Daytona 500 2014: Start Time, Date, TV Schedule, Live Stream and More

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Daytona 500 2014: Start Time, Date, TV Schedule, Live Stream and More
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It's like the NFL's Super Bowl and baseball's Opening Day all wrapped into one.

The Daytona 500 marks the beginning of another NASCAR season. On Sunday from Daytona Beach, Fla., the world's greatest stock car drivers will take to one of the most historic race tracks in the world.

There are several intriguing storylines heading into this NASCAR season. Aside from the pageantry associated with the sport's biggest race, we'll also watch the first chapter of the stories that will interest fans all year.

As always, all eyes will be on Danica Patrick, especially in wake of Richard Petty's recent comments. Though she is a long shot to win the race, just competing at the event is thrilling in and of itself. Patrick is a polarizing driver who will spark reaction from fans and mainstream media regardless of where she finishes.

Rapper 50 Cent may be endorsing Cole Whitt as a driver to watch for on Sunday, but it is difficult to envision the 22-year-old pulling off the monumental upset. A top-10 finish would be a big accomplishment at Daytona, but fans should anticipate Whitt to hover with the middle of the pack.

Here's how you can watch the action.

 

When: Sunday, Feb. 23, at 1 p.m. ET

Where: Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Fla.

TV: Fox

Live Stream: Fox Sports Go

 

Starting Order

Pos. No. Driver Sponsor
1 3 Austin Dillon  DOW Chevrolet
2 78 Martin Truex Jr. Furniture Row Chevrolet
3 20 Matt Kenseth Dollar General Toyota
4 11 Denny Hamlin FedEx Express Toyota
5 5 Kasey Kahne Farmers Insurance Chevrolet
6 24 Jeff Gordon Drive to End Hunger Chevrolet
7 9 Marcos Ambrose Stanley Ford 
8 41 Kurt Busch Haas Automation Chevrolet
9 88  Dale Earnhardt Jr.  National Guard Chevrolet
10 27 Paul Menard Peak/Menards Chevrolet
11 98 Josh Wise  Curb Records Ford
12 33 Brian Scott Whitetail Chevrolet
13 43  Aric Almirola  Smithfield Ford
14 21 Trevor Bayne Motorcraft/Quick Lane Tire & Auto Center Ford
15 47 AJ Allmendinger  Kroger/USO Chevrolet
16 42 Kyle Larson Target Chevrolet
17 38 David Gilliland  Love's Travel Stops Ford
18 40 Landon Cassill Hillman Racing Chevrolet
19 31 Ryan Newman  Caterpillar Chevrolet
20 15 Clint Bowyer 5-hour Energy Toyota
21 14 Tony Stewart  Bass Pro Shops/Mobil 1 Chevrolet
22 1 Jamie McMurray McDonald's Chevrolet
23 26   Cole Whitt Speed Stick Gear Toyota
24 32 Terry Labonte C&J Energy Services Ford
25 16  Greg Biffle  3M Ford
26 52 Bobby Labonte Phoenix Construction Chevrolet
27 10 Danica Patrick  GoDaddy Chevrolet
28 13 Casey Mears GEICO Chevrolet
29 23  Alex Bowman Dr. Pepper Toyota
30 99 Carl Edwards Fastenal Ford
31 55 Brian Vickers Aaron's Dream Machine Toyota
32 48 Jimmie Johnson Lowe's Chevrolet
33 2 Brad Keselowski Miller Lite Ford
34 17  Ricky Stenhouse Jr.  Nationwide Insurance Ford
35 22 Joey Logano Shell Pennzoil Ford
36 7 Michael Annett Pilot/Flying J Travel Centers Chevrolet
37 18 Kyle Busch M&M's Toyota
38 4 Kevin Harvick Budweiser Chevrolet
39 36 Reed Sorenson Golden Corral Chevrolet
40 51 Justin Allgaier Brandt Professional Agriculture Chevrolet
41 30 Parker Kligerman Swan Energy Toyota
42 66 Michael Waltrip BlueDEF/AAA Toyota
43 34 David Ragan CSX - Play It Safe Ford

 

Drivers to Watch

Austin Dillon

Terry Renna/Associated Press

The 23-year-old rookie from North Carolina captured the pole position and could kick off his career on the circuit with a bang. Winning at Daytona is a huge task for a seasoned veteran, but doing so as a rookie would be special.

Dillon had the pole wrapped up heading into the first Budweiser Duel Thursday. His speeds seemed to dip considerably from the beginning of the race to the end. David Newton of ESPN doesn't know if that was by design since the No. 1 spot was already wrapped up.

Newton wrote:

Dillon has handled his move into the Sprint Cup Series well so far, winning the pole and leading early in this race. But he's still got a ways to go to get the famed No. 3 in Victory Lane, finishing 19th. Or maybe he was just playing it safe, knowing he already had the pole and there was no need to take chances.

As the man in the No. 3 car and the man in the pole position, there is a ton of pressure on him to perform well Sunday and over the long haul.

 

Matt Kenseth

Chuck Burton/Associated Press

He's already won this race twice in his career. A win Sunday would tie Jeff Gordon for the most among active drivers.

Last year, Kenseth finished second to Jimmie Johnson in the Sprint Cup standings. He had the most wins of all drivers with seven. He can do a lot to establish himself as the same kind of major contender in 2014 with a win Sunday.

The 41-year-old took the first pre-race Duel in a close finish Thursday, so he and his team are already looking to be in fine shape for Sunday. He out-drove Kevin Harvick to pick up the win after a rough week in preliminary runs that featured a collision.

Per Nate Ryan of USA Today, Kenseth said this after winning the Duel: "Kevin is one of the best, and he made the perfect move. I was just fortunate to get to his right rear early enough to get a big enough run to the finish line."

 

Jimmie Johnson

Terry Renna/Associated Press

There's been a lot of talk about rookies and veterans like Tony Stewart, who is returning from a broken leg suffered in 2013, but there's not been enough chatter about the six-time—and reigning—Sprint Cup Series champion, who also happens to be the two-time and defending champion at Daytona.

That would, of course, be the man in the No. 48 car.

He only managed to get the 32nd spot on the grid, but the winner of the race has come from that spot two times before. Most recently, Trevor Bayne won from there in 2011.

Can Johnson start the march toward a seventh Sprint Cup championship Sunday? You'll have to tune in to see.

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