Daytona 500 live stream: Watch Sprint Cup online

Daytona 500: Daytona 500 comes to the airways to wave the start flag on the NASCAR season.

Drivers, start your engines as Daytona 500 kicks off the 2016 NASCAR season and the Chase for the Cup. The Sprint Unlimited is over and the CAN-AM Duel helped set the 40-car field participating in the Sprint Cup’s first race of the year.

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Two NASCAR legends, Jeff Gordan and Tony Stewart, are out of the field, leaving the race wide open for someone to come away victorious with the win in the Super Bowl of NASCAR. However, Gordan’s first-hand experience and time spent driving in multiple Daytona 500’s and other races will be called upon often as part of the FOX broadcast team.

The coverage begins on FOX at 1:00 p.m. EST as another NASCAR season gets underway. Every driver is in the same place with zero points in the Chase. It’s a fresh slate for every team who are all looking to improve upon their 2015 season’s looking to come away victorious with the Sprint Cup once November is over.

Joey Logano won the 2015 Daytona 500 and looks to repeat in 2016. Find out all the information related to Sunday’s Daytona 500 on FOX below. The big race will also be streamed for those who are not in front of their television on race day for the marathon in terms of NASCAR races.

Where to watch Daytona 500 live stream online?

Date: Sunday, February 21, 2016
Time: 1:00 p.m. ET
Location: Daytona Beach, Florida
Track: Daytona International Speedway
Television: FOX
Live Stream: FOX Sports GO

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2016 Daytona 500 preview: Dale Earnhardt Jr., ‘Amelia’ are winning combination

2016 Daytona 500: Her name is Amelia, named after the first female aviator to fly across the Atlantic Ocean, and she has been Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s pride and joy in the days leading into Sunday’s Daytona 500. Like a gushing father, whenever she is mentioned a brimming smile streaks across the face of NASCAR‘s most popular driver.

Except Amelia isn’t a living, breathing entity in the strictest sense. She is Earnhardt’s car, chassis No. 872, which he will use Sunday to pursue a second Daytona 500 win in three years and third overall.

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“The car is awesome,” Earnhardt said. “I don’t want to get overly confident in what I’m doing, but the car really does everything I ask it to do.

“This thing is special, so I’m real excited.”

Earnhardt’s affinity for Amelia is justified when you consider he used that car to record two wins, a second and a fourth in four restrictor-plate races last season. So while Hendrick Motorsports customarily builds a brand-new car over the offseason for Daytona, Earnhardt and crew chief Greg Ives elected to bring Amelia back to Daytona.

And really, there never was debate whether to utilize Amelia once more. Because if Earnhardt was going to get another win in NASCAR’s signature event, he knew Amelia not only offered him the best chance, but she also provides an aura of invincibility.

That decision has thus far made them look all the wiser. On Thursday, Earnhardt and Amelia won their Duel qualifier for the second straight year by leading 43 of 60 laps and executing a nifty move on Denny Hamlin to take away the lead with six to go.

“You know he is going to be tough to beat,” Kevin Harvick said. “… You knew he was going to be one of the cars to beat. I think it will stay that way.”

Said Austin Dillon: “The No. 88 car is unreal fast.”

Like a businessman who wears his favorite power suit to an important meeting, what Amelia gives Earnhardt is confidence. And considering his drafting prowess, no one is better at Daytona or Talladega, and Earnhardt having a chassis underneath that he believes can pull off any move he needs to make at any time only heightens that self-assurance.

“You’re willing to take those gambles and risks to pull out and pass and not worry about getting shuffled to the back because you feel like the car is really capable of doing what you’re going to ask it to do every time you make a move,” Earnhardt said. Daytona 500 Live Stream

In car years, Amelia is rather old. She was constructed by Earnhardt’s former crew chief, Steve Letarte, two months after their 2014 Daytona win together required the No. 88 team to forfeit the car to track officials, who then put it on display for a full year.

“There are no trade secrets (used to build that car),” Letarte told SB Nation. “Speedway racing is a culmination of a tremendous amount of effort by a tremendous amount of people and every nook and cranny of that car has been looked at and checked on. And sometimes, you just have one that runs good.”

Amelia doesn’t possess any unique characteristics found on other Hendrick superspeedway cars, Ives said. The fleet of cars built for Daytona and Talladega are nearly identical; the only difference is Amelia’s shelf life. Because Earnhardt has not been involved in the “big one” commonly associated with restrictor-plate racing, it has allowed the No. 88 team to keep reusing her.

“Dale does such a good job of keeping the cars together through the past four races, which makes it easy on the guys,” Ives told SB Nation. “Whenever you can bring a speedway car back and just massage on it rather than having to put a new body on it, you’re going to keep finding a little bit more speed.

Although assembled nearly two years ago, Amelia didn’t get her name until recently. Some teams bestow cars with names immediately, as an identifier beyond just chassis numbers.

“A car gets named when you drive it long enough to see a personality,” Earnhardt said.

Other instances happen more organically. When Rusty Wallace won a 1993 night race at Richmond International Raceway, he did so close to midnight, which became the affectionate name for that car. Wallace, the 1989 Cup Series champion, won 13 races with Midnight and led more than 5,000 laps from 1992-94.

After the call was made to bring her to Daytona, Earnhardt realized chassis No. 872 was deserving of name after she carried him to a 1.75 average finish in four 2015 plate races.

“I said, ‘We’ve got to name it,'” Earnhardt said. “We were thinking of a woman who has accomplished something, that was an awesome person who was someone we could be proud of.

“Amelia Earhart was the first thing that came to my mind. She must have been the most daring. She sort of fits that mold of courage and determination that you need as a driver. She must have had that and more to be able to do the things she did in her lifetime.”

A victory Sunday, however, would mean the end of chassis No. 872, as a spot in the Daytona International Speedway fan zone would await. But even if no Daytona 500 win materializes, Earnhardt wants team owner Rick Hendrick to honor Amelia properly.

“I told him, ‘Whatever happens to this thing from here on out, he needs to keep track of it,'” Earnhardt said. “Might be one he wants to put in a museum one day because it’s done a lot of good things.”

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Daytona 500 2016: Complete Schedule, TV Info for NASCAR Opener

Daytona 500 2016: The NASCAR Sprint Cup season will start off with a bang Sunday in the form of the Daytona 500, as 40 of the best stock-car drivers in the world will vie to take the checkered flag and win what is arguably the most prestigious event in auto racing.

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While winning the Daytona 500 is huge in terms of cementing a driver’s place in history, it could also go a long way toward making the 2016 season a successful one since just a single victory will almost certainly be enough to clinch a spot in the Chase for the Sprint Cup.Daytona 500 2016

Daytona International Speedway is a fairly unpredictable track that has produced some unexpected winners in recent years, which should add even more intrigue to the 2016 edition of the Great American Race.

Ahead of Sunday’s huge, season-opening event, here is everything you need to know about when and where to watch the Daytona 500 along with a look at some top contenders to keep an eye on.

Where: Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Florida

When: Sunday, Feb. 21, at 1 p.m. ET

Watch: Fox

Daytona 500 Schedule

Schedule of Events for 2016 Daytona 500
Date Time Event Watch
Thursday, Feb. 18 12 p.m. ET Practice Fox Sports 1
Thursday, Feb. 18 7 p.m. ET Can-Am Duel #1 Fox Sports 1
Thursday, Feb. 18 9 p.m. ET Can-Am Duel #2 Fox Sports 1
Friday, Feb. 19 12 p.m. ET Practice Fox Sports 1
Friday, Feb. 19 2 p.m. ET Practice Fox Sports 1
Saturday, Feb. 20 12:15 p.m. ET Final Practice Fox Sports 1
Sunday, Feb. 21 1 p.m. ET Daytona 500 Fox

Daytona 500 Entry List

Daytona 500 Attempted Entrants (Top 40 Will Qualify)
Car No.   Driver
24           Chase Elliott (Won Pole)
20          Matt Kenseth (Qualified 2nd)
1           Jamie McMurray
2          Brad Keselowski
3          Austin Dillon
4          Kevin Harvick
5          Kasey Kahne
6        Trevor Bayne
7        Regan Smith
10      Danica Patrick
11        Denny Hamlin
13       Casey Mears
14       Brian Vickers
15           Clint Bowyer
16       Greg Biffle
17          Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
18         Kyle Busch
19       Carl Edwards
21          Ryan Blaney
22         Joey Logano
23       David Ragan
26     Robert Richardson
27     Paul Menard
30    Josh Wise
31    Ryan Newman
32     Bobby Labonte
34     Chris Buescher
35     David Gilliland
38     Landon Cassill
40    Reed Sorenson
41    Kurt Busch
42    Kyle Larson
43    Aric Almirola
44    Brian Scott
46    Michael Annett
47   AJ Allmendinger
48    Jimmie Johnson
59    Michael McDowell
78   Martin Truex Jr.
83    Michael Waltrip
88    Dale Earnhardt Jr.
93    Matt DiBenedetto
95    Ty Dillon
98    Cole Whit

 

When is the Daytona 500? Date, time, TV channel for 2016 NASCAR race

When is the Daytona 500: If you think you’ve seen the No. 24 car at the pole of the Daytona 500, you’re right. In fact, this is the second year in a row it will start there.

Only this time, the driver won’t be Jeff Gordon.

On Feb. 14, Chase Elliott won the pole position for the 58th running of the Daytona 500, claiming the top spot in his first race in the car Gordon made one of the most famous in the sport.

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Gordon, a FOX Sports racing analyst, watched Elliott’s top lap from the TV booth. Elliott, a rookie, became the youngest driver to land the top spot in NASCAR’s biggest race.

Elliott’s father, Bill, is a two-time Daytona 500 champion.

“The manner which (he) went about his business, I think is really special,” Chase said.

The lineup will be set with more qualifying during the Duel Races on Feb. 18, but here’s what you need to know about the Daytona 500:

When is the Daytona 500?

Date: Feb. 21, 2016

Time: 1 p.m. Eastern

Where: Daytona Speedway

TV: FOX

Elliott won the pole at 20 years, 2 months and 17 days, beating 2014 pole-sitter Austin Dillon’s mark of 23 years, 9 months and 27 days.

With two spots remaining, Josh Wise, Michael McDowell, Reed Sorenson, Robert Richardson Jr., David Gilliland and Cole Whitt all have to race their way into the field. The top open finisher in each qualifying race will make the Daytona 500.

NASCAR has disallowed Daytona 500 qualifying runs by Stewart-Haas Racing teammates Kevin Harvick and Brian Vickers.

New Jersey’s Martin Truex Jr. did not make a qualifying attempt because a roof flap of his No. 78 Toyota was out of compliance, and the team could not fix it within a designated five-minute window. He also will start one of the qualifying races from the back.

Daytona 500 Qualifying 2016: Can-Am Duels Starting Grid After Group Results

Daytona 500: With the Daytona 500 approaching Feb. 21, it means the unique qualifying rounds for starting positions are happening during Speedweeks. On Sunday, the front row was determined after a single-car qualifying event that gave Chase Elliott the pole position with Matt Kenseth starting in the No. 2 spot. Their positions were determined by how fast they ran the track in two attempts, but the upcoming Can-Am Duels to decide the remaining 38 spots will be determined differently.Daytona 500

There will be two races (odd qualifying finishers in Race 1 and even qualifiers in Race 2) that will align the rest of the field based on how each driver finishes in the 150-mile treks.

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Here’s a look at the schedule, starting grid and some reaction to the duels.Can-Am Duels at Daytona
Date: February 18

Time: 7 p.m. ET

TV: Fox Sports 1

LiveStream: Fox Sports Go

Radio: Motor Racing Network

Can-Am Starting Lineups
Can-Am Duel No. 1 Can-Am Duel No. 2
Chase Elliott Matt Kenseth
Dale Earnhardt Jr. Kyle Busch
Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Jimmie Johnson
Ryan Blaney* Carl Edwards
Austin Dillon Kurt Busch
Denny Hamlin Casey Mears
Joey Logano Ryan Newman
Kasey Kahne Ty Dillon
Paul Menard Aric Almirola
Brad Keselowski Jamie McMurray
Greg Biffle Kyle Larson
Brian Scott Matt DiBenedetto*
Michael McDowell* Michael Waltrip
Regan Smith Danica Patrick
Chris Buescher AJ Allmendinger
Bobby Labonte Michael Annett
Trevor Bayne Landon Cassill
Clint Bowyer Robert Richardson Jr.*
Cole Whitt* David Gilliland*
David Ragan Reed Sorenson*
Sporting News; *non-chartered teams

The front row was not the only thing determined after the qualifying event. Thirty-six of the 40 spots were already guaranteed by chartered cars, but eight drivers were vying for the final four spots. Two spots were locked up by Ryan Blaney and Matt DiBenedetto after they finished with the top two speeds.Daytona 500 200

DiBenedetto was relived to find out he’ll be racing in the 500, per Kenny Bruce of NASCAR.com.

“Man, I can sleep well this week finally,” the 24-year-old said. “I’ve done a lot of things in my career, (but) I was more nervous for that than probably my first Sprint Cup race last year.”

The two drivers will still compete in the Can-Am but will race Sunday no matter where they finish. That won’t be the case for the other open drivers vying for the final two positions, per Bruce:

[Michael] McDowell, Robert Richardson Jr., Cole Whitt, David Gilliland, Josh Wise and Reed Sorenson can race their way into next Sunday’s race by finishing highest among the Open teams in Thursday’s Duel qualifiers. If either Blaney and/or DiBenedetto finish highest in their respective qualifiers, the final two positions would be based on Sunday’s qualifying speeds, meaning McDowell (27th) and Richardson (38th) would be awarded the final two spots.Elliott and Kenseth also don’t have to worry about how they finish. It must be a pretty good feeling for the 20-year-old Elliott, who became the youngest driver ever to win the Daytona 500 pole position, per NBC Sports.

Former NASCAR champion Jeff Gordon congratulated Elliott on his victory:Elliott and Kenseth will take a bit of a backseat to the other drivers Thursday, as fans will be focused on who will fill spots three through 40. Austin Dillon is someone to keep any eye on after he won the 2014 poll. He will be starting in the fifth spot of Race 1. He was the top qualifier for Richard Childress Racing:Fan favorite Dale Earnhardt Jr. just missed the front row, finishing with the third-best time, and will start in the No. 2 position in Race 1. He took the 2011 poll at the Daytona 500 and finished third.

Earnhardt was disappointed to just miss out on a top spot but said he’d be ready to go in the Can-Am:Most likely more disappointed than Earnhardt are Martin Truex Jr., Kevin Harvick and Brian Vickers, all of whom were flagged during initial qualifying. Truex was dinged for an improper roof flap, while Harvick and Vickers were cited for “irregularities with track bars,” per Joe Rodgers of Omnisport (via Sporting News).

The infractions dropped the three offending drivers to the back of the pack for the Duels.

No matter what happens Thursday, there is no doubt this style of qualifying is one that provides excitement for the fans and is a great way to kick off the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season.

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