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Tim DanielsFeatured ColumnistFebruary 26, 2017

The Daytona 500 remains one of the pillars of the American sports calendar. The annual NASCAR season-opening race, which celebrates its 59th running Sunday afternoon, allows the Monster Energy Cup Series to take center stage.

Both diehard and mainstream fans should be in for an entertaining battle if the Advance Auto Parts Clash and the Can-Am Duels are any indication. Those events showcased plenty of wide-open racing, which left the door open for a lot of movement up and down the field.

So let’s check out all of the important information for the first outing of the 36-race campaign. That’s followed by a look at the drivers with the best odds to win the Great American Race and a preview of some contenders to keep an eye on throughout the 500-mile journey.

                         

Viewing Details

Where: Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Florida

When: Sunday, Feb. 26 at 2 p.m. ET

Watch: Fox

Live Stream: Fox Sports Go

Tickets: ScoreBig.com

                         

Best Race Odds

2017 Daytona 500: Oddsmakers’ Top Choices
1 Dale Earnhardt Jr. 88 +450
2 Brad Keselowski 2 +700
3 Joey Logano 22 +900
T-4 Jimmie Johnson 48 +1000
T-4 Kyle Busch 18 +1000
T-6 Kevin Harvick 4 +1200
T-6 Denny Hamlin 11 +1200
T-6 Chase Elliott 24 +1200
T-9 Matt Kenseth 20 +1400
T-9 Martin Truex Jr. 78 +1400
Odds via OddsShark

                            

Drivers To Watch

Favorite: Dale Earnhardt Jr.

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