NASCAR returns to 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 that NASCAR has included racing in its Truck, Xfinity and Cup series races due to the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020. Chase became the first winner of the course in 2020 and will now attempt to replicate this feat.
Elliott holds pole position heading into Sunday’s race, but that’s not the only advantage he has ahead of the Daytona race: he has won the last four NASCAR road courses, leading a total of 176 laps in this race. period. Another victory on Sunday will put him in a race to tie Jeff Gordon’s record for six consecutive road wins.
Elliott’s # 9 car has already had some success on the course this year as well; he finished second in Clash in Daytona, behind Kyle Busch. Sunday’s peloton will include 21 drivers in total who competed in the unofficial opening of the 2021 NASCAR season. Busch comes in 14th ahead of Sunday’s race; Michael McDowell, who won the Daytona 500, is second.
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NASCAR at Daytona Live Updates, Road Race Highlights
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4:33 p.m .: We are on round 13 of 18 in the second stage; a good part of the ground, as for it, is put on guard.
16:31: And now Tyler Reddick’s car has slowed to crawl over the oval. I don’t know what the problem is there.
4:29 p.m .: We are under our fourth warning as Ross Chastain’s car hit the wall at the exit of turn 6. He was 20th by the time the yellow flag waved; he has damage to his car – looks like his suspension – but is able to start. Now he’s trying to get to the pit as quickly as possible without tearing up his car.
4:24 p.m .: Keselowski, 11th, missed the backstretch chicane and had to make a save. He lost three positions and is now 14th.
4:15 p.m .: No problem for the field in one of the first six laps back on the oval; the race becomes a little more fluid.
4:13 p.m .: Elliott, Logano and Hamlin occupy the top three places before the restart.
4:00 p.m .: Elliott picks up where he left off on the road circuits, winning the first stage easily.
3:54 p.m .: Christopher Bell was the first in the round, but Elliott quickly came back to the front with only three laps to go in the stage. Keselowski and Joey Logano – who were at Daytona 500 crash center – are behind him in the second and third positions respectively.
3:47 p.m .: We are under our second warning with five laps to go in the stage; Brad Keselowski’s car appeared to lock up, causing a flat tire. Matt DiBenedetto also suffered extensive damage to his car.
3:42 p.m .: Elliott, meanwhile, has a notable lead over second-placed Hamlin; 4, for 5 seconds on turn 10.
3:41 p.m .: Brief moment between Ryan Blaney and AJ Allmendinger as the latter braked Blaney on the oval.
3.35 p.m .: Chase Briscoe falls in the back after spinning over the front chicane; the whole terrain must have taken evasive maneuvers around him while his car was idling. No caution, however; he rolls and continues to run.
3:31 p.m .: And we are back in the 4th round of 70. Chase Elliott, Austin Dillon and Denny Hamlin are in the first three places after the bail.
3:27 p.m .: One turn and we’re already under surveillance for debris. Kyle Busch is in the pit working on his car; McDowell also has his car examined.
3:21 p.m .: Michael McDowell is the first driver – but not the only one – to pass Turn 1. The winner of the Daytona 500 immediately loses his seat. Kyle Busch also appears to have suffered damage to his right front tire.
3:13 p.m .: It’s about that time.
NASCAR race start time today
- Dated: Sunday February 21
- Start time: 3 p.m. ET (green flag at 3:20 p.m. ET)
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The green flag for Sunday’s NASCAR Cup Series race on the Daytona Road Course is to be waved at 3:20 p.m. ET.
Although NASCAR will race the Daytona Road Course on Sunday even though it is wet, there will always be weather-related threats: if the rain is too heavy, if there is lightning in the area, or if it there is too much water on the course. The weather forecast for Daytona Beach, Florida on Sunday is partly cloudy, temperatures in the mid-60s and about a 15 percent chance of precipitation.
NASCAR at Daytona
The starting line-up for Sunday’s race on the Daytona Road Course was determined using a NASCAR mathematical formula adopted at the end of the 2020 season. The same procedure for defining non-qualifying rosters should be used for the majority of races in 2021.
Formula produced this starting lineup for Sunday’s NASCAR race on the Daytona Road Course:
|1.||Chase Elliott||9||Hendrick Motorsports|
|2.||Michael mcdowell||34||Motorsport in the front row|
|3.||Austin dillon||3||Richard Childress Racing|
|4.||Denny hamlin||11||Joe gibbs racing|
|5.||Kevin harvick||4||Stewart-Haas Racing|
|6.||Ryan preece||37||JTG Daugherty Racing|
|7.||Corey LaJoie||7||Spire Motorsports|
|8.||Kyle larson||5||Hendrick Motorsports|
|9.||Ross chastain||42||Chip Ganassi Racing|
|ten.||Bubba wallace||23||23XI Race|
|11.||Joey logano||22||Penske team|
|12.||Christopher bell||20||Joe gibbs racing|
|13.||Cole custer||41||Stewart-Haas Racing|
|14.||Kyle busch||18||Joe gibbs racing|
|15.||Brad Keselowski||2||Penske team|
|16.||Ricky Stenhouse Jr.||47||JTG Daugherty Racing|
|17.||Kurt busch||1||Chip Ganassi Racing|
|18.||Chase Briscoe||14||Stewart-Haas Racing|
|19.||Martin Truex Jr.||19||Joe gibbs racing|
|20.||Justin haley||77||Spire Motorsports|
|21.||Cody ware||51||Petty ware racing|
|22.||William byron||24||Hendrick Motorsports|
|23.||Josh bilicki||52||Rick ware racing|
|24.||Tyler reddick||8||Richard Childress Racing|
|25.||Garrett smithley||53||Rick ware racing|
|26.||Aric almirola||ten||Stewart-Haas Racing|
|27.||Ryan blaney||12||Penske team|
|28.||Scott Heckert||78||Fast live motorsport|
|29.||Quin Houff||00||StarCom Racing|
|30.||Chris Buescher||17||Roush Fenway Racing|
|31.||Anthony Alfredo||38||Motorsport in the front row|
|32.||Matt DiBenedetto||21||Wood brothers racing|
|33.||Ryan newman||6||Roush Fenway Racing|
|34.||AJ Allmendinger||16||Kaulig Racing|
|35.||Daniel Suarez||99||Track race|
|36.||Alex bowman||48||Hendrick Motorsports|
|37.||Erik Jones||43||Richard Petty Motorsports|
|38.||Ty dillon||96||Gaunt Brothers Racing|
|39.||James davison||15||Rick ware racing|
|40.||Timmy hill||66||Motorsport business management|