TSN drops the flag on the biggest, richest, and most prestigious race in NASCAR with exclusive live coverage of the 56th running of the DAYTONA 500 on Sunday, Feb. 23 at 12 noon ET.
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series rookie and pole sitter Austin Dillon is behind the wheel of the #3 car. This race marks the famed car's emotional return to Daytona International Speedway for the first time since Dale Earnhardt's tragic final-lap crash at the 2001 Daytona 500. Dillon, the grandson of long-time #3 car owner Richard Childress, leads a star-studded field at "The Great American Race" that includes last year's pole winner Danica Patrick, three-time DAYTONA 500 champ Jeff Gordon, and six-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Jimmie Johnson.
Austin will lead the front row alongside Martin Truex Jr., who qualified second. The remaining positions on the starting grid will be determined by the NASCAR SPRINT CUP SERIES: BUDWEISER DUEL airing tomorrow (Thursday, Feb. 20) at 7 p.m. ET on TSN2.
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Live radio coverage of the DAYTONA 500 is available on Sunday, Feb. 23 at 1 p.m. ET on TEAM 1410 in Vancouver, TSN Radio 1050 in Toronto, and TSN Radio 1200 in Ottawa.
NASCAR Hall of Famer and three-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Darrell Waltrip, joins host Mike Joy and analyst Larry McReynolds at the Daytona International Speedway for coverage of the DAYTONA 500. Emmy-award winner Chris Myers returns to the booth alongside two-time Daytona 500 winner Michael Waltrip, while former championship-winning crew chief and veteran analyst Jeff Hammond covers the action from track level with fellow pit reporters Steve Byrnes, Matt Yocum, and Krista Voda.
This year's broadcast coverage of the DAYTONA 500 will use nearly 60 cameras, including two "super slow motion" cameras, an infrared camera, a pair of "X-MOs" – ultra-slow-motion Phantom camera systems – and the FOX Super Zoom 4K camera, as well as more than 150 microphones placed around the track.