Daytona 500 2012: TV Schedule, Info & Live Stream

Timothy RappFeatured ColumnistFebruary 27, 2012

DAYTONA BEACH, FL - FEBRUARY 26:  Kasey Kahne, driver of the #5 Farmers Insurance Chevrolet, stands on the grid while it rains prior to the start of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway on February 26, 2012 in Daytona Beach, Florida.  (Photo by Todd Warshaw/Getty Images for NASCAR)
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Drivers, now you can start your engines.

Finally.

After the first postponement in its 54-year history, the Daytona 500 is scheduled to take place this evening, giving fans some racing action under the lights.

The Daytona 500 now scheduled for a planned start at 7P ET.Everyone get ready for some primetime racing. #NASCAR #RainRainGoAway

— NASCARESPN (@NASCARESPN) February 27, 2012

Originally slated to start at noon today, the race had to be pushed back again due to weather. But it is a blessing in disguise for all involved—racing fans who would have otherwise been at work can actually watch the race, and FOX will get far better ratings than they would have this afternoon.

 

Where: Daytona International Speedway, Daytona, Florida

When: Monday, February 27nd at 7:00 p.m. (EST)

Watch: FOX (National)

Live Stream: N/A

 

What They're Saying

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - FEBRUARY 16: John Cena attends a press conference to announce that MetLife Stadium will host WWE Wrestlemania 29 in 2013 at MetLife Stadium on February 16, 2012 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Michael N. Todaro/Getty Images
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John Cena was scheduled to wave the green flag. But will he still be able to make it?

Well NASCAR i tried. But if you're gonna run your race on Monday night..i've got other plans. Leaving #raintona going to #RAW

— John Cena (@JohnCena) February 27, 2012

If #raintona starts on tues, ill be there. But they have to understand. Dwaynes at raw. This is big. He doesn't show up....ever.

— John Cena (@JohnCena) February 27, 2012

It truly is a sad day for America—mankind, really.

 

Factor to Watch: The Weather

DAYTONA BEACH, FL - FEBRUARY 26:  A race fan stands with an umbrella in the grandstands during a rain delayed start in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway on February 26, 2012 in Daytona Beach, Florida.  (Photo by Je
Jerry Markland/Getty Images

Before the race begins, all eyes will be on the weather. As of 11:08 a.m., showers are expected through to 5 p.m. this evening, making it possible the race could be pushed back even further than the seven p.m. start.

Stay tuned.

 

Racers to Watch: Carl Edwards and Tony Stewart

LAS VEGAS, NV - DECEMBER 02:  (L-R) Tony Stewart and Carl Edwards shake hands after the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Champion's Week Awards Ceremony at Wynn Las Vegas on December 2, 2011 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  (Photo by Todd Warshaw/Getty Images for NASCAR)
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All eyes will be tuned to the biggest stories from last year, eager to see if pole-sitter Carl Edwards can nab a huge race early in 2012 after his disappointing finish to 2011. 

Edwards, of course, lost the Sprint Cup championship to Tony Stewart last year in painful fashion, finishing second both in the season's final race and subsequently the championship standings (on a tie-breaker) to Stewart.

But last year's champ also brings some intrigue to this race—Stewart has never won the Daytona 500 in 13 attempts. Can he break the winless streak tonight?

 

Prediction: Dale Earnhardt, Jr.

Call me crazy, but I have a hunch Earnhardt is going to snag a victory here. He seems due to me. I know that isn't exactly scientific reasoning, but it's my hunch and I'm sticking to it.

 

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