What Is the Traditional Start Time at the Daytona 500?


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As of 2015, the start time of the Daytona 500 is 1:30 p.m. EST. The original start time of the race was 12:15 p.m. EST. It started at 12:15 p.m. EST from 1979 to 2000, when race organizers decided to move back the start time to accommodate West Coast viewers.

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From 2000 to 2009, the start time for the Daytona 500 was later in the day. The latest planned start time was 3:30 p.m. EST in 2009. In 2010 the start time moved to 1:00 p.m. EST in order to return to a late afternoon finish. The race usually takes between four and five hours to complete.

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