The Daytona 500 is set for Sunday, February 14th at the Daytona International Speedway, and with that comes the qualifying events to set up the 40-car field. The Great American Race uses a unique qualifying system. The two spots on the front row are determined in the qualifying time trial, and then 36 spots are determined in the Bluegreen Vacations Duels.
What are the Duel races?
Determining the order for the 40-car field at the Daytona 500 involves a couple of different steps. After an initial qualifying time trial to determine the front row vehicles for the race, NASCAR then determines the order of 36 other cars with two “Duel races.” The Duels are a pair of 150-mile races ahead of the Daytona 500 to help decide the starting lineup.
How is the race order set for the Duels?
The single car qualifying time trial sets up the order for Duel 1 and Duel 2. The odd-numbered finishers in the time trial will line up in order of speed in Duel 1, and the even-numbered finishers will line up in order of speed in Duel 2.
How do the Duels determine the Daytona 500 starting lineup?
The drivers competing in Duel 1 will be lined up on the inside row of the Daytona 500 and the drivers competing in Duel 2 will be lined up on the outside row. They are placed in order of Duel finish.
How and when to watch the Duel races
The Bluegreen Vacations Duels will take place on the evening of Thursday, February 11th. The races take place back to back at the Daytona International Speedway. You can watch the Duels on FS1. You can watch on the Fox Sports Go app or foxsports.com/live with a cable login. If you don’t have a cable login to access the Fox Sports Go app, you can get a free trial from YouTube TV, Hulu with Live TV, AT&T TV Now, FuboTV, or Sling TV to stream it.
The Bluegreen Vacations Duel 1 will begin Thursday at 7:00 p.m. ET. The Bluegreen Vacations Duel 2 will take place approximately 20 minutes following the completion of Duel 1 at approximately 8:45 p.m. ET.