Daytona 500 live The scheduled start time for the 2019 Daytona 500 is 2:30 p.m. ET on Sunday, Feb. 17. Yet we all know the green flag for the start of the 61st annual Great American Race will not wave until later Sunday afternoon. NASCAR will precede the start of the race with a presentation of colors, an invocation and the national anthem.
Daytona 500 Live
Date: Sunday, Feb. 17
Start time: 2:30 p.m. ET
TV channel Stream : FOX
Last year’s Daytona 500, for example, also was scheduled to start at 2:30 p.m. ET. But the command for drivers to start their engines was not given until 2:53 p.m. ET, and the green flag waved at 3:05 p.m. ET. Expect another Daytona 500 start time around 3:05 p.m. ET again in 2019.
For the 13th year in a row and 16th overall, FOX will broadcast the Daytona 500 nationally. The MRN radio broadcast can be heard locally or, via SiriusXM NASCAR Radio, nationally.
The Daytona 500 ran on Presidents Day weekend from 1968-2011, and last year, it returned to the weekend as part of a handful of NASCAR schedule adjustments. The race remains on Presidents Day weekend in 2019.
Based on the results of qualifying a week before the 2019 Daytona 500, William Byron will start on the pole in the No. 24 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet. He will share the front row with teammate Alex Bowman in the No. 88 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet. Thursday’s Gander RV Duel races at Daytona set the lineup for the rest of the field for the 500.
Though the start time for the 2019 Daytona 500 is listed for 2:30 p.m. ET, expect the green flag to wave at roughly 3:05 p.m. ET.
The pre-race entertainment at the track begins at 1:45 p.m. ET with a concert featuring country music star Jake Owen. Driver introductions will take place soon after that, starting at 2 p.m. ET.
Date, time, TV info for every Cup race The 500-mile, 200-lap race will be broken in to three stages, with the first stage running 60 laps, the second stage running 60 laps and the third stage running 80 laps.
The Daytona 500 marks the first race under the new aero package NASCAR is implementing in its Cup Series for 2019. The race is also the end of an era, as it will feature restrictor plates in the cars for the last time since NASCAR began using them more than 30 years ago at superspeedways.