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MONSTER ENERGY NASCAR CUP SERIES: Daytona 500 (200 laps, 500 miles around a 2.5-mile oval), Daytona International Speedway; Daytona Beach, Florida.TV: Sunday, 2:30 p.m. ET (approximate green flag 2:49 p.m. ET) — Fox (Radio: Motorsports Racing Network, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio Channel 90).THIS WEEK: The 61st running of the Daytona 500 – the season’s first of 36 points races – sees new faces in new places, welcomes a new first-time series champion in Joey Logano and packs all the drama that comes with pack racing at 200 mph. … Austin Dillon was the surprise winner of this race last year, his only victory of the season. … Erik Jones won the summer race at Daytona. … William Byron will start on the pole, with Hendrick Motorsports teammate Alex Bowman joining him on the outside of the front row. … The rest of the field of 40 cars will be set Thursday night by the Daytona 500’s unique qualifying races, called Duels, where drivers who have not already won a starting spot on the front row will be placed on the grid based on their finish in one of the two 150-mile Duel races. There are 42 drivers on the entry list and 40 total spots available, so two drivers will miss the race after the Duels.NASCAR XFINITY SERIES: NASCAR RACING EXPERIENCE 300 (120 laps, 300 miles around a 2.5-mile oval), Daytona International Speedway; Daytona Beach, Florida.TV: Saturday, 2:30 p.m. ET (approximate green flag 2:49 p.m. ET) – FS1 (Radio: Motor Racing Network, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio Channel 90).THIS WEEK: The series returns to action after the offseason for the first of 33 races. … Tyler Reddick won this race last season, the first of two wins in 2018 that led to a championship. … Reddick is back to defend his title, running for Richard Childress Racing after winning with JR Motorsports last season. … This will be the 55th series race at the track.NASCAR GANDER OUTDOORS TRUCK SERIES: NEXT ERA ENERGY 250 (100 laps, 250 miles around a 2.5-mile oval), Daytona International Speedway; Daytona Beach, Florida.TV: Friday, 7:30 p.m. ET (approximate green flag 7:49 p.m. ET) — FS1 (Radio: Motor Racing Network, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio Channel 90).THIS WEEK: Also back to start 2019, the Trucks are running their first of 23 races and with a new series sponsor in tow. … Johnny Sauter won the race last year, the first of his six victories on the season. … Brett Moffitt is the defending series champion and is back to defend his title. … This will be the 20th series race at Daytona.VERIZON INDYCAR SERIESTHIS WEEK: The 2019 season starts March 10 in St. Petersburg, Fla.FORMULA ONETHIS WEEK: The 2019 season starts March 17 in Melbourne, AustraliaNATIONAL HOT ROD ASSOCIATIONTHIS WEEK: The NHRA kicked off last week in Pomona, Calif., with the Lucas Oil NHRA Winternationals, the first of 24 events this season. … Doug Kalitta won in Top Fuel, with Robert Hight taking home the Wally in Funny Car and Bo Butner winning Pro Stock. Pro Stock Motorcycle debuts at the Gatornationals on March 14-17. … Next up is the NHRA Arizona Nationals Feb. 22-24 in Chandler, Ariz. … Kalitta leads the Top Fuel points with 117, followed by Steve Torrence (106, Terry McMillen (72), Mike Salinas (70) and Billy Torrence (56) rounding out the top five. … Hight leads Funny Car (121), with Jack Beckman (100), Tommy Johnson Jr. (81), John Force (71) and Shawn Langdon (58) giving chase. … Butner is on top of Pro Stock (120), followed by Jason Line (97), Erica Enders (80), Alex Laughlin (76) and Matt Hartford (52).

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