2018 Daytona 500 Preview
The race sees the 40 drivers do 200 laps of the circuit, which is 2.5 miles long, 800km approximately. Pole position for the 2018 race was taken out by 24 year old Alex Bowman, who clocked 46.002 in the second round of qualifying, just edging out Joe Gibbs Racing’s Denny Hamblin at 46.132. He is the driver who has shown consistent pace throughout practice and qualifying. The driver that is favoured to go close to winning the race is Brad Keselowski, but he could only manage 19th in qualifying, so that will make the task a bit harder for the 34 year old, who has had three top five’s and four top ten finishes at the Daytona 500. Rookie William Byron showed maturity well beyond his years in qualifying, clocking 46.261 to drive the fifth fastest time of qualifying.
The driver who has shown pace the last couple of years has been Chase Elliot, who of course won the 2014 NASCAR Drivers Championship in his rookie year, creating history in the process by being the first driver to achieve that feat. He has had pole position in the last two editions of the Daytona 500 but in 2018 will start from 10th on the grid. Another driver to watch out for is Ryan Blaney, who also has his eye on the Indy 500. Many experts are predicting him to go close to winning the entire championship this year. He finished second in the Daytona 500 last year and had several top finishes last season, and he is very quick when he has clear air. In terms of manufacturers, clearly Joe Gibbs Racing was dominant in practice and qualifying. Their four cars finished in the top seven of qualifying, including 2016 Daytona 500 winner Denny Hamblin, who has shown really good pace so far and is a major threat to record his second win in three years.
Live Daytona 500 TV Times (AEDT)
LIVE: Monday 19 February: 6.00am – 9.00am
Replay: Monday 19 February: 6.30pm – 8.30pm
*Shown as Sydney time, adjust for regional differences.
Daytona 500 Free Live Streaming Trial
While you won’t find the Daytona 500 free to air in Australia, Fox Sports 5 will provide the most complete LIVE coverage of this exciting motorsport action, including replays of the race for those who missed out.
So if you’re a resident of Australia you may wish to review the Foxtel Now 2 weeks Free streaming TV trial, which will be televising this year’s Daytona 500 live online, along with other great sports action including every NBA All Stars 2018 event (Feb 17-19) plus a big selection of exclusive hit TV Shows and Movies.