The 2021 NASCAR Cup Series is underway, and the first big race of the year will take place this weekend. The Daytona 500 is set to run at Daytona International Speedway on Sunday. The race starts at 2:30 p.m. ET and airing on FOX. If you are looking to watch via live stream, checking out FOX Live. If you don’t have a cable log-in for FOX Live, you can get a free trial from YouTube TV, Hulu with Live TV, AT&T TV Now, FuboTV, or Sling TV to stream it.
Denny Hamlin is favored at +750 on DraftKings Sportsbook and has won the last two runs of The Great American Race. He’ll start from behind, sitting in 25th on the grid to start. Hamlin has won three Daytona 500s in the last five years and can use his experience to his advantage, though. Last year’s Cup Series champ, Chase Elliott, has the second-best odds (+1000) but has never won the Daytona 500. Joey Logano won the race in 2015 and has odds even with Elliott’s. Alex Bowman (+2000) is the pole sitter at the Daytona 500 for the second time in four years.
The biggest race in NASCAR is here, as the 2021 Daytona 500 concludes a week of racing action in Daytona Beach, Florida on Sunday, February 14 (2/14/2021). The Daytona 500 concludes a week of clashes, duels, and qualifiers all leading up to the most prestigious event of the NASCAR Cup Series calendar. The race consists of 40 drivers pitted against one another for 200 laps of the 2.5-mile track resulting in a 500-mile race.
Denny Hamlin, the winner of the past two Daytona 500s and three-time defending champion, will be starting in 25th position right in the middle of the pack. He has a chance to be the first driver to ever win three consecutive Daytona 500s, and he’s a 17-2 favorite to make it happen, according to CBS Sports.
“I hope that I’m around, that I give myself a chance to make history because ultimately, that’s what I’m here for.” Hamlin told USA Today “Making history, doing something that no one else has ever done, that’s what motivates me to want to get this one.
Just over three months after Hendrick Motorsports’ Chase Elliott secured his first career NASCAR Cup Series championship with his victory in the Championship 4 season finale at Phoenix Raceway, live action is set to return this weekend with the 2021 season-opening Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway.
But first, we have to do something that we haven’t done since May of last year: qualify.That’s right. For the first time since last year’s Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway, the Cup Series is scheduled to set a starting lineup by actually qualifying on-track.
The post-coronavirus pandemic-hiatus saw NASCAR shift primarily to random draws and then to a new starting lineup formula to set the order for each race. For the most part, 2021 should look similar, as there are only seven other races on this year’s schedule for which there is actually scheduled to be a live qualifying session.
Despite no longer being one week before the race itself like it had been, Daytona 500 qualifying is set to be done like usual, first with single-car qualifying today to set the front row and the starting lineups for the Bluegreen Vacations Duels and then with the Bluegreen Vacations Duels tomorrow to set the entire starting lineup for Sunday’s main event.
So who will take the pole position for the 63rd annual Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway? Follow along with our live qualifying updates to find out. With plenty of cars torn up, this grid likely won’t hold, but as of now here’s the full grid for the 2021 Daytona 500. But it seems like both drivers scheduled to be on the front row, Richard Childress Racing teammates Alex Bowman and William Byron,