Daytona 500 live updates, results, highlights from NASCAR’s 2023 season-opening race

It doesn’t get much bigger than the Daytona 500.

The iconic race is one of the jewels of the NASCAR calendar, a flurry of action that regularly draws more than 200,000 fans. Austin Cindric made his mark on the big stage last year by taking his first ever checkered flag as a Cup Series driver.

He hopes to retain his title in 2023. Cindric will face stiff competition though – Hendrick Motorsports talents Alex Bowman and Kyle Larson impressed in qualifying and finished first and second on the grid ahead of Sunday’s race.

Aric Almirola, who was planning to retire after last season, is yet to claim a win at his hometown track. He’ll be locked in the second row, giving himself as good a chance as anyone to improve on his career-best fourth place finish of 2017. And you can never sleep on Denny Hamlin, who won the Daytona 500 title for the third time in his career.

All of this means it’s a race already bursting with fireworks. Against a backdrop of noisy fans, another memorable fight was to ensue.

Daytona is where so many legacies have been left. The racers will hope to add their names to this rich tapestry next Sunday afternoon.

MORE: Watch the 2023 Daytona 500 Live on fuboTV (Free Trial)

The Sporting News is following live updates from Sunday’s race at Daytona International Speedway. Follow below for highlights and live results from The Great American Race.

Daytona 500 live updates, highlights from the 2023 race

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Pre-race updates

12:50 p.m.: Racers take us through their favorite moments in Daytona 500 history. Lots of good ones to choose from. What is your favorite?

12:30 pm: Kyle Busch is the only driver who drove to the end of the field after an accident on Thursday.

11:11 am: Hamlin, who is targeting his fourth Daytona win, has the best chance of winning the Daytona 500 with Chase Elliott and Ryan Blaney.

8:59 am: Today marks the official start of the 2023 NASCAR Cup Series! And of course that starts with the preliminary inspection:

8:36 am: Dierks Bentley, who will be doing the pre-race concert at Daytona, is (metaphorically) in the house.

Daytona 500 2023 starting grid

start pos. driver car no team
1. Alex Bowman 48 Henrik Motorsport
2. Kyle Larson 5 Henrik Motorsport
3. Joey Logano 22 Team Penke
4. Aric Almirola 10 Stewart-Haas race
5. Christopher Bell 20 Joe Gibbs Racing
6. Austin Cinderic 2 Team Penke
7. Ryan Blaney 12 Team Penke
8th. Chase Eliot 9 Henrik Motorsport
9. Chris Buescher 17 RFK race
10 Brad Keselowski 6 RFK race
11. Michael McDowell 34 Motorsport in the front row
12. Corey LaJoie 7 Spire Motorsport
13 Kevin Harvick 4 Stewart-Haas race
14 death Gilland 38 Motorsport in the front row
15 Bubba Wallace 23 23XI race
16 Martin Truex Jr. 19 Joe Gibbs Racing
17 Zane Smith 36 Motorsport in the front row
18 Denny Hamlin 11 Joe Gibbs Racing
19 Harrison Burton 21 Wood Brothers race
20 Ryan Preece 41 Stewart-Haas race
21 William Byron 24 Henrik Motorsport
22 Noah Gragson 42 Legacy Motor Club
23 Ross Chastain 1 Trackhouse race
24 Daniel Suarez 99 Trackhouse race
25 Eric Jones 43 Legacy Motor Club
26 Tyler Reddick 45 23XI race
27 Austin Dillon 3 Richard Childress Racing
28 Justin Haley 31 Kaulig Racing
29 AJ Allmendinger 16 Kaulig Racing
30 Hunt Briscoe 14 Stewart-Haas race
31 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. 47 JGT Daugherty Racing
32 BJ McLeod 78 Live fast motorsport
33 Ty Gibbs 54 Joe Gibbs Racing
34 Conor Daly 50 The Money Team Racing
35 CodyWare 51 Rick Ware Racing
36 Kyle Bush 8th Richard Childress Racing
37 Ty Dillon 77 Spire Motorsport
38 Riley Autumn 15 Rick Ware Racing
39 Jimmie Johnson 84 Legacy Motor Club
40 Travis Pastrana 67 23XI race

Daytona 500 start time

The Daytona 500 has a listed start time of 2:30 p.m. ET. However, given the number of celebrations expected to take place on Sunday, the green flag is scheduled to be waved at 3:14 p.m. ET.

What channel is the Daytona 500 on?

  • TV channel: Fox
  • Live broadcast:, fuboTV

As usual, Fox will handle the broadcasting duties for the 2023 Daytona 500. The booth will be filled with racing luminaries, both in the form of longtime duo Mike Joy (lap after lap) and Clint Bowyer (analyst), as well as guest commentators Larry McReynolds and Tony Stewart.

The race will also be streamed live on as well as on fuboTV, which is offering a free trial.

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