NASCAR Daytona 500: Here’s What Channel, When It Starts

by Emily Morgan

NASCAR fans start your engines: Daytona is here. The famous Daytona 500 will kick off the 2021 NASCAR Cup Series season this Sunday, Feb. 14. 

The race will not be one to miss as new teams such as Michael Jordan’s 23XI Racing and other established units such as Hendrick Motorsports will take the track on Sunday. 

This year’s Daytona 500, which marks the 63rd running of The Great American Race, is scheduled to air on Sunday at 1:30 p.m. CST. 

Television coverage of the race will air on FOX, with live streaming on FOX Sports Go and the radio call on MRN.

The annual race is a culmination of NASCAR’s Speedweeks, which includes a full schedule of practice, qualifying, and racing with action from all three NASCAR national series, as well as the ARCA Menards Series. 

Daytona 500: Here’s How To Watch

Check out the details below to know how to watch NASCAR’s biggest race. 

  • Date: Sunday, Feb. 14
  • Start time: 2:30 p.m. ET
  • TV channel: FOX
  • Live stream: Fox Sports Go
  • Radio: MRN

FOX will feature new insight as former Cup Series driver Clint Bowyer joins other announcers. Bowyer will join NASCAR Hall of Famer Jeff Gordon and announcer Mike Joy.

The network is returning to a three-person booth Darrell Waltrip’s retirement left them with two announcers for one year. 

Fans can look forward to the friendly rapport Bowyer and Gordon developed during broadcasts of the NASCAR iRacing Pro Invitational Series last season when NASCAR put a hiatus on in-person races due to the pandemic. 

For Daytona, FOX hopes to bring that banter over to the sport’s broadcasts as fans look forward to Bowyer’s debut on the network. 

The Daytona 500 acts as a climax for Daytona Speedweeks presented by Advent Health. Beginning on Tuesday, Feb. 9, the action started with the Busch Clash at Daytona, in which Kyle Busch came out on top, followed by Chase Elliot. 

Practices and qualifying sessions will return at Daytona. Last season, NASCAR canceled practices and lineups during the pandemic.

This season, NASCAR will allow practices and qualifying events that include the Daytona 500, as the organization continues to work with state, local, and federal officials to ensure everyone’s safety.