The 2018 NASCAR season will feature several big changes, but one thing remains the same: everything begins with the Daytona 500.
Daytona 500 Qualifying 2018 info at a Glance
What: Daytona 500 Qualifying
Where: Daytona Speedway
When: Sunday, Feb. 11
Time: 12 p.m. ET
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The two-week Daytona 500 schedule actually begins on Friday, Feb. 11, with an action-packed Speedweeks slate that features all three of NASCAR’s major touring series, but the Great American Race isn’t until Feb. 18.
Here are the key dates and a look at the complete schedule for the Daytona 500 and Speedweeks 2018
When is the Daytona 500?
The 2018 Dayton 500 will take place on Sunday, Feb. 18, at 2.30 p.m. ET The race is 500 miles long, or 200 laps around Daytona International Speedway.
What TV channel is the Daytona 500 on?
Fox will begin its Daytona 500 broadcast at 2 p.m. The race will also be streamed live on the FOX Sports GO app.
Full Daytona 500 schedule (Speedweeks)
(all times ET)
-Daytona 500 Qualifying at Daytona International Speedway
Date: Sunday, Feb. 11
Start time: 12 p.m. ET
TV channel: FOX
-The Clash at Daytona International Speedway
Date: Sunday, Feb. 11
Start time: 3 p.m. ET
TV channel: FS1
-The Duel at Daytona International Speedway
Date: Thursday, Feb. 15
Start time: 7 p.m. ET
TV channel: FS1
-Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway
Date: Sunday, Feb. 18
Start time: 2:30 p.m. ET
TV channel: FOX
What are the Daytona 500 stage lengths?
New this season, the Daytona 500 will consist of two 60-lap stages, followed by a final 80-lap stage to make up the 200 scheduled laps. At the conclusion of Stage 1 and Stage 2, there will be a caution period for drivers to come down pit road if they choose. Green-flag restarts will begin the next segment. The top-10 finishers in each stage will be awarded additional championship points.
When is Daytona 500 qualifying?
Daytona 500 Qualifying is scheduled for 12 p.m. ET p.m. ET on Sunday, Feb. 11 on Fox, but only the front row will be set through the first round of Daytona’s unique qualifying format. The front row will be determined through single-lap time-trial runs, with the rest of the field to be set through the Duel qualifying races on Feb. 23.
When are the Daytona Duel races?
The Can-Am Duel qualifying races are scheduled for Thursday, Feb. 15, with the first race starting at 7 p.m. ET on Fox Sports 1 and the second scheduled for 9 p.m. The two races set the field and starting lineup for the Daytona 500.
Will Dale Earnhardt Jr. be driving at Daytona?
Yes, Dale Earnhardt Jr. retired from full-time racing all of 10 days ago, but the silver lining for his devastated fans is that he’s not actually leaving NASCAR. He’s just going to be around in different capacities.
Who is driving in the Daytona 500?
Below is the tentative entry list for the Daytona 500 (* denotes non-Charter, open team) prior to qualifying.
|1||Jamie McMurray||Chip Ganassi Racing|
|2||Brad Keselowski||Team Penske|
|3||Austin Dillon||Richard Childress Racing|
|4||Kevin Harvick||Stewart-Haas Racing|
|5||Kasey Kahne||Hendrick Motorsports|
|6||Trevor Bayne||Roush Fenway Racing|
|7*||Elliott Sadler*||Tommy Baldwin Racing*|
|10||Danica Patrick||Stewart-Haas Racing|
|11||Denny Hamlin||Joe Gibbs Racing|
|13||Ty Dillon||Germain Racing|
|14||Clint Bowyer||Stewart-Haas Racing|
|15||Michael Waltrip||Premium Motorsports|
|17||Ricky Stenhouse Jr.||Roush Fenway Racing|
|18||Kyle Busch||Joe Gibbs Racing|
|19||Daniel Suarez||Joe Gibbs Racing|
|20||Matt Kenseth||Joe Gibbs Racing|
|21||Ryan Blaney||Wood Brothers Racing|
|22||Joey Logano||Team Penske|
|23||Joey Gase||BK Racing|
|24||Chase Elliott||Hendrick Motorsports|
|27||Paul Menard||Richard Childress Racing|
|31||Ryan Newman||Richard Childress Racing|
|32||Matt DiBenedetto||Go Fas Racing|
|33||Jeffrey Earnhardt||Circle Sports w/The Motorsports Group|
|34||Landon Cassill||Front Row Motorsports|
|37||Chris Buescher||JTG Daugherty Racing|
|38||David Ragan||Front Row Motorsports|
|41||Kurt Busch||Stewart-Haas Racing|
|42||Kyle Larson||Chip Ganassi Racing|
|43||Aric Almirola||Richard Petty Motorsports|
|47||AJ Allmendinger||JTG Daugherty Racing|
|48||Jimmie Johnson||Hendrick Motorsports|
|51*||Timmy Hill*||Rick Ware Racing*|
|72||Cole Whitt||TriStar Motorsports|
|77||Erik Jones||Furniture Row Racing|
|78||Martin Truex Jr.||Furniture Row Racing|
|83*||Corey LaJoie*||BK Racing*|
|88||Dale Earnhardt Jr.||Hendrick Motorsports|
|95||Michael McDowell||Leavine Family Racing|
|TBD*||Brendan Gaughan*||Mark Beard*|
|TBD*||D.J. Kennington*||Gaunt Brothers Racing*|
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