The Daytona 500 returns on Sunday for its 60th edition, kicking off the 2018 NASCAR Cup Series.Forty drivers will compete for over 200 laps of the 2 ½-mile track at the Daytona International Speedway in Florida in one of motor racing’s most prestigious races. It will be the must-watch event of the Presidents Day weekend.To that end, here are the viewing details you need to ensure you don’t miss the action.

Date: Sunday, February 18

Start Time: 2:30 p.m. ET

TV: Fox

Live Stream: Fox Sports

The race will be Danica Patrick’s last in NASCAR and the penultimate run of her career, as the 35-year-old is set to retire after the Indy 500 later in the year.Patrick has two top-10 finishes at Daytona, with her eighth-placed finish in the 500 coming in 2013 after she started on pole and led five laps.Speaking to Fox: NASCAR’s Kenny Wallace, she looked back on her career ahead of the race:

With Daytona among her strongest tracks, Patrick will be looking for a strong finish to her NASCAR career.Alex Bowman will start on pole after finishing fastest in qualifying, followed by Denny Hamlin.

Leading the way in the first Duel will be Daytona 500 pole sitter, Alex Bowman, who clocked a best lap of 46.002 to top veterans Denny Hamlin, Jimmie Johnson and Kyle Busch in the initial qualifying runs. The new driver of the No. 88 car following the retirement of Dale Earnhardt Jr., Bowman is already impressing his opponents.

“He substituted phenomenally for Dale Junior,” said Hamlin. “He got there the old-fashioned way, on hard work and grit. I think he’ll handle it. He’s a young guy, but he’s been in the Cup series quite a few years. I think he’ll be the surprising guy of this year.”

Though his spot in the front row at the Daytona 500 is already secured no matter what happens on Thursday, the 24-year-old will be looking to grab some early championship points. He’ll likely face the biggest challenges from guys like Brad Keselowski (qualified 19th; will start Duel 1 in 10th), Joey Logano (qualified 11; will start Duel 1 in 6th), Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (qualified 9th; will start Duel 1 in 5th), Johnson (qualified 3rd; will start Duel 1 in 2nd), Ryan Blaney (qualified 15th; will start Duel 1 in 8th) and 2017 Daytona 500 winner Kurt Busch (qualified 17th; will start Duel 1 in 9th).

In the second Duel, Hamlin–a one-time Daytona 500 winner and three-time Duel winner–will start in the No. 1 spot, followed by Joe Gibbs Racing teammates Kyle Busch and Erik Jones. Other big-hitters in that race include Chase Elliott (qualified 10th; will start Duel 2 in 5th), who won his Duel last year, Kevin Harvick (qualified 8th, will start Duel 2 in 4th), Kyle Larson (qualified 22nd, will start Duel 2 in 11th) and 2017 Cup champion Martin Truex Jr (qualified 26th, will start Duel 2 in 13th).

As has been the case in the past, the order of the first Duel (minus Bowman) will set the inside row for Sunday’s massive showdown, and the order of second Duel (minus Hamlin) will set the outside row.
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