2022 Daytona 500: Live stream, how to watch online, TV schedule, start time for the 64th Great American Race

The 2022 NASCAR Cup Series season is set to begin with the 64th running of the Daytona 500, which will present challenges both familiar and foreign to NASCAR’s top drivers. This year’s Daytona 500 marks the very first official race for NASCAR’s Next Gen car, the sport’s new car and chassis that has now become the standard for Cup Series racing. Much about the Next Gen car — from the intricacies of its independent rear suspension to the way it behaves in Daytona’s draft — will be unknown at the drop of the green flag, with no guarantee of any answers by the finish.

The blank slate of the Next Gen car and the great equalizer of the draft makes for an even-playing field, giving nearly every driver — including defending Daytona 500 champion Michael McDowell, three-time winner Denny Hamlin, reigning Cup champion Kyle Larson – – an even playing field for as difficult a 500 to handicap as has been seen in many years.

How to Watch the 64th Daytona 500

Date: Sunday, Feb. 20
time: 2:30 pm ET
TV: Fox
Stream: fubo TV (try for free)

What to Watch

McDowell goes for McDouble – Last year, Michael McDowell became the latest driver to score his first career victory in the Daytona 500, pulling off the upset by splitting through Joey Logano and Brad Keselowski as the two crashed racing for the lead on the last lap. It took McDowell 358 Cup starts to earn his first win, but he’s now enters this year as the defending champion of The Great American Race and as good a pick to win as anyone.

Pick the race separately – Although there is a great level of anticipation surrounding the debut of the Next Gen car, there is also a difficulty surrounding it: Thanks to supply chain issues for parts vendors and delays on delivery of main components, NASCAR Cup Series teams are currently facing a shortage of Next Gen cars, which has spurred discussion of just how many risks drivers will be willing to take during Speedweeks — lest an aggressive move causes a crash and costs them a car.

The race to make the race – Although it’s a far cry from the days where over 50 and even over 60 cars attempted to make the field, there will be great intrigue around the six “Open” cars — fielded by teams that do not have a charter that guarantees them a spot in every Cup Series race — looking to qualify for the Daytona 500. Kaz Grala, driving for car owner and boxing champion Floyd Mayweather, is among the drivers attempting to qualify. So too is former Indianapolis 500 and Formula 1 champion Jacques Villeneueve, and longtime Cup veteran Greg Biffle — back in the field for the first time since 2016.

New faces in new places – In trying to win his first Daytona 500, Keselowski will now be racing for a new team as he takes over as the driver and co-owner of RFK Racing’s No. 6 Ford. Keselowski’s move to what was Roush Fenway Racing after a decade at Team Penske was one of the most notable offseason moves, which also included the expansion of multiple newer race teams.

23XI Racing has expanded from one to two cars, adding the No. 45 Toyota to be driven by Kurt Busch. Trackhouse Racing has done the same, becoming a two car operation after purchasing the assets of Chip Ganassi Racing’s NASCAR team. Ross Chastain will drive Trackhouse’s No. 1, while Justin Haley drives the No. 31 for Kaulig Racing as they expand to two full-time Cup teams. Drivers on the move also include three Rookie of the Year contenders in Austin Cindric, Harrison Burton, and Todd Gilliland.

A full list of driver and team changes for the 2022 season can be seen here.

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