Daytona 500 Live Free American Race The biggest race in NASCAR is here, as the 2021 Daytona 500 concludes a week of racing action in Daytona Beach, Florida on Sunday, February 14 (2/14/2021). The Daytona 500 concludes a week of clashes, duels, and qualifiers all leading up to the most prestigious event of the NASCAR Cup Series calendar. The race consists of 40 drivers pitted against one another for 200 laps of the 2.5-mile track resulting in a 500-mile race.
Denny Hamlin, the winner of the past two Daytona 500s and three-time defending champion, will be starting in 25th position right in the middle of the pack. He has a chance to be the first driver to ever win three consecutive Daytona 500s, and he’s a 17-2 favorite to make it happen, according to CBS Sports.
“I hope that I’m around, that I give myself a chance to make history because ultimately, that’s what I’m here for.” Hamlin told USA Today “Making history, doing something that no one else has ever done, that’s what motivates me to want to get this one.
Just over three months after Hendrick Motorsports’ Chase Elliott secured his first career NASCAR Cup Series championship with his victory in the Championship 4 season finale at Phoenix Raceway, live action is set to return this weekend with the 2021 season-opening Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway.
But first, we have to do something that we haven’t done since May of last year: qualify.That’s right. For the first time since last year’s Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway, the Cup Series is scheduled to set a starting lineup by actually qualifying on-track.
The post-coronavirus pandemic-hiatus saw NASCAR shift primarily to random draws and then to a new starting lineup formula to set the order for each race. For the most part, 2021 should look similar, as there are only seven other races on this year’s schedule for which there is actually scheduled to be a live qualifying session.
Despite no longer being one week before the race itself like it had been, Daytona 500 qualifying is set to be done like usual, first with single-car qualifying today to set the front row and the starting lineups for the Bluegreen Vacations Duels and then with the Bluegreen Vacations Duels tomorrow to set the entire starting lineup for Sunday’s main event.
So who will take the pole position for the 63rd annual Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway? Follow along with our live qualifying updates to find out. With plenty of cars torn up, this grid likely won’t hold, but as of now here’s the full grid for the 2021 Daytona 500. But it seems like both drivers scheduled to be on the front row, Richard Childress Racing teammates Alex Bowman and William Byron, might both be in the back of the field instead. Bowman’s power issues might be enough where he’s forced to replace his engine and start in the back by rule, and Byron’s car got pretty torn up with four to go in Duel 2.
Austin Cindric and Kaz Grala join Ryan Preece and David Ragan as the non-chartered drivers in the race.What a move by Austin Dillon on the last lap, who goes under Bubba Wallace attempting to block in the last straightaway, and he takes the Twin.Bubba got a tremendous push from Kyle Busch underneath, and Kevin Harvick gave to Dillon on the high side, but it forced Wallace to try and block which just left him exposed. Nothing he could do.
We’re going green-white-checker in NASCAR Overtime to finish it. It’s Truex Jr, Wallace, Kyle Busch, Dillon, and Kurt Busch as they take the green. Weird racing after midnight, and we got a big one in a little race! Garrett Smithley comes down off the high line, Brad Keselowski was coming up, and they met in the middle of the infield.
About eight cars are involved, but five appear to be done, including William Byron who was set to be on the outside pole. He’ll likely have to replace his car before the race, so now he’ll start in the back of the field. Ross Chastain is done, Noah Gregson is done, so that means it looks likely Kaz Grala will be in the Daytona 500 as a non-chartered driver as well.
Anthony Alfredo has waved the white flag and is behind the wall. The rookie will be at the back of the field on Saturday likely in 38th position. B.J. McLeod was out earlier.Will be 20 to go and everyone will have fuel when we the green flag drops again.
Just ahead of the pit window on Lap 36, we’ve got a wreck! Chase Briscoe either got loose on the high line in two wide, and he slid towards the infield taking Kaz Grala, Anthony Alfredo, and Garrett Smithley with him.Grala and Smithley are two of the cars trying to transfer in to the race. The third attempting to find a spot, Noah Gregson, is currently in the middle of a long pit stop. It’s going to be whomever survives to get the last spot in the field for the Great American Race.
NASCAR’s 2021 season continues Wednesday night with Daytona 500 pole qualifying on Daytona International Speedway’s famous 2.5-mile tri-oval.
The qualifying session started a little after 7:30 p.m. after a brief power outage and is a single-vehicle format with one green-flag timed lap. The fastest driver will be awarded the Busch Pole Award.The weather at the Speedway is currently partly cloudy and 69 degrees. There is a dense fog advisory in effect until 9:30 p.m. No rain is expected.
William Byron’s crew rolls the No. 24 Chevy out toward pit road ahead of the start of Daytona 500 pole qualifying Wednesday night, Feb. 10, 2021, at Daytona International Speedway.Teammate William Byron, who won the pole in 2019, will start alongside Bowman in second. This is the ninth straight Daytona 500 pole for a Chevrolet.
Byron’s Chevy atop Daytona 500 qualifying at halfway Daytona 500 pole qualifying is over halfway through, with William Byron’s No. 24 Chevy fastest so far. Bubba Wallace is second, followed by last year’s pole-winner, Ricky Stenhouse Jr.