The wait is over! The start of the 2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series is finally here with the 59th Running of the Daytona 500, and the 69th season of NASCAR racing! As we all know there are some big changes with the race formats this year, so it will be interesting to see it all play out for the first time today.
But more importantly, this is the return of our fan favorite to NASCAR racing, Dale Earnhardt Jr.. After being out for the second half of the 2016 season due to a concussion, he is back and is as ready as ever to go racing. He will be starting second and going for his third victory in the Great American Race.
The Daytona 500 can be watched LIVE on your local FOX network.
LIVE Leaderboard can be found at NASCAR.com
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