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NASCAR at Daytona road course 2021: Start time, lineup, TV schedule and more for O’Reilly Auto Parts 253

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For The Win

After the annual race at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California, was canceled before the 2021 season began, NASCAR needed an alternative. The series found an easy solution — remain in Daytona Beach, Florida, for another week. Only this time, drivers will race on the road course at Daytona International Speedway instead of the oval.

The Cup Series began the season with an exhibition race on the Daytona road course — the Busch Clash, which Kyle Busch won when Chase Elliott took out leader Ryan Blaney on the final lap — before moving to the 2.5-mile oval for the 63rd Daytona 500. With NASCAR’s most famous race under their belt, drivers will get another crack at the road course — this time for points and a playoff berth.

Here’s all the information you need to get ready for Sunday’s O’Reilly Auto Parts 253 on the road course at Daytona International Speedway:

START TIME: 3 p.m. ET. GREEN FLAG: Drivers are scheduled to take the green flag and begin the race at 3:20 p.m. ET.

TV: Fox. Pre-race broadcast begins at 2:30 p.m. ET.

RADIO: Motor Racing Network and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio. STREAMING: Fox Sports Go (must have TV provider) and FOX Sports app, YouTube TV (2-week free trial), Hulu + Live TV (7-day free trial), Sling TV (3-day free trial), fuboTV (7-day free trial).

RACE DISTANCE: 70  laps around the 14-turn, 3.61-mile road course for a total of 253 miles.

STAGE LENGTHS (laps per stage): Stage 1: 16, Stage 2: 18, Stage 3: 36.

LAST TIME: Chase Elliott won NASCAR’s inaugural race on the Daytona road course on Aug. 16, 2020. Elliott led 34 laps, including the final 13, and edged Denny Hamlin by a miniscule 0.202 seconds.

QUALIFYING: There was no on-track qualifying for the O’Reilly Auto Parts 253. Instead, the lineup was determined by using NASCAR’s new competition-based formula: 

  • 25 percent: Driver’s finishing position from the previous race
  • 25 percent: Car owner’s finishing position from the previous race
  • 35 percent: Team owner points ranking
  • 15 percent: Fastest lap from the previous race

LINEUP: Elliott, the reigning NASCAR Cup Series champion, earned the pole and will lead the field to green alongside Daytona 500 winner Michael McDowell.

Here is the lineup for the O’Reilly Auto Parts 253 (car number in parentheses):

1. (9) Chase Elliott, Chevrolet

2. (34) Michael McDowell, Ford

3. (3) Austin Dillon, Chevrolet

4. (11) Denny Hamlin, Toyota

5. (4) Kevin Harvick, Ford

6. (37) Ryan Preece, Chevrolet

7. (7) Corey Lajoie, Chevrolet

8. (5) Kyle Larson, Chevrolet

9. (42) Ross Chastain, Chevrolet

10. (23) Bubba Wallace, Toyota

11. (22) Joey Logano, Ford

12. (20) Christopher Bell, Toyota

13. (41) Cole Custer, Ford

14. (18) Kyle Busch, Toyota

15. (2) Brad Keselowski, Ford

16. (47) Ricky Stenhouse Jr, Chevrolet

17. (1) Kurt Busch, Chevrolet

18. (14) Chase Briscoe, Ford

19. (19) Martin Truex Jr, Toyota

20. (77) Justin Haley, Chevrolet

21. (51) Cody Ware, Chevrolet

22. (24) William Byron, Chevrolet

23. (52) Josh Bilicki, Ford

24. (8) Tyler Reddick, Chevrolet

25. (53) Garrett Smithley, Ford

26. (10) Aric Almirola, Ford

27. (12) Ryan Blaney, Ford

28. (78) Scott Heckert, Ford

29. (00) Quin Houff, Chevrolet

30. (17) Chris Buescher, Ford

31. (38) Anthony Alfredo, Ford

32. (21) Matt DiBenedetto, Ford

33. (6) Ryan Newman, Ford

34. (16) AJ Allmendinger, Chevrolet

35. (99) Daniel Suarez, Chevrolet

36. (48) Alex Bowman, Chevrolet

37. (43) Erik Jones, Chevrolet

38. (96) Ty Dillon, Toyota

39. (15) James Davison, Chevrolet

40. (66) Timmy Hill, Ford

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