The 2019 NASCAR season officially kicks off at the legendary Daytona International Speedway. The start of the Speedweeks is here and the excitement is palpable already.
And could there be anything more exciting than having the 2019 NASCAR at a speedway as thrilling at Daytona, first opened in 1959, a stamp of unforgettable history in the sport?
Implicit in this year's event is a contest known as 'The Clash'. Better known as 'The Advance Auto Parts Clash', an annual 75- lap long exhibition event all set to be held on February 17, 2019, a Sunday; a date racing enthusiasts and fans may not want to miss out on.
That said, the 75-lap NASCAR event to be held at Daytona will actually tantamount to 187.5 miles. This is rather interesting to note since the iconic track at Florida, USA is actually a 2.5-mile tri-oval track.
Furthermore, a number of drivers, actually 20, are all set to participate in 'The Clash', that include the likes of - Aric Almirola (Ford, Stewart-Haas Racing), Ryan Blaney (Ford, Team Penske), Alex Bowman (Chevrolet, Hendrick Motorsport, pole-winner of 2018 Daytona 500), Clint Bowyer (Ford, Stewart Haas-Racing, 2018 Daytona 500), Erik Jones( Toyota, Joe Gibbs Racing, 2018 pole winner) to quote a few.
Here's all that you need to know about Daytona 500:
Series name: NASCAR 2019
Date: 17 February 2019
Category: Stock Car Racing
Location: Daytona International Speedway, Daytona Beach, Florida, USA
First Race: 1959
Defending Champion: Austin Dillon, 2018 winner
How does one earn the pole in Daytona 500?
The driver with the top time at the end of the second round earns the pole in the two-round single-vehicle format on the 2.5-mile super speedway.
How many drivers have won the CLASH in the past?
As many as 7 active drivers that are on the grid have won 'CLASH' in the past, that includes-
Keselowski (2018), Logano (2017), Hamlin (2016, 2014, 2006), Harvick (2013, 2010, 2009), Kyle Busch (2012), Kurt Busch (2011) and Johnson (2005).
Where to watch the Daytona 500?
Fox Sports Go and Fubo TV will telecast the Daytona 500.
Can this be heard on the radio?
Motor Racing Network will air the commentary of the Daytona 500.
Where to watch the Daytona 500 online? Live Stream details for the Qualifying and Race.
Live Streaming of the Daytona 500 is available on Fox Sports Go.
2019 Daytona Speedweeks Schedule E
Saturday, February 9
10:35 a.m. ET: Advance Auto Parts Clash Final Practice, FS1
1:05 p.m. ET: Daytona 500 First Practice, FS1
3:05 p.m. ET: Daytona 500 Second Practice, FS1
Sunday, February 10
12:10 p.m. ET: Daytona 500 Qualifying, Fox
3 p.m. ET: Advance Auto Parts Clash at Daytona, FS1
Thursday, February 14
7 p.m. ET: Gander RV Duel 1 at Daytona, FS1
9 p.m. ET: Gander RV Duel 2 at Daytona, FS1
Friday, February 15
1:05 p.m. ET: Daytona 500 Third Practice, FS1
3:05 p.m. ET Daytona 500 Fourth Practice, FS1
7:30 p.m. ET: NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series NextEra Energy 250, FS1
Saturday, February 16
12:05 p.m. ET: Daytona 500 Final Practice, FS1
2:30 p.m. ET: NASCAR XFinity Series NASCAR Racing Experience 300, FS1
Sunday, February 17
2:30 p.m. ET: Daytona 500, FoxPublished 11 Feb 2019, 22:29 IST