Daytona 500

Daytona 500 :The green flag for the 61st running of the Daytona 500 — and the official start to the 2019 NASCAR Cup Series season — is set for Sunday at 2:30 p.m. ET. William Byron will start from the pole alongside his Hendrick Motorsports teammate Alex Bowman.

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The 21-year-old, Byron, will seek to become the first driver in nearly 20 years to win The Great American Race from the pole position. And while Dale Jarrett was the last to do it in 2000, it was exactly 20 years ago that Jeff Gordon won both the Daytona 500 pole and race in the same No. 24 car for the same team.

Byron is listed at 40-to-1 to take the checkered flag, the same odds Austin Dillon had when he won the race last year. This time around, Dillon comes in at 30-to-1, although it should be noted that he opened at 40-to-1 before an adjustment after the Gander RV Duels. Those same duels helped determine the rest of the starting lineup, which you’ll find below. You’ll also find viewing information for the race.

How to watch the 2019 Daytona Daytona 500

  • Date: Sunday, Feb. 17
  • Start time: 2:30 p.m. ET
  • TV: FOX
  • Streaming: fuboTV, FOX Sports Go
  • Radio: MRN, SiriusXM, NASCAR Radio
  • Location: Daytona International Speedway — Daytona Beach, Florida

2019 Daytona 500 starting lineup

  1. William Byron
  2. Alex Bowman
  3. Kevin Harvick
  4. Joey Logano
  5. Rickey Stenhouse Jr.
  6. Clint Bowyer
  7. Paul Menard
  8. Aric Almirola
  9. Matt DiBenedetto
  10. Denny Hamlin
  11. Martin Truex Jr.
  12. Kurt Busch
  13. Bubba Wallace
  14. Ryan Blaney
  15. Chris Buescher
  16. Jamie McMurray
  17. Jimmie Johnson
  18. Chase Elliott
  19. Ryan Newman
  20. Austin Dillon
  21. Ryan Preece
  22. Ty Dillon
  23. Daniel Suarez
  24. David Ragan
  25. Parker Kligerman
  26. Kyle Larson
  27. Landon Cassill
  28. Erik Jones
  29. Daniel Hermic
  30. Brendan Gaughan
  31. Kyle Busch
  32. Corey LaJoie
  33. Matt Tifft
  34. Michael McDowell
  35. Brad Keselowski
  36. Ross Chastain
  37. Cody Ware
  38. BJ McLeod
  39. Tyler Reddick
  40. Casey Mears

Looking into the odds a bit more, three Fords are co-favorites to take the checkered flag. Former Daytona 500 winners and 2019 Duel winners Kevin Harvick and Joey Logano are at 8-to-1 alongside 2012 Cup series champion Brad Keselowski. Unlike his counterparts, Keselowski has never won The Great American Race, but has won at the track before.

One thing to note about the Daytona 500 is that the field can pile up at any moment, so leading the most laps isn’t always a good thing. Just ask Ryan Blaney — who comes in at 12-to-1 this year — about his race last time out. Blaney led 118 laps last year, which was the most since Davey Allison won the race with 127 laps led in 1992, however he wound up finishing seventh. Another driver to watch for this weekend, Denny Hamlin at 10-to-1, has only won the Daytona 500 once despite leading all active drivers with 267 laps out front.

Here’s a look at complete odds to win the Daytona 500, per SuperBook USA.

  • Kevin Harvick 8/1
  • Brad Keselowski 8/1
  • Joey Logano 8/1
  • Clint Bowyer 10/1
  • Denny Hamlin 10/1
  • Aric Almirola 12/1
  • Chase Elliott 12/1
  • Ryan Blaney 12/1
  • Kyle Busch 16/1
  • Ricky Stenhouse Jr 16/1
  • Kurt Busch 18/1
  • Martin Truex Jr. 18/1
  • Jimmie Johnson 20/1
  • Daniel Suarez 25/1
  • Paul Menard 25/1
  • Alex Bowman 30/1
  • Erik Jones 30/1
  • Austin Dillon 30/1
  • Ryan Newman 30/1
  • Kyle Larson 40/1
  • William Byron 40/1
  • Daniel Hemric 60/1
  • Bubba Wallace 60/1
  • Ryan Preece 80/1
  • Chris Buescher 80/1
  • Matt DiBenedetto 80/1
  • Michael McDowell 80/1
  • Ty Dillon 100/1
  • David Ragan 100/1

SuperBook USA is also offering prop bets for the Daytona 500 based on over/under finishing position for top drivers. Keselowski and Harvick are set at 9.5, Hamlin is at 10.5, Blaney and Bowyer are at 12.5 while Elliott, Stenhouse, Johnson and Truex over/unders are set at 15.5. Last year’s 500 champ, Dillon, sits at 16.5, while the winner of the July race, Erik Jones is at 17.5. You can also bet on the cautions over/under which has been set at 8.

Our Pick: Ryan Blaney

We noted Blaney’s run last year, leading 118 laps en route to a top-10 finish. What we didn’t note was that he was the runner-up in the previous Daytona 500. The point being, Blaney has experience being towards the front of the field at the end of the race. What we’ve learned about winning Daytona in the past is a driver needs to have a strong car — which Blaney has — and that driver needs to know how to handle himself at the end of the race.

Not only has Blaney been in position to win the race before — as he told us — he’s learned from his mistakes, watched the film and is determined to make it happen this time around. Let’s also not forget he won last year’s Duel, so when put in position to win the race, he’s made the right decision before.

Not interested in betting the race straight up? DraftKings is offering a $750,000 contest for interested players. Below is our recommended lineup in DraftKings.

  • Brad Keselowski – $10,600
  • Kyle Busch – $9,600
  • Ryan Blaney – $9,000
  • Erik Jones – $8,200
  • Ryan Preece – $6,500
  • Michael McDowell – $5,900

Daytona 500 : Live

Daytona 500 : While Thursday’s duels may have handed out official points, the 2019 NASCAR Cup Series doesn’t really get underway until the 61st running of the famed Daytona 500 on Sunday afternoon.

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“The Great American Race” is scheduled to start at 2:30 p.m. ET and will televised on Fox. But if you don’t have cable, you can still watch the race live on your computer, phone or streaming device by signing up for one of the following cable-free, live-TV streaming services:

Fox (live in most markets) is included in FuboTV’s main package, which includes 75-plus total channels and is largely tailored towards sports fans.

You can start a free 7-day trial right here, and you can then watch a live stream of the Daytona 500 on your computer via the FuboTV website, or on your phone (Android and iPhone supported), tablet, Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, Chromecast, or other supported device via the FuboTV app.

If you can’t watch live, FuboTV comes with 30 hours of Cloud DVR (with the ability to upgrade to 500 hours), as well as a handy “72-Hour Lookback” feature, which will allow you to watch the race on-demand up to three days after it airs even if you don’t record it.

In addition to their extensive Netflix-like streaming library, Hulu now also offers a bundle of 50-plus live TV channels, including Fox (live in most markets).

You can sign up for “Hulu with Live TV” right here, and you can then watch a live stream of the Daytona 500 on your computer via the Hulu website, or on your phone (Android and iPhone supported), tablet, Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, Chromecast, Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, Echo Show, or other streaming device via the Hulu app.

If you can’t watch live, “Hulu with Live TV” also comes with 50 hours of Cloud DVR storage (with the ability to upgrade to “Enhanced Cloud DVR,” which gives you 200 hours of DVR space and the ability to fast forward through commercials).

Fox (live in select markets) is included in the “Sling Blue” channel package.

You can start a free 7-day trial right here, and you can then watch a live stream of the Daytona 500 on your computer via the Sling TV website, or on your phone (Android and iPhone supported), tablet, Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, Chromecast, Xbox One, or other streaming device via the Sling TV app.

If you can’t watch live, you can get 50 hours of cloud DVR storage as an additional add-on.

Additionally, you can watch a live stream of the Daytona 500 on your computer via the Fox Sports Go website, or on your phone, tablet, or streaming device via the Fox Sports Go app. You’ll need to log in to a cable provider to watch this way, but if you don’t have that, you can still sign up for one of the above options and then use your FuboTV, Hulu, or Sling TV credentials to sign in and watch on the Fox digital platforms.

Leading the way into the biggest race of the year on Sunday afternoon will be the youngest front row in Daytona 500 history: 21-year-old William Byron, who sits on the pole for the first time in his young Cup Series career, and his Hendrick Motorsports teammate 25-year-old Alex Bowman, who captured the pole last year but ultimately finished 17th.

It marks the fifth consecutive Daytona 500 that will start with a Hendrick driver at the front of the starting grid, with Byron following in the immediate footsteps of Jeff Gordon in 2015, Chase Elliott in 2016 and ’17, and Bowman last year.

“To have them on top of each other means the organization did a heck of a job,” Hendrick said. “This is the deal to sit on the pole at Daytona.”

Of course, the qualifying success actually means that Byron won’t have history on his side. Each of the aforementioned Hendrick pole-sitters finished the famed race outside the Top 10, while Dale Jarrett in 2000 was the last driver to win the Daytona 500 from the No. 1 position.

Nevertheless, Hendrick clearly has reason for optimism after posting the four fastest times in qualifying last weekend, as Jimmie Johnson and Elliott were just behind Byron and Bowman with their times.

Meanwhile, as the Hendrick drivers opted to take things relatively easy in Thursday’s duel races (Johnson eighth and Byron 24th in Duel 1; Elliott ninth and Bowman 13th in Duel 2), that allowed Ford drivers to secure sports No. 3 through 8 for Sunday’s starting grid. Kevin Harvick and Joey Logano, who won their respective duels, will fill out the second row, followed by Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Clint Bowyer, Paul Menard and Aric Almirola.

Logano, who has picked up four consecutive Top-10 finishes at the Daytona 500, including a win in 2015, is considered the oddsmakers’ co-favorite along with Brad Keselowski, who will start way back in 35th. Harvick, who won in 2007 and has six career Daytona 500 Top-5’s, is right behind them with the third-shortest odds.

Defending champion Austin Dillon will start 20th. He didn’t capture any more victories after last year’s triumph and ultimately was knocked out of the playoffs in the first round to finish 13th, but with a win and seven Top-10 finishes in 11 career races at Daytona, he can’t be overlooked. If he could repeat history, he’d be the fourth driver in history to win back-to-back Daytona 500’s, joining Richard Petty, Cale Yarborough and Sterling Marlin.

Put it all together–the young teammates up front, the pair of former winners right behind them, the seemingly vast amount of contenders, and the end of the restrictor plate era–and you have the recipe for a must-watch Daytona 500.