Daytona 500 2017: Start Time, Date, TV Schedule, Live Stream and More

Brian MarronFeatured ColumnistFebruary 25, 2017

DAYTONA BEACH, FL - FEBRUARY 19:  Brad Keselowski, driver of the #2 SKF Ford, and Denny Hamlin, driver of the #11 FedEx Express Toyota, lead the field past the green flag to start the weather delayed Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Advance Auto Parts Clash at Daytona International Speedway on February 19, 2017 in Daytona Beach, Florida.  (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)
Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images

Denny Hamlin will take the track Sunday at the 2017 Daytona 500, but will he be able to repeat as this year's winner and join Dale Earnhardt Jr., Jimmie Johnson, Matt Kenseth and Michael Waltrip as active drivers with multiple victories in this race?

There will be plenty of competition from the sport's veterans, as well as young stars Austin Dillon, Chase Elliott and 2015 Daytona winner Joey Logano. With so many racers experiencing past success at Daytona International Speedway, this year's event is truly wide open.

Take a look below at the television and live-stream schedule for Sunday. A full starting lineup can be found at NASCAR.com, and continue for a preview of what to watch for in the Great American Race.

Daytona 500 Schedule
DateLocationStart Time (ET)NetworkLive Stream
Sunday, Feb. 26Daytona International Speedway, Daytona, Florida2 p.m.FoxFox Sports Go
NASCAR.com

 

Race Preview

Elliott started his Daytona quest strong earlier in the week, as he earned the pole position before winning a Can-Am Duel qualifying race on Thursday. The 21-year-old made history in doing so, per ESPN's Ryan McGee:

His success this week certainly has Elliott feeling good about his prospects on Sunday, which he relayed, per SB Nation's Jordan Bianchi.

“Oh, I definitely think we have a shot at it,” Elliott said. “I mean, if I didn't feel that way, like I always say, I'd stay home.”

Entering his third season on the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, Elliott is still looking for his first victory. His past results suggest that win should come very soon. He notched 10 top-five finishes last season along with 17 top-10 results. 

Yet, Elliott has an average finish position of 34.5 in two races at Daytona International Speedway.

Hamlin was the Duel's other winner, edging out Earnhardt. Jr late. He was propelled by a push from Dillon, and Hamlin believes the two could work together again on Sunday, via NASCAR.com.

"It looked like our cars worked really, really well together there so we’ll keep that in mind when I need somebody to draft with in the 500," Hamlin said after the race.

Hamlin is among the sport's top racers, and he has been strong at this track. In addition to last season's win, Hamlin finished in the top five six times and seven times in the top 10.

He may have to repeat some of his late heroics from Thursday, as Earnhardt Jr. looked dominant for the majority of the Duel race. Given that he already has two Daytona 500 wins and should be motivated to perform well after last year's injury issues, Earnhardt Jr. will undoubtedly be a contender on Sunday.

Another young driver with a bright future, Dillon could be a sleeper in this race.

Like Elliott, Dillon is still looking for his first Monster series win. Also like Elliott, Dillon is certainly on the verge of ending that drought. He led in 17 of 36 races last season, ending up with four top-five results and 13 top-10 marks.

At Daytona, Dillion has also been in the mix. In seven races, Dillion found himself in the top five once along with five top-10 finishes. He will also be racing with his brother, Ty Dillon, for the first time in the Monster Series.

For The Win delved into the sibling rivalry ahead of the big race:

The 2017 Daytona 500 title is up for grabs. The NASCAR stalwarts like Earnhardt Jr. and Hamlin will have their say, but this looks to be a promising year for another young gun to mark his arrival with an emphatic first career victory.

    

Statistics are courtesy of Racing-Reference.info unless otherwise noted.