February 13, 2004 11:00 AM

How macho will single guy Ben Affleck get at the Daytona 500? PEOPLE gets his Valentine’s Day weekend plans, as well as other big events to watch for in the coming week:

VROOM FOR ONE: Forget Valentine’s Day: The newly single Ben Affleck is getting back to his roots as a beer-swilling guy’s guy — and what better place to do it than the Daytona 500? Affleck will be the grand marshal of “The Great American Race” on Sunday, Feb. 15, at Daytona International Speedway in Florida. It makes perfect sense for Affleck, who’s a racing fan and has been busy shedding his metrosexual makeover in favor of such manly hobbies as gambling, pickup basketball games and goatee grooming, PEOPLE reports in its latest issue. Other than being responsible for saying the immortal words “Gentlemen, start your engines” at Sunday’s race, Affleck will be free to chow down on corn dogs to his heart’s content.

NO AVERAGE JOE: It should be no surprise that FOX, the network responsible for “My Big Fat Obnoxious Fiance,” would find yet another way to turn the dating-show formula on its head. This time, say hello to “The Littlest Groom,” starring 4-ft.-5-in. bachelor Glen Foster, a 23-year-old former mascot for the Philadelphia 76ers. The two-episode series, debuting Monday, Feb. 16, and continuing Feb. 23, will feature Foster seeking his soul mate from a batch of 15 women. While some of the bachelorettes are little people, others will be average-sized women — a twist which Foster didn’t know about beforehand and which recently sparked criticism from the organization Little People of America.

LONDON CALLING: They’ve got big shoes to fill, but Alyson Hannigan and Luke Perry will do their best to channel Billy Crystal and Meg Ryan for the London stage production of “When Harry Met Sally …,” which opens Friday, Feb. 20. The former “Buffy, the Vampire Slayer” star is making her professional stage debut in the play. “I might as well start big, right? Skip the baby steps and take a huge leap,” she recently told London’s Guardian newspaper. Let’s just hope she can perfect the fake orgasm as well as Meg did onscreen.

LESS OF ANNA: Anna Nicole Smith may have lost weight, but there’s still plenty of her to go around these days. The former Guess model and Playboy playmate has been stealing the spotlight at New York’s Fashion Week, where she camped it up at designer Betsey Johnson’s show and then prowled the runway at design team Heatherette’s collection. On Sunday, Feb. 22, the newly slimmed-down Smith will reveal just how much weight she’s lost (thanks, in large part, to TrimSpa, a caffeinated weight pill for which she’s a spokeswoman) on “Anna Bares All,” a TV special for E! Entertainment Television.

AND FINALLY … As if there weren’t enough opportunities for actors to pick up shiny statuettes, here come the Screen Actors Guild Awards. The 10th incarnation of the awards show, which honors outstanding performances in film and TV, will be broadcast on TNT Sunday, Feb. 22, from Los Angeles’s Shrine Exposition Center.

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