Friday, February 17, 2017

TV Schedule: Feb. 17-19

By Rebecca Kivak

With a new NASCAR season comes change, and this year has plenty of it.

The top series has a new sponsor and a new name: The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. The races will be divided into three segments.

And the season's first exhibition race has a new name: the Advance Auto Parts Clash. It's part of Speedweeks at Daytona International Speedway that leads up to the Great American Race itself - the Daytona 500 on Feb. 26. The first part of qualifying for NASCAR's Super Bowl gets under way Sunday.

The following is a handy guide to this weekend's track activity and TV coverage at Daytona. All times are in Eastern Standard Time.

Friday, Feb. 17:
5 p.m. Monster Energy Cup Series practice, FS1
6:30 p.m. Monster Energy Cup Series final practice, FS1

Saturday, Feb. 18:
1 a.m. Monster Energy Cup Series practice (re-air), FS1
2 a.m. Monster Energy Cup Series final practice (re-air), FS1
12:30 p.m. Monster Energy Cup Series practice, FS1
2:30 p.m. Monster Energy Cup Series practice, FS1
3:30 p.m. NASCAR Race Hub Weekend Edition, FS1
5 p.m. Monster Energy Cup Series final practice (re-air), FS1
6 p.m. NASCAR RaceDay, FS1
8 p.m. Monster Energy Cup Series Advance Auto Parts Clash, FS1 - POSTPONED

Sunday, Feb. 19:
11 a.m. Monster Energy Cup Series Advance Auto Parts Clash, FS1
3 p.m. Monster Energy Cup Series Coors Light Pole Qualifying, FOX

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Fast Facts: Daytona 500 qualifying

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It’s known as the “Super Bowl of Stock Car Racing,” so why should qualifying for the Daytona 500 being anything less than epic – or confusing? Here's what it takes to qualify for the season-opening race in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series.
  • Drivers qualify for the 500 over two days: Daytona 500 Qualifying Day, held the Sunday before the race (Feb. 19 in 2017), sets the front row for the 500 and starting positions for the Can-Am Duel; and the Can-Am Duel at Daytona, held the Thursday before the race (Feb. 23 in 2017) and consisting of two 60-lap, 150-mile qualifying races.
  • In 2017, Daytona 500 qualifying returns to a single-car qualifying format with three qualifying sessions. The top 24 cars on time move on from session one, the top 12 cars on time move on to the final session after session two, then those 12 cars will race for the front row in the final session. From these qualifying sessions, only the front row (positions Nos. 1 and 2) are locked in for the Daytona 500. The remainder of the qualifying session speeds/times will be used to fill the fields for the Can-Am Duel at Daytona.
  • Drivers earning odd-number positions through qualifying will be assigned to the first Duel race, while those earning even-number qualifying positions will be assigned to the second Duel race.
  • Due to the charter system instituted in 2016, the 36 chartered Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series teams are guaranteed starting positions in the Daytona 500 and all other races during the season. This limits the number of “open” teams able to qualify for a race to four.
  • The top 15 drivers in each Duel, excluding the drivers already locked in on the front row, will fill spots Nos. 3-32 in the Daytona 500 grid, with drivers from race No. 1 in odd-numbered starting positions and drivers from race No. 2 in even-numbered starting positions. Position Nos. 33-36 go to the four fastest cars that did not qualify through the Duel races. Position Nos. 37-39 go to the top three drivers who did not qualify on speed, based on the previous season’s owner’s points, while position No. 40 goes to either the most recent Cup Series champion not qualified on speed, or the fourth driver in owner’s points from the previous season who did not make it in the field on time. As mentioned previously, chartered teams receive precedence in qualifying.
  • Beginning with the 2017 season, the Can-Am Duel at Daytona races are now considered “segments” in the Daytona 500, with points being awarded to the top 10 finishers in each race (10 for the first-place finisher, down to one for the 10th-place finisher).
  • Learn more about Daytona 500 qualifying and Speedweeks at  

Monday, February 13, 2017

Travel Tips: Speedweeks at Daytona – Feb. 17-19, 2017

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The “off-season” is over. It’s time to head back to the track and kick off the 2017 NASCAR season at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, FL. Speedweeks at Daytona begins Friday, Feb. 17 and culminates with the Daytona 500 on Sunday, Feb. 26. During the seven days of on-track action, fans will see the season openers for the newly-named Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, the Xfinity Series and the Camping World Truck Series, along with the ARCA Racing Series. Fans can also see the Advance Auto Parts Clash at Daytona and Daytona 500 qualifying during the opening weekend.

Fans heading to Daytona for Speedweeks will want to check out the UNOH Fanzone for off-track activities, including garage tours, driver and team appearances, live music and the kids’ area. Find out more about the UNOH Fanzone here.

Fans can also enjoy the grand opening of the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America on Friday, Feb. 17. The Hall is located in the Daytona Ticket and Tours building – find out more about it here.

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Key on-track times for the first weekend of Speedweeks:

Friday, Feb. 17 –
  • ARCA practice – 9:30 a.m. ET
  • ARCA qualifying – 3:30 p.m. ET
  • Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Advance Auto Parts Clash at Daytona practice – 5-5:55 p.m. and 6:30-7:25 p.m. ET
Saturday, Feb. 18 –
  • Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series practice – 10:30 a.m.-12:25 p.m.  and 1:30-3:25 p.m. ET
  • ARCA Racing Series presented by Lucas Oil Complete Engine Treatment 200 Driven by General Tire – 4:15 p.m. ET
  • Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Advance Auto Parts Clash at Daytona – 8 p.m. ET
Sunday, Feb. 19 –
  • Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Daytona 500 qualifying presented by Kroger – for the front row of the Daytona 500 and for starting positions in the Can-Am Duel – 3:10 p.m. ET
While there are no on-track activities for the NASCAR teams Monday through Wednesday, Feb. 20-22, the Richard Petty Ride-Along Program will run each day from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. ET. Find out more here. A number of Daytona Tours are available 8 a.m.-5 p.m. ET on Monday and 9 a.m.-4 p.m. ET on Tuesday and Wednesday. Learn more here.

Purchase tickets for Speedweeks at Daytona and find information and a complete schedule at

Monday, February 6, 2017

Travel Tips: The Motorsports Hall of Fame of America

"Texas Terry" Labonte will be inducted into the
Motorsports Hall of Fame of America in June 2017
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The Motorsports Hall of Fame of America was headquartered in Novi, MI, from 1989 – the year of its first class induction – to 2015, after which it was relocated to the Daytona Beach, FL; on Friday, Feb. 17, 2017, the new venue will hold its official grand opening. Learn more about past inductees and the Hall’s new digs – just in time for Daytona Speedweeks – in this week’s Travel Tips.
  • The Motorsports Hall of Fame of America celebrates all forms of speed – stock car racing, drag racing, open wheel racing, motorcycle racing, power boats, sports car racing and aviation. The Hall’s first induction class in 1989 included such racing royalty as drag racer “Big Daddy” Don Garlits, “Super Tex” A.J. Foyt and “The King” Richard Petty. Past classes have included NASCAR personalities Junior Johnson (1991), Bobby Allison (1992), David Pearson (1993), Ned Jarrett (1997), the Wood Brothers (2000), Dale Earnhardt (2002) and Benny Parsons (2005).
  • The 2017 class, announced at the Rolex 24 at Daytona on Jan. 26, includes open-wheel ace Steve Kinser, two-time Cup Series champ Terry Labonte, sports-car racer Scott Pruett and NASCAR’s first two-time champ, Herb Thomas. The induction ceremony will be held on June 28.
  • The Motorsports Hall of Fame of America’s new venue is located at Daytona International Speedway. While the official grand opening is scheduled for Feb. 17, the Hall has been open to DIS tour visitors since July 2016.
  • Learn more about the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America at its website,
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