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What time does the Daytona 500 start today? TV channel, green flag time for 2021 NASCAR opener


Sunday’s Daytona 500 will mark the start of another NASCAR Cup Series season, but it won’t look quite the same as races of years past.

Attendance will be limited to 30,000 socially distanced fans, down from the 100,000 spectators that typically flock to Daytona International Speedway. In terms of the action on the track, the Daytona 500 field will be missing Jimmie Johnson, who retired from full-time driving last year to close out an incredible career that included seven Cup Series titles.  

Still, the excitement should be palpable as NASCAR’s top drivers look to capture the first checkered flag of the season.

Here is everything you need to know to watch the 2021 Daytona 500, including the green flag time, the TV channel and live stream info.

MORE: Follow the latest Daytona 500 weather updates

What time does the Daytona 500 start today?

  • Start time: 2:30 p.m. ET

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.

How long is the Daytona 500?

The Daytona 500 is, of course, a 500-mile race, and it is scheduled for 200 laps. 

Stage 1 will end on Lap 65, Stage 2 will end on Lap 130 and the Final Stage will end on Lap 200.

MORE: Watch the Daytona 500 live with fuboTV (7-day free trial)

What channel is the Daytona 500 on today?

FOX’s broadcast will go back to a three-man booth after previously only featuring play-by-play announcer Mike Joy and analyst Jeff Gordon. Former Cup Series driver Clint Bowyer will join the team to fill the void left behind by Darrell Waltrip, who retired following the 2019 season.

NASCAR schedule 2021

(All times Eastern)

Date Race Track Start time TV channel Radio
Feb. 9 The Clash Daytona Road Course 7 p.m. FS1 MRN
Feb. 11 Duel No. 1/Duel No. 2 Daytona International Speedway 7 p.m. ET FS1 MRN
Feb. 14 Daytona 500 Daytona International Speedway 2:30 p.m. FOX MRN
Feb. 21 NASCAR Cup Series Race at Daytona RC Daytona Road Course 3 p.m. FOX MRN
Feb. 28 Dixie Vodka 400 Homestead-Miami Speedway 3:30 p.m. FOX MRN
March 7 Pennzoil 400 Las Vegas Motor Speedway 3:30 p.m. FOX PRN
March 14 NASCAR Cup Series Race at Phoenix Phoenix Raceway 3:30 p.m. FOX MRN
March 21 Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 Atlanta Motor Speedway 3 p.m. FOX PRN
March 28 Food City Dirt Race Bristol Motor Speedway Dirt 3:30 p.m. FOX PRN
April 10 Blue-Emu Maximum Pain Relief 500 Martinsville Speedway 7:30 p.m. FS1 MRN
April 18 Toyota Owners 400 Richmond Raceway 3 p.m. FOX MRN
April 25 Geico 500 Talladega Superspeedway 2 p.m. FOX MRN
May 2 NASCAR Cup Series Race at Kansas Kansas Speedway 3 p.m. FS1 MRN
May 9 NASCAR Cup Series Race at Darlington Darlington Raceway 3:30 p.m. FS1 MRN
May 16 Drydene 400 Dover International Speedway 2 p.m. FS1 MRN
May 23 NASCAR Cup Series Race at COTA Circuit of the Americas 2:30 p.m. FS1 PRN
May 30 Coca-Cola 600 Charlotte Motor Speedway 6 p.m. FOX PRN
June 6 Toyota/Save Mart 350 Sonoma Raceway 4 p.m. FS1 PRN
June 13 NASCAR All-Star Open Texas Motor Speedway 6 p.m. FS1 MRN
June 13 NASCAR All-Star Race Texas Motor Speedway 8 p.m. FS1 MRN
June 20 Ally 400 Nashville Superspeedway 3:30 p.m. NBCSN MRN
June 26 NASCAR Cup Series Race at Pocono Pocono Raceway 3 p.m. NBCSN MRN
June 27 NASCAR Cup Series Race at Pocono  Pocono Raceway 3:30 p.m. NBCSN MRN
July 4 NASCAR Cup Series Race at Road America Road America 2:30 p.m. NBC MRN
July 11 Quaker State 400 Atlanta Motor Speedway 3:30 p.m. NBCSN PRN
July 18 Foxwoods Resort Casino 301  New Hampshire Motor Speedway 3 p.m. NBCSN PRN
Aug. 8 Go Bowling at The Glen Watkins Glen International 3 p.m. NBCSN MRN
Aug. 15 Big Machine Vodka 400 at the Brickyard Indianapolis Motor Speedway Road Course 1 p.m. NBC IMS Radio
Aug. 22 FireKeepers Casino 400 Michigan International Speedway 3 p.m. NBCSN MRN
Aug. 28 Coke Zero Sugar 400 Daytona International Speedway 7 p.m. NBC MRN

NASCAR schedule 2021: Playoff races

(All times Eastern)

Date Race Track Start time TV channel Radio
Sept. 5 Cook Out Southern 500 Darlington Raceway 6 p.m. NBCSN MRN
Sept. 11 Federated Auto Parts 400 Richmond Raceway 7:30 p.m. NBCSN MRN
Sept. 18 Bass Pro Shops Night Race Bristol Motor Speedway 7:30 p.m. NBCSN PRN
Sept. 26 South Point 400 Las Vegas Motor Speedway 7 p.m. NBCSN PRN
Oct. 3 YellaWood 500 Talladega Superspeedway 2 p.m. NBC MRN
Oct. 10 Bank of America ROVAL 400 Charlotte Motor Speedway Road Course 2 p.m. NBC PRN
Oct. 17 Autotrader EchoPark Automotive 500 Texas Motor Speedway 2 p.m. NBC PRN
Oct. 24 Hollywood Casino 400 Kansas Speedway 3 p.m. NBCSN MRN
Oct. 31 Xfinity 500 Martinsville Speedway 2 p.m. NBC MRN
Nov. 7 NASCAR Cup Series Championship Phoenix Raceway 3 p.m. NBC MRN

In Canada, fans can watch all NASCAR races on TSN.


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