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Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series 2018 Daytona Race Info

THE RACE: Daytona 500
TRACK: Daytona International Speedway
Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Race #1 of 36

Date: Sunday, February 18, 2018 in Daytona Beach, FL
Title Sponsor: None
Scheduled Green Flag (approx): 2:49 pm/et

Clash: see the 2018 2018 Advance Auto Parts Clash Info page.
Sections on this page:
Television | Radio/Streaming | Schedule | Track/Race Info | Race Rundown
Qualifying / Practice / Entry Info | Weather Links | Tire Notes | Odds


TELEVISION COVERAGE

NASCAR America Pre-Race Show: TBA on FS1
NASCAR Sunday Pre-Race Show: TBA on Fox
Television Race Coverage: Fox, 2:00pm/et

Practices:
Friday, February 10, 10:35 am - 11:55 am/et, TV-TBA;
Friday, February 10, 1:05 pm - 1:55 pm/et, TV-TBA;
Friday, February 10, 3:05 pm - 3:55 pm/et, TV-TBA;
Friday, February 16, 1:05 pm - 1:55 pm/et, TV-TBA;
Friday, February 16, 3:05 pm - 3:55 pm/et, TV-TBA;
Saturday, February 17, 12:05 pm - 12:55 pm/et, TV-TBA

Qualifying for Daytona 500 front row and to set the lineups for the Can-Am Duels: Sunday, February 11 at 12:15 pm/et, TV-TBA;
re-air scheduled: TBA

In the Booth: Mike Joy, Darrell Waltrip, Jeff Gordon
Pit Reporters: Jamie Little, Chris Neville, Vince Welch, Matt Yocum
In-Race Analyst: Larry McReynolds
Race / Hollywood Hotel Host: Chris Myers
Analysts / Hollywood Hotel: Jeff Gordon, Darrell and Michael Waltrip

Scheduled Race Re-Air Dates/Times:
TBA

TV Listings, Links and Info:
see the TV Listings and Links page


RADIO COVERAGE

Motor Racing Network (MRN)
SiriusXM Satellite NASCAR Channel 90

ONLINE STREAMING

FOX Sports GO (available with participating TV provider login)
Radio: MRN Live Streaming
SiriusXM Internet Radio (available via internet connected device, with subscription)

Scanner-Frequencies


EVENT SCHEDULE
Event Schedule times are local to the track

TBA

MENCS = Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series
SCHEDULE SUBJECT TO CHANGE


TRACK NEWS & LINKS

Daytona International Speedway Track News, Stats & Links page

February 2017: see the Daytona Race Info page
July 2017: see the Daytona Race Info page

Track Specifications:
Track/Race Length: 2.5 mile oval, 200 laps, 500 miles
Race segments/stages: Laps 60, 120 and 200 (with overtime possible only at end of race)
Tri-oval with 31-degree banking in the turns
18-degree banking in the tri-oval and 6-degree banking on the straightaways
Date track opened: 1959
Banking in turns 1-4: 31 degrees
Banking in tri-oval: 18 degrees
Banking on backstretch: 3 degrees
Banking on the straightaway: 6 degrees
Length of frontstretch: 3,800 feet
Length of backstretch: 3,400 feet
Grandstand Seating: 101,000 [was 147,000 & 168,000] with 124 suites.
Pit Road Speed: 55 mph
Pace Car Speed: 70 mph
Pit Road Length: 1,600 feet
Pit Road Width: 50 feet

Race Festivities/Officials:
Grand Marshal: Dale Earnhardt, Jr.
Command to start engines: Dale Earnhardt, Jr.
Honorary Starter/Wave Green Flag: TBA
Honorary Pace Car Driver: TBA
Color Guard: TBA
Invocation: TBA
National Anthem: TBA
Flyover: TBA


RACE RUNDOWN....News & Links



NASCAR Overtime Race Procedure: Rule and notes on the NASCAR Overtime rules/news/stats page.

Wave Around: how the wave around rule works: All vehicles between the leader and the caution vehicle at the start/finish line when the "one to go" signal is given by the starter are considered "Wave Around" eligible. "Wave Around" vehicles will not be permitted to enter pit road at any time during this yellow flag/caution period. "Wave Around" vehicles must receive the green flag on the race track before being permitted to enter pit road without a penalty. Vehicles under a penalty and the "Free Pass" vehicle will not be eligible to receive a "Wave Around".

See the 2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race results page


QUALIFYING INFO, PRACTICE SPEED and ENTRIES

Coverage of Can-Am Duel Qualifying Races for the Daytona 500 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Daytona International Speedway is scheduled for Thursday, February 15, 2016 at 7:00pm/et.
Television (TV): TBA, 7:00pm/et
Radio: Live online at Motor Racing Network (MRN)
Scheduled Duels Re-Air: TBA

Daytona 500 Specific Qualifying - Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series
- Thirty-six Charter teams will be assigned a starting position
- Four Open teams are eligible for starting positions
o The highest finishing Open team in each Can-Am Duel race earns a starting position
o The final two starting positions are awarded to Open teams based on Coors Light Pole Qualifying if not already a top finisher in a Duel race
- Qualifying sets the front row for the Daytona 500 and the starting lineup for the Can-Am Duel fields, with the number of Charter team and Open team cars split evenly throughout both races
- If qualifying is cancelled due to weather, the top two finishing Open teams from each Can-Am Duel race earn starting positions in the Daytona 500
- If the second Can-Am Duel race is cancelled due to weather, the highest finishing Open team from the first race earns a starting position, with the other three Open teams determined by qualifying
- If both Can-Am Duel races are cancelled due to weather, qualifying determines all four Open teams
- If qualifying and both Can-Am Duel races are cancelled due to weather, the combined practice speeds are used to determine the four Open teams
- If all on-track activity prior to the race is cancelled due to weather, 2015 Owner points will be used to determine the four Open teams
All Other Championship Race events
- Thirty-six Charter teams will be assigned a starting position and four Open teams are eligible for starting positions.
- Qualifying results will determine the Open team starting positions assuming the event is run as scheduled
- If qualifying is cancelled due to weather, the combined practice speeds determine the four Open teams
- If practice and qualifying are cancelled due to weather, Owner points determine the four Open teams (events 1-3 revert to 2017 Owner points)

Qualifying - Daytona 500, Daytona International Speedway: Qualifying for the Daytona 500 Event (Qualifying Format, 150-Mile Qualifying Races) is outlined in this Section. As described more-fully in this Section, the Qualifying process for the Daytona 500 is scheduled to be a 2-step process:
Qualifying (two rounds of single car qualifying)
Two 150-Mile Qualifying Races
As a general rule, eligibility for starting grid positions for the Daytona 500 Event will be determined as follows:
36 Charter Teams will be eligible for and assigned a starting grid position
4 Open Teams will be eligible for starting grid positions
Open Team with highest finishing position in each Duel will be eligible for a starting grid position
Remaining Open Teams will be eligible for 2 starting grid positions based on final Qualifying results
If Qualifying is rained out, Duel finishing positions determine eligibility of 4 Open Teams (2 from each Duel)
If Duel 2 is rained out, Duel 1 determines eligibility for 1 Open Team; Qualifying determines eligibility for 3 Open Teams
If Duel 1 and Duel 2 are rained out, Qualifying determines eligibility for 4 Open Teams
If Qualifying, Duel 1&2 are rained out, combined practice speeds determine eligibility for 4 Open Teams
If Practice, Qualifying, Duel 1&2 are rained out, previous season's Team Owner Championship point standings determine eligibility for 4 Open positions
This is a general overview of Daytona 500 Qualifying Procedures, with specific procedures set forth below. The following procedures and variations are intended to recognize the most foreseeable circumstances affecting starting grid position determinations, including those affected by adverse conditions, but all possible scenarios may not be addressed. Situations of unforeseeable circumstances not specifically addressed herein shall be resolved by NEM in its sole discretion using the concepts herein as a guide or reference.

For qualifying rules and formats, see the Qualifying Rules page

How to Calculate Track Speeds: use the formula Speed = Distance divided by Time. Distance is Track Length, and Lap Time into Hours. Once hour is 3600 seconds, so the calculation for a 48 second lap at Daytona(2.5 miles) would be: Speed = 2.5 x (3600/48), = 2.5 x 75 = 187.500mph. For a 19 second lap at Martinsville(.533 miles): Speed = .533 x (3600/19), = .533 x 189.474 = a speed of 100.990mph


WEATHER

Weather Channel
Accuweather
National Weather Service
Race Weather
Weather Bug
Weather Underground


TIRE NOTES & FACTS


RACE & CHAMPIONSHIP ODDS

Vegas Insider
Race and Championship odds
NASCAR Top-Five Finish Prediction

Bovada Sportsbook:
Race and the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Championship

Don Best:
Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Championship / Race