Plan a trip to the Daytona 500 - Daytona International Speedway
Where is the Daytona 500?
“The Great American Race” kicks off the NASCAR series schedule each year in February in Daytona Beach, Florida. Located about 1 hour east of Orlando, Daytona Beach is also the site of the first official race in NASCAR history. The original track was on the famed Daytona Beach. Visiting the beach today, you can still see the sand where part of the race took place. The Daytona 500 is the biggest, most prominent stock car race in the nation. NASCAR (the National Association of Stock Car Auto Racing) has grown continued to gain popularity and now race fans from all over the United States and the world travel to the Daytona 500 to witness this legendary race. The winner of the 2020 Daytona 500 was Denny Hamlim.
About the Daytona International Speedway:
The current Daytona International Speedway was built in 1959 and has been home to some of NASCAR's greatest and most tragic moments. At the Daytona 500 Sprint Cup race drivers often travel around 200 mph through this 2.5 mile Super Speedway.The design and layout of the race track allow for cars to "draft" or ride bunched up together, resulting in some of the NASCAR series fastest paced racing action.
2022 Daytona 500 Race Weekend:
The Daytona 500 race weekend is filled with nonstop action which creates great entertainment and excitement for all spectators. The offical race weekend or 2021 Speedweeks starts on Thursday with the Duels races. On Friday the NASCAR Truck Series begins and Saturday features the new Xfinity Series, formally known as the Nationwide Series. The big race, the 2021 Daytona 500 takes place on Sunday February, 2022.
Sports Traveler Best Bet - Daytona Race Weekend and Travel Packages:
Not sure where to stay for the 2022 Daytona 500? Hotels close to Daytona Speedway are some of the most difficult to obtain during race weekend. We recommend purchasing a Daytona race package with lodging in the Daytona Beach Area, close to the track and a perfect way to enjoy the beach and the races. All Daytona 500 Tours include great Daytona 500 tickets, quality hotel accommodations, and roundtrip track transfers to the race, plus additional options including Pit Pass Tours, Infield Passes, and NASCAR Driver Appearances. We also offer packages with hotel lodging in the Orlando Area. These packages are perfect for anyone who wants to combine their tour with a trip to Walt Disney World Resort or Universal Studios.
Daytona 500 Pit Passes and Hospitality:
Many race fans enjoy adding on a Daytona Pre-Race Pit Pass which allows fans to walk across the track surface and onto Pit Road, plus gives a viewing of the garage area where teams are staging their cars prior to the race. Hospitality tents are great for entertaining with NASCAR celebrity appearances, games, door prizes, and food and drink provided.
Daytona 500 FAQs
How much is a ticket to the DAYTONA 500?
The DAYTONA 500 has sold out the past three years! Tickets for the 2021 DAYTONA 500 are on sale with prices starting at $99! Visit the NASCAR tickets page to buy tickets
How many laps is the DAYTONA 500?
Daytona International Speedway is 2.5 miles (4 km) long and a 500-mile race that requires 200 laps to complete.
Who won the 2020 DAYTONA 500?
Denny Hamlin won the 62nd running DAYTONA 500 at Daytona International Speedway, his 37th victory in the NASCAR Cup Series
What date is the 2021 DAYTONA 500?
Sunday February, 14th
What time is the 2021 DAYTONA 500?
The DAYTONA 500 will be at 2:30 PM ET
What channel is the DAYTONA 500 on?
The 2021 DAYTONA 500 start time is 2:30 p.m. ET Sunday, Feb. 14, kicking off the NASCAR Cup Series season. FOX will broadcast the DAYTONA 500 with radio coverage from MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio
Where is the DAYTONA 500 located?
The DAYTONA 500 is a 500-mile-long NASCAR Cup Series motor race held annually at DAYTONA International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Florida.
How many miles is the DAYTONA 500?
The DAYTONA 500 is 500 miles ( 800 Km ).
When was the DAYTONA 500 first run?
The DAYTONA 500 was first run in 1959. Lee Petty was the events first DAYTONA 500 winner at the Daytona International Speedway on February 25th, 1959.
Which team has the most wins at the DAYTONA 500?
Petty Enterprises is the team with most DAYTONA 500 wins with 9 wins total.
Which driver has the most wins at the DAYTONA 500?
Richard Petty holds the record for most DAYTONA 500 victories with seven wins total.
Auto race held in Daytona, Florida, United States
This article is about the stock car race. For the motorcycle race, see Daytona 200. For the song by Ghostface Killah, see Daytona 500 (song).
|Venue||Daytona International Speedway|
|Location||Daytona Beach, Florida, United States|
|First race||1959 (1959)|
|Distance||500 mi (800 km)|
Stages 1/2: 65 each
Final stage: 70
|Previous names||Inaugural 500 Mile International Sweepstakes (1959)|
Second Annual 500 Mile International Sweepstakes (1960)
Daytona 500 by STP (1991–1993)
Daytona 500 by Dodge (2001)
Daytona 500 by Toyota (2007)
Daytona 500 (1961–1990, 1994–2000, 2002–2006, 2008–present)
|Most wins (driver)||Richard Petty (7)|
|Most wins (team)||Petty Enterprises (9)|
|Most wins (manufacturer)||Chevrolet (24)|
|Length||2.5 mi (4.0 km)|
The Daytona 500 is a 500-mile-long (805 km) NASCAR Cup Series motor race held annually at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Florida. It is the first of two Cup races held every year at Daytona, the second being the Coke Zero 400, and one of three held in Florida, with the annual spring showdown Dixie Vodka 400 being held at Homestead south of Miami. From 1988 to 2019, it was one of the four restrictor plate races on the Cup schedule. The inaugural Daytona 500 was held in 1959 coinciding with the opening of the speedway and since 1982, it has been the season-opening race of the Cup series.
The Daytona 500 is regarded as the most important and prestigious race on the NASCAR calendar, carrying by far the largest purse. Championship points awarded are equal to that of any other NASCAR Cup Series race. It is also the series' first race of the year; this phenomenon is unique in sports, which tend to have championships or other major events at the end of the season rather than the start. Since 1995, U.S. television ratings for the Daytona 500 have been the highest for any auto race of the year, surpassing the traditional leader, the Indianapolis 500 which in turn greatly surpasses the Daytona 500 in in-track attendance and international viewing. The 2006 Daytona 500 attracted the sixth largest average live global TV audience of any sporting event that year with 20 million viewers.
The race serves as the final event of Speedweeks and is also known as "The Great American Race" or the "Super Bowl of Stock Car Racing". Since its inception, the race has been held in mid-to-late February. From 1971 to 2011, and again since 2018, the event has been as associated with Presidents Day weekend, taking place on the Sunday before the third Monday in February. On eight occasions, the race has been run on Valentine's Day.
Since 1997, the winner of the Daytona 500 has been presented with the Harley J. Earl Trophy in Victory Lane, and the winning car is displayed in race-winning condition for one year at Daytona 500 Experience, a museum and gallery adjacent to Daytona International Speedway.
Michael McDowell is the defending winner of the Daytona 500, having won it in 2021.
The race is the direct successor of shorter races held on the Daytona Beach Road Course. This long square was partially on the sand and also on the highway near the beach. Earlier events featured 200-mile (320 km) races with stock cars. A 500-mile (805 km) stock car race was held at Daytona International Speedway in 1959. It was the second 500-mile NASCAR race, following the annual Southern 500, and has been held every year since. By 1961, it began to be referred to as the Daytona 500, by which it is still commonly known.
Daytona International Speedway is 2.5 miles (4 km) long and a 500-mile race requires 200 laps to complete. However, the race was considered official after halfway (100 laps/250 miles) had been completed from 1959 to 2016. From 2017 to 2019, the race was considered official after the conclusion of Stage 2 (120 laps/300 miles) when stage-racing was introduced. In 2020, they revised the rule in which a race is considered official at either halfway or the conclusion of Stage 2 (whichever comes first, in this case halfway). The race has been shortened four times due to rain (in 1965, 1966, 2003, and 2009) and once in response to the energy crisis of 1974. Since the adaptation of the green–white–checkered finish rule in 2004, the race has gone past 500 miles on ten occasions (2005, 2006, 2007, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2015, 2018, 2019, and 2020). It took two attempts to finish the race in 2010, 2011, and 2020. The 2020 running is the longest Daytona 500 contested, lasting 209 laps/522.5 miles.
Main article: Daytona 500 history
- 1959: Lee Petty, patriarch of the racing family, won the inaugural Daytona 500 on February 22, 1959, defeating Johnny Beauchamp.
- 1960: Junior Johnson made use of the draft, then a little-understood phenomenon, to win while running a slower, year-old car in a field of 68 cars, the most in the history of the Daytona 500.
- 1965: The first rain-shortened Daytona 500. Fred Lorenzen was in the lead when the race was called on lap 133 of 200.
- 1966: Richard Petty becomes the first two-time winner, having previously won the 1964 race. Through 2020, only 12 drivers have won 2 or more Daytona 500s.
- 1967: Mario Andretti led 112 of the 200 laps including the last 33 to capture his first and only win in the Cup Series.
- 1968: For much of this race, both Cale Yarborough and (unrelated) LeeRoy Yarbrough traded the lead. With 5 laps to go, Cale made a successful slingshot pass on the third turn to take the lead from LeeRoy and never looked back as he won his first Daytona 500 by 1.3 seconds.
- 1969 : Having learned from the previous year, LeeRoy Yarbrough would use the same slingshot treatment out of turn 3 on Charlie Glotzbach, to score the victory on the final lap.
- 1971: Richard Petty becomes the first three-time winner, including the 1964 and 1966 races. Through 2015, only 5 drivers have won 3 or more Daytona 500s.
- 1972: A. J. Foyt cruised into the lead on lap 80 and stayed there through the 200 lap race, lapping the entire field. Foyt beat second-place Charlie Glotzbach by nearly two laps, with Jim Vandiver finishing 6 laps down in third.
- 1973: Richard Petty becomes the first four-time winner, including the 1964, 1966 and 1971 races . Through 2015, only Petty (7 total) and Cale Yarborough have won at least 4 Daytona 500s.
- 1974: During the start of the 1974 NASCAR season, many races had their distance cut ten percent in response to the 1973 oil crisis. As a result, the 1974 Daytona 500 was shortened to 180 laps (450 miles), as symbolically, the race "started" on lap 21. Richard Petty became the first of only 4 drivers (as of 2021) to win consecutive Daytona 500s, while also setting a mark of 5 total wins.
- 1976: In the 1976 race, Richard Petty was leading on the last lap when he was passed on the backstretch by David Pearson. Petty tried to turn under Pearson coming off the final corner but didn't clear Pearson. The contact caused the drivers to spin into the grass in the infield just short of the finish line. Petty's car didn't start, but Pearson was able to keep his car running and limp over the finish line for the win. Many fans consider this finish to be the greatest in the history of NASCAR.
- 1979: The 1979 race was the first Daytona 500 to be broadcast live on national television, airing on CBS, whose audience was increased in much of the Eastern and Midwestern USA due to a blizzard. (The Indianapolis 500 was only broadcast on tape delay that evening in this era; most races were broadcast only through the final quarter to half of the race, as was the procedure for ABC's Championship Auto Racing broadcasts; with the new CBS contract, the network and NASCAR agreed to a full live broadcast.) That telecast introduced in-car and low-level track-side cameras, which has now become standard in all sorts of automotive racing broadcasts. A final lap crash and subsequent fight between leaders Cale Yarborough and Donnie Allison (along with Donnie's brother Bobby) brought national (if unwelcome) publicity to NASCAR, with the added emphasis of a snowstorm that bogged down much of the northeastern part of the United States. Donnie Allison was leading the race on the final lap with Yarborough drafting him tightly. As Yarborough attempted a slingshot pass at the end of the backstretch, Allison attempted to block him. Yarborough refused to give ground and as he pulled alongside Allison, his left side tires left the pavement and went into the wet and muddy infield grass. Yarborough lost control of his car and contacted Allison's car halfway down the backstretch. As both drivers tried to regain control, their cars made contact several more times before finally locking together and crashing into the outside wall in turn three. After the cars settled in the grass, Donnie Allison and Yarborough began to argue. After they had talked it out, Bobby Allison, who was lapped at that point, pulled over, began defending his brother, and a fight broke out. Richard Petty, who was over half a lap behind at the time, went on to win; with the brawl in the infield, the television audience scarcely noticed. The story was the talk of the water cooler the next day, even making the front page of The New York Times Sports section.
- 1980: Buddy Baker won the fastest Daytona 500 in history, at 177.602 mph (285.809 km/h).
- 1981: Richard Petty becomes the first seven-time winner, three wins more than the second-highest multiple winner, Cale Yarborough. With wins in 1964, 1966, 1971, 1973, 1974, and 1979, Petty is the only driver to win in three different decades.
- 1982: The Daytona 500 becomes the opening race in the NASCAR season, a position held since. Bobby Allison wins his second Daytona 500 but many people consider this a controversial win because on lap 3 Bobby Allison's rear bumper broke away from the car (later it was discovered that it was welded on purpose by a wire welder) and caused a pileup further behind the leaders. Without a rear bumper, Allison's car gained an aerodynamic advantage and won the race by just over twenty-two seconds.
- 1983: Cale Yarborough was the first driver to run a qualifying lap over 200 mph (320 km/h) in his Chevrolet Monte Carlo.
- 1984: Cale Yarborough completed a lap of 201.848 mph (324.843 km/h), officially breaking the 200 mph (320 km/h) barrier at Daytona. He joined Richard Petty as the only drivers to win the race in consecutive years and to win the race four times overall.
- 1985: Bill Elliott dominated the race, and by lap 140, was close to lapping the entire field. During a pit stop, NASCAR officials held him in the pit area in order to repair a supposed broken headlight assembly. The two-minute pit stop dropped him to third, barely clinging to the lead lap. Elliott made up the deficit and survived a late-race caution and a final lap restart to win his first Daytona 500. Elliott would go on to win the first Winston Million.
- 1986: The race that came down to a two-car duel between Dale Earnhardt and Geoff Bodine. With 3 laps to go, Earnhardt was forced to make a pit stop for a "splash 'n go". However, as Earnhardt left the pits, he burned a piston, allowing Bodine to cruise to victory.
- 1987: Winner Bill Elliott qualified for the pole position at an all-time Daytona record of 210.364 mph (338.532 km/h). Bill Elliott dominated much of the race, leading 104 of the 200 laps. During two different points in the race, he pulled away from the other leaders and was all by himself on the track, leading the first 35 laps, 29 in a row at another point, and the last three.
- 1988: Restrictor plates were mandated to reduce dangerously high speeds at Daytona. This race was remembered for two things. First, Richard Petty's rollover crash in the tri-oval on lap 106, initiated when he was tagged from behind by Phil Barkdoll. Petty rolled over about eight times and was then hit by Brett Bodine. The wreck also collected 1972 race winner A. J. Foyt, Eddie Bierschwale, and Alan Kulwicki. all of the drivers, including Petty, walked away. Second, Bobby Allison and his son Davey finished one-two and celebrated together in Victory Lane, making Bobby Allison the oldest driver to win the Daytona 500.
- 1989: Darrell Waltrip stretches his final tank of fuel for 53 laps to win in his 17th try.
- 1990: Dale Earnhardt appeared headed for certain victory until the closing laps. On lap 193, Geoff Bodine spun in the first turn, causing the third and final caution of the race. All of the leaders pitted except Derrike Cope, who stayed out to gain track position. On the lap 195 restart, Earnhardt re-took the lead. On the final lap, going into turn three, he ran over a bell housing from the blown engine of Rick Wilson's car. He blew a tire, allowing the relatively unknown Cope to slip by and take his first career win in a major upset.
- 1991: Dale Earnhardt's Daytona 500 frustrations continued as Ernie Irvan passed Earnhardt with six laps to go to. Ultimately, Earnhardt spun with two laps remaining and collected Davey Allison and Kyle Petty. Irvan took the win as the race ended under the caution flag. The race was dominated by complex pit stop rules, implemented to improve safety in the pit area.
- 1992: Davey Allison dominated the second half en route to his lone Daytona 500 victory. He avoided a major wreck on lap 92 and went on to lead the final 102 laps.
- 1993: In a frightening wreck on lap 170, Rusty Wallace flipped over multiple times on the back straightaway. With two laps to go, Dale Earnhardt was leading Jeff Gordon and Dale Jarrett. Jarrett battled into the lead with one lap to go. It was the fourth time Earnhardt had been leading the Daytona 500 with less than ten laps to go but failed to win.
- 1994: Sterling Marlin gambled on fuel and was able to complete the final 59 laps without stopping, to win his first career Cup victory. During Speedweeks, two drivers died during separate practice accidents, Neil Bonnett and Rodney Orr.
- 1995: Sterling Marlin became the first driver since Cale Yarborough, and only third overall, to win back-to-back Daytona 500s. It was the third win in five years for Morgan–McClure Motorsports (1991, 1994, 1995).
- 1996: Dale Jarrett won his second Daytona 500 in four years, again holding off Dale Earnhardt, who finished second for the third time in four years.
- 1998 : Dale Earnhardt finally won the Daytona 500 after "20 years of trying, 20 years of frustration." Though Earnhardt had usually been a strong competitor in the Daytona 500, mechanical problems, crashes, or other misfortunes had prevented him from winning.
- 1999: Jeff Gordon accomplished the feat of winning the pole and the race marking the first time since 1987 when Bill Elliott did this.
- 2000: Dale Jarrett avenged his previous year's rollover accident by winning the 1999 season championship & 2000 500 which was the final 500 broadcast for CBS.
- 2001: Also known as "Black Sunday", or the "darkest day in NASCAR", as Dale Earnhardt died in a crash on the final lap. Michael Waltrip and Dale Earnhardt Jr. were running first and second on the final lap, while Earnhardt Sr. was third. In turn 4, Earnhardt lost control after making contact from Sterling Marlin, and crashed into the outside wall, taking Ken Schrader with him. Earnhardt suffered a fatal basilar skull fracture. The death overshadowed Waltrip's first win, which came in his 463rd Cup Series race.
- 2003: Michael Waltrip became a two-time winner in the shortest ever Daytona 500 after the race was shortened to 109 laps due to rain.
- 2005 : The start time was changed, allowing the race to finish under the lights at dusk. In the first use of the green-white-checkered finish rule in the Daytona 500, Gordon held off Kurt Busch, and Earnhardt Jr. to win his third Daytona 500. The race went 203 laps/507.5 miles.
- 2007: Running fifth with half a lap to go, Kevin Harvick picked up a push and surged to the front to nip Mark Martin by 0.02 seconds at the line. Most of the rest of the field crashed across the line as The Big One erupted behind them.
- 2008: The celebrated 50th running of the Daytona 500 was the first using NASCAR's Car of Tomorrow. It also marked the first race under the "Sprint Cup Series" banner, following the merger of Sprint with Nextel in 2006.
- 2010: The longest Daytona 500 distance until the 2020 event, 208 laps (520 miles (840 km)), due to requiring two green-white-checker efforts to finish the race. Jamie McMurray came home with the 2010 Daytona 500 victory. Dale Earnhardt Jr. finished second.
- 2011: Since this race marked the tenth anniversary of the death of Dale Earnhardt, the third lap was a "silent lap", meaning the TV and radio announcers were silent during the entire lap, and fans held up three fingers in reference to Earnhardt's car number. Trevor Bayne, at 20 years and one day old, became the youngest Daytona 500 winner ever.
- 2012: While 2010 was the longest distance, 2012 was the longest time to complete the race. Scheduled for a 12 noon EST start on Sunday, rain delayed the race to Monday, then further delayed it to a 7 PM start that Monday night, resulting in the first primetime Daytona 500 start (but the third to reach primetime). On lap 160, Juan Pablo Montoya crashed into a jet dryer in turn 3, sparking a lengthy red flag as crews put out the resulting fire and repaired the damage. The race finally ended at approximately 1 AM EST Tuesday morning, 37 hours after the originally scheduled start, with Matt Kenseth becoming the first repeat winner since Jeff Gordon who won the 2005 race. It was attended by that year's presidential candidateMitt Romney, who met his once removed sixteenth cousin and professional wrestlerJohn CenaFamily relationship of Mitt Romney and John Cena via John Fray.Facebook, Florida Attorney GeneralPam Bondi and musician Lenny Kravitz there.
- 2013 : There were a number of firsts. This was the first race with NASCAR's new redesigned Generation 6 body. Rookie Danica Patrick won the pole, becoming the first woman on pole in the Daytona 500. She also was the first woman to lead laps under green flag conditions in the race. Jimmie Johnson earned his second Daytona 500 victory.
- 2014: For the second year in a row, a rookie won the pole position, in this case, Austin Dillon in his first ride in the newly renumbered #3 Chevy SS for Richard Childress Racing, the first time the #3 had been used in a NASCAR Cup Series race since Dale Earnhardt's death. Dale Earnhardt Jr., won his second Daytona 500, the third straight won by a past winner, after Kenseth in 2012 and Johnson in 2013. The race was delayed 6 hours, 22 minutes, and ended at 11:18 p.m. ET Sunday night.
- 2015: Jeff Gordon won the pole for the final time, There were two big wrecks during the race, one with 19 laps to go for Justin Allgaier and Ty Dillon, brought out a red flag to ensue cleanup on the track, and one on lap 202 at a scheduled Green–white–checkered finish, Joey Logano won his first Daytona 500.
- 2016: Rookie Chase Elliott started the race from the pole position. Driver Denny Hamlin led 95 laps during the race, and on the last lap, Hamlin passed leader Matt Kenseth. Hamlin would then beat Martin Truex Jr. by 0.010 seconds, which would become the closest finish in the Daytona 500.
- 2017: Chase Elliott started the race from the pole for the second year in a row. Several big wrecks decimated the field but a long green run to the finish put everyone in fuel trouble. Kurt Busch won as Elliott, Martin Truex Jr., and Kyle Larson all ran out of fuel in the last four laps.
- 2018: 20 years after Dale Earnhardt Sr. earned his iconic victory at Daytona, Austin Dillon brought Richard Childress's #3 Chevrolet back to Victory Lane. Dillon, Childress's grandson, who was photographed next to Earnhardt as a child after the earlier win, led only the final lap, bumping leader Aric Almirola out of the way, sending the latter's Ford into the wall. Also of note, rookie Darrell Wallace Jr. finished in the runner-up spot, barely edging out 2016 winner Denny Hamlin, the highest finish for an African-American driver in the event's history. It was also the final NASCAR race for Danica Patrick, who was collected in a multi-car wreck near the end of the second stage that also ended the days of Chase Elliott, Brad Keselowski, Kevin Harvick, among others.
- 2019: The last race to use traditional restrictor plates in NASCAR since 1988. William Byron started on the pole alongside Alex Bowman, making it the youngest front-row starters in Daytona 500 history. Kurt Busch was caught up in an early wreck after contact with Ricky Stenhouse Jr., collecting Jamie McMurray, Austin Dillon, and Bubba Wallace. Kyle Busch would win stage 1 and Ryan Blaney would win stage 2. Matt DiBenedetto, driving for Leavine Family Racing, would lead a race-high of 49 laps until he was caught up in "The Big One" with nine laps to go after contact with Paul Menard going into turn 3, collecting 18 cars in all. Two more wrecks occurring in the final 5 laps forced the race into overtime. Denny Hamlin escaped through all the late crashes and would go on to win his second Daytona 500 race in his career. Joe Gibbs earned his third Daytona 500 victory. Gibbs-owned Toyotas swept the top three spots, as Kyle Busch finished second and Erik Jones third. It was the second time in event history that one team took home the first three spots, and the first time since Hendrick Motorsports achieved the feat in 1997.
- 2020: Donald Trump is the first President of the United States to serve as Daytona 500 Grand Marshal, and the opening lap is paced by the official Presidential state car. Shortly after this, continuing rain showers caused the race to be postponed for one day, for the first time in eight years. Denny Hamlin won his third Daytona 500 the next day in the second-closest finish in race history, though the win was overshadowed by a horrific accident for Ryan Newman on the final lap, being sent to a nearby hospital.
- 2021: Much like 2011, this race also had a "silent lap" on lap 3. Ironically, Derrike Cope, the 1990 Daytona 500 winner making his final start, blew a tire on this lap headed into turn 3, much like how Dale Earnhardt blew a tire on the final lap of the aforementioned 500. On lap 14, a 16-car wreck occurred before the race was red-flagged due to rain. After a 5-hour 40 minute stoppage, at 9:07pm the race resumed with Denny Hamlin eventually winning both stages. On the last lap, which occurred after midnight, a big wreck occurred in turn 3 and Michael McDowell scored his first career Cup win.
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The qualifying procedure is unique for the Daytona 500. Some teams must race their way into the Daytona 500 field. The first row is set by a timed round of qualifying, held one week before the race (prior to 2003, this was two rounds; prior to 2001, it was three). The remainder of the field is set by two separate qualifying races (these were 100 miles (160 km) from 1959 to 1967; 125 miles (201 km) from 1969 to 2004; and 150 miles (240 km) with a two-lap overtime, if necessary, beginning in 2005 (these races were not held in 1968 due to rain). The top two drivers from the qualifying races who were not in the top 35 in owner points were given spots on the field, and the rest of the field was set by the finishing order of the duels, with guaranteed spots to those in the top 35. The remaining spots, 40 to 43, were filled by top qualifying times of those not already in the field from the qualifying race. If there was a previous NASCAR champion without a spot, he would get one of those four spots, otherwise, the fourth-fastest car was added to the field.
Prior to 2005 – and beginning again in 2013 – after the top two cars were set, the top fourteen cars in the qualifying races advance to the field, and then between six (1998–2003), eight (1995–97, 2004) or 10 (until 1994) fastest cars which do not advance from the qualifying race are added, then cars in the top 35 in owner points not locked into the race, and then the driver with the championship provisional, except for 1985 when no such car was eligible for a provisional starting spot, the only time that happened in the Daytona 500 from when the provisional was added in 1976 through 2004.
See also: List of Daytona 500 broadcasters
The Daytona 500 was the first 500-mile (800 km) auto race to be televised live flag-to-flag on network television when CBS aired it in 1979, continuing to air until 2000.
From 2001 to 2006, the race alternated between FOX and NBC under the terms of a six–year, $2.48 billion NASCAR television contract, with FOX broadcasting the Daytona 500 in odd-numbered years (2001, 2003, 2005) and the Pepsi 400 in even-numbered years (2002, 2004, 2006) and NBC broadcasting the opposite race in that year.
In 2005, a new television contract was signed, which made FOX the sole broadcaster of the Daytona 500 for eight years, from 2007 to 2014. In 2013, 10 more years were added to the contract, giving FOX every Daytona 500 from 2015 to 2024 as well, for a total of at least 20 Daytona 500s in a row. The installation of the lighting system at Daytona International Speedway in 1998, as well as the implementations of the television packages in 2001 and 2007 respectively, have resulted in the race starting and ending much later than it did in the race's early years. The race started at 12:15 p.m. EST from 1979 until 2000. The start time was moved to 1:00 p.m EST from 2001 to 2004, 2:30 p.m. in 2005 and 2006, and 3:30 p.m. from 2007 to 2009, all for the convenience of west coast viewers. The 2005 race ended at sunset for the first time in its history, and the 2006 race ended well after sunset.
Every Daytona 500 between 2006 and 2010, as well as the 2012 and 2014 races, ended under the lights. The changing track conditions caused by the onset of darkness in the closing laps in these years forced the crew chiefs to predict the critical car setup adjustments needed for their final two pit stops. The 2007 race was the first Daytona 500 to go into prime-time, ending at 7:07 p.m. Eastern time. In 2010, the race moved back to a 1:00 p.m. start time, which should have resulted in it ending in daylight; however, two red flags caused by track surface issues led to long delays that pushed the race to 7:34 p.m. EST, pushing the race into prime-time for the second time. The 2012 race was also scheduled to start at 1:00 p.m. EST on Sunday, February 26, but heavy rain in the area caused the race to be postponed to 7:00 p.m. EST on Monday, February 27, making it the first Daytona 500 to be postponed to a Monday, as well as the first (and only) Daytona 500 to be run as a night race. Due to a two–hour red flag period after a jet dryer fire on the track with 40 laps remaining, the race did not end until about 12:40 a.m. on Tuesday, February 28. The 2013 race marked a return to the race's past tradition of ending in the late afternoon, as it ended at about 4:40 p.m., the race's earliest ending time since 2004. Although the 2014 race started around 1:30 p.m. EST, heavy rain and a tornado warning red–flagged the race after 38 laps and it was delayed for a record six hours and 22 minutes; the race finished the entire 500–mile distance around after 11:00 p.m. the same day, which effectively competed with the time-delayed East Coast broadcast of NBC's coverage of the 2014 Winter Olympics closing ceremony, scheduled between 7:00 and 10:30 p.m. The 2015 race started on time around 1:00 p.m., and ended after 203 laps due to a Green–white–checkered finish.
The television ratings for the Daytona 500 have surpassed those of the larger Indianapolis 500 (which has much larger physical attendance and international attendance) since 1995, even though the 1995 race was available in far fewer homes than the year before. Then-broadcaster CBS had lost well-established VHF (channels 2–13) affiliates in major markets as a result of the Fox affiliate switches of 1994. As an example, new affiliates WDJT in Milwaukee and WGNX in Atlanta — both cities that are home to NASCAR races — and WWJ in Detroit, close to Michigan International Speedway, were on the UHF band (channels 14–69), meaning that they had a significantly reduced broadcast area compared to former affiliates WITI, WAGA-TV, and WJBK, respectively. WDJT was not available in many Wisconsin markets by the time the Daytona 500 took place.
Pole position holders
Main article: List of Daytona 500 pole position winners
List of Daytona 500 winners
Main article: List of Daytona 500 winners
For NASCAR Grand National winners at Daytona from 1949 to 1958, see Daytona Beach and Road Course.
‡ – Record for fastest Daytona 500 at 177.602 mph (285.823 km/h) set by Buddy Baker in 1980.
- 1965–66, 2003, 2009: Races shortened due to rain.
- 1974: Race shortened due to energy crisis.
- 2005–07, 2010–12, 2015, and 2018–20: Races extended due to NASCAR overtime.
- 2012: Race postponed from Sunday afternoon to Monday night due to rain and finished after midnight on Tuesday.
- 2020: Race suspended until Monday evening due to rain.
- 2021: Race ran on Sunday, but finished after midnight on Monday.
Multiple winners (drivers)
|# Wins||Driver||Years Won|
|7||Richard Petty||1964, 1966, 1971, 1973, 1974, 1979, 1981|
|4||Cale Yarborough||1968, 1977, 1983, 1984|
|3||Bobby Allison||1978, 1982, 1988|
|Dale Jarrett||1993, 1996, 2000|
|Jeff Gordon||1997, 1999, 2005|
|Denny Hamlin||2016, 2019, 2020|
|2||Bill Elliott||1985, 1987|
|Sterling Marlin||1994, 1995|
|Michael Waltrip||2001, 2003|
|Matt Kenseth||2009, 2012|
|Jimmie Johnson||2006, 2013|
|Dale Earnhardt Jr.||2004, 2014|
Multiple winners (teams)
|# Wins||Team||Years Won|
|9||Petty Enterprises||1959, 1964, 1966, 1970, 1971, 1973, 1974, 1979, 1981|
|8||Hendrick Motorsports||1986, 1989, 1997, 1999, 2005, 2006, 2013, 2014|
|5||Wood Brothers Racing||1963, 1968, 1972, 1976, 2011|
|4||Joe Gibbs Racing||1993, 2016, 2019, 2020|
|3||Ranier-Lundy||1980, 1983, 1984|
|Morgan–McClure Motorsports||1991, 1994, 1995|
|Robert Yates Racing||1992, 1996, 2000|
|Richard Childress Racing||1998, 2007, 2018|
|Dale Earnhardt, Inc.||2001, 2003, 2004|
|2||Holman Moody||1965, 1967|
|Junior Johnson & Associates||1969, 1977|
|Melling Racing||1985, 1987|
|Roush Fenway Racing||2009, 2012|
|Team Penske||2008, 2015|
|# Wins||Manufacturer||Years Won|
|24||Chevrolet||1960, 1975, 1977, 1984, 1986, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2001, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2010, 2013, 2014, 2018|
|16||Ford||1963, 1965, 1967, 1969, 1978, 1985, 1987, 1992, 1996, 2000, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2015, 2017, 2021|
|4||Plymouth||1964, 1966, 1970, 1971|
|Dodge||1973, 1974, 2002, 2008|
|3||Mercury||1968, 1972, 1976|
|Oldsmobile||1959, 1979, 1980|
|Pontiac||1961, 1962, 1983|
|Buick||1981, 1982, 1988|
|Toyota||2016, 2019, 2020|
Race winner records
- Two consecutive victories as a driver
- Two consecutive victories as an owner
- Richard Petty (1970, 1971), (1973, 1974)
- Harry Ranier & J. T. Lundy (1983, 1984)
- Morgan–McClure Motorsports (1994, 1995)
- Dale Earnhardt, Inc. (2003, 2004)
- Hendrick Motorsports (2005, 2006), (2013, 2014)
- Joe Gibbs Racing (2019, 2020)
Winners from the pole position
Winners as both driver and owner
- Lee Petty
- Junior Johnson
- Richard Petty
- Dale Earnhardt
- Jeff Gordon
Won the Daytona 500 and Busch Clash in same year
Won the Daytona 500 and Can-Am Duel in same year
Won the Daytona 500 and Spring Talladega race in same year
Won the Daytona 500 and the Coca-Cola 600 in same year
Won the Daytona 500 and Coke Zero 400 in same year
Won the Daytona 500 and Brickyard 400 in same year
Won the Daytona 500 and the Southern 500 in same year
Won the Daytona 500 and 1 other Crown Jewel Race in same year
Won the Daytona 500 and 2 other Crown Jewel Races in same year
Won the Daytona 500 and the NASCAR Cup Series Championship in same year
Drivers whose first NASCAR Cup Series win was the Daytona 500
Youngest and oldest winners of the Daytona 500
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Tickets Start at $99 For 64th running of The Great American Race
Fully Open Frontstretch Seating, Camping, Hospitality and Beloved Pre-Race Experiences
Debut of Much Anticipated NASCAR Next Gen Car
Benefits of Extended Stay Infield Camping Packages
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Tickets for the 64th Annual DAYTONA 500, NASCAR’s most prestigious event that will debut the Cup Series anticipated ‘Next Gen Car,’ are on sale now. The 2022 edition of The Great American Race, which will be held on its traditional Presidents Day Weekend – Sunday, Feb. 20 – will have fully open frontstretch seating, expanded camping, hospitality and pre-race experiences. Tickets start at $99.
Race fans travel from all over the world to attend the storied DAYTONA 500 at the iconic Daytona International Speedway. Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, which limited fan attendance in 2021 at the 2.5-mile venue, NASCAR’s season-opener experienced five consecutive sellouts dating back to 2016 and the completion of the Daytona Rising $400 million renovation project. The 2020 DAYTONA 500 had guests representing all 50 states and 45 countries. Daytona International Speedway recently announced that spectator restrictions have been lifted so anticipation for the DAYTONA 500 is at an all-time high.
Those wishing to attend The Great American Race in person should make their plans early to secure the best seats and pricing. For ticket information on the 2022 DAYTONA 500, as well as Speedweeks Presented By AdventHealth events, log onto www.DAYTONA500.com or call 1-800-PITSHOP.
“The energy, excitement and sheer anticipation for the 2022 DAYTONA 500 is on a level that we haven’t seen in a long time,” said Daytona International Speedway President Frank Kelleher. “Our fans are ready to get back to the race track for The Great American Race, as well as Speedweeks Presented By AdventHealth. Our team at the World Center of Racing are ready for their return, as well as new fans to visit and experience the pageantry of the DAYTONA 500. They will be able to do just that, with fully open seating, camping and hospitality, along with the tradition of pre-race festivities, sprawling Midway displays and our infield UNOH Fanzone. On the track, fans will get to witness, for the first time, NASCAR’s Next Gen cars battling two-and three-wide at 200 mph. We can’t wait.”
The Next Gen car, a collaboration of the brightest engineering minds in racing and the automotive industry, is designed to give the drivers greater control. It will put an emphasis back on race strategies, team personnel and vehicle setups while returning the ‘stock car’ look to NASCAR. The cars are set to put on great racing for fans, incorporate relevant technology and look more like street version vehicles. Could we see a new winner in 2022? Earlier this year, Michael McDowell stunned the racing world by claiming his first career triumph in the DAYTONA 500.
Guests for the DAYTONA 500 will have the opportunity to experience the pageantry and edge-of-your-seat excitement in a state-of-the-art motorsports facility with amenities that include more than 101,500 seats, thousands of premium club seats, 40 escalators and 17 elevators, 60 luxury suites, social “neighborhoods” and three concourse levels that span the nearly mile-long frontstretch.
Extended-stay camping packages include access to general admission seating and the UNOH Fanzone/Pre-Race for each event during DAYTONA Speedweeks Presented By AdventHealth, excluding the DAYTONA 500. Some other notable options include:
- Hospitality and premium seat packages, including the Rolex 24 Lounge, Harley J’s, Trioval Club, DAYTONA 500 Club and President’s Row are available, as well as UNOH Fanzone/Pre-Race access.
- For all other DAYTONA Speedweeks Presented By AdventHealth events, children 12 and under are $10 in reserved seating and free in general admission areas and the UNOH Fanzone/Pre-Race area.
- Fans can also visit PrimeSport.com, the official travel package provider of Daytona International Speedway, where they can find multiple options for tickets, lodging and hospitality.
Below is a tentative schedule for DAYTONA Speedweeks Presented By AdventHealth:
- Tuesday, Feb. 15: Busch Clash
- Wednesday, Feb. 16: DAYTONA 500 Qualifying
- Thursday, Feb. 17: Bluegreen Vacations Duel at DAYTONA qualifying races
- Friday, Feb. 18: NextEra Energy 250
- Saturday, Feb. 19: Beef. It’s What’s For Dinner. 300 & Lucas Oil 200 Driven by General Tire
- Sunday, Feb. 20: DAYTONA 500
Fans can stay connected with Daytona International Speedway on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram for the latest speedway news.
The World Center of Racing will also be the site of two races this summer during the last weekend in August – the Coke Zero Sugar 400, the NASCAR Cup Series regular season finale, on Saturday, Aug. 28 at 7 p.m. ET, and the Wawa 250 Powered by Coca-Cola NASCAR Xfinity Series race on Friday, Aug. 27 at 7:30 p.m. ET. Tickets are on sale now for both events and can be found at www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com or by calling 1-800-PITSHOP.
Daytona 500 whens
When is Daytona 500 in 2021? Date, start time, TV schedule for race & qualifying
The NASCAR Cup Series will open its 73rd season on Valentine's Day 2021 with the 63rd running of the Daytona 500, aka The Great American Race, aka simply The 500.
This year's event will be much different than the 2020 version because of the ongoing effects of COVID-19. Race attendance at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Fla., will be limited to about 30,000 socially distanced spectators. Before the pandemic, the track schedule for Speedweeks was reduced to six days, from nine days in 2020.
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And for the first time in two decades, the race field won't include Jimmie Johnson. The seven-time Cup Series champion retired as a full-time NASCAR driver after last season. Johnson has already raced at Daytona this year, however; he competed in the Rolex 24 on the facility's road course.
What hasn't changed is the importance of the race to drivers, teams and sponsors. It remains NASCAR's most prestigious event.
Below is all you need to know to watch the 2021 Daytona 500 on Fox, the network's 18th presentation of the race.
When is Daytona 500 in 2021?
NASCAR lists the Daytona 500 start time as 2:30 p.m.; in fact, that is the start time for Fox's race telecast. The green flag figures to drop around 3 p.m. ET, weather permitting.
Fox made a change to its broadcast crew in the offseason. The network hired retired driver Clint Bowyer as a race analyst, adding him to a team that returns Mike Joy (play-by-play), former Bowyer nemesis Jeff Gordon (analysis) and Larry McReynolds (analysis). The four will lead the network's Daytona 500 race coverage.
Jamie Little, Regan Smith and Vince Welch will be the pit reporters for the race. Chris Myers and Shannon Spake will anchor prerace coverage on Fox and FS1. Michael Waltrip, Bobby Labonte and Tom Rinaldi will provide Daytona 500 coverage for the networks, as well.
Daytona 500 2021 TV schedule
Race fans can watch 2021 Speedweeks events on the Fox family of networks. Programming will begin with the annual Busch Clash exhibition race. NASCAR moved the Clash from Daytona's 2.5-mile oval to the facility's 3.61-mile road course for this year.
The Busch Clash, Daytona 500 practices, pole qualifying, the Duels and the Daytona 500 will air live on FS1, FS2 or Fox and be broadcast on MRN, the Motor Racing Network.
Below is the full TV schedule for all Daytona 500 practice sessions, qualifying events and races. All events being shown on FS1 or Fox can be streamed live on Fox Sports Go.
|7 p.m. ET||Busch Clash at Daytona||FS1||MRN|
|12:05 p.m. ET||Daytona 500 practice||FS1||MRN|
|7 p.m. ET||Daytona 500 qualifying||FS1||MRN|
|7 p.m. ET||Duels at Daytona||FS1||MRN|
|9:30 a.m. ET||Daytona 500 practice||FS2||MRN|
|12:05 p.m. ET||Daytona 500 practice||FS1||MRN|
|2:30 p.m. ET||Daytona 500||Fox||MRN|
Daytona 500 2021 qualifying
NASCAR employs a one-of-a-kind format to set the field for its premier event. It begins with pole qualifying. The drivers who finish 1-2 in this session are locked into the front row for the race.
The full pole qualifying results are used to organize Phase 2, the Duel races. Drivers who qualify in odd-numbered positions (first, third and so on) will race in the first Duel. Drivers who qualify in even-numbered spots (second, fourth, and so on) will race in the second Duel. Each race is 150 miles long (60 laps).
The results of the first Duel race will set the inside row of the Daytona 500 field; the results of the second Duel race will set the outside row.
NASCAR had not released an official entry list for the 2021 Daytona 500 as of Feb. 4. What is certain is that the series' 36 "charter" teams are guaranteed spots in the 40-car field and a group of "open" teams will compete for the remaining four spots. The drivers in the open cars will need to make the race through pole qualifying or their finish in the Duel races.
Daytona 500 2021 odds
It's not surprising that two-time defending race winner Denny Hamlin is the betting favorite for the 2021 race, but 2020 Cup Series champion Chase Elliott is a slight surprise as the second choice because he has finished no better than 14th in his five Daytona 500s despite winning the pole twice.
Bubba Wallace, who signed with the new Hamlin-Michael Jordan 23XI Racing team last year, could be a value play at 20-1. Wallace is strong on restrictor-plate tracks, and he finished a career-best second in the 2018 Daytona 500.
Below are FanDuel Sportsbook's odds (as of Feb. 1) to win the 2021 Daytona 500:
|Martin Truex Jr.||18-1|
|Ricky Stenhouse Jr.||24-1|
This article has been corrected to show that changes to the 2021 Speedweeks were made before COVID-19, and that MRN will broadcast all Daytona 500 practices.
The Daytona 500 will kick off the 2021 NASCAR Cup Series season and feature a mix of new teams like Michael Jordan’s 23XI Racing along with more established units such as Hendrick Motorsports, home to defending series champion Chase Elliott.
This year’s Daytona 500, the 63rd running of The Great American Race, is scheduled for Sunday, Feb. 14, with a start time of 2:30 p.m. ET. TV coverage will be on FOX, with live streaming on FOX Sports Go and the radio call on MRN.
The Daytona 500 culminates Speedweeks, a full schedule of practice, qualifying and racing that includes action from all three NASCAR national series, as well as the ARCA Menards Series. Below is all you need to know for watching the Daytona 500, NASCAR’s crown jewel race:
When is the Daytona 500 in 2021?
- Date: Sunday, Feb. 14
- Start time: 2:30 p.m. ET
- TV channel: FOX
- Live stream: Fox Sports Go
- Radio: MRN
The FOX broadcast will feature a new voice in the booth as former Cup Series driver Clint Bowyer joins NASCAR Hall of Famer Jeff Gordon and veteran play-by-play announcer Mike Joy. FOX is returning to a three-person booth after one year with a two-man setup following the retirement of Darrell Waltrip.
Bowyer and Gordon developed a rapport during broadcasts of the eNASCAR iRacing Pro Invitational Series last season when NASCAR paused due to the COVID-19 pandemic. FOX is looking to bring that banter over to NASCAR broadcasts as anticipation builds for the unpredictable Bowyer’s booth debut.
Larry McReynolds, America’s favorite crew chief, will continue to provide analysis for the FOX Sports booth from the network’s Charlotte studios.
Daytona 500 2021 TV schedule
The Daytona 500 culminates Daytona Speedweeks presented by Advent Health, six days of NASCAR action that starts on Tuesday, Feb. 9 with the Busch Clash at Daytona. The 43rd annual exhibition race will run on the 14-turn, 3.61-mile Daytona Road Course for the first time, and it will start under the lights at 7 p.m. ET on FS1. NASCAR drivers can qualify for the Busch Clash in a number of different ways.
Practices and qualifying sessions will return at Daytona. Last season, practices were canceled and lineups were set first by draw and then by a mathematical formula during the COVID-19 pandemic. This season, there will be practice and qualifying at select events, including the Daytona 500, as NASCAR continues to work with state, local and federal officials to ensure the safety of its competitors and spectators.
Here’s a look at the full Cup Series schedule of events for Speedweeks:
|Event||Start time||TV channel||Live stream||Radio|
|Busch Clash at Daytona||7 p.m. ET||FS1||Fox Sports Go||MRN|
|Event||Start time||TV channel||Live stream||Radio|
|Duels at Daytona||7 p.m. ET||FS1||Fox Sports Go||MRN|
|Event||Start time||TV channel||Live stream||Radio|
|Second practice||9:30 a.m. ET||FS2||Fox Sports Go||N/A|
|Final practice||12:05 p.m. ET||FS1||Fox Sports Go||N/A|
|Event||Start time||TV channel||Live stream||Radio|
|Daytona 500||2:30 p.m. ET||FOX||Fox Sports Go||MRN|
Daytona 500 2021 qualifying
Setting the lineup is different for the Daytona 500 than any other NASCAR national series event. Busch Pole Qualifying, set for 7 p.m. ET Wednesday, Feb. 10, on FS1, will determine the front row for the main event. The two fastest times from single-car qualifying will line up on Row 1 on Sunday for the Daytona 500.
The rest of the lineup will mostly be determined by results of Thursday’s Bluegreen Vacations Duels, starting at 7 p.m. ET on FS1. The winner of Duel 1 will line up in Row 2 behind the polesitter, with subsequent finishers in Duel 1 filling the odd-numbered slots throughout the 40-car field.
Meanwhile, the winner of Duel 2 will line up in Row 2 behind the second-fastest car in qualifying, with subsequent Duel 2 finishers filling out the rest of the even-numbered slots. The top Open (non-chartered) cars in Duel 1 and Duel 2 will fill the next slots, with any remaining open spots being filled by the best qualifiers.
All of this will lead to a full lineup for Sunday’s Daytona 500 at 2:30 p.m. ET on FOX.
Daytona 500 2021 entry list
This Daytona 500 entry list is unofficial and subject to change:
|00||Quin Houff||StarCom Racing|
|1||Kurt Busch||Chip Gannasi Racing|
|2||Brad Keselowski||Team Penske|
|3||Austin Dillon||Richard Childress Racing|
|4||Kevin Harvick||Stewart-Haas Racing|
|5||Kyle Larson||Hendrick Motorsports|
|6||Ryan Newman||Roush Fenway Racing|
|7||Corey LaJoie||Spire Motorsports|
|8||Tyler Reddick||Richard Childress Racing|
|9||Chase Elliott||Hendrick Motorsports|
|10||Aric Almirola||Stewart-Haas Racing|
|11||Denny Hamlin||Joe Gibbs Racing|
|12||Ryan Blaney||Team Penske|
|14||Chase Briscoe||Stewart-Haas Racing|
|15||Derrike Cope||Rick Ware Racing|
|16*||Kaz Grala||Kaulig Racing|
|17||Chris Buescher||Roush Fenway Racing|
|18||Kyle Busch||Joe Gibbs Racing|
|19||Martin Truex Jr.||Joe Gibbs Racing|
|20||Christopher Bell||Joe Gibbs Racing|
|21||Matt DiBenedetto||Wood Brothers Racing|
|22||Joey Logano||Team Penske|
|23||Bubba Wallace||23XI Racing|
|24||William Byron||Hendrick Motorsports|
|33*||Austin Cindric||Team Penske|
|34||Michael McDowell||Front Row Motorsports|
|36*||David Ragan||Front Row Motorsports|
|37*||Ryan Preece||JTG Daugherty Racing|
|38||Anthony Alfredo||Front Row Motorsports|
|41||Cole Custer||Stewart-Haas Racing|
|42||Ross Chastain||Chip Ganassi Racing|
|43||Erik Jones||Richard Petty Motorsports|
|47||Ricky Stenhouse Jr.||JTG Daugherty Racing|
|48||Alex Bowman||Hendrick Motorsports|
|49*||Chad Finchum||MBM Motorsports|
|51||Cody Ware||Rick Ware Racing|
|52||Josh Bilicki||Rick Ware Racing|
|53||TBD||Rick Ware Racing|
|62*||Noah Gragson||Beard Oil Motorsports|
|66*||Timmy Hill||MBM Motorsports|
|77||Jamie McMurray||Spire Motorsports|
|78||B.J. McLeod||Live Fast Motorsports|
|96*||Ty Dillon||Gaunt Brothers Racing|
|99||Daniel Suarez||Trackhouse Racing Team|
* = Will likely need to race way into Daytona 500
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Most sports end with the biggest event.
NASCAR starts with it.
On Sunday, Feb. 14 the Daytona 500 will go green for the 63rd year following an unprecedented 2020 season.
This go-round, it'll feature several drastic changes among the field with drivers in new rides and brand new teams introducing themselves at The Great American Race. Chase Elliott, the defending series champion, rides the momentum from the offseason and will have his eyes set on his first 500 victory, while three-time Daytona champ Denny Hamlin is aiming for a historic third win in the event in a row.
During superspeedway races, manufacturer alliances (Chevrolet, Ford, Toyota) are often the storyline, as specific drivers only worked with those who they were told to.
Here's a look at all the important information you need to know ahead of the 2020 Daytona 500.
2021 DAYTONA 500 INFORMATION:
WHEN IS THE 2021 DAYTONA 500?
The 63rd edition of the Daytona 500 is on Sunday, February 14, 2021 at 2:30 p.m. ET.
HOW TO WATCH THE 2021 DAYTONA 500?
FOX will broadcast the 2021 Daytona 500, as they have done every year since 2007.
HOW TO LISTEN TO THE 2021 DAYTONA 500?
The Motor Racing Network (MRN) will provide radio coverage for the 2021 Daytona 500. Find your local provider here. The race will also be broadcast nationally on SiriusXM NASCAR Radio Ch. 90
HOW TO STREAM TO THE 2021 DAYTONA 500?
FOX Sports and the FOX Sports App have the live online stream of the 2021 Daytona 500.
WHO IS THE DEFENDING DAYTONA 500 CHAMPION?
Denny Hamlin won the 2020 Daytona 500 for the third time in his career.
2020: Denny Hamlin (3)
2019: Denny Hamlin (2)
2018: Austin Dillon
2017: Kurt Busch
2016: Denny Hamlin
2015: Joey Logano
2014: Dale Earnhardt Jr. (2) - retired
2013: Jimmie Johnson (2) - retired
2012: Matt Kenseth - retired
2011: Trevor Bayne
STARTING ORDER FOR THE 2021 DAYTONA 500:
The pole and front row for the Daytona 500 will be determined by qualifying on Wednesday, Feb. 10.
The rest of the starting order will be determined based on the finishing order of Thursday, Feb. 11's duel races.