We are counting down the days to the season-opening Daytona 500 and for the amount of days left to the 2011 Sprint Cup’s opening race we’ll reveal a magic number in NASCAR stats and what it means. 28 days left, so today’s number is: 28
28 – Dan Gurney’s car number for his first Cup victory, the 1963 Riverside 500 on the 2.7-mile Riverside International Raceway road course. Gurney led 120 of 185 laps and beat A.J. Foyt by 36 seconds. Gurney, one of the greatest racecar drivers of all time, won five Cup races in 16 starts from 1962 to 1980. His other four wins came in the Wood Bros. No. 121, also at Riverside. Gurney is the first driver—and one of three—to win races in Formula One, NASCAR and IndyCar. The other two are Mario Andretti and current Cup driver Juan Pablo Montoya.