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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.
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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.
Michael McDowell pulls off a stunner with last-lap Daytona 500 victory: In a stunning upset at the end of an action-filled, rain-interrupted Daytona 500, Front Row Motorsports driver Michael McDowell claimed his first NASCAR Cup Series victory after charging into the lead during a brutal multicar wreck in Turn 3 on the final lap. “I can’t believe it,” McDowell said. “I’ve got to thank God. So many years of just grinding it out, hoping for an opportunity like this. I’ve got to thank (team owner) Bob Jenkins for giving me this opportunity. I’m so thankful. “What a great way to get a first victory—in the Daytona 500!”[Read More](2-15-2021)
#34-Michael McDowell won the Daytona 500 NASCAR Cup Series race at Daytona International Speedway. The win is his first career Cup win.
#-9-Elliott finished 2nd followed by #3-Dillon,#4-Harvick, #11-Hamlin,#37-Preece, #42-Chastain, #77-McMurray, #7-LaJoie, and #5-Larson.
The race ended under caution after an accident on the final lap. Logano took the lead with 25 laps remaining in the race, but #2-Keselowski was making a move for the lead with McDowell following. McDowell got into the back of Keselowski, pushing him into Logano. Keselowski and Logano spun out, collecting several other cars. McDowell was leading at the time the caution came out. It was the only lap he led on the night.
#11-Hamlin dominated much of the race, winning both Stage 1 & 2 and leading 98 of 200 laps. However, he got shuffled out of the lead with 25 laps remaining and could never get back to the front.
The “Big One” on lap 14 collected 16 cars including pole sitter #48-Bowman, as well as #19-Truex, Jr., #21-DiBenedetto, #10-Almirola, #12-Blaney, #24-Byron, #6-Newman, #20-Bell, #1-Busch, #99-Suarez, #43-Jones, #77-McMurray, #8-Reddick, #17-Buscher, #36-Ragan, #38-Alfredo. The wreck started after contact between Bell and Almriola sent Almirola spinning at the front of the field. Only Truex, Reddick, Kurt Busch, Byron and McMurray were able to continue.
While under caution for the accident, the race was red flagged for lightning in the area. Rain then moved in and the race was delayed by nearly 6 hours.
There were 22 lead changes among 13 drivers and 7 cautions for 40 yellow flag laps.
The average speed of the race was: 144.416mph.
See race details at: Race Results, Drivers Points Standings, Owners Points Standings, Cumulative Report, Penalty Report.
Race Fast Facts – Daytona:
Michael McDowell won the 63rd Annual DAYTONA 500, his first victory in 358 NASCAR Cup Series races.
This is his first victory and first top-10 finish in 2021.
This is his first victory and seventh top-10 finish in 20 races at Daytona International Speedway.
Chase Elliott (second) posted his second top-10 finish in 11 races at Daytona International Speedway.
Austin Dillon (third) posted his eighth top-10 finish in 16 races at Daytona International Speedway.
Chase Briscoe (19th) was the highest finishing rookie.
Eight drivers posted their first career NASCAR Cup Series victory with a win in the Daytona 500 – Tiny Lund (1963), Mario Andretti (1967), Pete Hamilton (1970), Derrike Cope (1990), Sterling Marlin (1994),
Michael Waltrip (2001), Trevor Bayne (2011) and Michael McDowell (2021). Three other drivers posted their career-first victory in (points-paying) qualifying races at Daytona: Johnny Rutherford (1963), Bobby Isaac (1964) and Earl Balmer (1966).
McDowell’s 358 starts are the second-most in series history by a driver before their first win; behind Michael Waltrip with 463 starts before his first win in the 2001 Daytona 500.
This crew chief Drew Blickensderfer’s second win in the Daytona 500 – 2009 Matt Kenseth, 2021 Michael McDowell.
This is Front Row Motorsport’s first win the Daytona 500.
This is Ford’s 16th victory in the Daytona 500.(NASCAR)(2-14-2021)
Cup Series Playoff Standings after Daytona:
1) #34-Michael McDowell [1 win], 46 points
2) #3-Austin Dillon, 58
3) #11-Denny Hamlin, 52
4) #4-Kevin Harvick, 50
5) #9-Chase Elliott, 48
6) #37-Ryan Preece 46
7) #5-Kyle Larson, 41
8) #23-Bubba Wallace, 41
9) #22-Joey Logano, 40
10) #20-Christopher Bell, 35
11) #42-Ross Chastain, 32
12) #7-Corey LaJoie, 32
13) #18-Kyle Busch, 32
14) #77-Jamie McMurray, 30
15) #41-Cole Custer, 27
16) #2-Brad Keselowski, 25
See the Drivers Points Standings and Owners Points Standings.
Cars to the rear: #2-Keselowski (backup car), #14-Briscoe (backup car), #16-Grala (backup car), #19-Truex (radiator/oil cooler change), #23-Wallace (failed pre-race twice), #24-Byron (backup car), #38-Alfredo (backup car) #41-Custer (backup car), #42-Chastain (backup car), #43-Jones (engine change)
Pit Stall Selections: The selections of pit stalls for the Daytona 500 NASCAR Cup Series race at Daytona International Speedway have been made.
Pole winner #48-Bowman chose pit stall 1.
Outside pole sitter #24-Byron took the 19th stall, with an opening in front of it.
See all pit choices on Pit Stall chart.(2-12-2021)
Final Cup practice for the Daytona 500 has been canceled because of rain.
Second practice for the Daytona 500 NASCAR Cup Series race at Daytona International Speedway was cut short after just 3 minutes because of rain. The top 5 were:
#19-Truex, Jr. 195.299
27 drivers made it on track before practice was canceled.
See the speeds on the Second Practice speeds page.(2-13-2021)
Field set for Daytona 500: With the conclusion of the Bluegreen Vacations Duels, the lineup is set for Sunday’s Daytona 500 NASCAR Cup Series race at Daytona International Speedway.
#48-Bowman and #24-Byron earned the front row based on their qualifying speeds Wednesday night.
The rest of the top 10: #10-Almirola, #3-Dillon, #20-Bell, #23-Wallace, #6-Newman, #4-Harvick, #22-Logano, and #18-Busch.
After the front row, the odd numbered starting positions were based on the finishes in Duel 1, the even number positions were based on Duel 2 finishing spots.
Open teams that made the race: #16-Grala, #33-Cindric, #36-Ragan, #37-Preece.
Drivers that did not make the race: #13-Smithley, #62-Gragson, #66-Hill, #96-Dillon.
See the full field on the Daytona 500 Starting Lineup page.
#3-Austin Dillon won the Bluegreen Vacations Duel 2 for the Daytona 500 NASCAR Cup Series race at Daytona International Speedway. He took the lead from #23-Wallace coming off of turn 4 to win by .05 second.
#23-Wallace finished second, followed by #4-Harvick, #18-Busch, #9-Elliott, #12-Blaney, #7-LaJoie, #36-Ragan, #1-Busch, and #17-Buescher.
The race ended in overtime after a multi-car accident brought out the caution with 3 laps remaining. Duel Pole sitter #24-Byron was caught in the accident and will go to a backup for Sunday’s race.
The start of the race was delayed by nearly 3 hours after it rained at the track just before the planned start.
#36-Ragan was the top finishing open car and will race Sunday.
#16-Grala, #13-Smithley, and #62-Gragson were the lowest finishing open drivers. #16-Grala will make the Daytona 500 based on his qualifying speed.
There were 2 cautions for 8 laps and 14 lead changes among 6 leaders.
See complete results on the Duel #2 race results page.(2-12-2021)
#10-Aric Almirola won the Bluegreen Vacations Duel 1 for the Daytona 500 NASCAR Cup Series race at Daytona International Speedway.
#20-Bell finished second, followed by #6-Newman, #22-Logano, #37-Preece, #96-Dillon, #5-Larson, #99-Suarez, #34-McDowell, and #77-McMurray.
Pole sitter #48-Bowman battled an engine issue during the race and finished 20th.
#37-Preece was the top finishing open car and will race Sunday.
#96-Dillon, #33-Cindric and #66-Hill were the lower finishing open drivers. #33-Cindric will make the Daytona 500 based on his qualifying speed.
There were no cautions and 9 lead changes among 5 leaders.
See complete results on the Duel #1 race results page.(2-11-2021)
Duel Races Pit stall selections
Alex Bowman and William Byron qualify on the front row of the 2021 Daytona 500: Alex Bowman swapped car numbers for the 2021 season – from 88 to 48 – but has certainly retained his Daytona magic, earning the pole position for Sunday’s Daytona 500 (2:30 p.m. ET on FOX, MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio), giving the Hendrick Motorsports driver a record fourth consecutive front row start in the NASCAR Cup Series season-opener. Bowman, 27, went out late in the qualifying order (38th of 44 drivers) Wednesday night – the first night-time pole qualifying session in race history – but his Chevrolet handily set the pace with a lap of 191.261 mph (47.056 secs.), taking the top-spot from Hendrick Motorsports teammate William Byron by more than a quarter-second.[Read More](2-10-2021)
#48-Alex Bowman won the Busch pole for the Daytona 500 NASCAR Cup Series race at Daytona International Speedway with speed of 191.261mph, for his 2nd pole at Daytona and 3rd of his career.
Bowman won the Daytona 500 pole in 2018 and started 2nd in 2019 and 2020.
#24-William Byron will start the race in second.
The rest of the field will be set after the Duel races on Thursday night. Qualifying set the field for those races.
Bowman will start on the pole for the first duel, followed by #10-Almirola, #47-Stenhouse, #20-Bell, and #37-Preece.
Byron is the pole sitter for the second duel, followed by #23-Wallace, #4-Harvick, #3-Dillon, and #9-Elliott.
The fastest two open teams are guaranteed a starting position in the race based on their qualifying speeds: #37-Preece and #36-Ragan. Their starting spots will be determined by their finish in the Duels.
The top finishing open car in each Duel Thursday night will also make the race. The rest will not qualify.
See the Qualifying results, Duel #1 Starting Lineup and Duel #2 Starting Lineup page.(2-10-2021)
Daytona International Speedway – Qualifying Fast Facts:
Alex Bowman won the Pole Award for the 63rd Annual DAYTONA 500 with a lap of 47.056 seconds, 191.261 mph.
This is his third pole in 190 NASCAR Cup Series races.
Hendrick Motorsports has won 14 Daytona 500 poles, the series most: Ken Schrader (1988, 1989, 1990), Jeff Gordon (1999, 2015), Jimmie Johnson (2002, 2008), Mark Martin (2010), Dale Earnhardt Jr. (2011), Chase Elliott (2016, 2017), Alex Bowman (2018, 2021), William Byron (2019).
This is his second pole in ten races at Daytona International Speedway.
William Byron (second) posted his fourth top-10 start in seven races at Daytona International Speedway.
Aric Almirola (third) posted his fourth top-10 start at Daytona International Speedway.
Alex Bowman becomes the first driver to sit on the Daytona 500 front row four consecutive seasons (2018-2021).
Daytona 500 Drivers and Cars pictures
Daytona 500 Paint Schemes
First practice for the Daytona 500 NASCAR Cup Series race at Daytona International Speedway is over, after 50 scheduled minutes. The top-five:
#19-Truex, Jr. 199.693
Slowest: #51-Ware, 177.092
Most laps run: #20-Bell, 22 laps.
Best 10 consecutive lap avg (of 11 drivers): #23-Wallace 198.131.
See the fastest speeds, best 10 consecutive lap average, laps run on the First Practice speeds page.(2-10-2021)
The entry List for the Daytona 500 NASCAR Cup Series race at Daytona International Speedway is posted, 44 teams/drivers [for 40 spots] are listed.
The teams that do not have a charter and must qualify: #13-Smithley, #16-Grala, #33-Cindric, #36-Ragan, #37-Preece, #62-Gragson, #66-Hill, #96-TDillon.
Since 44 cars are entered, 4 drivers will miss race.
See the full entry list on the Daytona 500 Entry List page.
Daytona 500 qualifying process (see the bottom of the page)
Goodyear Tire Notes
2021 Daytona 500 TandemDraft Stats
2021 daytona 500
2021 Daytona 500
|To the back:|
|Brad Keselowski||2||backup car|
|Chase Briscoe||14||backup car|
|Kaz Grala||16||backup car|
|Martin Truex, Jr.||19||radiator change|
|Bubba Wallace||23||multiple inspection failures|
|William Byron||24||backup car|
|Anthony Alfredo||38||backup car|
|Cole Custer||41||backup car|
|Ross Chastain||42||backup car|
|Erik Jones||43||engine change|
|Failed to qualify, withdrew, or driver changes:|
|41||Ty Dillon||96||Bass Pro Shops / Black Rifle Coffee||Gaunt Brothers Racing||Toyota|
|42||Garrett Smithley||13||Trophy Tractor||Carl Long||Ford|
|43||Timmy Hill||66||VSI Racing||Carl Long||Ford|
|44||Noah Gragson||62||Beard Oil Distributors||Beard Motorsports||Chevrolet|
|Caution flag breakdown:|
|4||7||4||#15 accident turn 4||none|
|15||29||15||#19,43,77,48,21,8,10,17,12,24,6,20,1,36,38,99 accident turn 3||none|
|39||43||5||#00,14 accident frontstretch||#77|
|67||71||5||end of stage 1||#77|
|113||117||5||#47,20,5,77 accident backstretch||none|
|132||136||5||end of stage 2||#20|
|200||200||1||#2,22,37,9,42,18,23,33 accident turn 3||none|
|Percent of race run under caution: 20.0% Average green flag run: 22.9 laps|
'Lucky Dog' recipients prior to 2009 were compiled by Jayski.com.
|Lap leader breakdown:|
2021 Daytona 500
63rd Running of the event, held in Daytona Beach, Florida
The 2021 Daytona 500, the 63rd running of the event, was a NASCAR Cup Series race that was held on February 14–15, 2021. Contested over 200 laps on the 2.5-mile (4.0 km) asphalt superspeedway, it was the first race of the 2021 NASCAR Cup Series season. In one of the biggest surprise upsets in Daytona 500 history, Michael McDowell, driving for Front Row Motorsports, won his first career NASCAR Cup Series race after Team Penske teammates Joey Logano and Brad Keselowski wrecked battling for the lead on the final lap. McDowell was a 100-1 underdog, making his 358th Cup Series start and driving for a team with only two previous Cup Series victories.
Daytona International Speedway is a race track in Daytona Beach, Florida that is one of six superspeedways, the others being Auto Club Speedway, Pocono Raceway, Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Michigan International Speedway, and Talladega Superspeedway.
Daytona International Speedway is one of three superspeedways to hold NASCAR races, the other two being Indianapolis Motor Speedway and Talladega Superspeedway. The standard track at Daytona International Speedway is a four-turn superspeedway that is 2.5 miles (4.0 km) long. The track's turns are banked at 31 degrees, while the front stretch, the location of the finish line, is banked at 18 degrees. The race will be the return of multiple retired drivers, such as 2010 winner Jamie McMurray and Derrike Cope, the 1990 winner. The race will also be the debut of drivers Anthony Alfredo, Chase Briscoe, Austin Cindric and Noah Gragson. The race will also be the debut of many new teams, most notably 23XI Racing.
- (W) denotes past 500 winner.
- (R) denotes rookie driver.
- (i) denotes driver who is ineligible for series driver points.
First practice (February 9)
Bubba Wallace was the fastest in the first practice session with a time of 45.057 seconds and a speed of 199.747 mph (321.462 km/h). This was the first practice session for a NASCAR Cup Series race in almost a year, the last one being at the 2020 March Phoenix Race.
Alex Bowman scored the pole for the race with a time of 47.056 and a speed of 191.261 mph (307.805 km/h). Electrical problems for Derrike Cope and multiple inspection failures for Noah Gragson kept them from taking a timed lap.
Bluegreen Vacations Duels
See also: 2021 Bluegreen Vacations Duels
The Bluegreen Vacations Duels are a pair of NASCAR Cup Series races held in conjunction with the Daytona 500 annually in February at Daytona International Speedway. They consist of two races 60 laps and 150 miles (240 km) in length, which serve as heat races that set the lineup for the Daytona 500. The first race sets the lineup for cars that qualified in odd-numbered positions on pole qualifying day, while the second race sets the lineup for cars that qualified in even-numbered positions. The Duels set the lineup for positions 3–38, while positions 39 and 40 are filled by the two "Open" (teams without a charter) cars that set the fastest times in qualifying, but did not lock in a spot in the Duels.
Duel 1 results
|1||2||10||Aric Almirola||Stewart-Haas Racing||Ford||60||10|
|2||4||20||Christopher Bell||Joe Gibbs Racing||Toyota||60||9|
|3||12||6||Ryan Newman||Roush Fenway Racing||Ford||60||8|
|4||11||22||Joey Logano||Team Penske||Ford||60||7|
|5||5||37||Ryan Preece||JTG Daugherty Racing||Chevrolet||60||6|
|6||17||96||Ty Dillon (i)||Gaunt Brothers Racing||Toyota||60||0|
|7||8||5||Kyle Larson||Hendrick Motorsports||Chevrolet||60||4|
|8||6||99||Daniel Suárez||Trackhouse Racing Team||Chevrolet||60||3|
|9||14||34||Michael McDowell||Front Row Motorsports||Ford||60||2|
|10||18||77||Jamie McMurray||Spire Motorsports||Chevrolet||60||1|
|11||3||47||Ricky Stenhouse Jr.||JTG Daugherty Racing||Chevrolet||60||0|
|12||9||21||Matt DiBenedetto||Wood Brothers Racing||Ford||60||0|
|13||7||11||Denny Hamlin||Joe Gibbs Racing||Toyota||60||0|
|14||13||41||Cole Custer||Stewart-Haas Racing||Ford||60||0|
|15||16||8||Tyler Reddick||Richard Childress Racing||Chevrolet||60||0|
|16||10||33||Austin Cindric (i)||Team Penske||Ford||59||0|
|17||15||43||Erik Jones||Richard Petty Motorsports||Chevrolet||59||0|
|18||19||00||Quin Houff||StarCom Racing||Chevrolet||58||0|
|19||20||66||Timmy Hill (i)||MBM Motorsports||Ford||57||0|
|20||1||48||Alex Bowman||Hendrick Motorsports||Chevrolet||56||0|
|21||21||51||Cody Ware||Petty Ware Racing||Chevrolet||56||0|
|22||22||52||Josh Bilicki||Rick Ware Racing||Ford||14||0|
|Official race results|
Duel 2 results
|1||4||3||Austin Dillon||Richard Childress Racing||Chevrolet||63||10|
|2||2||23||Bubba Wallace||23XI Racing||Toyota||63||9|
|3||3||4||Kevin Harvick||Stewart-Haas Racing||Ford||63||8|
|4||8||18||Kyle Busch||Joe Gibbs Racing||Toyota||63||7|
|5||5||9||Chase Elliott||Hendrick Motorsports||Chevrolet||63||6|
|6||9||12||Ryan Blaney||Team Penske||Ford||63||5|
|7||17||7||Corey LaJoie||Spire Motorsports||Chevrolet||63||4|
|8||6||36||David Ragan||Front Row Motorsports||Ford||63||3|
|9||7||1||Kurt Busch||Chip Ganassi Racing||Chevrolet||63||2|
|10||15||17||Chris Buescher||Roush Fenway Racing||Ford||63||1|
|11||13||2||Brad Keselowski||Team Penske||Ford||63||0|
|12||14||19||Martin Truex Jr.||Joe Gibbs Racing||Toyota||63||0|
|13||20||53||Joey Gase||Rick Ware Racing||Ford||63||0|
|14||10||16||Kaz Grala||Kaulig Racing||Chevrolet||63||0|
|15||11||14||Chase Briscoe (R)||Stewart-Haas Racing||Ford||61||0|
|16||18||13||Garrett Smithley (i)||MBM Motorsports||Ford||61||0|
|17||21||15||Derrike Cope||Rick Ware Racing||Chevrolet||59||0|
|18||22||62||Noah Gragson (i)||Beard Motorsports||Chevrolet||56||0|
|19||1||24||William Byron||Hendrick Motorsports||Chevrolet||56||0|
|20||12||42||Ross Chastain||Chip Ganassi Racing||Chevrolet||56||0|
|21||16||38||Anthony Alfredo (R)||Front Row Motorsports||Ford||35||0|
|22||19||78||B. J. McLeod (i)||Live Fast Motorsports||Ford||35||0|
|Official race results|
|1||48||Alex Bowman||Hendrick Motorsports||Chevrolet||Fastest in pole qualifying|
|2||24||William Byron||Hendrick Motorsports||Chevrolet||Second in pole qualifying|
|3||10||Aric Almirola||Stewart-Haas Racing||Ford||Duel 1 Winner|
|4||3||Austin Dillon||Richard Childress Racing||Chevrolet||Duel 2 Winner|
|5||20||Christopher Bell||Joe Gibbs Racing||Toyota||Second in Duel 1|
|6||23||Bubba Wallace||23XI Racing||Toyota||Second in Duel 2|
|7||6||Ryan Newman||Roush Fenway Racing||Ford||Third in Duel 1|
|8||4||Kevin Harvick||Stewart-Haas Racing||Ford||Third in Duel 2|
|9||22||Joey Logano||Team Penske||Ford||Fourth in Duel 1|
|10||18||Kyle Busch||Joe Gibbs Racing||Toyota||Fourth in Duel 2|
|11||37||Ryan Preece||JTG Daugherty Racing||Chevrolet||Fifth in Duel 1|
|12||9||Chase Elliott||Hendrick Motorsports||Chevrolet||Fifth in Duel 2|
|13||5||Kyle Larson||Hendrick Motorsports||Chevrolet||Seventh in Duel 1|
|14||12||Ryan Blaney||Team Penske||Ford||Sixth in Duel 2|
|15||99||Daniel Suárez||Trackhouse Racing Team||Chevrolet||Eighth in Duel 1|
|16||7||Corey LaJoie||Spire Motorsports||Chevrolet||Seventh in Duel 2|
|17||34||Michael McDowell||Front Row Motorsports||Ford||Ninth in Duel 1|
|18||36||David Ragan||Front Row Motorsports||Ford||Eighth in Duel 2|
|19||77||Jamie McMurray||Spire Motorsports||Chevrolet||Tenth in Duel 1|
|20||1||Kurt Busch||Chip Ganassi Racing||Chevrolet||Ninth in Duel 2|
|21||47||Ricky Stenhouse Jr.||JTG Daugherty Racing||Chevrolet||Eleventh in Duel 1|
|22||17||Chris Buescher||Roush Fenway Racing||Ford||Tenth in Duel 2|
|23||21||Matt DiBenedetto||Wood Brothers Racing||Ford||Twelfth in Duel 1|
|24||2||Brad Keselowski||Team Penske||Ford||Eleventh in Duel 2|
|25||11||Denny Hamlin||Joe Gibbs Racing||Toyota||Thirteenth in Duel 1|
|26||19||Martin Truex Jr.||Joe Gibbs Racing||Toyota||Twelfth in Duel 2|
|27||41||Cole Custer||Stewart-Haas Racing||Ford||Fourteenth in Duel 1|
|28||53||Joey Gase||Rick Ware Racing||Ford||Thirteenth in Duel 2|
|29||8||Tyler Reddick||Richard Childress Racing||Chevrolet||Fifteenth in Duel 1|
|30||14||Chase Briscoe (R)||Stewart-Haas Racing||Ford||Fifteenth in Duel 2|
|31||43||Erik Jones||Richard Petty Motorsports||Chevrolet||Seventeenth in Duel 1|
|32||15||Derrike Cope||Rick Ware Racing||Chevrolet||Seventeenth in Duel 2|
|33||00||Quin Houff||StarCom Racing||Chevrolet||Eighteenth in Duel 1|
|34||42||Ross Chastain||Chip Ganassi Racing||Chevrolet||Twentieth in Duel 2|
|35||51||Cody Ware||Petty Ware Racing||Chevrolet||21st in Duel 1|
|36||38||Anthony Alfredo (R)||Front Row Motorsports||Ford||21st in Duel 2|
|37||52||Josh Bilicki||Rick Ware Racing||Ford||22nd in Duel 1|
|38||78||B. J. McLeod (i)||Live Fast Motorsports||Ford||22nd in Duel 2|
|39||33||Austin Cindric (i)||Team Penske||Ford||Qualifying speed|
|40||16||Kaz Grala||Kaulig Racing||Chevrolet||Qualifying speed|
|Did not qualify|
|41||96||Ty Dillon (i)||Gaunt Brothers Racing||Toyota|
|42||13||Garrett Smithley (i)||MBM Motorsports||Ford|
|43||66||Timmy Hill (i)||MBM Motorsports||Ford|
|44||62||Noah Gragson (i)||Beard Motorsports||Chevrolet|
|Official starting lineup|
Second practice (February 13)
Brad Keselowski was the fastest in the second practice session with a time of 45.826 seconds and a speed of 196.395 mph (316.067 km/h).
Final practice (February 13)
Final practice session scheduled for Saturday was cancelled due to rain.
Alex Bowman started on pole, as the race was under threat from rain and thunderstorms. Derrike Cope cut a tire and hit the wall on lap 3, ironically during the lap 3 tribute to Dale Earnhardt, who cut a tire allowing Cope to win the 500 31 years earlier, to bring out the first caution while causing damage to Bubba Wallace. On lap 14, "The Big One" struck in turn 3 as Aric Almirola and Bowman got turned into the outside wall collecting 16 cars. Two laps later, the race was red-flagged for 5 hours and 40 minutes due to rain and lightning. The race restarted with Kevin Harvick as the leader. Defending winner Denny Hamlin won stages 1 and 2 as Christopher Bell lost a left-rear tire and spun collecting Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and Jamie McMurray in stage 2. The final stage remained caution-free as Hamlin, in contention to win the race for the third consecutive time, pitted from the lead on final pit stops but fell back to 13th as the pack got single file with Joey Logano leading. On the last lap, Brad Keselowski attempted to pass Logano on the backstretch but the two collided, creating a fiery crash sending Keselowski into the catchfence and collecting Kyle Busch, Joey Logano, Bubba Wallace, Austin Cindric, Kyle Larson, Ryan Preece, Ross Chastain, and Cole Custer. Michael McDowell, who was third at the time, dodged the final lap crash to win his first career victory under caution as well as earning Front Row Motorsports' third Cup victory.
Stage OneLaps: 65
|1||11||Denny Hamlin||Joe Gibbs Racing||Toyota||10|
|2||37||Ryan Preece||JTG Daugherty Racing||Chevrolet||9|
|3||3||Austin Dillon||Richard Childress Racing||Chevrolet||8|
|4||5||Kyle Larson||Hendrick Motorsports||Chevrolet||7|
|5||33||Austin Cindric (i)||Team Penske||Ford||0|
|6||20||Christopher Bell||Joe Gibbs Racing||Toyota||5|
|7||23||Bubba Wallace||23XI Racing||Toyota||4|
|8||22||Joey Logano||Team Penske||Ford||3|
|9||42||Ross Chastain||Chip Ganassi Racing||Chevrolet||2|
|10||41||Cole Custer||Stewart-Haas Racing||Ford||1|
|Official stage one results|
Stage TwoLaps: 65
|1||11||Denny Hamlin||Joe Gibbs Racing||Toyota||10|
|2||4||Kevin Harvick||Stewart-Haas Racing||Ford||9|
|3||23||Bubba Wallace||23XI Racing||Toyota||8|
|4||9||Chase Elliott||Hendrick Motorsports||Chevrolet||7|
|5||3||Austin Dillon||Richard Childress Racing||Chevrolet||6|
|6||22||Joey Logano||Team Penske||Ford||5|
|7||34||Michael McDowell||Front Row Motorsports||Ford||4|
|8||5||Kyle Larson||Hendrick Motorsports||Chevrolet||3|
|9||18||Kyle Busch||Joe Gibbs Racing||Toyota||2|
|10||2||Brad Keselowski||Team Penske||Ford||1|
|Official stage two results|
Final Stage Results
Stage ThreeLaps: 70
|1||17||34||Michael McDowell||Front Row Motorsports||Ford||200||44|
|2||12||9||Chase Elliott||Hendrick Motorsports||Chevrolet||200||42|
|3||4||3||Austin Dillon||Richard Childress Racing||Chevrolet||200||48|
|4||8||4||Kevin Harvick||Stewart-Haas Racing||Ford||200||42|
|5||25||11||Denny Hamlin||Joe Gibbs Racing||Toyota||200||52|
|6||11||37||Ryan Preece||JTG Daugherty Racing||Chevrolet||200||40|
|7||34||42||Ross Chastain||Chip Ganassi Racing||Chevrolet||200||32|
|8||19||77||Jamie McMurray||Spire Motorsports||Chevrolet||200||29|
|9||16||7||Corey LaJoie||Spire Motorsports||Chevrolet||200||28|
|10||13||5||Kyle Larson||Hendrick Motorsports||Chevrolet||200||37|
|11||27||41||Cole Custer||Stewart-Haas Racing||Ford||200||27|
|12||9||22||Joey Logano||Team Penske||Ford||199||33|
|13||24||2||Brad Keselowski||Team Penske||Ford||199||25|
|14||10||18||Kyle Busch||Joe Gibbs Racing||Toyota||199||25|
|15||39||33||Austin Cindric (i)||Team Penske||Ford||199||0|
|16||5||20||Christopher Bell||Joe Gibbs Racing||Toyota||199||26|
|17||6||23||Bubba Wallace||23XI Racing||Toyota||198||32|
|18||21||47||Ricky Stenhouse Jr.||JTG Daugherty Racing||Chevrolet||198||19|
|19||30||14||Chase Briscoe (R)||Stewart-Haas Racing||Ford||197||18|
|20||28||53||Joey Gase||Rick Ware Racing||Ford||196||17|
|21||35||51||Cody Ware||Petty Ware Racing||Chevrolet||196||16|
|22||20||1||Kurt Busch||Chip Ganassi Racing||Chevrolet||195||15|
|23||38||78||B. J. McLeod (i)||Live Fast Motorsports||Ford||195||0|
|24||37||52||Josh Bilicki||Rick Ware Racing||Ford||194||13|
|25||26||19||Martin Truex Jr.||Joe Gibbs Racing||Toyota||193||12|
|26||2||24||William Byron||Hendrick Motorsports||Chevrolet||191||11|
|27||29||8||Tyler Reddick||Richard Childress Racing||Chevrolet||188||10|
|28||40||16||Kaz Grala||Kaulig Racing||Chevrolet||114||9|
|29||33||00||Quin Houff||StarCom Racing||Chevrolet||37||8|
|30||14||12||Ryan Blaney||Team Penske||Ford||14||7|
|31||22||17||Chris Buescher||Roush Fenway Racing||Ford||14||6|
|32||36||38||Anthony Alfredo (R)||Front Row Motorsports||Ford||14||5|
|33||23||21||Matt DiBenedetto||Wood Brothers Racing||Ford||14||4|
|34||3||10||Aric Almirola||Stewart-Haas Racing||Ford||13||3|
|35||1||48||Alex Bowman||Hendrick Motorsports||Chevrolet||13||2|
|36||15||99||Daniel Suárez||Trackhouse Racing Team||Chevrolet||13||1|
|37||18||36||David Ragan||Front Row Motorsports||Ford||13||1|
|38||7||6||Ryan Newman||Roush Fenway Racing||Ford||13||1|
|39||31||43||Erik Jones||Richard Petty Motorsports||Chevrolet||13||1|
|40||32||15||Derrike Cope||Rick Ware Racing||Chevrolet||3||1|
|Official race results|
- Lead changes: 22 among 13 different drivers
- Cautions/Laps: 7 for 40
- Red flags: 1 for 5 hours, 40 minutes and 29 seconds
- Time of race: 3 hours, 27 minutes and 44 seconds
- Average speed: 144.416 miles per hour (232.415 km/h)
See also: NASCAR on television and radio § Beyond the United States
Since 2001—with the exception of 2002, 2004 and 2006—the Daytona 500 has been broadcast on Fox in the United States. The booth crew consisted of longtime NASCAR lap-by-lap announcer Mike Joy, three–time Daytona 500 champion Jeff Gordon and Clint Bowyer. Jamie Little, Regan Smith and Vince Welch handled pit road for the television side. 1992 and 1998 Daytona 500 winning crew chief Larry McReynolds provided insight from the Fox Sports studio in Charlotte.
The race was broadcast on radio by the Motor Racing Network—who has covered the Daytona 500 since 1970—and was simulcast on Sirius XM NASCAR Radio. The booth crew consisted of Alex Hayden, Jeff Striegle, and 1989 Cup Series champion Rusty Wallace. Longtime turn announcer Dave Moody was the lead turn announcer, calling the race from atop the Sunoco tower outside the exit of turn 2 when the field raced through turns 1 and 2. Mike Bagley worked the backstretch for the race from a spotter's stand on the inside of the track & Kyle Rickey called the race when the field raced through turns 3 and 4 from the Sunoco tower outside the exit of turn 4. On pit road, MRN was manned by Steve Post and Kim Coon.
|Booth announcers||Turn announcers||Pit reporters|
|Lead announcer: Alex Hayden|
Announcer: Jeff Striegle
|Turns 1 & 2:Dave Moody|
Turns 3 & 4: Kyle Rickey
Standings after the race
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