Daytona 500 Start Time: When and Where to Catch NASCAR's Signature Race

Brian MaziqueCorrespondent IIIFebruary 23, 2013

DAYTONA BEACH, FL - FEBRUARY 22:  Danica Patrick, driver of the #34 Chevrolet, speaks with Tony Stewart, driver of the #33 Oreo/Ritz Chevrolet, during qualifying for the NASCAR Nationwide Series DRIVE4COPD 300 at Daytona International Speedway on February 22, 2013 in Daytona Beach, Florida.  (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
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The Super Bowl of NASCAR is upon us, and this year's race has even more hype because of Danica Patrick's pole-setting performance in the qualifying race.

Patrick streaked to a qualifying time of 45.817 seconds at an average of 196.4 miles per hour. The performance made Patrick the first woman to ever win a pole in a Sprint Cup race.

Obviously, winning the pole doesn't guarantee anything beyond a favorable starting spot. It's been 13 years since a pole winner actually went on to win the Daytona 500 (Dale Jarrett won in 2000 after capturing the pole).

Still, the great showing has fans talking about Patrick and her realistic chances of winning the sport's biggest race.

Here's how you can watch Patrick and other NASCAR stars vie for the checkered flag at Daytona.


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

Where: Daytona International Speedway, Daytona Beach, Fla.

Watch: Fox

Listen: Motor Racing Network

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Rain, Rain Go Away

Last year's event was postponed to Monday night after rain made the track unsafe on Sunday. Fans, and others involved with the sport, have to be hoping we don't see a repeat of that this year.

Per, there is a 60 percent chance of rain, and scattered thunderstorms in the forecast.

After last year's postponement, most of the drivers and crews should have plans in place to stay focused in the event that this happens again. But it would be a real bummer to have to wait until Monday night for the second consecutive year.


Dale Earnhardt, Jr. Ready To Be a Factor

Per ESPN, Earnhardt, Jr. was the fastest racer at the final practice, averaging 198.5 miles per hour. He is set to begin in the 19th spot when the race gets underway, but that blazing pace can't be ignored.

It should be noted that Patrick was one of a group of drivers that didn't race in the tune-up, but speed is speed. Earnhardt Jr.'s final practice run implies he's a contender this year.

He was just 12th in the Sprint Cup standings in 2012, and he had just one win last year. This appears to be a good opportunity for him to start this season off well.

Here are the starting positions for the 2013 Daytona 500.

Pos. Driver Pos. 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 Logano 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    


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