Tonight’s Can-Am Duel qualifying races: Start times, weather, TV info and more
We already know Chase Elliott is on the pole for Sunday’s Daytona 500 and Matt Kenseth is expected to start second.
Tonight, we’ll find out the remainder of the 40-car starting lineup for the 500 following the Can-Am Duels at Daytona International Speedway.
A total of 22 drivers will make up the field in the first Can-Am Duel, including Elliott, former Sprint Cup champions Brad Keselowski and Bobby Labonte, former Cup champ and Daytona 500 winner Kevin Harvick, defending Daytona 500 champ Joey Logano and two-time Daytona 500 winner Dale Earnhardt Jr.
There also will be 22 cars in the second Can-Am Duel, including defending Sprint Cup champion Kyle Busch, former Sprint Cup champions and Daytona 500 winners Matt Kenseth and Jimmie Johnson, former Cup champ Kurt Busch, and former 500 winners Ryan Newman, Michael Waltrip and Jamie McMurray. Brian Vickers will replace the injured Tony Stewart.
All times are Eastern Time (ET)
START OF DUEL 1: Steve Pelletier, Vice President of Global Sales and Consumer Experience of BRP, Inc., will give the command to start engines at 7:08 p.m. The green flag is scheduled to wave at 7:20 p.m.
START OF DUEL 2: Jean Fleury, Acting Vice President of Accessories and Clothing Division of BRP, Inc., will give the command to start engines at approximately 9 p.m.
DISTANCE: Both Duel races will be 60 laps, 150 miles.
FORMAT: Each race will be run by regular Sprint Cup rules. … The overtime line to determine if a green-white-checkered restart is on the backstretch. . … NASCAR also has extended the restart zone from 110 feet to 220 feet, extending it toward the start/finish line.
PRERACE SCHEDULE: Sprint Cup driver introductions for Duel 1 are at 6:40 p.m. Sprint Cup driver introductions for Duel 2 are at 8:40 p.m.
NATIONAL ANTHEM: Catina Mack, of Orlando, Florida, will perform at 7:01 p.m.
TV/RADIO: Fox Sports 1 will broadcast both races starting at 7 p.m. ET. Motor Racing Network will broadcast both races on radio and at MRN.com with coverage beginning at 6 p.m. ET. SiriusXM NASCAR Radio will carry MRN’s broadcast.
FORECAST: wunderground.com predicts a temperature of 61 degrees at race time for Duel 1 with a 0 percent chance of rain. Temperature at start of Duel 2 is expected to be 59 degrees, with 0 percent chance of rain. Wind could be an issue: they’ve gusted during the daytime at up to 21 mph.
LAST TIME: Hendrick Motorsports swept last year’s races with Dale Earnhardt Jr. winning the first qualifying race and Jimmie Johnson winning the second race.
Duel Race 2