The 63rd annual race is this Sunday — and it’s basically the Super Bowl of stock car racing.
It’s a 200-lap, 500-mile-long race held at the Daytona International Speedway. Forty drivers compete, and the winner takes home a replica of the Harley J. Earl Trophy and about $1.5 million.
The race, held in Daytona Beach, Florida, is particularly famous for its photo finishes and unfortunate wrecks.
Where can I watch the Daytona 500?
Catch all the action this Sunday on Fox at 2:30 p.m. ET. It’s been the only place to watch the race for the last 14 years.
How fast do the cars go?
Buddy Baker holds the record for the fastest average winning speed at 177.602 mph in 1980. But drivers don’t always have to drive that fast to win.
In 1960, NASCAR legend Junior Johnson won with the slowest average speed at 124.740 mph.
What are some of the most historical moments?
The first Daytona 500 took place on February 22, 1959. Lee Petty, father of NASCAR legend Richard Petty, beat Johnny Beauchamp in a photo finish.
His son, Dale Earnhardt Jr., won his first Daytona 500 three years later.
CNN’s Kendall Trammell contributed to this report.