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Thursday NASCAR schedule at Daytona

Nate Ryan harkens back to the first NASCAR race that was broadcast in full, and a snowstorm that created a captive audience for Donnie Allison and Cale Yarborough's Daytona fight.

The majority of the field for Sunday’s running of the Daytona 500 will be set Thursday night in a pair of 150-mile qualifying races at Daytona International Speedway.

Cup drivers opened Daytona 500 week Wednesday night with single-car qualifying. The lineup for most of the 500 grid will be established by finishing positions in Thursday night’s races. The first race is scheduled at 7 p.m. ET (FS1). The second race will follow a few minutes after the conclusion of the first.

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Also on the Thursday schedule at DIS is a 50-minute practice session for Craftsman Truck Series drivers. The opening race of the Truck season is scheduled Friday night.

Daytona International Speedway (Cup, Xfinity and Truck)

Weekend weather

Thursday: Sunshine and clouds mixed. High of 80. Low of 63. Winds 5-10 mph, 10% chance of rain Thursday night.

Thursday, Feb. 16

(All times Eastern)

Garage open

  • 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. -- ARCA
  • 10 a.m. - 7:30 p.m. -- Craftsman Truck Series
  • 4 - 11 p.m. -- Cup Series

Track activity

  • 4:05 - 4:55 p.m. -- ARCA practice
  • 5:05 - 5:55 p.m. -- Craftsman Truck Series practice
  • 7 p.m. -- Cup Series qualifying race 1 (60 laps, 150 miles; FS1, Motor Racing Network, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio)
  • 8:45 p.m. (approximate) -- Cup Series qualifying race 2 (60 laps, 150 miles; FS1, Motor Racing Network, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio)