The green flag dropped on the 200-lap, 500 mile race that tore down the track on Sunday, February 16, 2020 at the Daytona International Speedway in Florida.
"The Great American Race" was televised on Fox on February 16 with a start time of 2:30PM ET, but a rain delay postponed the race until the following day.
Daytona is always the first big race on the NASCAR schedule. And, it all begins with Speedweeks -- featuring action-packed Shootout and Duel 150 races to decide qualifiers and starting positions.
This year, the Daytona 500 celebrated its 62nd anniversary during a traditional and festive President's Day weekend. After a performance of the National Anthem, a flyover from the famous US Airforce Thunderbirds wowed the crowds before the start of the race - along with a surprise appearance by President Donald Trump and the First Lady.
2020 Daytona 500 rewind
As always, it was non-stop excitment at Daytona with a crash-fest right up until the final moments.
As the race sped toward the checkered flag, Ryan Newman led the race only to get side-swiped by Ryan Blaney. Newman’s car flipped, and was hit by another car and launched into the air, finally skidding to a stop upside down.
As Newman’s car crashed behind them, Blaney and Denny Hamlin sped to the finish line. And it was Denny Hemlin who took it in a photo finish for his third Daytona 500 win.
Newman was rushed to the hospital in serious condition with non-life threatening injuries following the race.
Daytona 500 ticket information
How popular is the Daytona 500? It's only the most highly-rated and watched race throughout the year, kicking off the racing year for NASCAR's top prize, the NASCAR Cup.
Tickets went on sale in the summer of 2019 and were made available online at Daytona Speedway's official site. Ticket prices range from $99 for a single race ticket to hundreds of dollars for a 4-day pass to all Daytona events during Speedweeks.
Almost every race ticket is sold, and every seat in the house at Daytona is taken -- while literally millions of Americans tune in to cheer their favorite drivers as they celebrate at race day parties nationwide.
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DID YOU KNOW? Daytona 500 fun facts
• The annual TV audience for the Daytona 500 is an estimated 20 million worldwide.
• The Daytona International Speedway can hold an audience upwards of 125,000 and the Daytona 500 is a sell-out almost every year.
• An estimated 25,000 orders of french fries, 50,000 hamburgers, 16,000 soft pretzels, and 84,000 soft drinks are sold at Daytona's concession stands during the big race.
• The first Daytona 500 was held on February 22, 1959 with a finish so close it took three days to determine who won. Although Johnny Beauchamp was initially declared the winnner, after careful examination of the evidence it was Lee Petty who was declared the official winner in a photo finish.
• In 1977, Janet Guthrie became the first woman ever to compete in the Daytona 500, finishing 12th when her car's engine blew two cylinders with ten laps to go. Even so, she took the title of Top Rookie at Daytona that day, and went on to compete in 33 races in NASCAR over four seasons.
• The youngest winner to ever win the Daytona 500 was 20-year-old Trevor Bayne in 2011. The oldest winner was 50-year-old Bobby Allison in 1988.
More about the Daytona 500 around the Web:
Elsewhere on the Web, find out more about the Daytona 500 with background facts & information on the cars and top drivers including picture galleries, video clips of memorable moments, and a bit
of history and trivia behind the "Super Bowl of NASCAR"
Daytona Int'l Speedway- The official site with all the latest action, driver profiles, photo gallery, trivia, stats, schedule, track map, online shop and ticket information, plus info on the area and a complete schedule of all the Daytona races..
on FOX - The official TV channel of the Daytona 500 with the complete schedule, picture galleries, feature stories and more as race day draws near ...
NASCAR.com - All you need to know about the Daytona 500 including info on the cars, the drivers, the numbers, the track...you name it. Videos,
audio and news on the current race. Stop in at the game room and try you hand at one of the challenges...
Daytona 500 - Some interesting information on the history of the race and a link to a listing of all of the Daytona 500 winners from Richard Petty's win in the first race in 1959. There is also a link to the list of current NASCAR races.