When and Where to Watch the 2021 NASCAR Daytona 500?

Published 02/12/2021, 5:30 AM EST
DAYTONA BEACH, FL – JULY 06: Dale Earnhardt Jr., driver of the #88 Nationwide Stars and Stripes Chevrolet, takes the checkered flag to win the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Coke Zero 400 Powered by Coca-Cola at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Florida. (Photo by Chris Trotman/NASCAR via Getty Images)


The 2021 NASCAR Cup Series Daytona 500 is almost here and the excitement is steadily building. As it turns out, this is the 63rd edition of the iconic race and the drivers are eager to get going.

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This year, there are a number of new faces and new teams on the grid. So the likes of Michael Jordan’s 23XI Racing will go toe-to-toe with the more established teams.

The 2021 Daytona 500 is set to kick off on Sunday, Feb. 14 at 2:30 pm ET. It is also worth mentioning that Fox Sports has earned the TV coverage and live streaming rights on FOX Sports Go. Meanwhile, fans can also catch the race on MRN radio.

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The best part is that the weekend includes racing action from all three NASCAR national series. In addition to that, the ARCA Menards Series also begins on the same day.

What to expect from the 2021 NASCAR Daytona 500?

For the coming 2021 Cup season, there will be a new voice in the FOX sports commentary booth. After retiring from the sport at the end of the 2020 season, Clint Bowyer joins Jeff Gordon and Mike Joy on the sidelines.

Furthermore, Bowyer’s stint in the commentary team coincides with FOX’s decision to return to a three-person booth. After Darrell Waltrip retired, the media giants chose to run a two-man setup.

A general view of the track taken during the Daytona 500 Speedweeks at the Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Florida.Mandatory Credit: Robert Laberge /Allsport

It is also worth noting that Bowyer and Gordon commentated during the eNASCAR iRacing Pro Invitational Series broadcasts. Without a doubt, FOX hopes to inject that spark into the regular NASCAR broadcasts.

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The Daytona week began with the recently concluded Busch Clash on February 9th. Kyle Busch eventually went on to win that race and handed himself a mental advantage, heading into the Daytona 500 weekend.

Fortunately for the NASCAR community, practice and qualifying sessions are back at Daytona. The discontinuation in 2020 was because of the COVID-19 pandemic. As a result, the sport improvised and decided lineups via random draw, later upgrading it to a mathematical formula.

One thing is for sure, the 2021 Daytona 500 will be a hotly contested affair. There are many drivers with unfinished business on the track. Others are seeking to kick off their seasons, to make a good impression in a new team, or seek redemption for a poor 2020.

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