The 2021 NASCAR Cup Series season kicks off with the Daytona 500 set to run on Sunday, February 14th at Daytona International Speedway. The field of 40 cars will be set for Sunday following the running of the Duel races on Saturday night with those results being combined with Pole qualifying which happened this past weekend.
When is the Daytona 500 2021?
The 63rd annual Daytona 500 “The Great American Race” is known as the most prestigious and best race on the NASCAR series. This event is always held on the Presidents Day weekend in each year and must be on the Sunday before the 3rd Monday in February since 1959.
What time does the Daytona 500 2021 start?
The 2021 Daytona 500 is the annual season-opening NASCAR motor race officially starts off at 2:30 PM ET on Sunday, Feb. 14th at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Florida.
What TV network will be televised on the race day?
According to the Nielsen TV ratings, the Daytona 500 is the highest viewed race event of the year since 1995. FOX network will televise the 2021 Daytona 500.
Ricky Stenhouse Jr, and Chevrolet, dominated qualifying. Stenhouse captured the starting spot on the grid with Alex Bowman starting alongside in the number two spot. Stenhouse starts the season with a new team behind the wheel of the No. 47 Chevrolet Camaro for JTG Daugherty Racing while Bowman continues to drive the No. 88 Camaro for Hendrick Motorsports.
Who won the 2020 Daytona 500 race?
NASCAR star Denny Hamlin won the race for the second straight year.
What is the purse of the race?
NASCAR announced a total purse of $23.6 million and Hamlin earned about $2 million from the race.
Here’s when and how to watch the 2021 Daytona 500 live stream online on TV
When: Sunday, Feb. 14th at 4.00 p.m. ET
Live Stream: FOX Sports GO
Behind the two drivers at the front will be another pair of drivers behind the new Camaro. Chase Elliott starts third while Jimmie Johnson starts fourth. The highest qualifying Toyota was Denny Hamlin who will start fifth and Ford driver Aric Almirola will roll off in the sixth spot.
Even though Ford was not well represented by numbers during qualifying the manufacture remains a favorite to place one of their cars in victory lane come Sunday evening. The Blue Oval teams have a long history of superspeedway success due to them winning five of the last eleven Daytona 500 races.
Daytona 500 Basics:
- Daytona International Speedway
- 500 miles / 200 laps
- Past winner: Denny Hamlin
- Past manufacture wins: Chevrolet has won 23 Daytona 500 races while Ford is second with 15. Toyota has won the event twice since they entered the sport including last season with Denny Hamlin.
- Three drivers have won the Daytona 500 in back-to-back years. None of which are active drivers. The three are Richard Petty in 1973, 1974. Cale Yarborough in 1983, 1984. Sterling Marlin in 1994 and 1995.
Daytona 500 winners
Jimmie Johnson and Denny Hamlin are the only current drivers with more than one Daytona 500 win. Johnson won in 2006 and 2013. Hamlin won in 2016 and 2019.