The first, and biggest, Sprint Cup Series race of the season will be preceded by a couple of other highly anticipated NASCAR events to cap off Speedweeks in Daytona.
After a week of mostly qualifying events, Speedweeks will conclude with three NASCAR races, including the Super Bowl of stock car racing -- the Daytona 500 -- on Sunday.
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Before the big one, the NASCAR Truck and Nationwide circuits will be on display. On Friday, the Nextera Energy Resources 250 kicks off the Camping World Truck Series campaign. John King was victorious in last year's race, the seventh straight win for Toyota. The race is slated to start at 7:30 p.m. ET and will be televised on SPEED.
The Nationwide Series gets going on Saturday with the Drive4COPD 300. Like the Daytona 500 for the Sprint Cup Series, this race is the crown jewel of the Nationwide calendar. James Buescher was the winner of the 2012 race, ending Tony Stewart's four-year reign as champion. This year, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Austin Dillon, Elliott Sadler and Trevor Bayne are among the expected participants. ESPN's coverage of the event will begin at 1 p.m. ET.
On Sunday, everything else in the world of NASCAR will give way to the Great American Race, as the 55th annual Daytona 500 starts the Sprint Cup Series season. Matt Kenseth took home the Harley J. Earl Trophy a year ago after earning the checkered flag following a rain delay that pushed the race to Monday and, eventually, early Tuesday morning.
The Daytona 500 will be televised on FOX, with coverage beginning at 1 p.m. ET.