The race was sold out in advance more than a month before the event and NASCAR anticipates that at least 120,000 people will attend Sunday's race. Due to COVID-19, Daytona had a reduced number of spectators last season. The 2020 race was the last one with a packed house four weeks before the Pandemic that decimated American sports.
Lachlan Murdoch, Fox CEO, was previously the honorary starter. The grand marshal will be Charles Woodson, a Hall of Fame cornerback and country music star. The pre-race concert will feature Luke Combs.
Big E, a Tampa native, is a former University of Iowa defensive player and is part of The New Day, a popular WWE trio. To lead the 40-car field, he'll be driving a Toyota 2022 to the green flag.