Do you have plans for Valentine’s Day? Since this is our first V-Day during a global pandemic, we think there should be some leeway on February 14 when it comes to romantic activities. Not going to the movies, not fancy restaurants. How about watching the Daytona 500? How does your partner feel about fast cars and the popular races they compete in?
It’s like that Will Ferrell movie where he is a NASCAR driver, honey. Remember seeing that on one of our first dates? There you go, that’s your Valentine’s Day connection. You can add that the Daytona 500 lineup has already been established and you’re really excited about it. Throw in some flowers and chocolates for good measure.
Gentlemen, start your engines
This isn’t the first time the Daytona 500 has taken place on Valentine’s Day. Known as “The Great American Race” and the “Super Bowl of Stock Car Racing,” the Daytona 500 has fallen eight times before on V-Day. So anyone who is dating or married to a racing enthusiast must have known for a while that this was a possibility.
The Daytona 500 lineup was officially announced Friday morning, and there seem to be a few placement issues already. Hendrick Motorsports’ Alex Bowman could be forced to give up his starting position on the post right after the stroke and start from the back of the field instead. The reason? Possible Engine Problems During Duel 1. When Bowman needs to replace the engine, he moves back.
Likewise, Bowman’s teammate William Byron will also give up his original starting position. Byron was supposed to be on the outside of Row 1, but he ended up in a wreckage in Duel 2 that ripped his car up enough to take him back.
In addition to Bowman & Byron, NASCAR confirmed that six other drivers will have to back out for the Daytona 500 because of backup cars. The updated Daytona 500 lineup has Cole Custer, Ross Chastain, Brad Keselowski, Chase Briscoe, Kaz Grala and Anthony Alfredo to the back.
On the other hand, proudly in Tampa Bay, Stewart-Haas Racing’s Aric Amirola won Duel 1. This places Amirola alongside Richard Childress Racing’s Austin Dillon – a great artist during Duel 2. Duel 1 moves the inner row of the Daytona 500 starting grid while Duel 2 does the same for the inner row.
There will also be some Daytona debuts on Sunday. Austin Cindric and Josh Bilicki join the aforementioned Briscoe, Alfredo and Grala as drivers making their first Daytona 500 start.
Like virtually every sporting event in the era of COVID-19, the Daytona 500 has adapted to the new coronavirus pandemic regulationsInstead of the usual 100,000 fans that fill the Daytona International Speedway, this time we only have 30,000 (that’s still a lot of people), all of whom take social distance and are COVID aware.
This year’s Valentine’s Day edition of the Daytona 500 is the 63rd edition of the event. The 2020 winner, Denny Hamlin of Joe Gibbs Racing, is back in the game and has already gotten some serious buzz around him. Hamlin’s position in the 2021 Daytona 500 lineup is # 25 and he’s looking at 17-2 chances of winning. Not that we like to gamble or anything.
Guys, do it!
Okay, enough facts. Where do you look at the Daytona 500? FOX will cover the race, which starts at 2:30 p.m. ET. In case we haven’t said enough, this will take place on Sunday February 14th.
Don’t worry if you don’t have a cable! We live in the age of streaming, friends. FuboTV and SlingTV are popular streaming services that offer a seven-day free trial. That means you can sign up to watch the Daytona 500 and then cancel free of charge within a week. Or, you may find the experience enough to keep you subscribed. Totally up to you!
If you have access to FOX but are on a good date on a Sunday, you can always check into the race with the Fox Sports Go app. Make sure to let your date know you are going to. You don’t want them to think you’re texting someone else on a romantic getaway.
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