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Daytona 500 live updates, results, highlights from NASCAR’s 2023 season-opening race

It doesn’t get much bigger than the Daytona 500.

The iconic race is one of the jewels of the NASCAR calendar, an outpouring of action that regularly draws crowds of more than 200,000 fans. Austin Cindric made his mark on the big stage last year, capturing his first-ever checkered flag was a Cup Series driver.

He’ll hope to retain his title in 2023. Cindric will face stiff competition, though — Hendrick Motorsports talents Alex Bowman and Kyle Larson impressed in qualifying, placing first and second in the starting lineup ahead of Sunday’s race.

Aric Almirola, who planned on retiring after last season, has yet to nab a win on his hometown track. He’ll be locked in on the second row, giving himself about as good a shot as any to improve on his career-best fourth place showing from 2017. And you can never sleep on Denny Hamlin, who has captured the Daytona 500 title three times in his career.

All of this is to say, it’s a race already brimming with fireworks. With a backdrop of raucous fans, it should make for another memorable battle.

Daytona is the place where so many legacies have been made. Racers will hope to add their name to that rich tapestry come Sunday afternoon.

MORE: Watch the 2023 Daytona 500 live on fuboTV (free trial)

The Sporting News is tracking live updates from Sunday’s race at Daytona International Speedway. Follow below for highlights and live results from The Great American Race.

Daytona 500 live updates, highlights from 2023 race

All times Eastern

4:15 p.m.: Stage point break down, provided by The Athletic’s Jeff Gluck.

4:11 p.m.: Caution flag waved at the end of the stage, giving Wallace the opportunity to make some adjustments at pit road.

4:07 p.m.: It’s Keselowski, Preece and Buescher competing for the stage victory. Keselowski takes the stage! Slick play by the Cup Series veteran, who gets a car-length in front of Preece to nab 10 stage points.

4:06 p.m.: Three laps left and we are single file. It’s Truex-Hamlin-Gibbs-Almirola-Keselowski.

4:01 p.m.: It was contact from Toyota teammate Martin Truex Jr. that forced Wallace into the wall. He finds himself a lap down. Truex got bumped by 23XI Racing co-owner Denny Hamlin, which pushed him into Wallace. Unfortunate for the driver who finished second in last year’s iteration of the race.

3:58 p.m.: Wallace clips the wall while in the lead, sending him down the field quickly. Looks like he might need to go to pit road and get some replacement tires.

3:52 p.m.: Leading the charge with 20 laps to go in Stage 1 is none other than Denny Hamlin, who is seeking his fourth Daytona 500 title. Bell sitting in second, followed by Chase Briscoe, Tyler Reddick and Bubba Wallace.

3:49 p.m.: The No. 15 car of Riley Herbst just avoids drawing a caution flag after spinning into the pits. He’ll be docked a pass-through penalty for a commitment line violation.

3:47 p.m.: Pit stops starting up with the Ford cars. Gragson, who’s driving a Chevrolet, had some difficulties pulling in. Had a lot of speed heading in.

3:38 p.m.: Ty Dillon looks to be in a bit of trouble. His No. 77 car is spewing out plumes of smoke through its pipes. Might be an engine issue.

3:35 p.m.: Jimmie Johnson making really decent ground through the opening 25 laps. He’s already up 11 spots from where he was once at. The NASCAR Hall of Famer might be on pace for a solid showing if these early laps are any indication.

3:29 p.m.: Christopher Bell wrestles the lead away from Bowman as we approach Lap 20.

3:24 p.m.: Bowman standing firm at the top of the field through nine laps. Larson trailing ever so slightly.

3:18 p.m.: Two-by-two in each row through the first four laps. Alex Bowman and Kyle Larson battling for first place, although things remain quite tight early.

3:16 p.m.: The green flag is waved and we are underway at Daytona!

Pre-race updates

3:00 p.m.: We’re about 15 minutes away from the waving of the green flag. The forecast looks quite promising:

2:40 p.m.: Noah Gragson sporting a Big Hat ahead of Sunday’s race. Sporting heritage on display.

2:25 p.m.: Driver introductions underway, led by none other than comedian Gabriel Iglesias. So worldly.

2:00 p.m.: Whole lot of racing luminaries on site at the World Center of Racing:

1:37 p.m.: Dierks Bentley rocking out at the pre-race concert. My brother (a country music fan) will be delighted.

1:35 p.m.: Pitbull is here. Yes, that Pitbull. Go figure.

1:25 p.m.: Pre-race tour for Haddish and…Pete Davidson. TMZ is salivating.

1:05 p.m.: Tiffany Haddish is on location. She’ll be waving the green flag to start Sunday’s race. Looks like she’s got the form down pat, too.

12:50 p.m.: Racers take us through their favorite moments in Daytona 500 history. Lots of good ones to choose from. What’s your favorite?

12:30 p.m.: Kyle Busch is the only driver headed to the back of the field after wrecking on Thursday. 

11:11 a.m.: Hamlin, looking for his fourth win at Daytona, is tied with Chase Elliott and Ryan Blaney for the top odds to win the Daytona 500.

8:59 a.m.: Today starts the official start of the 2023 NASCAR Cup Series! And that starts, of course, with pre-race inspection:

8:36 a.m.: Dierks Bentley, who will perform the pre-race concert at Daytona, is in the house (metaphorically).

Daytona 500 2023 starting lineup

Starting pos. Driver Car No. Team
1. Alex Bowman 48 Hendrick Motorsports
2. Kyle Larson 5 Hendrick Motorsports
3. Joey Logano 22 Team Penske
4. Aric Almirola 10 Stewart-Haas Racing
5. Christopher Bell 20 Joe Gibbs Racing
6. Austin Cindric 2 Team Penske
7. Ryan Blaney 12 Team Penske
8. Chase Elliott 9 Hendrick Motorsports
9. Chris Buescher 17 RFK Racing
10. Brad Keselowski 6 RFK Racing
11. Michael McDowell 34 Front Row Motorsports
12. Corey LaJoie 7 Spire Motorsports
13 Kevin Harvick 4 Stewart-Haas Racing
14. Todd Gilliland 38 Front Row Motorsports
15. Bubba Wallace 23 23XI Racing
16. Martin Truex Jr. 19 Joe Gibbs Racing
17. Zane Smith 36 Front Row Motorsports
18. Denny Hamlin 11 Joe Gibbs Racing
19. Harrison Burton 21 Wood Brothers Racing
20. Ryan Preece 41 Stewart-Haas Racing
21. William Byron 24 Hendrick Motorsports
22. Noah Gragson 42 Legacy Motor Club
23. Ross Chastain 1 Trackhouse Racing
24. Daniel Suarez 99 Trackhouse Racing
25. Erik Jones 43 Legacy Motor Club
26. Tyler Reddick 45 23XI Racing
27. Austin Dillon 3 Richard Childress Racing
28. Justin Haley 31 Kaulig Racing
29. AJ Allmendinger 16 Kaulig Racing
30. Chase Briscoe 14 Stewart-Haas Racing
31. Ricky Stenhouse Jr. 47 JGT Daugherty Racing
32. B.J. McLeod 78 Live Fast Motorsports
33. Ty Gibbs 54 Joe Gibbs Racing
34. Conor Daly 50 The Money Team Racing
35. Cody Ware 51 Rick Ware Racing
36. Kyle Busch 8 Richard Childress Racing
37. Ty Dillon 77 Spire Motorsports
38. Riley Herbst 15 Rick Ware Racing
39. Jimmie Johnson 84 Legacy Motor Club
40. Travis Pastrana 67 23XI Racing

Daytona 500 start time

  • Start time: 2:30 p.m. ET

The Daytona 500 has a 2:30 p.m. ET listed start time. However, given the number of festivities expected to take place on Sunday, green flag is slated to be waved at 3:14 p.m. ET.

What channel is the Daytona 500 on?

  • TV channel: Fox
  • Live stream:, fuboTV

Fox will handle broadcasting duties for the 2023 Daytona 500, per usual. The booth will be filled with racing luminaries, both in the form of longtime duo Mike Joy (lap-by-lap) and Clint Bowyer (analyst), as well as guest commentators Larry McReynolds and Tony Stewart.

The race will also be live-streamed on, as well as fuboTV, which offers a free trial.


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