It’s NASCAR race day at Daytona International Speedway, and we’ve got all the information you need to get ready for today’s 61st annual Daytona 500, the season-opener of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series:
START TIME: 2:30 p.m. ET.
Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt will instruct drivers to start their engines, while Dale Earnhardt Jr. will drive the pace car (Chevrolet Silverado truck) leading the field around the track.
GREEN FLAG: New England Patriots wide receiver and Super Bowl LIII MVP Julian Edelman will wave the flag to start the race at 3:05 p.m. ET.
TV: Fox. Pre-race broadcast begins at 1 p.m ET.
RADIO: Motor Racing Network. STREAMING: Fox Sports Go.
RACE DISTANCE: 200 laps around the 2.5-mile track for a total of 500 miles.
STAGE LENGTHS (laps per stage): Stage 1: 60, Stage 2: 60, Stage 3: 80.
WEATHER: Absolutely ideal. The Weather Channel is calling for mostly sunny skies with highs in the low 80s.
LAST TIME: Austin Dillon captured his first Daytona 500 win, taking the checkered flag in overtime after bumping and spinning race leader Aric Almirola on the white-flag lap. The Richard Childress Racing driver took the iconic No. 3 to victory lane 20 years after Dale Earnhardt Sr. captured his lone Daytona 500 title in the same car for Childress.
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LINEUP: William Byron won his first career NASCAR Cup Series pole last Sunday and will start on the front row alongside Hendrick Motorsports teammate Alex Bowman, the 2018 pole winner.
Here is the lineup for the 61st annual Daytona 500 (car number in parentheses; x-one of the four open teams that made the field.):
1. (24) William Byron, Chevrolet, Hendrick Motorsports
2. (88) Alex Bowman, Chevrolet, Hendrick Motorsports
3. (4) Kevin Harvick, Ford, Stewart-Haas Racing
4. (22) Joey Logano, Ford, Team Penske
5. (17) Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Ford, Roush Fenway Racing
6. (14) Clint Bowyer, Ford, Stewart-Haas Racing
7. (21) Paul Menard, Ford, Wood Brothers Racing
8. (10) Aric Almirola, Ford, Stewart-Haas Racing
9. (95) Matt DiBenedetto, Toyota, Leavine Family Racing
10. (11) Denny Hamlin, Toyota, Joe Gibbs Racing
11. (19) Martin Truex Jr., Toyota, Joe Gibbs Racing
12. (1) Kurt Busch, Chevrolet, Chip Ganassi Racing
13. (47) Bubba Wallace, Chevrolet, Richard Petty Motorsports
14. (12) Ryan Blaney, Ford, Team Penske
15. (37) Chris Buescher, Chevrolet, JTG Daugherty Racing
16. (40) Jamie McMurray, Chevrolet, Spire Motorsports
17. (48) Jimmie Johnson, Chevrolet, Hendrick Motorsports
18. (9) Chase Elliott, Chevrolet, Hendrick Motorsports
19. (6) Ryan Newman, Ford, Roush Fenway Racing
20. (3) Austin Dillon, Chevrolet, Richard Childress Racing
21. (47) Ryan Preece, Chevrolet, JTG Daugherty Racing
22. (13) Ty Dillon, Chevrolet, Germain Racing
23. (41) Daniel Suarez, Ford, Stewart-Haas Racing
24. (38) David Ragan, Ford, Front Row Motorsports
25. (96) x-Parker Kligerman, Toyota, Gaunt Brothers Racing
26. (42) Kyle Larson, Chevrolet, Chip Ganassi Racing
27. (00) Landon Cassill, Chevrolet, Starcom Racing
28. (20) Erik Jones, Toyota, Joe Gibbs Racing
29. (8) Daniel Hemric, Chevrolet, Richard Childress Racing
30. (62) x-Brendan Gaughan, Chevrolet, Beard Motorsports
31. (18) Kyle Busch, Toyota, Joe Gibbs Racing
32. (32) Corey LaJoie, Ford, GO FAS Racing
33. (36) Matt Tifft, Ford, Front Row Motorsports
34. (34) Michael McDowell, Ford, Front Row Motorsports
35. (2) Brad Keselowski, Ford, Team Penske
36. (15) Ross Chastain, Chevrolet, Premium Motorsports
37. (52) Cody Ware, Chevrolet, Rick Ware Racing
38. (51) BJ McLeod, Ford, Petty Ware Racing
39. (31) x-Tyler Reddick, Chevrolet, Richard Childress Racing
40. (27) x-Casey Mears, Chevrolet, Germain Racing
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