Drivers – start your engines! NASCAR’s biggest event, the Daytona 500, kicks off the 2016 season on Feb. 21 and it would be a shame if you missed the Great American race. Need to know when it starts and where you can watch it? HollywoodLife.com has all the details!
It’s the day that racing fans have been eagerly anticipating: it’s the Daytona 500! NASCAR is going full throttle to kick the new season into high gear, but don’t you dare let this epic race pass you by. Find out when it’s all going down!
What time does the Daytona 500 start and where can I see it?
The 52nd running of the Great American Race will kick off at 1:00 P.M. EST, per NASCAR.com. The race’s grand marshal Gerard Butler, 46, will say the most famous words in motorsports: “Drivers, start your engines!” From there, 40 racers will compete in the first and biggest event of the 2016 NASCAR season. FOX will broadcast the extravaganza on television, but HollywoodLife.com will have a livestream so come back right before the green flag waves!
Who won the pole position for the Daytona 500?
Chase Elliott made history by becoming the youngest driver ever to win the starting position for the Daytona 500. At 20-years-old, Chase is definitely starting his rookie season on a high note. He might have gotten some help from his father, as Chase is the song of Bill Elliot, 60, a former NASCAR champion and winner of the Daytona 500 in 1985 and 1987. Make your own raceday playlist by signing up for unlimited and ad-free streaming music right here.
Who else make up the starting top 10?
Matt Kenseth, 43, won the Daytona 500 in 2009 and 2012, and he was going to start the 2016 race behind Chase. Unfortunately, during the Can-Am Duel qualifying race on Feb. 17 took out Matt and a slew of other racers, per Deadspin. Matt will have to switch to his back-up cars and will have to start at the back of the pack.
This means Dale Earnhardt Jr. will start second. The 2016 NASCAR Sprint Cup Champion, Kyle Busch, 30, will begin third. It then goes last year’s winner Joey Logano, 25, Jamie McMurray, 39, Ryan Blaney, 22, Kurt Bush, 37, Kevin Harvick, 40, Carl Edwards, 36, and Denny Hamlin, 35.
Who didn’t qualify for the race?
David Gilliland, 39, Reed Sorenson, 30, Cole Whitt, 24, and Josh Wise, 33, failed to qualify, according to JaySki.com. Tony Stewart, 44, the three-time Sprint Cup Series champion, will sit the race out due to fracturing his vertebra while driving a sand buggy in January, according to Yahoo. Hopefully, Tony will come back to race in the Daytona 500 one more time, as the man they call “Smoke” is going to retire at the end of the 2016 season!
Are you excited for the Daytona 500, HollywoodLifers? Who do you think is going to win?