The 60th Daytona 500 will take place in Florida on Sunday, with 2017 winner Kurt Busch among the drivers involved. Alex Bowman will be on pole when the race gets underway at the Daytona international speedway.
Denny Hamlin and Chase Elliott will also be strong contenders to win the first race of the 2018 Cup Series.
Here are the schedule and viewing details for the big race:
Date: Sunday, February 18
Time: 2:30 p.m. ET/7:30 p.m. GMT.
TV Info: Fox
Bowman has made a statement by earning pole for his first Daytona 500. It's obviously a boost for a driver taking over from Dale Earnhardt Jr. in the No. 88 vehicle.
However, it's too easy to assume Bowman will make pole count at Daytona Beach. The 24-year-old will face strong competition, not least from Hamlin, who won this race in 2016.
Hamlin also finished second in qualifying, proof of his ability to repeat the heroics from two years ago. What the 37-year-old wants is a championship, something he has narrowly missed out on several times, according to USA Today's Mike Hembree.
As for Busch, he will be competing against his brother Kyle. The latter has yet to win in Daytona, but he has the talent to keep the checkered flag in the family.
One more driver to watch is Chase Elliott, whom Matthew Mayer of CBS Sports believes proved his credentials to win with his performance in the second Can-Am Duel. Still just 22, Elliott will race from fourth spot on Sunday, meaning he's in position to upset Bowman.
He will also be motivated by competing against Hamlin, who "took Elliott out near the end of last season's playoff race at Martinsville, and cost the young driver a chance to win his first Monster Energy NASCAR Cup race," per Bob Velin of USA Today Sports.
Hamlin and Bowman will lead a strong front row, from where this year's winner is sure to come. Bowman has the advantage entering the race, but Hamlin has the experience and motivation to start his bid for a long-overdue championship the right way.