The Daytona 500 will take place on Sunday, February 19th at 2:30 p.m. The race will be held at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Florida and air on FOX. Ahead of the race qualifying remains on the schedule.
The Daytona 500 has multiple stages of qualifying. On Wednesday, Alex Bowman secured the pole position and Kyle Larson secured the other front-row pot in Busch Light Pole Qualifying. Bowman is tied for the 11th-best odds on DraftKings Sportsbook at +2000, while Larson is the betting favorite with +1000 odds.
The field now advances to the second stage of qualifying in the Bluegreen Vacation Duels. Duel 1 and Duel 2 will run on Thursday night and determine the rest of the starting lineup for the Daytona 500 behind Bowman and Larson.
TV Schedule for Duels
The Duels will be held on Thursday, February 16th. The first race gets started at 7:00 p.m. ET and the second race follows it with an approximate start time of 8:45 p.m. ET. Both are set to air on FS1.
How The Duels Work
For the 2023 Daytona 500, the front-line starters were determined by the single-car qualifying event that ran on Wednesday night. The rest of the field will be determined from their finish in one of these two Duels. The cars that finished in an odd position from the qualifier on Wednesday race in the first Duel and those that finished in an even position from the qualifier race in the second Duel.
The Duels themselves are a pair of 150-miles race and they are important because each one corresponds to a row in the field for the Daytona 500. The order that the cars finish in the first Duel will be the order that they appear in the inner row on Sunday. The order that the cars finish in the second Duel will be the order of the cars in the outer row, other than the two front-row cars that were determined on Wednesday.
Duel 1 starting lineup, 2023 Daytona 500
|18||Rickv Stenhouse Jr.||47|
Duel 2 starting lineup, 2023 Daytona 500
|11||Martin Truex Jr.||19|