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What time does the Daytona 500 start today? TV channel, green flag time for NASCAR 2021 premiere

Sunday’s Daytona 500 will usher in another NASCAR Cup season, but it won’t look the same as the races of previous years.

Attendance will be limited to 30,000 socially estranged fans, compared to the 100,000 spectators who often flock to Daytona International Speedway. As for the action on the track, the Daytona 500 course will be without Jimmie Johnson, who retired from full-time driving last year to close out an incredible race that included seven Cup titles.

Still, the excitement should be palpable as NASCAR’s best drivers seek to capture the first checkered flag of the season.

Here’s everything you need to know to watch the 2021 Daytona 500, including green flag time, TV channel, and live stream information.

MORE: Follow the Latest Daytona 500 Weather Updates

What time does the Daytona 500 start today?

  • Start time: 2:30 pm ET

The Daytona 500 broadcast will begin at 2:30 p.m. ET on Sunday, February 14, but the race itself may not start until around 3 p.m. ET. It will take place at the Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Florida.

How tall is the Daytona 500?

The Daytona 500 is, of course, a 500-mile race and is scheduled for 200 laps.

Stage 1 will end on lap 65, stage 2 will end on lap 130 and the final stage will end on lap 200.

PLUS: Watch the Daytona 500 Live on fuboTV (7-day free trial)

What channel is the Daytona 500 broadcast on today?

The FOX broadcast will return to a three-person booth after previously only featuring host Mike Joy and analyst Jeff Gordon. Former Cup Series driver Clint Bowyer will join the team to fill the void left by Darrell Waltrip, who retired after the 2019 season.

NASCAR 2021 Schedule

(All the eastern time)

Date Race Clue Start time television channel Radio
February 9 The match Daytona Road Course 7 pm FS1 MRN
February 11th Duel No. 1 / Duel No. 2 Daytona International Highway 7 pm ET FS1 MRN
February 14th Daytona 500 Daytona International Highway 2:30 pm FOX MRN
February 21st NASCAR Cup Series race at Daytona RC Daytona Road Course 3 pm FOX MRN
February 28th Dixie 400 Vodka Homestead-Miami Freeway 3:30 pm FOX MRN
7 of March Pennzoil 400 Las Vegas Expressway 3:30 pm FOX PRN
March 14 NASCAR Cup Series race in Phoenix Phoenix race track 3:30 pm FOX MRN
March 21st Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 Atlanta Speedway 3 pm FOX PRN
28th March Food City Ground Race Bristol Motor Speedway dirt 3:30 pm FOX PRN
April 10th Maximum pain relief Blue-Emu 500 Martinsville Speedway 7:30 pm FS1 MRN
April 18th Toyota 400 owners Richmond Raceway 3 pm FOX MRN
April 25th Geico 500 Talladega Superspeedway 2 pm FOX MRN
May 2nd NASCAR Cup Series race in Kansas Kansas speedway 3 pm FS1 MRN
May 9 NASCAR Cup Series race at Darlington Darlington Race Track 3:30 pm FS1 MRN
May 16 Drydene 400 Dover International Highway 2 pm FS1 MRN
may 23 NASCAR Cup Series race at COTA Circuit of the Americas 2:30 pm FS1 PRN
May 30 Coca-Cola 600 Charlotte Motor Speedway 6 pm FOX PRN
June 6th Toyota / Save Mart 350 Sonoma Raceway 4 pm FS1 PRN
June 13th NASCAR All-Star Open Texas Racing Circuit 6 pm FS1 MRN
June 13th NASCAR All-Star Race Texas Racing Circuit 8 pm FS1 MRN
June 20th Ally 400 Nashville Superspeedway 3:30 pm NBCSN MRN
June 26th NASCAR Cup Series race in Pocono Pocono Raceway 3 pm NBCSN MRN
June 27th NASCAR Cup Series race in Pocono Pocono Raceway 3:30 pm NBCSN MRN
July 4th NASCAR Cup Series race at Road America America road 2:30 pm NBC MRN
July 11 Quaker State 400 Atlanta Speedway 3:30 pm NBCSN PRN
July 18 Foxwoods Resort Casino 301 New Hampshire Speedway 3 pm NBCSN PRN
August 8 Go bowling at The Glen Watkins Glen International 3 pm NBCSN MRN
August 15th Big Machine Vodka 400 at the Brickyard Indianapolis Motor Speedway Road Circuit 1 pm NBC IMS radio
August 22nd FireKeepers Casino 400 Michigan International Speedway 3 pm NBCSN MRN
August 28 Coca Cola Zero Sugar 400 Daytona International Highway 7 pm NBC MRN

NASCAR 2021 schedule: playoff races

(All the eastern time)

Date Race Clue Start time television channel Radio
September 5 Cooking Southern 500 Darlington Race Track 6 pm NBCSN MRN
11 of September Federated Auto Parts 400 Richmond Raceway 7:30 pm NBCSN MRN
September 18 Bass Pro Shops Night Run Bristol racetrack 7:30 pm NBCSN PRN
September 26 South Point 400 Las Vegas Expressway 7 pm NBCSN PRN
October 3 YellaWood 500 Talladega Superspeedway 2 pm NBC MRN
October 10th Bank of America ROVAL 400 Charlotte Motor Speedway Road Circuit 2 pm NBC PRN
October the 17th Autotrader EchoPark Automotive 500 Texas Racing Circuit 2 pm NBC PRN
October 24th Hollywood Casino 400 Kansas speedway 3 pm NBCSN MRN
31 October Xfinity 500 Martinsville Speedway 2 pm NBC MRN
November 7 NASCAR Cup Series Championship Phoenix race track 3 pm NBC MRN

In Canada, fans can watch all NASCAR races on TSN.

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