The green flag drops on the 200-lap, 500 mile race that tears down the track on Sunday, February 23, 2014 at the Daytona International Speedway in Florida, the first big race of the Sprint Cup Series season.
From the 15th of February through the big race on Sunday, Speedweeks features traditional action-packed Shootout and Duel 150 races to decide qualifiers and starting positions.
The main event — the historic 56th running of the Daytona 500 — will be televised on FOX with a start time of 1 PM ET. This year, also watch for an appearance by the US Airforce Thunderbirds which will wow the crowds just before the flag drops at Daytona.
Date: Sun, Feb 23
Start Time: 1:00 PM ET
Site: Daytona International Speedway — Daytona Beach, Fla.
Distance: 500 miles (805 km)
Time of race: 4:00:30
Average Speed: 124.74 mph
Pole Speed: 149.892 mph
Cautions: 4 for 32 laps
Margin of Victory: 23 sec
Lead changes: 13
The Great American Race
Since 1959, it’s proven that year after year, lap after lap, this is the race that creates more memories, more hall-of-fame moments and more believers in the power of racing dreams than any other.
In the pre-festivities leading to the Daytone 500 race on Saturday, the Nationwide Series race was marred by a massive crash that injured more than two dozen fans in the grandstands. The accident happened on the last lap of the race when rookie driver Kyle Larson lost control in the last lap when he was hit by driver Brad Keselowski. The crash sent chunks of his car flying into the crowded audience, seriously injuring two. Driver Kyle Larson was unhurt.
2013 Daytona 500 recap
It was history-making day for driver Danica Patrick who became the first female ever to lead the opening lap at the Daytona 500 — to finish in the Top Ten — as she came in 8th out of a field of 43.
The winner? It was NASCAR superstar driver Jimmie Johnson taking his second Daytona 500 win. Coming in second was Dale Earnhardt Jr., and in third was Mark Martin.