NASCAR is heading back to the Daytona International Speedway for the second time in as many weeks on Sunday, this time for the O’Reilly Auto Parts 253 road race.

This is the second year NASCAR has included the race in its Truck, Xfinity and Cup series races due to the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020. Chase became the course’s first winner in 2020 and will now try to replicate that feat.

Elliott holds the pole position heading into Sunday’s race, but that’s not the only advantage he has ahead of the Daytona race: He has won at NASCAR’s last four road courses, leading a total of 176 laps in that span. Another win Sunday will put him within one race of tying Jeff Gordon’s record-six consecutive road course wins.

Elliott’s No. 9 car has already seen some success on the course this year, as well; he finished second in the Clash at Daytona, behind Kyle Busch. Sunday’s field will include 21 total drivers who drove in the unofficial opener for the 2021 NASCAR season. Busch comes in at the No. 14 position ahead of Sunday’s race; Michael McDowell, who last Sunday won the Daytona 500, is second.

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NASCAR at Daytona live updates, highlights from road course race

This section will be updated roughly around the time the green flag waves at 3:20 p.m. ET.

NASCAR race start time today

  • Date: Sunday, Feb. 21
  • Start time: 3 p.m. ET (Green flag at 3:20 p.m. ET)
  • TV channel: Fox (TSN5 in Canada)
  • Live stream: Fox Sports Go | fuboTV (7-day free trial)

The green flag for Sunday’s NASCAR Cup Series race on the Daytona Road Course is scheduled to wave at 3:20 p.m. ET.

Although NASCAR will race on the Daytona Road Course on Sunday even if it gets wet, there still will be weather-related threats: If the rain is too heavy, if there is lightning in the area or if there is too much water on the course. The weather forecast for Daytona Beach, Fla., on Sunday is partly cloudy skies, temperatures in the mid-60s and about a 15 percent chance of precipitation.

NASCAR at Daytona starting lineup

The starting lineup for Sunday’s race on the Daytona Road Course was determined through a mathematical formula NASCAR adopted late in the 2020 season. The same procedure for setting lineups without qualifying is set to be used for the majority of races in 2021.

The formula produced this starting lineup for Sunday’s NASCAR race on the Daytona Road Course:

Pos.DriverCar No.Team
1.Chase Elliott9Hendrick Motorsports
2.Michael McDowell34Front Row Motorsports
3.Austin Dillon3Richard Childress Racing
4.Denny Hamlin11Joe Gibbs Racing
5.Kevin Harvick4Stewart-Haas Racing
6.Ryan Preece37JTG Daugherty Racing
7.Corey LaJoie7Spire Motorsports
8.Kyle Larson5Hendrick Motorsports
9.Ross Chastain42Chip Ganassi Racing
10.Bubba Wallace2323XI Racing
11.Joey Logano22Team Penske
12.Christopher Bell20Joe Gibbs Racing
13.Cole Custer41Stewart-Haas Racing
14.Kyle Busch18Joe Gibbs Racing
15.Brad Keselowski2Team Penske
16.Ricky Stenhouse Jr.47JTG Daugherty Racing
17.Kurt Busch1Chip Ganassi Racing
18.Chase Briscoe14Stewart-Haas Racing
19.Martin Truex Jr.19Joe Gibbs Racing
20.Justin Haley77Spire Motorsports
21.Cody Ware51Petty Ware Racing
22.William Byron24Hendrick Motorsports
23.Josh Bilicki52Rick Ware Racing
24.Tyler Reddick8Richard Childress Racing
25.Garrett Smithley53Rick Ware Racing
26.Aric Almirola10Stewart-Haas Racing
27.Ryan Blaney12Team Penske
28.Scott Heckert78Live Fast Motorsports
29.Quin Houff00StarCom Racing
30.Chris Buescher17Roush Fenway Racing
31.Anthony Alfredo38Front Row Motorsports
32.Matt DiBenedetto21Wood Brothers Racing
33.Ryan Newman6Roush Fenway Racing
34.AJ Allmendinger16Kaulig Racing
35.Daniel Suarez99TrackHouse Racing
36.Alex Bowman48Hendrick Motorsports
37.Erik Jones43Richard Petty Motorsports
38.Ty Dillon96Gaunt Brothers Racing
39.James Davison15Rick Ware Racing
40.Timmy Hill66Motorsports Business Management





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