Watch: The ‘Greatest Daytona 500 Hype Video’ as NASCAR Fans Reminisce Over the Good Old Days

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Feb 19, 2023; Daytona Beach, Florida, USA; A sold out crowd looks on as the field of NASCAR Cup Series drivers race past the front stretch grandstands during the Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
NASCAR’s crown jewel – The Daytona 500, has long been synonymous with heart-stopping finishes and unforgettable moments. Anticipation hangs heavy, as the 2024 edition of the “Great American Race,” is just weeks away. But amidst all the anticipation, a ‘blast from the past’ has resurfaced, igniting a firestorm of nostalgia and debate. Leaving fans wondering: Is this the greatest Daytona 500 hype video ever?
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To gain some context, in 2020, the 62nd running of the flagship event was etched into the annals of NASCAR history for its dramatic finish and a chilling accident. Denny Hamlin won by 0.014 seconds over Ryan Blaney in a nail-biting finish reminiscent of his 2016 victory. A terrifying crash involving Ryan Newman overshadowed Denny Hamlin’s third Daytona 500 victory. After colliding with Blaney, Newman’s car flipped and slammed into the wall, leaving him injured. Thankfully, Newman recovered, but the contrast of triumph and tragedy created a lasting memory.
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The video in question is a race-day promotional by FOX, which was aired on their broadcast of the same 2020 Daytona 500. It has been making the rounds of NASCAR’s subreddit. With fans of “The Great American Race” hyping it up just days before the 66th annual running of the event at Daytona Beach, FL. It was an account named ‘TexasCannibalCookout’ that shared the video on Reddit, with the caption: “It’s been four years since FOX put out the greatest Daytona 500 hype video of all time.”
Others approved the initial sentiment, with one Reddit user commenting, “Just watched that 6 times. Friggin awesome.” Another controversial yet simple comment read, “Some would say it’s been just as long since a decent broadcast too.”
While many had their views regarding their perceptions on the best ‘Daytona hype video’ ever, one hilarious comment stood out from the rest, “So cool. I’m gonna send it to all my friends that don’t give a cr*p about NASCAR. They’re still not gonna give a cr*p, but at least I will see the link to watch it again later.”
Indeed. It is a very ‘cool’ video. With ‘Rooster’ by Alice In Chains playing in the background, we see a montage of various NASCAR races throughout history with legends like “The Man In Black” and icons such as Kyle Busch and Joey Logano, being a focal point. The promotional did capture the essence of the flagship event to its core.
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However, the excitement for the Daytona 500 has reached a boiling point, and it is visible as the 2024 Cup Series season approaches in just a few short weeks. The race is set for Sunday, February 18, kicking this season off with its signature mix of drama and speed.
The intrigue surrounding the race increases further with the announcement of new entries by Legacy Motor Club and Front Row Motorsports. Jimmie Johnson, a seven-time Cup winner and two-time Daytona 500 winner, will drive the #84 Toyota for LMS, while Kaz Grala will be behind the wheel of the #36 Ford for FRM. David Ragan, Anthony Alfredo, and B. J. McLeod are already among the four non-charter entries that will compete for the final four spots.
The battle for coveted positions on the starting grid intensifies as the Daytona 500 entry list expands with the inclusion of Johnson & Grala. With the usual thirty-six charter entries confirmed thus far, five non-charter vehicles will compete for the final four spots in the lineup.
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So mark your calendars for February 18th to witness the roar of engines firsthand at Daytona. Who knows, you might just find yourself singing along to “Rooster” as you cheer on your favorite driver!

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