The green flag for the Daytona 500 drops on Sunday. Here's what you need to know

    Drivers battle in one of the Daytona 500 qualifying races Thursday. NASCAR's 75th season officially kicks off at the 2.5-mile Daytona International Speedway on Sunday.

    (CNN)A sold-out crowd will be on hand in Florida Sunday to watch 40 drivers compete for the crown jewel of NASCAR's Cup Series, the Daytona 500.

    A warm, partly cloudy day in expected at Daytona Beach as fans in the stands are set to see intense racing, with slingshot passing and multicar wipeouts all at speeds in excess of 190 mph.
    Here's what you need to know before this year's edition of "The Great American Race," which begins at 2:30 p.m. ET on Fox.

      Will another first-time winner make history?

        Austin Cindric celebrates after winning the 2022 Daytona 500.
        The nature of racing along the high banks of Daytona International Speedway, with the field often bunched in a pack and bump-drafting their way to the front, means practically every car has an opportunity to win the 200-lap event -- from prestigious, title-winning teams to fledgling outfits trying to claw their way into the sport.