Daytona 500 of NASCAR is the perfect source of entertainment for those who are into racing cars. The annual race for the 63rd time is being held on the 14th of February that is on Sunday. It can be said that the race is the Super Bowl of car racing of the stock.
The other term for the race is the “Great American Race”. And it has been taking place in the year 1959. However, it became the opening race of the season for NASCAR only in the year 1982. The total distance of the race to be covered is 500 miles. The total number of the lap is 200. It will be held at the Daytona International Speedway.
NASCAR’S Daytona 500
The number of contestants driving for the race is 40. The winning prize for the Daytona 500 race is 1.5 million USD. Along with that, a Harley J.Earl Trophy replica will also be given to the winner. To watch the match, one will need to go to the Fox channel. The race will be aired at 2:30 pm. For the past 14 years, the channel is the only platform that airs the racing event.
The record for the fastest speed for the average win is held by Buddy Baker at mph of 177.602. This took place in the year 1980. However, this is not the speed that has to be maintained by the contestants. Junior Johnson was the winner of the Daytona 500 in the year 1960. It happened at the recorded speed of 124.740 mph which was the slowest recorded speed on average.
The winner of Daytona 500 of the year 2020 was Denny Hamlin. The average speed created by the winner was at the mph of 141.11. However, the win was marred by the fiery crash of Ryan Newman in the final lap of the race.