The green flag drops at Daytona this afternoon
The green flag drops on the Daytona 500 today (Feb. 17) at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Fla. The 2.5-mile tri-oval is arguably the most iconic track in NASCAR and serves as the home to the most famous race in the Cup series.
Forty-two drivers attempted the race this year, competing for 40 available spots. Rookie William Byron won the pole with Alex Bowman on the outside of the front row.
So if you're wondering, "What NASCAR race is on TV this today?" know this: FOX is airing the biggest race of the 2019 season, the Daytona 500.
Daytona 500 Race Time/TV Channel
Time: 2:30 p.m. ET (Sunday)
Track: Daytona International Speedway
Radio: MRN, SIRIUS XM Channel 90
Who’s at the Front: Hendrick Motorsports
Some would say the new Ford Mustang belongs in this space. Indeed, the Duels were a showcase of Ford firepower, both qualifying races producing a 1-2-3 finish for their new car as manufacturer teamwork reigned supreme.
But behind them, Hendrick Motorsports quietly flashed some firepower. They’re sitting on the front row Sunday with William Byron and Alex Bowman. Meanwhile, Jimmie Johnson won the Clash and showcased an ability, along with Chase Elliott, to make passes alone within a single-file snake draft. That speed and handling combination could come in handy as the Cup cars have struggled to break in the inside line.
Who’s at the Back: Kyle Busch
Busch has his work cut out for him, starting 31st after getting wrecked by Johnson in Thursday’s Duel. The incident sent him off on an expletive-laced tirade about the seven-time champ and the handling of his Toyota after the incident. Busch even had a tough time playing Toyota-friendly before ultimately working with his damaged car to get Parker Kligerman into the Daytona 500, pushing him past Chevrolet’s Ryan Truex at the end of his Duel race.
Overall, Toyota is 0-for-3 on wins so far during Daytona Speedweeks. It looks like they’re a step behind Ford and Chevrolet in the draft. Busch, the face of the program, needs to lead the charge on Sunday for them to change that.