Daytona 500 Live Stream: Where to Catch NASCAR's Biggest Race Online

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured ColumnistFebruary 24, 2013

DAYTONA BEACH, FL - FEBRUARY 17:  Danica Patrick, driver of the #10 Chevrolet, celebrates with crew chief Tony Gibson after winning the pole award for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway on February 17, 2013 in Daytona Beach, Florida.  (Photo by Jerry Markland/Getty Images)
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No sport knows how to start a season better than NASCAR, as the Sprint Cup Series kicks off the 2013 with the Daytona 500.

Many refer to the Great American Race as the Super Bowl of NASCAR, and they're right. No other race during the season generates the kind of buzz that the Daytona 500 does. Even the worst campaign for a driver can almost be offset by a win in Daytona.

Here's to hoping the race goes a little more smoothly than last year's edition. Rain caused the 2012 Daytona 500 to be postponed until Monday, the only time in the race's history that has happened.

Let's take a look at the information fans watching online can't live without, the starting order for the race and three young drivers who will be looking to win their first Daytona 500.

Where: Daytona International Speedway, Daytona, Fla.

When: Sunday, Feb. 24, at 1 p.m. ET

Live Stream: NASCAR RaceView

Starting Grid

Position Driver Position Driver
1 Danica Patrick 2 Jeff Gordon
3 Kevin Harvick 4 Kyle Busch
5 Greg Biffle 6 Kasey Kahne
7 Juan Pablo Montoya 8 Austin Dillon
9 Jimmie Johnson 10 Clint Bowyer
11 Kurt Busch 12 Matt Kenseth
13 Tony Stewart 14 Mark Martin
15 Brad Keselowski 16 Paul Menard
17 Casey Mears 18 Jeff Burton
19 Dale Earnhardt, Jr. 20 Jamie McMurray
21 Joey Lagano 22 David Ragan
23 Bobby Labonte 24 Marcos Ambrose
25 David Gilliland 26 Aric Almirola
27 Joe Nemechek 28 Ricky Stenhouse, Jr.
29 Michael Waltrip 30 Dave Blaney
31 Scott Speed 32 Josh Wise
33 Trevor Bayne 34 Ryan Newman
35 Denny Hamlin 36 Carl Edwards
37 Martin Truex, Jr. 38 Michael McDowell
39 Terry Labonte 40 Regan Smith
41 J.J. Yeley 42 David Reutimann
43 Travis Kvapil    

Drivers to Watch

Danica Patrick

Danica Patrick generally is the most talked-about driver, but it's usually about her off-track exploits and disappointing results. In what is her first full season on the Sprint Cup Series, Patrick let her performance do the talking.

She became the first woman to ever win the pole at the Daytona 500 after she ran a practice lap of 196.4 mph. Winning the pole isn't an automatic indicator for success, though, as it's going to be hard to maintain that kind of speed over 200 laps.

As this is her inaugural campaign, the expectations for Patrick won't be too great. Few are really expecting her to win the Daytona 500 or the points title at the end of the season. A good showing will lay down a major marker for how 2013 will go, though.

Ricky Stenhouse, Jr.

Of the rookies in the Sprint Cup Series, Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. probably has the best chance of finishing highest in the final standings. Stenhouse comes in having won the last two Nationwide Series titles. He's definitely ready to make the step up.

Much of the discussion surrounding Stenhouse in the buildup to the Daytona 500 hasn't been about his rookie season but rather the relationship he has with Patrick. It's for sure an interesting dynamic to watch. The pair are extremely competitive, though, so it's not as if their performances on the track will be affected.

The Rookie of the Year race will likely come down to Patrick and Stenhouse, so it's imperative for one to get ahead on the other early. A solid run from Stenhouse would ensure he gets 2013 started off with a bang.

Austin Dillon

Racing in the Sprint Cup Series on a full-time basis is still a year away for Austin Dillon as he plans on staying in the Nationwide Series in 2013. That doesn't mean he can't put in a strong performance at the Daytona 500.

Starting out in eighth, Dillon can keep himself near the middle or top of the pack with a consistent race. Winning will be the goal, but the expectation should be about building the experience necessary for developing in the future.

At only 22 years old, Dillon still has plenty of time to become a more complete driver. By the time Dillon hits the Sprint Cup Series full time, dealing with high-pressure situations will be second nature to him.


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