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Buddy Baker started the decade by winning the fastest Daytona 500 in history, at 177.602 mph (285.809 km/h), it was Baker's only 500 win and did so in his 18th start, the longest until Dale Earnhardt in 1998. The race was also marked by the death of Ricky Knotts who was killed on the 15th lap of the Gatorade 125's qualifying race. There were 42 cars in the field, after planning to only run 40 cars.

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