Daytona 500 date, time, TV channel, preview and more for the 2013 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season-opening race at Daytona International Speedway.
When the green flag drops on the 2013 Sprint Cup season and the Daytona 500, NASCAR fans hope to see some exciting racing and not bad weather, potholes, exploding jet dryers and other bizarre occurrences that have marred the Great American Race in recent years. Top stars Jimmie Johnson, Denny Hamlin, Kasey Kahne, Clint Bowyer, Jeff Gordon, Tony Stewart and 2012 Cup Series champion Brad Keselowski look for a big win with the new eagerly anticipated â€śGeneration 6â€ť redesigned cars. Matt Kenseth won the 2012 Daytona 500, which was held in prime time on Monday night due to rain.
Danica Patrick made NASCAR history by becoming the first female driver to win a pole in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. Patrick’s qualifying speed of 196.434 mph (45.817 seconds) â€” the fastest Daytona 500 qualifying speed since 1990 â€” earned her the inside pole in the Daytona 500′s front row. The previous best starting position for a female driver in the Daytona 500 was 18th by Janet Guthrie in 1980.
FOX airs the race live on Sunday, Feb. 24, with a one-hour prerace show beginning at 12pm ET. The race begins at 1pm ET on FOX. Mike Joy calls the race from the broadcast booth with analysts Darrell Waltrip and Larry McReynolds. Jeff Hammond reports from the garages and pit road, along with reporters Steve Byrnes, Matt Yocum and Krista Voda.
Daytona 500 2013 dates, times and TV networks
Wednesday, Feb. 20: Daytona 500 practice, SPEED, 12pm ET
Wednesday, Feb. 20: Daytona 500 practice, SPEED, 2:30pm ET
Thursday, Feb. 21: Budweiser Duels at Daytona, SPEED, 1pm ET
Friday, Feb. 22: Daytona 500 practice, SPEED, 11am ET
Friday, Feb. 22: Daytona 500 practice, SPEED, 12:30pm ET
Saturday, Feb. 23: Final Daytona 500 practice, SPEED, 11am ET
Sunday, Feb. 24: Daytona 500, FOX, 1pm ET
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