Countdown to Daytona: The history of the No. 16 in NASCAR

 When Roush Fenway Racing driver Greg Biffle takes the green flag at Daytona International Speedway 16 days from today on FOX, he will be attempting to do something no one else has before: Win the Daytona 500 driving the No. 16.

Yes, it’s true.

Both the No. 15 and the No. 17 are three-time Daytona 500 winners, with Bobby Allison winning in 1978 with the No. 15 and Michael Waltrip doing it in 2001 and ’03, while the No. 17 won the Great American race with Darrell Waltrip in 1988 and Matt Kenseth in 2009 and ’12.

And Biffle has won in the No. 16 at Daytona before, winning the July Daytona race as a rookie in 2003. But never has the No. 16 won the Daytona 500.

Throughout the history of NASCAR, Biffle has enjoyed more success in the No. 16 than any other driver, winning 19 Sprint Cup races.

For you history buffs, the No. 16 appeared in the first NASCAR Strictly Stock race at the old Charlotte Speedway on June 19, 1949. There, Bill Snowden finished 22nd in the No. 16 Mercury.

The first victory for the No. 16 came on Nov. 6, 1960, when Weatherly won a 100-mile race at Southern States Fairgrounds, a long-defunct half-mile dirt track in Charlotte.

By The Numbers, for No. 16 in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series:

Starts: 1,035

Wins: 32

Top fives: 166

Top 10s: 328

Poles: 30

Average start: 17.40

Average finish: 17.77

Drivers: 88

Comparing the Olympics to NASCAR in 10 easy memes

Is all the attention spent on the Winter Olympics in Sochi distracting you from your countdown to the 2014 NASCAR season? No worries, we have 10 memes that bring the two together. 

1. Neither Olympic sports nor NASCAR are immune from the Will Ferrell spoofs. 

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2. Or controversies…

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3. The Olympics has five rings, which of course is nothing to Jimmie Johnson and Chad Knaus.

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4. We see your ‘Flyin’ Tomato’ and raise you a ‘Bloomin’ Onion.’ 

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5. Who needs ice when you have dirt?

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6. The Olympics have a torch, NASCAR had Juan Pablo Montoya.

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7. The U.S. bobsled team has NASCAR to thank for a lot of things, but they get to have all the fun. 

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8. Celebrating with something gold happens in NASCAR too. 

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9. Having trouble getting ready for a huge event? Nothing like that has happened in NASCAR before…

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10. Is Junior Nation represented at the Olympics?

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