HELLO START TIME: The broadcast begins at 2 p.m. ET Sunday. Actor Owen Wilson, the voice of Lightning McQueen in the upcoming animated movie Cars 3, will instruct drivers to start their engines. Former NFL running back LaDainian Tomlinson, recently selected for enshrinement in the Pro Football Hall of Fame, will wave the green flag, The Daytona 500 is 200 laps around the 2.5-mile Daytona International Speedway for a total of — you guessed it — 500 miles.


Multi-platinum recording artist Jordin Sparks, who stars with Tomlinson in the recently released motion picture, God Bless The Broken Road, will sing the national anthem, followed by a flyover from the famed U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds. Seven-time Grammy Award winning group Lady Antebellum will perform a concert on pit road at 1:20 p.m. ET.

Another driver will have a chance to join that exclusive club Sunday, or a past winner could cement their legacy by entering victory lane once again. Here is everything you need to know about when and where to watch the Daytona 500, along with analysis regarding some of the top drivers to watch. So it begins. After a short winter break, NASCAR betting is back on track with the season opening Daytona 500 Sunday.

There have been a few rule changes in the offseason, some affect bettors, most do not. These changes will debut with the Daytona 500 but one thing remains the same: the racing on the track. Here are some tips and tactics to consider when betting the Daytona 500 odds:

NOTEWORTHY: Two-time Daytona 500 winner (2004, 2014) returns after missing second half of last season with fifth documented concussion. Has been story of Speedweeks, most recently by saying he would consider retiring if he won a championship in 2017. Drivers will tell you that they’re always trying to win, but with Daytona being a restrictor plate track, there’s still (and always has been) a huge element of luck. We may have a repeat winner Sunday or a first timer. In the last few years, we’ve had both.

You can’t really bet on who will lead the most laps this year, but you can bet on who will win one of the three race stages – a new rule to NASCAR this season. As competitive as drivers are, there will be a great deal of motivation to be the “first”. That is the first driver to win a stage. The stages for the Daytona 500 are laps 60, lap 120 and the final lap, 200. DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – The Daytona International Speedway is absolutely huge with its 2.5-mile track offering many different perspectives of the Daytona 500, which kicks off the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series on Sunday.

That’s where Racing Electronics comes in. The company essentially offers a radio scanner system that allows fans to follow along with the TV or radio broadcasters, listen in on the drivers and their crews and even talk with their family and friends on an intercom, which helps cancel out the crazy noise pollution from the race cars.