Daytona 500: Time, qualifying, race schedule, TV channel, live stream for the Great American Race
The Daytona 500 is simply days away, but, like everything this year and last, changes are made thanks to the coronavirus pandemic. The 63rd running over the long-lasting race will happen on Feb. 14 ahead of just 30,000 fans, against the standard 100,000 plus at the Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach , Fla., with social distancing and other guidelines in situ .
Ahead of the good American Race, the qualifying events will determine the order and position of every driver. The 1-2 finishers within the pole qualifying will get the front row for the Daytona 500. Once the remainder of the poll qualifying numbers are determined, those results are used for the Duel races. Drivers who finished in odd numbered spots will participate in Duel favorite . Even numbered positions will race within the second of the 2 Duels.
Daytona 500 qualifying are going to be run on Wednesday and therefore the Duels at Daytona will happen on Thursday.
Last year, Denny Hamlin won the Daytona 500 and is once more a driver to observe this year. That race also saw Ryan Newman involved during a serious crash. He was carried off the track in stretcher and made a recovery, leaving the hospital and walking on his own but 48 hours later. He was cleared to race again a couple of months after.
How to watch the Daytona 500
Date: Sunday, Feb. 14
Time: 2:30 p.m. ET
Location: Daytona International Speedway, Daytona Beach, Florida
TV channel: FOX
The field for the Daytona 500 will begin to require shape Wednesday night, when NASCAR holds pole qualifying in primetime. Fox Sports 1 will broadcast the event, which begins at 7:30 p.m. ET on Feb. 10.
Unlike other races, qualifying for the Daytona 500 takes on a two-tiered system. Wednesday night’s laps at Daytona International Speedway will determine the front row for the race, then the remainder of the starting order will close supported leads to two duel races Thursday night.
Each driver will take one lap round the 2.5-mile track Wednesday, and therefore the fastest two cars get the 2 front row spots for Sunday afternoon’s Daytona 500. Everyone else heads to duels.
You can inspect the order for qualifying here.
Last year, Ricky Stenhouse Jr. won the position for the race and aroused finishing 20th. Denny Hamlin triumphed on Sunday after starting within the 21st spot.
Wednesday’s laps also will give drivers a chance to measure their confidence levels as NASCAR’s most prominent race inches closer. One car bound to attract attention is Bubba Wallace’s No. 23, which represents Michael Jordan’s new racing team, 23XI Racing.
Kyle Busch got his week off to a promising start Tuesday night with a win within the Busch Clash at Daytona, and he’s among the veteran drivers hoping for an honest showing under the lights Wednesday.
Even without a cable package, you’ll watch Daytona 500 qualifying by signing up for a free trial to fuboTV, Hulu Live TV or Sling.