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Daytona 500: Everything You Need to Know About the Great American Race

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Daytona 500: Everything You Need to Know About the Great American Race
Ricky Stenhouse Jr., driver of the #47 Kroger/Cottonelle Chevrolet, Kyle Larson, driver of the #5 HendrickCars.com Chevrolet, Joey Logano, driver of the #22 Shell Pennzoil Ford, and Christopher Bell, driver of the #20 DeWalt/Rheem Toyota | Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images/AFP

Cathedral of Speed!

Hamlin is getting a bit long in the tooth at 43 but the man has won this race three times…

The NASCAR schedule is headed to the Daytona 500, also known as the Super Bowl of Stock Car Racing. Drivers will be starting their engines on February 18th and below we discuss some of the competitors who will likely be in contention when the checkered flag is waved, as well as some fun facts about America’s most popular race.

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Daytona 500 Race Details

  1. Date: Sun, Feb 18, 2:30PM
  2. Watch on: FOX
  3. Track: Daytona International Speedway

 

Drivers to Watch

It’s the 66th running of the Great American Race with 36 drivers locked into the event while six more vie in qualifying rounds for the remaining four spots, bringing the total to 40 drivers racing around the 2 ½ mile oval at Daytona Beach, Florida on Sunday, February 18th, 2024.

 

Ryan Blaney

There will be several former Daytona 500 winners in this event but the favorite to take home the hardware this year is Ryan Blaney who made NASCAR News last year in being crowned the 2023 Cup Series champion. Although the 30-year-old Ohio native has never won the Daytona 500 and finished 8th in last year’s event, he is the odds-on favorite to cross the checkered flag before all others this year.

 

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Ricky Stenhouse Jr.

The reigning Daytona 500 champion is being overlooked this year by many NASCAR pundits who point to his middling performance last season after winning the Great American Race. Stenhouse never won another race after that and had only one other top 5 finish. Nevertheless, it’s never a good idea to discount the king who holds the throne.

 

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Denny Hamlin

Sure, Denny Hamlin is getting a bit long in the tooth at 43 but the man has won this race three times (2016, 2019, 2020) before and although he finished a disappointing 17th last year, he came in 5th in the Cup Series standings with 3 wins and 14 top 5 finishes.

 

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William Byron

The oddsmakers have installed the 26-year-old as a long shot after he failed to finish in last year’s race. However, Byron placed third in the Cup Series standings last year with 6 victories and 15 top 5 finishes, the most of any other driver in both categories. He is also backed by the formidable Hendrick Motorsports, a team that has won twice as many Daytona 500s (8) as any other.

 

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Daytona 500 Fast Facts

  • The Daytona 500 is the most iconic NASCAR race and covers a total distance of 500 miles or 200 laps.
  • Speeds of up to 200 miles per hour are reached during the Daytona 500.
  • “The King,” Richard Petty, holds the record for most Daytona 500 wins with seven.
  • The Harley J. Earl Trophy is awarded to the winner and is named after Harley J. Earl, who was a famous auto designer.
  • Last year’s total purse was nearly $27 million with $1.5 million to $2 million awarded to the winner.
  • Daytona International Speedway broke ground in November 1957 and opened in February 1959, taking 15 months to build.
  • The stadium’s seating capacity is north of 100,000 with 60 trackside suites.
  • Daytona International Speedway has 17 elevators and 40 escalators, more than any other outdoor stadium in the United States.
  • Guests can tour the stadium on off days, check the schedule to book yours.
  • Camping areas are available next to the track but vehicles cannot be more than 8 feet wide and 20 feet long.
  • The NASCAR Driving Experience allows customers to experience the track in the driver’s seat or participate in a ride-along. This once-in-a-lifetime experience is available several times a month except in March.

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