The Daytona 500 is the biggest event of the NASCAR season, and Sunday’s Great American Race will kick off the 2013 campaign in spectacular fashion.
NASCAR’s biggest names—everyone from Dale Earnhardt Jr. to Jeff Gordon—will be racing on the famous Daytona International Speedway Sunday, looking for both a great start to the new season and a monumental win on the biggest stage in the sport.
Whether you’re a hardcore NASCAR fan or casually follow the sport, the Daytona 500 is an amazing race that features so many subplots that anyone would be enthralled by the on-and-off-track action.
Where: Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Fla.
When: Sunday, 1 p.m. ET
Listen: Motor Racing Network
Live Stream: RaceView
Drivers to Watch
The aura that surrounds Danica Patrick and the No. 10 car after becoming the first woman to ever win the pole for any NASCAR race is through the roof, but the expectations for a positive finish are even higher.
Patrick needs a solid finish at the Daytona 500 not only to start the season off on the right foot, but to quiet the critics that say she is not as talented as the hype around her would suggest.
Qualifying on the pole proves Patrick has the speed to win on Sunday, but staying out of trouble will be the key to running well throughout the race and finishing strong. If she can keep the No. 10 car toward the front, she will be in a great position when the checkered flag flies.
Kevin Harvick and the No. 29 car have been the cream of the crop during the 2013 Daytona speed weeks, winning both the Sprint Unlimited race and the first Budweiser Duel. Now the NASCAR veteran turns his focus to the Daytona 500.
In 11 career starts at The Great American Race, Harvick has one win, four top-fives and six top-10s, but it has been the momentum the veteran has gained over the last two weeks that will play the biggest factor Sunday.
With a great starting position and experience winning in the Generation-6 cars, Harvick has the clear edge for Sunday’s race. Just as everyone must stay out of trouble, the No. 29 car should have a great run as long as Harvick avoids the legendary “Big One” Daytona wreck.