The pole position for the 60th annual Daytona 500 is decided Sunday at Daytona International Speedway and can be seen on Fox beginning at noon ET. Streaming coverage of time trials, which will lock in the first two starting positions in NASCAR’s signature race, is available at Fox Sports Go.
How drivers qualify Sunday third on back will set the starting order for a pair of heat qualifiers on Thursday. The results of those races determine the bulk of the lineup for the Feb. 18 Daytona 500. All 40 drivers entered are assured a spot in the Daytona 500 regardless of their qualifying speed or finish in Thursday’s qualifying races.
Chase Elliott won the pole each of the past two years, while his crew chief, Alan Gustafson, has won the pole for the past three years. The Gustafson-prepared No. 24 Chevrolet with driver Jeff Gordon set fast time in 2015, the final full season of Gordon’s career who was then replaced by Elliott.
A third straight pole would make Elliott the first driver since Ken Schrader (1988-1990) to accomplish the feat. Elliott’s father, NASCAR Hall of Famer Bill Elliott, also won three Daytona 500 poles from 1985-1987.
Defending race winner Kurt Busch is seeking to become just the fourth driver to win the Daytona 500 in consecutive years. He would join Richard Petty (1973-74), Cale Yarborough (1983-84), and Sterling Marlin (1994-95).On Daytona 500 race day, SiriusXM will offer 15 hours of live programming from the speedway starting at 7:00 am ET. Subscribers will hear every turn of the “The Great American Race” (green flag approximately 2:30 pm ET) plus full pre- and post-race coverage with expert analysis, reports from pit road and the garages, driver introductions and interviews with the race winner and other drivers.
SiriusXM NASCAR Radio will also provide live coverage of the Can-Am Duel, the 150-mile Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series qualifying races, on Thursday, Feb. 15 (6:00 pm ET), the NextEra Energy Resources 250 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race on Friday, Feb. 16 (7:00 pm ET), and the Power Shares QQQ 300 NASCAR Xfinity Series race on Saturday, Feb. 17 (2:00 pm ET).
Each day leading up to the Daytona 500 fans will get up-to-the-moment news, analysis and interviews with drivers, owners and crew members on SiriusXM NASCAR Radio, which will broadcast live from Daytona every day.
On Wednesday, Feb. 14 (7:00 pm ET), 2014 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series champion and 2007 Daytona 500 winner Kevin Harvick will host a new live edition of his exclusive SiriusXM show, Happy Hours, from the track. Harvick and co-host Matt Yocum will preview the next day’s Can-Am Duel and Sunday’s Daytona 500, and share their thoughts on what lies ahead for the 2018 NASCAR season.
Throughout the day on Feb. 14, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio will broadcast live from Daytona 500 Media Day from 11:00 am to 7:00 pm ET, where hosts from the channel will interview each of the drivers in attendance.
On Thursday, Feb. 15 (3:00 pm ET), SiriusXM NASCAR Radio will present a three-hour special live from the Smithfield Foods Stage outside the track that will take a fun look back at the history of the channel. With fans looking on, Shannon Spake will make her hosting debut on SiriusXM NASCAR Radio, moderating a panel discussion that will feature many current and former SiriusXM hosts and highlight memorable moments from 16 years of SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.
On Monday, Feb. 19, on The Morning Drive, hosts Mike Bagley and Pete Pistone will be joined live in studio by the 2018 Daytona 500 champion driver, crew chief and owner.
Throughout the season, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio features a roster of expert hosts that includes 2014 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series champion Kevin Harvick, Daytona 500-winning former crew chief Larry McReynolds, former NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Champion Mike Skinner, plus active and former drivers Regan Smith, Brendan Gaughan, Kenny Wallace and Andy Hillenburg. Listeners also hear from insiders like Mike Bagley, Claire B. Lang, Dave Moody, Pete Pistone, Danny “Chocolate” Myers, Pat Patterson, Jim Noble, Angie Skinner, Brad Gillie, Matt Yocum, Danielle Trotta, Alan Cavanna, Lewis Franck, Jeff Gluck, Dustin Long, Bob Pockrass, Nate Ryan, Lee Spencer, Doug Rice, Wendy Venturini, Brett McMillan, Brant James, Jerry Bonkowski, Suzy Armstrong and Mojo Nixon. New hosts on the channel this year include two veteran NASCAR commentators – Shannon Spake and Brad Daugherty, the co-owner of JTG Daugherty Racing and a former NBA athlete.
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