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What time is the 2021 Daytona 500 and how long will the race last?

If you’re wondering when the Great American Race will start or how long it will last, we’ve got you covered.

The green flag waves to start restart the Daytona 500 on February 17, 2020 at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Fl. Photo by David Rosenblum/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

The 2021 NASCAR season is officially underway. Qualifying is a wrap for the Daytona 500, and the Great American Race gets underway on Sunday afternoon at Daytona International Speedway. The race starts at 2:30 p.m. ET and will air on FOX. You can watch a live stream on

The race is scheduled to start at 2:30 p.m., but weather could cause a delay. The National Weather Service is calling for an 80 percent chance of precipitation, with showers and thunderstorms likely throughout the day. The NWS is calling for rainfall amounts potentially between a quarter and half of an inch. While the rain is not expected to be heavy, it could still be enough to delay the race.

Barring rain delays, the 500 mile race is expected to run roughly three and a half hours. The 2020 race went over two days due to rain. The 2019 race lasted 3 hours, 45 minutes and 55 seconds. That race had seven extra laps due to an overtime finish. The 2018 race also had seven extra laps, but finished in 3 hours, 26 minutes and 58 seconds.