Trump will be the second acting president to attend the Daytona 500

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The start of the Daytona 500 was delayed by an unexpected rain shower that began moments after President Donald Trump and his motorcade finished a parade lap.

Trump's reelection campaign will run a TV ad during the Fox broadcast of the race and fly an aerial banner near the speedway. He then got in the limousine and turned a lap. "We love NASCAR and the people of NASCAR".

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The plane performed a dramatic flyover, played live on Fox, turning sharply over the speedway at a low altitude. The race itself is actually the culmination of Daytona Speedweeks which is made up of a week of qualifiers and practices that lead up to the Daytona 500.

The defending Daytona 500 champion is Denny Hamlin of Tampa, Florida. "Hopefully, we are able to miss [wrecks] again this year".

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After arriving at Daytona International Speedway before the race, Trump was met at the Daytona Beach International Airport located behind the backstretch of the track by the France family. Only 40 cars will compete in this year's race and Kevin Harvick, Brad Keselowski and Joey Logano are the current favorites to take the title with 8 to 1 odds.

However, those four entries passed inspection on the first or second try Sunday morning, meaning they will keep their respective starting spots for the Daytona 500.

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During the impressive five year streak by Hendrick Motorsports, Jeff Gordon of Vallejo, CA had the pole in 2015, Chase Elliott of Dawsonville, GA had the pole in 2016 and 2017, Alex Bowman of Tucson, AZ had the pole in 2018 and William Byron of Charlotte, NC had the pole in 2019.

"Honestly, the goal is to win", Logano said. It will be the 62nd running of the event, and it is the first race of the 2020 NASCAR Cup Series season.

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