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.
Listen: Motor Racing Network
Live Stream: RaceView
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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 Weather.com, 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
Who has a better chance to win Daytona 500?
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.
|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|