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62nd Daytona 500 ready to race Sunday on Pittsburgh's FOX 53

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The 62nd running of the Daytona 500 is set for Sunday, Feb. 16, with FOX Sports' coverage revving up at 1 p.m. on Pittsburgh's FOX 53.{ }

PITTSBURGH -- You can always count on the Daytona 500.

While the Midwest and Northeast still have a ways to go before feeling the warmth of spring, there is an annual reminder that sunny skies still exist - the start of the NASCAR racing season beginning with the Great American Race, the Daytona 500.

The 62nd running of the Daytona 500 is set for Sunday, Feb. 16 with FOX Sports' coverage revving up at 1 p.m. on Pittsburgh's FOX 53.

The green flag start time at the 2.5-mile Daytona International Speedway is scheduled for 2:30 p.m.

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Longtime NASCAR play-by-play broadcaster Mike Joy will be on the call alongside racing legend Jeff Gordon providing the analysis.

The pit reporting team will consist of Matt Yocum, Jamie Little, Vince Welch and former driver Regan Smith. Chris Myers and Adam Alexander will anchor FOX Sports' pre-race coverage.

FOX Sports has carried the Daytona 500 for 13 consecutive years.

This 62nd annual race will feature numerous storylines, including the final Daytona 500 for the "Generation 6" model car before the "Next Gen" cars are introduced in 2021.

It will also be the start of seven-time NASCAR Cup Series champion Jimmie Johnson's final season, with Johnson having already announced his retirement from full-time racing following this 2020 campaign.

Meanwhile, can defending NASCAR Cup Series champion Kyle Busch find victory lane for the first time ever in the Great American Race? It's the only crown jewel of the sport Busch hasn't conquered.

If Sunday's Busch Clash is any indication, the Daytona 500 will once again provide plenty of fireworks.

Busch and Joey Logano traded paint in the exhibition race, which was eventually won by Erik Jones.

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and Alex Bowman have already locked up the front row in Sunday's qualifying runs, with Stenhouse Jr. earning the pole following a fast lap of 194.582 mph.

Joey Logano and William Byron will make up the second row after winning Thursday night's Daytona Duel races.

The full starting lineup is now set for Sunday's race.

For the latest NASCAR news and information visit FOX Sports online.

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