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Plan ahead: 2021 Daytona 500 scheduled for Valentine’s Day

Erik Jones survived four wrecks in the final 22 laps and three overtime restarts to win Sunday’s Busch Clash at Daytona International Speedway.

Daytona International Speedway officials announced Monday that next year’s Daytona 500 is scheduled to be held on Valentine’s Day and that tickets for the Feb. 14, 2021 event are on sale now.

“We’ve heard from our customers that they want to be able to purchase their Daytona 500 tickets earlier and we’ve listened,” said Chip Wile, president of Daytona International Speedway. “Planning a trip to Daytona International Speedway for the Daytona 500 takes time and having an earlier on-sale date will give race fans the opportunity to make their plans sooner.”

Tickets for the 2021 Daytona will start at $99 and payment plans are available. Tickets can be purchased by calling 1-800-PITSHOP and visiting

NASCAR has not announced the 2021 Cup schedule. That is expected to be done in early April. Next year’s Daytona 500 would come a week after the Super Bowl, which is scheduled for Feb. 7 in Tampa, Florida.

Next year’s date ties the record for the earliest start in the year for the 500. It has been held eight other times on Feb. 14 during the Great American Race’s 62-year history, most recently in 2010 (won by Jamie McMurray).

Also, the track announced that a limited number of tickets remain for Sunday’s Daytona 500. Ricky Stenhouse Jr. will start on the pole. Alex Bowman will join him on the front row.