The 1978 Daytona 500 was run on February 19, 1978. Bobby Allison won his first of 3 Daytona 500. '82 and '88 are the ones he won. It was the worst starting position that a driver has won the event, until 2007 when Kevin Harvick started one spot back than Allison. Then again in 2009 with Matt Kenseth as he was sent to the rear and started in 42nd. This Daytona 500 had the first race of a French NASCAR driver Claude Ballot-Léna.