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.
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Daytona 500 live updates, highlights from the 2023 race
All times Easter
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: FoxSports.com, 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 FoxSports.com as well as on fuboTV, which is offering a free trial.