The Daytona 500 is a 500-mile, 200-lap stock car race held annually by NASCAR in Daytona Beach, Florida. It is the opening race of the NASCAR season. The Daytona 500 is the most famous NASCAR race and one of the most famous races in all of auto racing (along with the Indianapolis 500, which is an Indy Car race). For this reason, it is sometimes called the Great American Race. Winning the Daytona 500 carries a lot of prestige, and the race has traditionally had the largest prize pool of any NASCAR event. When is the Daytona 500? The Daytona 500 is typically held in the second or third week of February. The 2021 Daytona 500 will take place on Sunday, February 14 at 2:30 p.m. Eastern Time. The 2022 race is set to take place on February 13, 2022. When was the first Daytona 500? The first Daytona 500 was held in 1959 at the newly constructed Daytona International Speedway. NASCAR races have been held in Daytona Beach since 1948, when NASCAR was founded.
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