Daytona 500 2017: Viewing guide for NASCAR's Sprint Cup kickoff race

By Scott Smith  |  Updated Feb. 23, 2017 at 1:15 PM
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NASCAR's Sprint Cup run is back, starting off with the big one — the Daytona 500 on Sunday.

The 2017 season features a whole new round of drama, including the possibility of Dale Earnhardt Jr. retiring if he wins a championship ("Hell yeah ... I would be out of here") and the certitude that Michael Waltrip will retire, although hopefully with a Daytona finish better than last year's 30th place. And can Team Penske "island hop" past the Toyotas to the checkered flag at Daytona International Speedway? Will Danica Patrick get another concussion?

Only NASCAR's best 40 drivers will take the speedway on Sunday, advancing from Thursday's Can-Am Duels.

Here's what you need to know to watch the Can-Am Duels and Sunday's Daytona 500 (starting order for the duels is below):

THURSDAY, Feb. 23

Practice: Noon, streaming on Fox Sports 1

Can-Am Duel 1: 7 p.m., streaming on Fox Sports 1

Can-Am Duel 2: 9 p.m., streaming on Fox Sports 1

FRIDAY, Feb. 24

Practice: Noon and 2 p.m., streaming on Fox Sports 1

SATURDAY, Feb. 25

Final practice: 12:30 p.m., streaming on Fox Sports 1

DAYTONA 500: 2 p.m., on Fox (TV) and Fox Sports 1 (online)

Starting order for Can-Am Duel 1
1 – Chase Elliott, Chevrolet 2 – Brad Keselowski, Ford 3 – Martin Truex Jr., Toyota 4 – Kevin Harvick, Ford 5 – Matt Kenseth, Toyota 6 – Kyle Busch, Toyota 7 – Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Ford 8 – Daniel Suarez, Toyota 9 – Joey Logano, Ford 10 – Trevor Bayne, Ford 11 – Paul Menard, Chevrolet 12 – Jamie McMurray, Chevrolet 13 – Aric Almirola, Ford 14 – Landon Cassill, Ford 15 – Matt DiBenedetto, Ford 16 – Chris Buescher, Chevrolet 17 – Brendan Gaughan, Chevrolet 18 – Michael Waltrip, Toyota 19 – Reed Sorenson, Chevrolet 20 – Joey Gase, Toyota 21 – Jeffrey Earnhardt, Chevrolet
Starting order for Can-Am Duel 2
1 – Dale Earnhardt Jr., Chevrolet 2 – Clint Bowyer, Ford 3 – Denny Hamlin, Toyota 4 – Kasey Kahne, Chevrolet 5 – Ryan Newman, Chevrolet 6 – Ty Dillon, Chevrolet 7 – Jimmie Johnson, Chevrolet 8 – Kyle Larson, Chevrolet 9 – Ryan Blaney, Ford 10 – Erik Jones, Toyota 11 – Kurt Busch, Ford 12 – Danica Patrick, Ford 13 – Austin Dillon, Chevrolet 14 – AJ Allmendinger, Chevrolet 15 – Michael McDowell, Chevrolet 16 – David Ragan, Ford 17 – Cole Whitt, Ford 18 – Elliott Sadler, N/A 19 – D.J. Kennington, Toyota 20 – Timmy Hill, N/A
Race details via Nascar.com
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