By Anthony Caruso III | Editor

NASCAR kicks off its 2022 season with its Super Bowl. NASCAR Cup Series teams will compete in the Daytona 500 on Sunday.

The race is the first of over 30 scheduled for the season. FOX will air the broadcast at 2:30 p.m. EST from Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Florida.

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The first two stages will be 65 laps. The last stage is 70 laps.

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Brad Keselowski and his Roush Fenway Keselowski Racing (RFK Racing) teammate Chris Buescher won the duels on Thursday evening. The day before last night, the team had just one head-to-head win at Daytona.

It happened in 2012 with former driver Matt Kenneth.

Only one active driver in the field has won this event multiple times. Denny Hamlin has three Daytona 500 wins.

All three wins have come since the 2016 season. Hamlin is one of four drivers to win the race three times, joining Jeff Gordon, Dale Jarrett and Bobby Allison.

Hamlin is the favorite with a +900 betting line in Caesars Sportsbook’s latest 2022 Daytona 500 odds (check out all the places you can bet with them). Close behind at +1000 are 2020 Cup Series champion Chase Elliott and defending Cup Series champion Kyle Larson.

Only two men have won this event four or more times. Cale Yarborough has won it four times. “The King” Richard Petty has won it seven times.

Joey Logano won the Clash earlier this month at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. NASCAR spent $1 million to put on an exhibit at the historic site.

The 2018 NASCAR Cup Series champion had already won the Daytona 500 in 2015.

“It’s the Daytona 500,” fellow Top 5 favorite Joey Logano told reporters Thursday during a media day press conference. ” That’s all. You come here and it’s a sold-out grandstand and everyone’s there. So many key decision makers are here. You want to be the one to hoist the Harley J. Earl trophy and when you don’t, it hurts. It hurts.”

If big name drivers have won this event, a surprise name can also win. Michael McDowell took the win last season.

In 2011, Trevor Bayne came out of nowhere to win the race.

“I just think I have a good understanding of the air here and how it moves around the walls,” Hamlin told reporters. “Talladega is different. If you look at our results, we didn’t win as much in Talladega, but we were pretty good. Here there’s just something about – whatever it is – the slope or the width of the track, the height of the walls or something I just know where these little air pockets are, it seems to be a little better. ”

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