The 55th running of the Daytona 500 takes place on Sunday at Daytona International Speedway. A field of 43 cars will look to claim the victory in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season opener.
The race is 200 laps, 500 miles around Daytona’s 2.5 mile track. Danica Patrick made history when she qualified for the pole, becoming the first woman to ever win a pole in NASCAR’s top series.
The race will be broadcast live on FOX , they will start airing their coverage at 1:00 p.m EST. At 1:18 p.m. EST the command to fire engines will be issued by actor James Franco. Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis serves as the honorary starter. The green flag start time is scheduled for 1:30 p.m EST.
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NASCAR’s new track drying system – Air Titan – could make its debut today due to scattered showers in the area. The temperature should hover in the low 70s today.
LAST YEAR: Few will forget the Daytona 500 being run on Monday and a jet dryer explosion before Matt Kenseth crossed the line for his second win in the Daytona 500.