The 2017 Dayton 500 is 500 miles long, or 200-lap exhibition race to kick off the NASCAR season live from Daytona International Speedway in Florida. New this season, the Daytona 500 will consist of two 60-lap stages, followed by a final 80-lap stage to make up the 200 scheduled laps. At the conclusion of Stage 1 and Stage 2, there will be a caution period for drivers to come down pit road if they choose. Green-flag restarts will begin the next segment. The top-10 finishers in each stage will be awarded additional championship points.
The month February is known as the speed week for Daytona 500 NASCAR race, Rolex 24 sports car race, and others the Daytona International Speedway hosts the annual 24 Hours of Daytona . In this event 200,000 NASCAR fans come to attend the season-opening Daytona 500. It is the first race event every year of what is now a 26 race regular season, which is followed by a 10 race “Chase” for the Sprint Cup Championship. The 59th running of the Daytona 500 will take place on Sunday, marking the official start of NASCAR’s season.
2017 Daytona 500 schedule
What: 2017 Daytona 500
Where: Daytona International Speedway – Daytona Beach, Florida
When: Sunday, Feb. 26 at 2 p.m. ET
START TIME: The broadcast begins at 2 p.m. ET Sunday. Actor Owen Wilson, the voice of Lightning McQueen in the upcoming animated movie Cars 3, will instruct drivers to start their engines. Former NFL running back LaDainian Tomlinson, recently selected for enshrinement in the Pro Football Hall of Fame, will wave the green flag
RACE DISTANCE: The Daytona 500 is 200 laps around the 2.5-mile Daytona International Speedway for a total of — you guessed it — 500 miles.
NATIONAL ANTHEM/FLYOVER: Multi-platinum recording artist Jordin Sparks, who stars with Tomlinson in the recently released motion picture, God Bless The Broken Road, will sing the national anthem, followed by a flyover from the famed U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds.
PRE-RACE: Seven-time Grammy Award winning group Lady Antebellum will perform a concert on pit road at 1:20 p.m. ET.
TV/RADIO SCHEDULE: Fox will broadcast the race on TV and has a pre-race show beginning at 1 p.m. ET. The Motor Racing Network (MRN) and Sirius/XM Radio will call the race on the radio.
LIVE STREAMING: Fox is offering a live stream through its Fox Sports Go app.
WEATHER: Clear and cool. The Weather Channel is calling for sunny skies with a high of 69, calm winds and no chance of rain.
LAST TIME: Denny Hamlin led 95 of 200 laps and edged Martin Truex Jr. in a photo finish to win his first career Daytona 500. The margin of victory — 0.01 seconds — was the closest finish in the race’s history.
STARTING LINEUP: It will be an all Hendrick Motorsports front row. Chase Elliott will start on the pole for the second consecutive year after taking both pole qualifying last weekend and the first race of the Can-Am Duels Thursday. Dale Earnhardt Jr., in his first race after missing the second half of the 2016 season recovering from a concussion will start second. Brendan Gaughan, Elliott Sadler, Corey LaJoie and D.J. Kennington clinched spots in the field after Thursday’s duels.
Here is the lineup for the 2017 Daytona 500 (car number in parentheses):
1. (24) Chase Elliott, Chevrolet.
2. (88) Dale Earnhardt Jr., Chevrolet.
3. (1) Jamie McMurray, Chevrolet.
4. (11) Denny Hamlin, Toyota.
5. (4) Kevin Harvick, Ford.
6. (14) Clint Bowyer, Ford.
7. (2) Brad Keselowski, Ford.
8. (41) Kurt Busch, Ford.
9. (20) Matt Kenseth, Toyota.
10. (3) Austin Dillon, Chevrolet.
11. (6) Trevor Bayne, Ford.
12. (10) Danica Patrick, Ford.
13. (43) Aric Almirola, Ford.
14. (31) Ryan Newman, Chevrolet.
15. (22) Joey Logano, Ford.
16. (42) Kyle Larson, Chevrolet.
17. (72) Cole Whitt, Ford.
18. (13) Ty Dillon, Chevrolet.
19. (19) Daniel Suarez, Toyota.
20. (38) David Ragan, Ford.
21. (18) Kyle Busch, Toyota.
22. (95) Michael McDowell, Chevrolet.
23. (17) Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Ford.
24. (48) Jimmie Johnson, Chevrolet.
25. (32) Matt DiBenedetto, Ford.
26. (5) Kasey Kahne, Chevrolet.
27. (34) Landon Cassill, Ford.
28. (96) DJ Kennington, Toyota.
29 (23) Joey Gase, Toyota.
30. (15) Michael Waltrip, Toyota.
31. (83) Corey LaJoie, Toyota.
32. (33) Jeffrey Earnhardt, Chevrolet.
33. (27) Paul Menard, Chevrolet.
34. (77) Erik Jones, Toyota.
35. (78) Martin Truex Jr., Toyota.
36. (21) Ryan Blaney, Ford.
37. (37) Chris Buescher, Chevrolet.
38. (47) AJ Allmendinger, Chevrolet.
39. (75) Brendan Gaughan, Chevrolet.
40. (7) Elliott Sadler, Chevrolet.
Failed to Qualify
(55) Reed Sorenson
(51) Timmy Hill
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