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Daytona 500 Qualifying Schedule 2013: Date, Start Times, TV Info and More

Feb 14, 2013; Daytona Beach, FL, USA; NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Dale Earnhardt Jr gives an interview during Daytona 500 media day at Daytona International Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Douglas Jones-USA TODAY Sports
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Mike HoagCorrespondent IIFebruary 16, 2013

NASCAR’s unique qualifying for the Daytona 500 will take on a new twist in 2013, as there have been some key changes to the process.

Saturday night’s Sprint Unlimited will be for fun, but the next day, things will get real. A qualifying session will be held on Sunday, Feb. 17, in order to determine the first and second starting positions. The Budweiser Duels next week will help to determine the remaining spots.

The big change, though, is that the 36 fastest qualifying times will be guaranteed to break into the field, whereas, in previous years, the top-35 points-earning teams were assured spots.

Daytona’s field will be set only after the initial 32 are determined through the initial qualifier and two ensuing Budweiser Duel races. Positions 33 through 36 will be given to those who did not place during the qualifying duels but posted the fastest four speeds during the Sprint Unlimited.

The final position grouping, 37 through 42, will be granted to owners to use based on their 2012 points standing. Position No. 43, the final spot, will be given to the most recent champion not currently in the field.

 

Qualifying Lineup

All of the usual suspects will be here for the season’s kickoff event. For a full entry list of the 2013 Daytona 500, be sure to check out NASCAR.com.

 

NSCS Qualifying

Where: Daytona International Speedway, Daytona Beach, Fla.

When: Sunday, Feb. 17 at 1:05 p.m. ET

Watch: Fox

Listen: MRN

Live Stream: Fox Sports Mobile

 

Budweiser Duel No. 1

Where: Daytona International Speedway, Daytona Beach, Fla.

When: Thursday, Feb. 21 at 2 p.m. ET

Watch: SPEED

Listen/Live Stream: MRN

 

Budweiser Duel No. 2

Where: Daytona International Speedway, Daytona Beach, Fla.

When: Thursday, Feb. 21 at 3:30 p.m. ET

Watch: SPEED

Listen/Live Stream: MRN

 

Driver to Watch—Brad Keselowski

Brad Keselowski is coming off of winning the Chase for the 2012 Sprint Cup, shocking Jimmie Johnson down the stretch in the process. As last year’s winner, he is the guy everyone is gunning for this season.

Last year at Daytona, Keselowski became a social media star after tweeting a picture of a flaming car wreck while sitting in his race car during the suspended race.

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