The green flag will drop on the 2019 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season Sunday afternoon, when 40 drivers will compete in the Daytona 500.
This is the 61st running of The Great American Race, which last year was won by Austin Dillon. This year's race will begin with Hendrick Motorsports teammates William Byron and Alex Bowman leading the field to the start.
It's sure to be an exciting afternoon filled with NASCAR action. Here are some storylines to keep an eye on during this year's Daytona 500.
Daytona 500 Information
Date: Sunday, Feb. 17
Time: 2:30 p.m. ET
Logano Looks to Carry Over Momentum
The last time Joey Logano was on a track for a Cup Series race was last year's season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway. That was a good day for Logano, as he raced to victory and clinched his first career Cup Series championship.
Now, Logano will look to get off to a good start in a season that he hopes ends with the same result.
Logano won the Daytona 500 in 2015, and he is starting fourth after winning the second duel qualifying race Thursday night. He's also had other strong past showings in The Great American Race, finishing sixth or better each of the past four years.
A second career Daytona 500 win would be a good way for Logano to carry over the momentum from his strong finish to last season.
Will Johnson Create More Controversy?
Jimmie Johnson is a seven-time Cup Series champion and two-time Daytona 500 winner. But he hasn't been making fellow drivers happy during Daytona Speedweeks this year.
Johnson has already had two incidents. In last Sunday's Advance Auto Parts Clash, he made contact with Paul Menard, which led to a multicar wreck that happened as Johnson drove on to win the rain-shortened race. Then, in Thursday's first duel qualifying race, Johnson spun out Kyle Busch.
Both Menard and Busch later said they had moved past their incidents with Johnson, but it will still be interesting to see if anything carries over to the Daytona 500. Or perhaps if Johnson has another incident with a different driver.
Although Johnson may not be making new friends, he should still be a contender Sunday. The No. 48 car is starting 17th, so he'll have to maneuver his way up closer to the front of the pack in order to be in the running for the win during the later stages of the race.
Faces in New Places
Like every season, there will be some driver sporting new rides in 2019. Here's a look at drivers who have joined new teams since the end of last year.
Kurt Busch: No. 1 Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet, starting 12th in Daytona 500
Daniel Hemric: No. 3 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet, starting 29th
Ryan Newman: No. 6 Roush Fenway Racing Ford, starting 19th
Martin Truex Jr.: No. 19 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota, starting 11th
Matt DiBenedetto: No. 95 Leavine Family Racing Toyota, starting ninth
Daniel Suarez: No. 41 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford, starting 23rd
Ryan Preece: No. 47 JTG Daugherty Racing Chevrolet, starting 21st