Will Mother Nature let NASCAR Cup Series drivers kick off a new season?
The threat of inclement weather will loom over the 2021 Daytona 500 on Sunday, as there is rain on the radar in Daytona Beach, Fla. The big question is whether the precipitation will fall over Daytona International Speedway and lead to delays. NASCAR fans are certainly keeping their fingers crossed for a clean race.
Daytona 500 live updates, highlights from 2021 race
(All times Eastern)
6:20 p.m. — Good news: There could be a window to dry the track in between waves of rain. Bad news: That second wave could be ugly.
5:15 p.m. — OK, this rain really needs to chill out for a minute.
NASCAR’s track drying system “air titans” began the process of blowing water off the track. A few minutes later, the rain returned and NASCAR suspended track drying. pic.twitter.com/fGAgCR5IYA
— Bob Pockrass (@bobpockrass) February 14, 2021
4:55 p.m. — Chase Briscoe just hitting the Panda Express drive-thru during the delay. A real power move.
4:10 p.m. — So, uh, this isn’t ideal.
3:55 p.m. — After just 15 laps, the Air Titans are out with the Daytona 500 under a red flag. Kevin Harvick is the current leader.
3:40 p.m. — Here’s a full list of the drivers involved in the crash on Lap 14, per the FOX broadcast: Kurt Busch, Ryan Newman, Tyler Reddick, Aric Almirola, Ryan Blaney, Chris Buescher, Martin Truex Jr., Christopher Bell, Matt DiBenedetto, William Byron, David Ragan, Anthony Alfredo, Erik Jones, Alex Bowman, Jamie McMurray and Daniel Suarez.
3:35 p.m. — And now a red flag because of a lighting strike. What a wild start.
RED FLAG: Lightning strike in vicinity. Racing will be stopped for at least 30 minutes. #NASCAR
— Jeff Gluck (@jeff_gluck) February 14, 2021
3:25 p.m. — Whoa. We’ve got huge crash involving at least a dozen cars.
3:10 p.m. — The caution flag goes up after Derrike Cope hits the wall on Lap 3. He’s done for the day.
3 p.m. — A new season. Daytona 500. Pitbull. Here we go.
2:40 p.m. — Let’s hope those rain clouds float right on by the track.
What time does the Daytona 500 start?
The Daytona 500 broadcast will begin at 2:30 p.m. ET on Sunday, Feb. 14, but the race itself may not start until closer to 3 p.m. ET. It will be held at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Fla.
Daytona 500 starting lineup 2021
Wednesday’s pole qualifying set the front row for the Daytona 500 with Alex Bowman earning the nod and William Byron recording the second-fastest lap. The results of Thursday’s Duels races won by Aric Almirola and Austin Dillon set the remainder of the field.
|21.||Ricky Stenhouse Jr.|
|26.||Martin Truex Jr.|