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Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series 2018 Daytona Race Info

THE RACE: Daytona 500
TRACK: Daytona International Speedway
Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Race #1 of 36

Date: Sunday, February 18, 2018 in Daytona Beach, FL
Title Sponsor: None
Scheduled Green Flag (approx): 3:05 pm/et

Clash: see the 2018 Advance Auto Parts Clash Info page.
Sections on this page:
Television | Radio/Streaming | Schedule | Track/Race Info | Race Rundown
Qualifying / Practice / Entry Info | Weather Links | Tire Notes | Odds


TELEVISION COVERAGE

NASCAR RaceDay: 11:00am/et on Fox
NASCAR Pre-Race Show: 1:00pm/et on Fox
Television Race Coverage: Fox, 2:00pm/et

Practices:
Saturday, February 10, 1:05 pm - 1:55 pm/et, TV-FS1;
Saturday, February 10, 3:05 pm - 3:55 pm/et, TV-FS1;
Friday, February 16, 1:05 pm - 1:55 pm/et, TV-FS1;
Friday, February 16, 3:05 pm - 3:55 pm/et, TV-FS1;
Saturday, February 17, 12:05 pm - 12:55 pm/et, TV-FS1

Qualifying for Daytona 500 front row and to set the lineups for the Can-Am Duels: Sunday, February 11 at 12:15 pm/et, TV-FOX;
re-air scheduled: Sunday, February 11 at 11:30pm/et.

In the Booth: Mike Joy, Darrell Waltrip, Jeff Gordon
Pit Reporters: Jamie Little, Regan Smith, Vince Welch, Matt Yocum
In-Race Analyst: Larry McReynolds
Race / Hollywood Hotel Host: Chris Myers
Analysts / Hollywood Hotel: Jeff Gordon, Darrell and Michael Waltrip

Scheduled Race Re-Air Dates/Times:
TBA

TV Listings, Links and Info:
see the TV Listings and Links page


RADIO COVERAGE

Motor Racing Network (MRN)
SiriusXM Satellite NASCAR Channel 90

ONLINE STREAMING

FOX Sports GO (available with participating TV provider login)
Radio: MRN Live Streaming
SiriusXM Internet Radio (available via internet connected device, with subscription)

Scanner-Frequencies


EVENT SCHEDULE
Event Schedule times are local to the track

Friday, February 9
10:00 AM-12:00 PM MENCS HAULERS ENTER
10:00 AM-5:00 PM MENCS CREDENTIALS OPEN
12:00 PM-5:00 PM MENCS GARAGE OPEN

Saturday, February 10
8:00 AM-4:00 PM MENCS CREDENTIALS OPEN
8:00 AM-7:00 PM MENCS GARAGE OPEN
9:30 AM MENCS ROOKIE MEETING, SPOTTER MEETING, & RANDOM DRAWING
1:05 PM-1:55 PM MENCS 1ST PRACTICE
3:05 PM-3:55 PM MENCS FINAL PRACTICE

Sunday, February 11
7:00 AM-3:00 PM MENCS CREDENTIALS OPEN
7:00 AM-7:00 PM MENCS GARAGE OPEN
10:00 AM MENCS DRIVER / CREW CHIEF MEETING (DRIVERS MEETING ROOM)
12:15 PM MENCS QUALIFYING IMPOUND (SINGLE VEHICLE / TWO ROUNDS)

Thursday, February 15
9:00 AM-7:00 PM MENCS CREDENTIALS OPEN
3:30 PM-11:00 PM MENCS GARAGE OPEN
3:45 PM MENCS SPOTTERS MEETING
5:15 PM MENCS DRIVER / CREW CHIEF MEETING (DRIVERS MEETING ROOM)
6:20 PM MENCS DRIVER INTRODUCTIONS
7:00 PM MENCS 1ST QUALIFYING RACE (60 LAPS, 150 MILES)
8:45 PM Approx MENCS 2ND QUALIFYING RACE (60 LAPS, 150 MILES)

Friday, February 16
9:00 AM-5:00 PM MENCS CREDENTIALS OPEN
9:00 AM-6:00 PM MENCS GARAGE OPEN
1:05 PM-1:55 PM MENCS PRACTICE
3:05 PM-3:55 PM MENCS PRACTICE

Saturday, February 17
8:00 AM-3:00 PM MENCS CREDENTIALS OPEN
10:00 AM-3:30 PM MENCS GARAGE OPEN
12:05 PM-12:55 PM MENCS FINAL PRACTICE

Sunday, February 18
7:30 AM-3:00 PM MENCS CREDENTIALS OPEN
8:00 AM MENCS GARAGE OPENS
12:30 PM MENCS DRIVER / CREW CHIEF MEETING (NASCAR CAMPING WORLD TRUCK SERIES GARAGE)
1:45 PM MENCS DRIVER INTRODUCTIONS
2:30 PM MENCS RACE (200 LAPS, 500 MILES)

MENCS = Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series
SCHEDULE SUBJECT TO CHANGE


TRACK NEWS & LINKS

Daytona International Speedway Track News, Stats & Links page

February 2017: see the Daytona Race Info page
July 2017: see the Daytona Race Info page

Track Specifications:
Track/Race Length: 2.5 mile oval, 200 laps, 500 miles
Race segments/stages: Laps 60, 120 and 200 (with overtime possible only at end of race)
Tri-oval with 31-degree banking in the turns
18-degree banking in the tri-oval and 6-degree banking on the straightaways
Date track opened: 1959
Banking in turns 1-4: 31 degrees
Banking in tri-oval: 18 degrees
Banking on backstretch: 3 degrees
Banking on the straightaway: 6 degrees
Length of frontstretch: 3,800 feet
Length of backstretch: 3,400 feet
Grandstand Seating: 101,000 [was 147,000 & 168,000] with 124 suites.
Pit Road Speed: 55 mph
Pace Car Speed: 70 mph
Pit Road Length: 1,600 feet
Pit Road Width: 50 feet

Race Festivities/Officials:
Grand Marshal: Dale Earnhardt, Jr.
Command to start engines: Dale Earnhardt, Jr.
Honorary Starter/Wave Green Flag: Actress Charlize Theron
Honorary Pace Car Driver: TBA
Color Guard: TBA
Invocation: TBA
National Anthem: Navy Band Southeast
Flyover: U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds

Friday Daytona Notebook: Ricky Stenhouse Jr. is ready to shakes things up in the Daytona 500; No-show for the Showman in Thursday's first Duel; Short Strokes[More](2-16-2018)

ESPN Stats 2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season preview: Things to know and top story lines for the 2018 season.[More](2-16-2018)

Daytona Media Day Notebook:After last season, Jimmie Johnson welcomes change at Hendrick Motorsports; For Most Popular Driver Award everyone is chasing Chase Elliott;"Facebook Watch" will document Bubba Wallace's first Daytona 500 run;Aric Almirola takes a sentimental journey home.[More](2-14-2018)

A look at many news, notes and story lines for the Daytona 500 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Daytona International Speedway, see the stats on the NASCAR National Series News & Notes -- Daytona 500

A look at some of the top statistical performers and top-10 driver ratings at Daytona, see the stats on the Statistical Advance - Analyzing Daytona page

Sunday Daytona Notebook: Rapid runs in the Clash may be a good omen for the Daytona 500; Clash curse continues for Jimmie Johnson; Pit stop choreography still a work in progress[More](2-11-2018)

Saturday Daytona Notebook: New Daytona package could make cars tougher to drive-and that's a good thing; Alex Bowman may be forced to embrace his nickname; Ben Kennedy brings new perspective to management role; Short Strokes.[More](2-10-2018)


RACE RUNDOWN....News & Links



See the starting lineup for the Daytona 500 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Daytona International Speedway on the Starting Lineup Page (pdf).

To the rear: #2-Keselowski, #3-Dillon, #10-Almirola, #24-Byron, #32-DiBenedetto, #42-Larson, #48-Johnson, #92-Gilliland (backup cars).

Crew rosters: for each team running the Dayton 500 are posted.

NASCAR Overtime Race Procedure: Rule and notes on the NASCAR Overtime rules/news/stats page.

Wave Around: how the wave around rule works: All vehicles between the leader and the caution vehicle at the start/finish line when the "one to go" signal is given by the starter are considered "Wave Around" eligible. "Wave Around" vehicles will not be permitted to enter pit road at any time during this yellow flag/caution period. "Wave Around" vehicles must receive the green flag on the race track before being permitted to enter pit road without a penalty. Vehicles under a penalty and the "Free Pass" vehicle will not be eligible to receive a "Wave Around".

Pit Stall Selections: The selections of pit stalls for the Daytona 500 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Daytona International Speedway have been made.
With the field downsized to 40 cars, the first three pit stalls have been eliminated, are not in play and don't count towards driving through more than three pit boxes.
Pole winner #88-Bowman chose pit stall 4, the first stall available [as do most pole sitters].
Outside pole winner #11-Hamlin took pit stall 21, with an opening in front of it.
#21-Blaney, who starts 3rd, took the 43rd and final pit stall on pit road.
To see where the drivers/teams pit stall is, see the pit selection chart on Jayski.com's Pit Stall Selection chart.(2-16-2018)


Happy Hour Practice Speeds
Practice 4 Speeds
Practice 3 Speeds
Daytona 500 Pitstalls
Starting Lineup
Can-Am Duel Race 2 Results
Can-Am Duel Race 1 Results
Can-Am Duel Race 2 Pitstalls
Can-Am Duel Race 1 Pitstalls
Can-Am Duel Race 2 Starting Lineup
Can-Am Duel Race 1 Starting Lineup
Qualifying Results
Qualifying Order
Practice 2 Speeds
Practice 1 Speeds
Latest / Final Entry List
Preliminary Entry List

See the 2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race results page


QUALIFYING INFO, PRACTICE SPEED and ENTRIES

Happy Hour (final) practice for the Daytona 500 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Daytona International Speedway is over, after 50 scheduled minutes, the top-five, slowest and notes:
#43-Wallace 196.954
#19-Suarez 196.528
#31-Newman 195.464
#24-Byron 196.382
#48-Johnson 196.305
most laps run: #6-Bayne, 18 laps.
best 10 consecutive lap avg (of 2 drivers): #95-Kahne 190.841
slowest: #92-Gilliland 186.893 & #72-LaJoie 185.391
See the fastest speeds, best 10 consecutive lap average, laps run on the Final Practice speeds (pdf) (2-17-2018)

Fourth practice for the Daytona 500 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Daytona International Speedway is over, after 50 scheduled minutes, the top-five, slowest and notes:
#19-Suarez 203.179
#31-Newman 202.945
#34-McDowell 202.867
#47-Allmendinger 202.739
#18-Busch 202.689
most laps run: #48-Johnson, 39 laps.
best 10 consecutive lap avg (of 19 drivers): #31-Newman 200.957
slowest: #12-Blaney 191.706 & #1-McMurray 191.481. Just 29 drivers practiced.
See the fastest speeds, best 10 consecutive lap average, laps run on the Fourth Practice speeds (pdf) (2-16-2018)

Third practice for the Daytona 500 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Daytona International Speedway is over, after 50 scheduled minutes, the top-five, slowest and notes:
#19-Suarez 199.840
#11-Hamlin 199.743
#78-Truex, Jr. 199.694
#38-Ragan 199.650
#7-Patrick 199.406
most laps run: #18-Busch, 28 laps.
best 10 consecutive lap avg (of 10 drivers): #11-Hamlin 196.790
slowest: #66-Thompson 186.261, #23-Gaulding 185.193
See the fastest speeds, best 10 consecutive lap average, laps run on the Third Practice speeds (pdf) (2-16-2018)

Ryan Blaney, Chase Elliott triumph in Can-Am Duel at Daytona: Ryan Blaney held off Team Penske teammate Joey Logano to win Thursday night's first 150-mile qualifying race in the Can-Am Duel at Daytona International Speedway, but the story of the race was the list of prominent cars that did not survive until the checkered flag. In the second Duel, Chase Elliott grabbed the lead on Lap 27 of 60 and held it the rest of the way, beating Kevin Harvick to the finish line by .081 seconds. Erik Jones survived an early spin to run third, followed by Clint Bowyer and Kyle Busch.[More](2-15-2018)

Can-Am Duel #2
- Chase Elliott: 2nd straight year with Duel win; since 1985, only drivers with back-to-back Duel wins are Elliott (2017-18), Dale Earnhardt Jr. (2003-04, 2015-16), Dale Earnhardt (1990-99, 10 straight), Bill Elliott (1985-86)
- Elliott: 4th straight year a Hendrick Motorsports driver has won a Duel
- Elliott: will start 4th in Daytona 500
- Elliott: father Bill won 4 Duel races in 33 attempts (2nd win came in 10th attempt)
- Elliott: 25th driver with multiple Duel wins
- Kevin Harvick: finished 2nd (will start 6th in Daytona 500); finished 6th or better in last 4 Duels
(ESPN Stats & Info)(2-15-2018)

Elliott wins 2nd Can-Am Duel 150: #9-Chase Elliott won the 2nd Can-Am Duel 150 Qualifying race for the Daytona 500 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Daytona International Speedway. #4-Harvick finished 2nd then #20-Jones, #14-Bowyer, #18-Busch, #3-Dillon, #21-Menard, #6-Bayne, #11-Hamlin, #47-Allmendinger, #34-McDowell, #78-Truex, Jr., #95-Kahne, #7-Patrick, #96-Kennington, #72-LaJoie, #23-Gaulding, #66-Thompson, #32-DiBenedetto, and #42-Larson.
The top 10 finishers earned points under the new scoring system. #9-Elliott win earns him 10 points, 10th place #47-Allmendinger gets 1 point.
There was 1 caution for 3 laps. On lap 12 #9-Elliott took the air of #20-Jones, causing him to spin. Behind Jones, #42-Larson and #32-DiBenedetto spun Both of them will go to a backup.
The finishers of the 2nd Can-Am Duel 150 will line up on the outside (even number) line. #9-Elliott will start the Daytona 500 in 4th, #4-Harvick will start 6th on Sunday.
See results on the Second Can-Am Duel 150 Results page (pdf).(2-15-2018)

Can-Am Duel #1
- Ryan Blaney: 1st career Daytona win in all races; will start 3rd in Daytona 500
- Blaney: 1st Ford driver to win Duel since Matt Kenseth in 2012 (Kenseth won Daytona 500)
- Blaney: 3rd Team Penske driver to win Duel race (1975 Bobby Allison (finished 2nd in Daytona 500) and 2011 Kurt Busch (finished 5th in Daytona 500)
- Joey Logano: finished 2nd to teammate Blaney; 2nd time finishing 2nd in last 3 Duel races
- Darrell Wallace Jr.: finished 3rd in 1st start as full-time driver for Richard Petty Motorsports, will start 7th in Daytona 500
- Jimmie Johnson: finished 19th after wrecking; 3rd straight year finishing outside top 10 in Duel
(ESPN Stats & Info)(2-15-2018)

Blaney wins first Can-Am Duel 150: #12-Ryan Blaney won the first Can-Am Duel 150 Qualifying race for the Daytona 500 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Daytona International Speedway followed by #22-Logano, #43-Wallace, Jr., #17-Stenhouse, Jr., #41-Busch, #31-Newman, #38-Ragan, #19-Suarez, #1-McMurray, #37-Buscher, #13-Dillon, #62-Gaughan, #00-Earnhardt, #88-Bowman, #51-Marks, #2-Keselowski, #92-Gilliland, #24-Byron, #48-Johnson, #10-Almirola.
The top 10 finishers earned points under the new scoring system. #12-Blaney win earns him 10 points, 10th place #37-Buescher gets 1 point.
There were 4 cautions for 14 laps.
The first caution was for #48-Johnson, who cut a tire and spun out. He hit #10-Almirola. Both drivers will go to a backup car for the 500.
The second caution was for a spin by #24-Byron after #17-Stenhouse, Jr took the air off the rear of his car. Byron goes to a backup.
#92-Gilliland brought out the third caution with an accident when Stenhouse also took the air off his spoiler. Gilliland will go to a backup as well.
The 4th and final caution involved #2-Keselowski and #1-McMurray with 3 laps left. Keselowski pulled down on track, then tried to move back up, but McMurray had already pulled up. Keselowski will need a backup car too.
The finishers of the 1st Can-Am Duel 150 will line up on the inside (odd number) line of the Daytona 500. #12-Baney will start 3rd, #22-Logano fifth.
See results on the First Can-Am Duel 150 Results page (pdf).(2-15-2018)

Coverage of Can-Am Duel Qualifying Races for the Daytona 500 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Daytona International Speedway is scheduled for Thursday, February 15, 2016 at 7:00pm/et.
Television (TV): FS1, 7:00pm/et
Radio: Live online at Motor Racing Network (MRN)
Scheduled Duels Re-Air: Friday, February 16, 3:30am/et

Can-Am Duel 150's Race Festivities/Officials:
Grand Marshal Duel 1: Olivier Camus, Director of Global Product Strategy at Can-Am
Command to start engines Duel 1: Olivier Camus
Grand Marshal Duel 2: Anne-Marie Laberge, SVP, Global Brands & Communications, BRP
Command to start engines Duel 2: Anne-Marie Laberge
Honorary Starter/Wave Green Flag: TBA
Honorary Pace Car Driver: TBA
Color Guard: Patrick Air Force Base Color Guard
Invocation: Edilson Goncalves, Flordia Hospital Flagler
National Anthem: Melisa Tenbroeck
Flyby: TBA

To the rear for the 150s: Duel 1 -- #38-Ragan (unapproved adjustments) Duel 2 -- #23-Gaulding & #32-DiBenedetto (unapproved adjustments), #66-Thompson (missed drivers' meeting)

Can-Am Duel 150's Starting Lineups
Can-Am Duel Race 2 Starting Lineup (pdf)
Can-Am Duel Race 1 Starting Lineup (pdf)

Pit Stall Selections for the Can-Am Duel 150 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Qualifying races at Daytona International Speedway have been made.
Duel 1 pole sitter #88-Bowman chose pit stall 4, now the 1st pit stall with the first three closed.
Duel 1 outside pole sitter #48-Johnson took pit stall 6.
#24-Byron, who starts 3rd in Duel 1 took the 8th pit stall.
The 42nd and final pit stall was taken by #92-Gilliland, who starts 19th in Duel 1.
Duel 2 pole sitter #11-Hamlin chose pit stall 5, the first one available.
Duel 2 outside pole sitter #18-Busch took pit stall 7.
#20-Jones, who starts 3rd in Duel 2 took the 9th pit stall.
See the Can-Am Duel 150 Qualifying Races pit selection charts on the Can-Am Duel Race 1 Pitstalls and Can-Am Duel Race 2 Pitstalls pages.(2-11-2018)

Move over, Dale Jr.-Alex Bowman puts No. 88 Chevrolet on pole for Daytona 500: Junior Nation, you have a new standard bearer. Alex Bowman, the successor to Dale Earnhardt Jr. in the No. 88 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet Camaro ZL1, couldn't have had a more auspicious start to the next phase of his Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series career-namely, winning the pole position for next Sunday's season-opening Daytona 500. In his first official competition as the full-time driver of the vaunted No. 88, Bowman sped around 2.5-mile Daytona International Speedway in 46.002 seconds in the second and final round of Sunday's single-car qualifying, a time that translated to an average speed of 195.644 mph. [More](2-11-2018)

#88-Alex Bowman won the pole for the Daytona 500 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Daytona International Speedway with speed of 195.644mph for his 1st pole at Daytona and 2nd of his career. #11-Hamlin will start the Daytona 500 2nd.
Qualifying for the Daytona 500 only sets the front row for the race. Speeds will be used to set the lineup for Thursday's Can-Am Duel races.
Other drivers that made it to the second and final round of qualifying: #48-Johnson, #18-Busch, #24-Byron, #20-Jones, #19-Suarez, #4-Harvick, #17-Stenhouse, Jr., #9-Elliott, #22-Logano and #21-Menard.
See round-by-round qualifying results on the Qualifying results page (pdf).(2-11-2018)

Daytona International Speedway - Qualifying Fast Facts:
Alex Bowman won the Pole Award for the 60th Annual DAYTONA 500 with a lap of 46.002 seconds, 195.644 mph.
This is his second pole in 82 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series races.
This is his first pole and first top-10 start in 2018.
This is his first pole in four races at Daytona International Speedway.
Denny Hamlin (second) posted his first top-10 start of 2018 and his 11th in 25 races at Daytona International Speedway.
Jimmie Johnson (third) posted his 21st top-10 start at Daytona International Speedway.
William Byron (fifth) was the fastest qualifying rookie.
Rick Hendrick (2015-2018) now ties Harry Ranier (1979-1982) for the record of most consecutive DAYTONA 500 poles with four each.
(NASCAR Statistics)(2-11-2018)

Coverage of Qualifying for the Daytona 500 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Daytona International Speedway is scheduled for Sunday, February 11, 2018 at 12:15pm/et.
Television (TV): Fox, 12:00pm/et
Radio: Live online at Motor Racing Network (MRN)

Qualifying Order for the Daytona 500 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Daytona International Speedway is posted. The order is set by practice speeds ran on Saturday, slowest goes out first, fastest will go out last. #23-Gaulding will go out first in round 1 of qualifying and #24-Byron will be the final driver to qualifying in round 1. Qualifying order for the 2nd and final round of qualifying will be set by round 1 qualifying speeds. The 12 fastest drivers advance to round two, the final round, with the slowest going out first and the fastest being the final driver to make a qualifying attempt.
Daytona 500 Qualifying Format:
Single car, one lap run, fastest 12 advance to final round
Top two in final round set the front row for the Daytona 500
Remaining 38 starting spots determined by the Can-Am Duels on Thursday
For the qualifying order, see the Qualifying Order page (pdf).(2-10-2018)

Second practice for the Daytona 500 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Daytona International Speedway is over, after 50 scheduled minutes, the top-five, slowest and notes:
#24-Byron 201.681
#17-Stenhouse, Jr. 201.649
#22-Logano 201.608
#11-Hamlin 201.464
#38-Ragan 201.054
most laps run: #11-Hamlin, 24 laps
best 10 consecutive lap avg (of 14 drivers): #22-Logano 198.239
slowest: #23-Gaulding 179.144
See the fastest speeds, best 10 consecutive lap average, laps run on the Second Practice speeds (pdf) (2-10-2018)

First practice for the Daytona 500 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Daytona International Speedway is over, after 50 scheduled minutes, the top-five, slowest and notes:
#18-Busch 199.743
#11-Hamlin 199.623
#19-Suarez 199.610
#20-Jones 199.517
#3-Dillon 197.278
most laps run: #47-Allmendinger, 16 laps
best 10 consecutive lap avg (of 2 drivers): #24-Byron 191.456
slowest: #72-LaJoie 183.314. No speed: #23-Gaulding
notes: Practice was red flagged for about 16 minutes for cleanup after #24-Elliott dropped fluid on the track from a rear gear.
See the fastest speeds, best 10 consecutive lap average, laps run on the First Practice speeds (pdf) (2-10-2018)

Daytona 500 Specific Qualifying - Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series
- Thirty-six Charter teams will be assigned a starting position
- Four Open teams are eligible for starting positions
o The highest finishing Open team in each Can-Am Duel race earns a starting position
o The final two starting positions are awarded to Open teams based on Coors Light Pole Qualifying if not already a top finisher in a Duel race
- Qualifying sets the front row for the Daytona 500 and the starting lineup for the Can-Am Duel fields, with the number of Charter team and Open team cars split evenly throughout both races
- If qualifying is cancelled due to weather, the top two finishing Open teams from each Can-Am Duel race earn starting positions in the Daytona 500
- If the second Can-Am Duel race is cancelled due to weather, the highest finishing Open team from the first race earns a starting position, with the other three Open teams determined by qualifying
- If both Can-Am Duel races are cancelled due to weather, qualifying determines all four Open teams
- If qualifying and both Can-Am Duel races are cancelled due to weather, the combined practice speeds are used to determine the four Open teams
- If all on-track activity prior to the race is cancelled due to weather, 2015 Owner points will be used to determine the four Open teams
All Other Championship Race events
- Thirty-six Charter teams will be assigned a starting position and four Open teams are eligible for starting positions.
- Qualifying results will determine the Open team starting positions assuming the event is run as scheduled
- If qualifying is cancelled due to weather, the combined practice speeds determine the four Open teams
- If practice and qualifying are cancelled due to weather, Owner points determine the four Open teams (events 1-3 revert to 2017 Owner points)

Qualifying - Daytona 500, Daytona International Speedway: Qualifying for the Daytona 500 Event (Qualifying Format, 150-Mile Qualifying Races) is outlined in this Section. As described more-fully in this Section, the Qualifying process for the Daytona 500 is scheduled to be a 2-step process:
Qualifying (two rounds of single car qualifying)
Two 150-Mile Qualifying Races
As a general rule, eligibility for starting grid positions for the Daytona 500 Event will be determined as follows:
36 Charter Teams will be eligible for and assigned a starting grid position
4 Open Teams will be eligible for starting grid positions
Open Team with highest finishing position in each Duel will be eligible for a starting grid position
Remaining Open Teams will be eligible for 2 starting grid positions based on final Qualifying results
If Qualifying is rained out, Duel finishing positions determine eligibility of 4 Open Teams (2 from each Duel)
If Duel 2 is rained out, Duel 1 determines eligibility for 1 Open Team; Qualifying determines eligibility for 3 Open Teams
If Duel 1 and Duel 2 are rained out, Qualifying determines eligibility for 4 Open Teams
If Qualifying, Duel 1&2 are rained out, combined practice speeds determine eligibility for 4 Open Teams
If Practice, Qualifying, Duel 1&2 are rained out, previous season's Team Owner Championship point standings determine eligibility for 4 Open positions
This is a general overview of Daytona 500 Qualifying Procedures, with specific procedures set forth below. The following procedures and variations are intended to recognize the most foreseeable circumstances affecting starting grid position determinations, including those affected by adverse conditions, but all possible scenarios may not be addressed. Situations of unforeseeable circumstances not specifically addressed herein shall be resolved by NEM in its sole discretion using the concepts herein as a guide or reference.

Entry List for the Daytona 500 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Daytona International Speedway is posted, 40 teams/drivers [for 40 spots] are listed.
36 teams with Charters are guaranteed to make the field. The rest need to make the field via qualifying / qualifying races / rules book (owners attempts/points).
Drivers entered for Open teams: #62-Brendan Gaughan, #66-Mark Thompson, #92-David Gilliland and #96-D.J. Kennington.
Some of the other drivers entered include: #00-JEarnhardt, #7-Patrick, #23-Gaulding, #51-Marks, and #72-LaJoie.
Since only 40 cars are entered, all drivers will make the race.
See the full entry list on the Entry List (pdf)

For qualifying rules and formats, see the Qualifying Rules page

How to Calculate Track Speeds: use the formula Speed = Distance divided by Time. Distance is Track Length, and Lap Time into Hours. Once hour is 3600 seconds, so the calculation for a 48 second lap at Daytona(2.5 miles) would be: Speed = 2.5 x (3600/48), = 2.5 x 75 = 187.500mph. For a 19 second lap at Martinsville(.533 miles): Speed = .533 x (3600/19), = .533 x 189.474 = a speed of 100.990mph


WEATHER

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National Weather Service
Race Weather
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TIRE NOTES & FACTS

See tire codes, pressures, set limits and more for all races at Daytona on the Daytona Goodyear tire notes page.


RACE & CHAMPIONSHIP ODDS

Vegas Insider
Race and Championship odds
NASCAR Top-Five Finish Prediction
Daytona 500 Betting Preview - Top-5 Finish Prediction
by Micah Roberts

Bovada Sportsbook:
Race and the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Championship

Don Best:
Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Championship / Race