Daytona 500 live updates, results, highlights from NASCAR’s 2021 season-opening race

Will Mother Nature let NASCAR Cup Series drivers kick off a new season?

The threat of inclement weather will loom over the 2021 Daytona 500 on Sunday, as there is rain on the radar in Daytona Beach, Fla. The big question is whether the precipitation will fall over Daytona International Speedway and lead to delays. NASCAR fans are certainly keeping their fingers crossed for a clean race.

Sporting News is tracking live updates and lap-by-lap highlights from the Daytona 500. Follow below for complete results from NASCAR’s 2021 season-opening race.

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Daytona 500 live updates, highlights from 2021 race

(All times Eastern)

3:10 p.m. — The caution flag goes up after Derrike Cope hits the wall on Lap 3. He’s done for the day.

3 p.m. — A new season. Daytona 500. Pitbull. Here we go.

2:40 p.m. — Let’s hope those rain clouds float right on by the track.

What time does the Daytona 500 start?

The Daytona 500 broadcast will begin at 2:30 p.m. ET on Sunday, Feb. 14, but the race itself may not start until closer to 3 p.m. ET. It will be held at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Fla.

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Daytona 500 starting lineup 2021

Wednesday’s pole qualifying set the front row for the Daytona 500 with Alex Bowman earning the nod and William Byron recording the second-fastest lap. The results of Thursday’s Duels races won by Aric Almirola and Austin Dillon set the remainder of the field. 

Starting pos. Driver
1. Alex Bowman
2. William Byron
3. Aric Almirola
4. Austin Dillon
5. Christopher Bell
6. Bubba Wallace
7. Ryan Newman
8. Kevin Harvick
9. Joey Logano
10. Kyle Busch
11. Ryan Preece
12. Chase Elliott
13. Kyle Larson
14. David Ragan
15. Daniel Suarez
16. Corey LaJoie
17. Michael McDowell
18. David Regan
19. Jamie McMurray
20. Kurt Busch
21. Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
22. Chris Buescher
23. Matt DiBenedetto
24. Brad Keselowski
25. Denny Hamlin
26. Martin Truex Jr.
27. Cole Custer
28. Joey Gase
29. Tyler Reddick
30. Chase Briscoe
31. Erik Jones
32. Derrike Cope
33. Quin Houff
34. Ross Chastain
35. Cody Ware
36. Anthony Alfredo
37. Josh Bilicki
38. BJ McLeod
39. Austin Cindric
40. Kaz Grala

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