Daytona 500 Postponed to Monday for Weather: How to Watch, Live Stream the Great American Race

The Daytona 500 started with a big presidential send off Sunday, but the race stopped in its tracks just 20 laps into it because of heavy rains. The race will resume Monday—on Presidents Day—at 4 p.m. ET at the Daytona International Speedway in Florida.

President Donald Trump served as the grand marshal for the race, and he arrived in grand style. After Air Force One made a flyover, the president and first lady Melania Trump entered the track and pit areas in the presidential limousine known as "The Beast."

President Trump said the famous words, "Gentlemen, start your engines." But instead of a traditional pace car leading the way, the Trumps hopped into The Beast and led the pace lap with a presidential motorcade.

Trump was the first sitting president to serve as grand marshal since George W. Bush in 2004, but Trump was the first president to lead the pace lap.

Once the motorcade departed and the official pace car took the drivers around the track, Trump spoke to the drivers through their headsets

"Drivers, this is President Trump. It was an honor to open the Daytona 500. Have a phenomenal day, have a great race, be safe. God bless you, we love you," Trump said.

Mike Joy, the lead race announcer on Fox, said, "If you weren't nervous before, how 'bout now?"

The official pace lap continued a few times around the track as rain drops fell. The race finally started but soon went to caution because of rain falling at one part of the two-and-a-half-mile track.

The race went back to green, but stopped again when heavier rain began falling. At 6:50 p.m. ET, race officials made the decision to postpone the race until Monday afternoon.

How to watch the race Monday
Seeing that many people will be at work Monday afternoon, it might be difficult to catch the broadcast on the Fox network, which is the only way to watch it for free.

However, there are streaming services like Hulu+ Live TV, YouTube TV and AT&T TV Now. Fans can also listen to the race through satellite radio on MRN, SiriusXM and NASCAR radio.

Who is winning the Daytona 500 right now?

Ricky Stenhouse Jr., the pole sitter who drives the No. 47 Chevrolet, led all 20 laps in the race. Behind him were Joey Logano, Aric Almirola, Ryan Newman, Kevin Harvick and Brad Keselowski, who all drive Fords.

The race is a total of 200 laps around the super speedway.

2020 Daytona 500
Ricky Stenhouse Jr., driver of the #47 Kroger Chevrolet, and Alex Bowman, driver of the #88 Valvoline Chevrolet, lead the field prior to the start of the NASCAR Cup Series 62nd Annual Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway on February 16, 2020 in Daytona Beach, Florida. Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images
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