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The 60th annual Daytona 500 - February 18, 2017

February has 28 days in it, (ok, 29 if itís a leap year), but thereís one day that really matters to NASCAR fans.

Valentineís Day?

President's Day?
Un uh.

Start of Mardi Gras?
Not even close!

Daytona Day!
The Daytona 500 is the most iconic NASCAR race held all year. Ask any true NASCAR junkie, itís sweeter than Valentineís Day, more historic than President's Day, and a much better use of pavement than Mardi Gras. Cars roaring around the track at high speeds, and even though they always turn left, is so action packed itís nearly impossible to take your eyes off the screen.

The Daytona 500 is the final race of Speedweeks, which is the string of races that take place during January and February. This prestigious race is the unofficial championship race in NASCAR, which is unique because the sports community tends to associate championships as end-of-season events. There are still plenty of points to be had after this monumental race, but itís by far the biggest one of the competitive season.

FUN FACT: Trevor Bayne (2011) is the youngest winner of the race (20 years, 0 months, 1 day), while Bobby Allison (1988) is the oldest to win the race, checking in at 50 years, 2 months and 11 days old.

The race is 200 laps and covers a whopping 500 miles! Itís like driving from Denver, Colorado to Lincoln, Nebraska, or Pittsburgh, PA to Knoxville, TN! Who knew turning left for multiple hours would be so invigorating and exciting to watch!? Go ahead, sit back, relax and root on your favorite driver.

Here's another amazing number: The Daytona 500 gets a global viewing audience of 20 million, on average. Thatís a lot of people watching these brave drivers zip around the track. No matter who you are rooting for, you can be sure you're probably not the only one.

Here are three questions to test your knowledge of the most prestigious racing event.

1) What driver drove the #17 car and won the Daytona 500 on, coincidentally, his 17 th try?

A. Ricky Stenhouse Jr.

B. Matt Kenseth

C. Darrell Waltrip

D. Fred Herb

2) When did the Daytona International Speedway open?

A. November of 1957

B. September of 1958

C. January of 1958

D. February of 1959

3) Who is the Grand Marshal for this yearís race?

A. Donald Trump

B. Owen Wilson

C. Denzel Washington

D. Tom Hanks

(Scroll down for the answers)

This yearís race is on Sunday, February 18 and begins at 2:30 ET. You can watch the race on FOX and if youíre hosting a NASCAR party, make sure to have plenty of snacks and beer!

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1 - C
2 - D
3 - B