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The Daytona 500 is regarded as the most important race on the NASCAR calendar. So don't miss a second of the pinnacle of the Sprint Cup Series from start to finish.
The Great American Race will be held Sunday. Fans will be able to watch the event live starting at its traditional 1 p.m. start time on their local Fox networks.
For the past 54 years, the Daytona 500 has excited fans as they anxiously watch as their favorite racer drives around the huge track for 500 miles. Known was the Super Bowl of Stock Car Racing, the Daytona 500 will feature some of the biggest talents in Sprint Cup Series including Carl Edwards, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Jimmie Johnson and Jeff Gordon.
Speedweeks, which marks the official start of the NASCAR season, started on Feb. 18 this year. The event features a series of intense races in the Budweiser Shootout and the Gatorade Duel to determine the qualifiers and starting positions for the Daytona 500, reported Chiff.com.
Tickets have been on sale since later summer, with almost every seat sold out. However, there are several seats available on Stub Hub with the lowest ticket price starting at $76.
The official Daytona 500 Web site also lists a full schedule of race-day events. Check them out below. (N.B.: All are EST.)
7 a.m. Sprint FANZONE & garages open
7 a.m. - 1 p.m. Harley J. Earl DAYTONA 500 trophy photos in Gatorade Victory Lane
8 a.m. Grandstand Gates open
8 a.m. Super stretch Fan Experience & Budweiser Party Porch open
8 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. Sprint FANZONE Guided Garage Tours courtesy of Goodyear (All ages)
8 a.m. - 12 p.m. Inspection Station Activity
8 a.m. - 12:40 p.m. Pre-Race Ceremonies Access: Pre-Race or Sprint FANZONE access required
8 a.m. - 1 p.m. Rock Wall & Power Jump in Kids Area
9 a.m. Midway display area opens outside Turn 4
9 a.m. - 9:20 a.m. Driver Appearance: Brad Keselowski at the Dodge display in the Midway
9 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. Minute to Spin It with Miss Sprint Cup on the Sprint FANZONE Main Stage
9 a.m. - 9:40 a.m. US Air Force Thunderbirds Autograph Session in Sprint FANZONE
9 a.m. - 12 p.m. Live Music: Those Guys at the Superstretch Fan Experience
9:55 a.m. - 10:10 a.m. 2012 DAYTONA 500 Honorary Starter appearance: John Cena on the Sprint FANZONE Main Stage
10:15 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. Driver Appearance: Regan Smith on the Sprint FANZONE Main Stage
10:30 a.m. - 11 a.m. Minute to Spin It with Miss Sprint Cup on the Sprint FANZONE Main Stage
11:35 a.m. DAYTONA 500 Harley J. Earl Trophy procession from Sprint FANZONE to Pit Road
12:15 p.m. SPEED Personalities: Kyle Petty, Kenny Wallace, John Roberts at the SPEED Trackside Tavern hospitality area
12:20 p.m. DAYTONA 500 Pre-Race Show/Concert featuring Lenny Kravitz on Pit Road
12:40 p.m. (approx.) DAYTONA 500 Driver Introductions
1 p.m. NASCAR Sprint Cup Series DAYTONA 500 (200 laps, 500 miles)
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