during pre-race festivities for the 2008 Daytona 500, but I don't know any other details.

1959 - Lee Petty; On display at the Petty Museum in Randleman, NC.


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Re: What happened to the cars that won the Daytona 500?

Post by Backmarker on Sun May 03, 2015 10:45 pm

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2010 - Jamie McMurray; Was on display at the Earnhardt Ganassi Racing Shop. Not sure if it's still there.

2006 - Jimmie Johnson; On display at the International Motorsports Hall of Fame.

2005 - Jeff Gordon; On display at the Hendrick Motorsports museum.

1999 - Jeff Gordon; On display at the Hendrick Motorsports museum.

1994 - Sterling Marlin; On display at the City Garage Car Museum in Greeneville, Tennessee. Was converted from a Lumina to a Monte Carlo.

1990 - Derrike Cope; Private collector.*

1989 - Darrell Waltrip; On display at the Hendrick Motorsports museum.

*The car was eventually sold to the future longtime car owner for Frank Kimmel, Larry Clement. After being converted to a Monte Carlo at some point, it returned to Daytona in 1996, and was the car that Bob Hill infamously rolled over. It's now in the hands of a private collector, who showed up on American Pickers, which is how I found out about this.
Will add more as I find them.

Also, Kenseth's 2012 car was on display when I visited Roush last year. The 2009 car was not, however.


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Re: What happened to the cars that won the Daytona 500?

Post by gone-sovereign on Sun May 03, 2015 10:49 pm

NeverNeutral wrote:
Spoiler:
2010 - Jamie McMurray; Was on display at the Earnhardt Ganassi Racing Shop. Not sure if it's still there.

2006 - Jimmie Johnson; On display at the International Motorsports Hall of Fame.

2005 - Jeff Gordon; On display at the Hendrick Motorsports museum.

1999 - Jeff Gordon; On display at the Hendrick Motorsports museum.

1994 - Sterling Marlin; On display at the City Garage Car Museum in Greeneville, Tennessee. Was converted from a Lumina to a Monte Carlo.

1990 - Derrike Cope; Private collector.*

1989 - Darrell Waltrip; On display at the Hendrick Motorsports museum.

*The car was eventually sold to the future longtime car owner for Frank Kimmel, Larry Clement. After being converted to a Monte Carlo at some point, it returned to Daytona in 1996, and was the car that Bob Hill infamously rolled over. It's now in the hands of a private collector, who showed up on American Pickers, which is how I found out about this.
Will add more as I find them.

I wasn't sure about the 1994 car because when I saw pictures of it in the museum, it had the side contingencies taken off for whatever reason. Thanks for clarifying about the Derrike Cope car, though. Wink

I'll add all of these to the list.
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Re: What happened to the cars that won the Daytona 500?

Post by Backmarker on Sun Feb 18, 2018 2:30 pm

I've had this in the back of my head for a while now and decided to see if I could find any more cars.

2016 - Denny Hamlin; On display in Denny's living room

2004 - Dale Earnhardt, Jr., 2003 - Michael Waltrip, 2001 - Michael Waltrip; On display at Dale Earnhardt, Inc.

1992 - Davey Allison; On display at Elite Motorsports in Austin, Texas (See comments)

1981 - Richard Petty; Appears to be on display at the Petty Museum

1979 - Richard Petty; Replica? on display at the Petty Museum, Whereabouts of original uncertain

1976 - David Pearson; Restored, On display at the Speedway Motors Museum of American Speed in Lincoln, Nebraska

1961 - Marvin Panch; Restored by Panch, Now on display at the ISC Archives and Research Center in Daytona (though that link claims it's a replica)
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Re: What happened to the cars that won the Daytona 500?

Post by Backmarker on Sun Jul 01, 2018 7:12 am

2009 - Matt Kenseth - Now on display at the Roush Automotive Collection in Livonia, Michigan
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Re: What happened to the cars that won the Daytona 500?

Post by JMac525 on Fri Jul 06, 2018 1:04 pm

I’ve never actually thought about this before. Interesting topic so far. I’ll do some research when I have the time.
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