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

Brian MaziqueCorrespondent IIIFebruary 22, 2014

Kasey Kahne, Bobby Labonte, Justin Allgaier, and David Ragan, from left, drive along the front stretch during an evening practice for the Daytona 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series auto race at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Fla., Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014. (AP Photo/John Raoux)
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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.DriverSponsor
13Austin Dillon DOW Chevrolet
278Martin Truex Jr.Furniture Row Chevrolet
320Matt KensethDollar General Toyota
411Denny HamlinFedEx Express Toyota
55Kasey KahneFarmers Insurance Chevrolet
624Jeff GordonDrive to End Hunger Chevrolet
79Marcos AmbroseStanley Ford 
841Kurt BuschHaas Automation Chevrolet
988 Dale Earnhardt Jr. National Guard Chevrolet
1027Paul MenardPeak/Menards Chevrolet
1198Josh Wise Curb Records Ford
1233Brian ScottWhitetail Chevrolet
1343 Aric Almirola Smithfield Ford
1421Trevor BayneMotorcraft/Quick Lane Tire & Auto Center Ford
1547AJ Allmendinger Kroger/USO Chevrolet
1642Kyle LarsonTarget Chevrolet
1738David Gilliland Love's Travel Stops Ford
1840Landon CassillHillman Racing Chevrolet
1931Ryan Newman Caterpillar Chevrolet
2015Clint Bowyer5-hour Energy Toyota
2114Tony Stewart Bass Pro Shops/Mobil 1 Chevrolet
221Jamie McMurrayMcDonald's Chevrolet
2326  Cole WhittSpeed Stick Gear Toyota
2432Terry LabonteC&J Energy Services Ford
2516 Greg Biffle 3M Ford
2652Bobby LabontePhoenix Construction Chevrolet
2710Danica Patrick GoDaddy Chevrolet
2813Casey MearsGEICO Chevrolet
2923 Alex BowmanDr. Pepper Toyota
3099Carl EdwardsFastenal Ford
3155Brian VickersAaron's Dream Machine Toyota
3248Jimmie JohnsonLowe's Chevrolet
332Brad KeselowskiMiller Lite Ford
3417 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Nationwide Insurance Ford
3522Joey LoganoShell Pennzoil Ford
367Michael AnnettPilot/Flying J Travel Centers Chevrolet
3718Kyle BuschM&M's Toyota
384Kevin HarvickBudweiser Chevrolet
3936Reed SorensonGolden Corral Chevrolet
4051Justin AllgaierBrandt Professional Agriculture Chevrolet
4130Parker KligermanSwan Energy Toyota
4266Michael WaltripBlueDEF/AAA Toyota
4334David RaganCSX - 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.