”Daytona 500” (2022) | Live Stream 4k

The 2022 NASCAR Cup Series season is set to begin with the 64th running of the Daytona 500, which will present challenges both familiar and foreign to NASCAR’s top drivers. This year’s Daytona 500 marks the very first official race for NASCAR’s Next-Gen car, the sport’s new car and chassis that has now become the standard for Cup Series racing.

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Much about the Next-Gen car — from the intricacies of its independent rear suspension to the way it behaves in Daytona’s draft — will be unknown at the drop of the green flag, with no guarantee of any answers by the finish.

The blank slate of the Next-Gen car and the great equalizer of the draft makes for an even playing field, giving nearly every driver — including defending Daytona 500 champion Michael McDowell, three-time winner Denny Hamlin, reigning Cup champion Kyle Larson — an even playing field for as difficult a 500 to handicap as has been seen in many years.

How to Watch the 64th Daytona 500

Date: Sunday, Feb. 20
Time: 2:30 p.m. ET
TV: Fox
Stream: fuboTV (try for free)

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McDowell goes for McDouble – Last year, Michael McDowell became the latest driver to score his first career victory in the Daytona 500, pulling off the upset by splitting through Joey Logano and Brad Keselowski as the two crashed racing for the lead on the last lap. It took McDowell 358 Cup starts to earn his first win, but he’s now enters this year as the defending champion of The Great American Race and as good a pick to win as anyone.

Pick apart the race – Although there is a great level of anticipation surrounding the debut of the Next Gen car, there is also a difficulty surrounding it: Thanks to supply chain issues for parts vendors and delays on delivery of main components, NASCAR Cup Series teams are currently facing a shortage of Next Gen cars, which has spurred discussion of just how many risks drivers will be willing to take during Speedweeks — lest an aggressive move causes a crash and costs them a car.

The race to make the race – Although it’s a far cry from the days where over 50 and even over 60 cars attempted to make the field, there will be great intrigue around the six “Open” cars — fielded by teams that do not have a charter that guarantees them a spot in every Cup Series race — looking to qualify for the Daytona 500. Kaz Grala, driving for car owner and boxing champion Floyd Mayweather, is among the drivers attempting to qualify. So too is former Indianapolis 500 and Formula 1 champion Jacques Villeneueve, and longtime Cup veteran Greg Biffle — back in the field for the first time since 2016.

New faces in new places – In trying to win his first Daytona 500, Keselowski will now be racing for a new team as he takes over as the driver and co-owner of RFK Racing’s No. 6 Ford. Keselowski’s move to what was Roush Fenway Racing after a decade at Team Penske was one of the most notable offseason moves, which also included the expansion of multiple newer race teams.

23XI Racing has expanded from one to two cars, adding the No. 45 Toyota to be driven by Kurt Busch. Trackhouse Racing has done the same, becoming a two car operation after purchasing the assets of Chip Ganassi Racing’s NASCAR team. Ross Chastain will drive Trackhouse’s No. 1, while Justin Haley drives the No. 31 for Kaulig Racing as they expand to two full-time Cup teams. Drivers on the move also include three Rookie of the Year contenders in Austin Cindric, Harrison Burton, and Todd Gilliland.

A full list of driver and team changes for the 2022 season can be seen here.

As a qualifying algorithm set the starting lineup for most races during the 2021 NASCAR Cup Series season in lieu of qualifying, Kyle Larson found himself on the pole for many races by default. Fast forward to 2022, and Larson has earned the right to call himself the polesitter: And in the biggest time trial session of them all, too.

Wednesday night, Kyle Larson made his way to the second round of qualifying and then laid down a scorcher of a lap, posting a time of 49.68 seconds (181.159 MPH) to score the pole for the Daytona 500. Larson beat Hendrick Motorsports teammate Alex Bowman for the top spot, giving Hendrick a sweep of the Daytona 500 front row for the eighth time in team history.

With his first Daytona 500 pole, Larson now becomes the fifth driver in NASCAR Cup Series history to win the Daytona 500 pole the year after winning the Cup championship. Larson joins Cale Yarborough (1978), Jeff Gordon (1999), Dale Jarrett (2000), and Jimmie Johnson (2008) among drivers to win the Daytona 500 pole the year after winning the Cup Series title.

Daytona 500 qualifying results

1 – #5 – Kyle Larson
2 – #48 – Alex Bowman
3 – #24 – William Byron
4 – #10 – Aric Almirola
5 – #9 – Chase Elliott
6 – #19 – Martin Truex Jr.
7 – #1 – Ross Chastain
8 – #11 – Denny Hamlin
9 – #99 – Daniel Suarez
10 – #21 – Harrison Burton (R)

“It’s really neat. Any time I think you’re really proud of your team to get a pole here, because the littlest (sic) that it has to do with us drivers is qualifying at superspeedways,” Larson told Fox Sports. “Just a huge thank you to the engine shop at Hendrick Motorsports. Everybody who’s had a part in touching these vehicles, whether it be on the computer, engineering, or just hands-on.

“It’s really neat. Just awesome the speed in our Hendrickcars.com Chevy. And hopefully this is the start of a really good weekend.”

Hendrick cars had the top three fastest times in qualifying and four of the Top 5, with only Aric Almirola breaking up the Fearsome Foursome and preventing a 1-2-3-4 sweep. Other drivers to make the second round of qualifying included Martin Truex Jr., Ross Chastain, Denny Hamlin, Daniel Suarez, and Harrison Burton.

The results of Daytona 500 qualifying were also significant for two drivers among the non-chartered “Open” teams attempting to qualify for the race. Noah Gragson, driving for Beard Motorsports, and Jacques Villeneueve for Team Hezeberg were the two fastest cars in their class, ensuring that they qualify for the Daytona 500 on Sunday. Both will be in their first Daytona 500 — Gragson after several years in the NASCAR Xfinity Series, and Villeneuve after a long and decorated racing career that includes a victory in the 1995 Indianapolis 500 and the 1997 Formula 1 world championship.

The next fastest among the Open cars were Kaz Grala for Floyd Mayweather-owned The Money Team Racing, Greg Biffle for NY Racing, and MBM Motorsports teammates J.J. Yeley and Timmy Hill. Grala and Biffle can qualify for the Daytona 500 either by being the top-finishing Open car in their Bluegreen Vacations Duel race on Thursday night or by virtue of their qualifying time if Gragson and/or Villeneuve are the top-finishing Open car. Yeley and Hill cannot fall back on their qualifying time and must race their way in through the Duel.

The results of time trial qualifying have set the starting lineups for the Bluegreen Vacations Duel, with odd-numbered qualifiers in Duel 1 and even-numbered qualifiers in Duel 2. The Bluegreen Vacations Duel will be Thursday at 7 p.m. ET. The results of the Bluegreen Vacations Duel races will set starting spots 3-40 for the Daytona 500.

Bluegreen Vacations Duel 1 starting lineup

1 – #5 – Kyle Larson
2 – #24 – William Byron
3 – #9 – Chase Elliott
4 – #1 – Ross Chastain
5 – #99 – Daniel Suarez
6 – #16 – Daniel Hemric
7 – #12 – Ryan Blaney
8 – #8 – Tyler Reddick
9 – #6 – Brad Keselowski
10 – #14 – Chase Briscoe
11 – #2 – Austin Cindric (R)
12 – #43 – Erik Jones
13 – #45 – Kurt Busch
14 – #31 – Justin Haley
15 – #41 – Cole Custer
16 – #38 – Todd Gilliland (R)
17 – #62 – Noah Gragson
18 – #77 – Landon Cassill
19 – #50 – Kaz Grala
20 – #78 – B.J. McLeod
21 – #55 – J.J. Yeley

Bluegreen Vacations Duel 2 starting lineup

1 – #48 – Alex Bowman
2 – #10 – Aric Almirola
3 – #19 – Martin Truex Jr.
4 – #11 – Denny Hamlin
5 – #21 – Harrison Burton (R)
6 – #22 – Joey Logano
7 – #20 – Christopher Bell
8 – #23 – Bubba Wallace
9 – #18 – Kyle Busch
10 – #3 – Austin Dillon
11 – #34 – Michael McDowell
12 – #42 – Ty Dillon
13 – #4 – Kevin Harvick
14 – #17 – Chris Buescher
15 – #7 – Corey LaJoie
16 – #47 – Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
17 – #51 – Cody Ware
18 – #27 – Jacques Villeneuve
19 – #44 – Greg Biffle
20 – #15 – David Ragan
21 – #66 – Timmy Hill

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