After a short offseason, NASCAR is back, with drivers hitting the track at Daytona International Speedway for the Daytona 500 on Sunday morning. The race is an event itself, with Daytona SpeedWeeks filling the time and serving as an appetizer ahead of Sunday’s big race. From the Bud Shootout to the Nationwide Series event and the unique qualifying at Daytona, drivers are tested early and often during SpeedWeeks. On Sunday, though, they’ll face the biggest test of them all: 500 laps at 200 miles per hour in close-quarters.
The Daytona 500 starts at around 10 a.m. Pacific on Sunday morning with those famous words — “Gentlemen, start your engines” — getting the festivities underway. FOX has the broadcast covered, with coverage beginning at 9 a.m. Pacific.
Enumclaw’s Kasey Kahne qualified 11th by way of the Gatorade Duels on Thursday and will start on the inside of the fifth row. Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Jeff Gordon qualified first and second, respectively, in the fastest-lap qualifier, but Earnhardt Jr. was forced to the back of the pack after crashing in practice on Wednesday. The crash was his second at SpeedWeeks after he also fell victim to the big one in last week’s Bud Shootout. More on the lineup and other information about the race can be found here.
Check out all the coverage beginning at 9 a.m. on FOX. For more on the race, check out our Daytona 500 StoryStream.