Daytona Speedweeks begins on February 9 with the Busch Clash under the lights for an inaugural run on the 3.61 mile road course at Daytona International Speedway and will culminate with the Daytona 500 on February 14.
Qualifying for the Daytona 500 is unlike any other with duel races and single car qualifying.
It all begins on February 10 single car qualifying to set the front row and concludes with the Bluegreen Vacations Duel races under the lights on February 11.
It is estimated that 44 teams will take to the track to make a run for the two front row spots to lead the field in the Daytona 500. Each driver will get a chance to make a run on the 2.5 mile high banked tri-oval.
The remainder of the field will be split into two groups divided into odd and even rows depending on their order after making the single car qualifying run.
The finishing order of those two races will set the 40 car starting lineup for the 500. The drivers that compete in the first duel will make up the inside row; while the drivers that run in duel number two will line up in the outside lane,.
The Duel races are 60 laps each or 150 miles long.
The 36 teams that have NASCAR charters are guaranteed a starting spot in the race; the remaining four spots will be filled by the open teams with the best finishes.
While there are no points awarded for the Busch Clash; the top 10 finishers in the Duel races will receive points beginning with 10 points for the winners and successive drivers earning points in descending order.
With the exception of the 500 itself, which will run in the afternoon,, all of the events will be run under the lights. The Xfinity Series race will begin at 5pm and run into the night.
In the case the races are cancelled due to weather, the field will be set by the NASCAR Rule Book.
The Camping World Truck Series will race on Friday night with the Xfinity Series racing on Saturday evening.