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2018 Daytona 500: Entry list, date, time, TV schedule for Speedweeks

Daytona 500 activities begin on Saturday, kicking off an action-packed Speedweeks schedule that features all three of NASCAR’s series

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09 Feb 2018, 04:54 IST
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57th Annual Daytona 500
Daytona International Speedway

Now that the Super Bowl is over it's almost time for the start of the 2018 NASCAR season and the Great American Race, the Daytona 500. 

Daytona 500 activities begin on Saturday, kicking off an action-packed Speedweeks schedule that features all three of NASCAR’s major touring series. 

Leading up to NASCAR’s Super Bowl will be plenty of practice, qualifying and qualifying races.

Here are some key dates, info and a look at the complete schedule for the Daytona 500 and Speedweeks 2018: 

Will Dale Earnhardt Jr. be driving at Daytona?

Earnhardt retired at the end of last season after missing half of the 2016 season due to concussion-like symptoms. While he won't be racing, Earnhardt will be at the track serving as grand marshal for the season-opening race. 

Earnhardt previously won four Cup races at Daytona International Speedway, including the Daytona 500 in 2004 and 2014. He recently finished his final full season in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series with 26 career wins and 15 Most Popular Driver Awards. 

Who is driving in the Daytona 500?

Below is the tentative entry list for the Daytona 500. Forty cars are entered, meaning all 40 will make the race. 

Car No. 00 Jeffrey Earnhardt, StarCom Racing

1 Jamie McMurray, Chip Ganassi Racing

2 Brad Keselowski, Team Penske

 3 Austin Dillon, Richard Childress Racing

4 Kevin Harvick, Stewart-Haas Racing

6 Trevor Bayne Roush, Fenway Racing

7 Danica Patrick, Premium Motorsports

9 Chase Elliott, Hendrick Motorsports

10 Aric Almirola, Stewart-Haas Racing

11 Denny Hamlin, Joe Gibbs Racing

12 Ryan Blaney, Team Penske

13 Ty Dillon, Germain Racing

14 Clint Bowyer, Stewart-Haas Racing

17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Roush Fenway Racing

18 Kyle Busch, Joe Gibbs Racing

19 Daniel Suarez, Joe Gibbs Racing

20 Erik Jones, Joe Gibbs Racing

21 Paul Menard, Wood Brothers Racing

22 Joey Logano, Team Penske

23 TBA, BK Racing

24 William Byron, Hendrick Motorsports

31 Ryan Newman, Richard Childress Racing

32 Matt DiBenedetto, GO FAS Racing

34 Michael McDowell, Front Row Motorsports

37 Chris Buescher, JTG Daugherty Racing

38 David Ragan, Front Row Motorsports

41 Kurt Busch, Stewart-Haas Racing

42 Kyle Larson, Chip Ganassi Racing

43 Darrell Wallace Jr., Richard Petty Motorsports

47 AJ Allmendinger, JTG Daugherty Racing

48 Jimmie Johnson, Hendrick Motorsports

51 Justin Marks, Rick Ware Racing

62 Brendan Gaughan, Beard Motorsports

66 Mark Thompson, Phoenix Air Racing

72 Corey LaJoie, TriStar Motorsports

78 Martin Truex Jr., Furniture Row Racing

88 Alex Bowman, Hendrick Motorsports

92 David Gilliland, RBR Enterprises 

95 Kasey Kahne, Leavine Family Racing

96 D.J. Kennington, Gaunt Brothers Racing

What are the 2018 Daytona 500 stage lengths?

Just like last season, the 2018 Daytona 500 will consist of two 60-lap stages, followed by a final 80-lap stage to make up the 200 scheduled laps. At the conclusion of Stage 1 and Stage 2, there will be a caution period for drivers to come down pit road if they choose. Green-flag restarts will begin the next segment. The top-10 finishers in each stage will be awarded additional championship points. 

When is 2018 Daytona 500 qualifying?

Qualifying for the Daytona 500 is scheduled for 12:15 p.m. ET on Sunday on Fox, but only the front row will be set through the first round of Daytona's unique qualifying format. The front row will be determined through single-lap time-trial runs, with the rest of the field to be set through the Duel qualifying races on Feb. 15.

When are the 2018 Daytona Duel races?

The Can-Am Duel qualifying races are scheduled for Thursday, Feb. 15, with the first race starting at 7 p.m. ET on Fox Sports 1 and the second scheduled for 9 p.m. The two races set the field and starting lineup for the Daytona 500. 

What channel is the 2018 Daytona 500 on?

The Daytona 500 is set for Sunday, Feb. 18. Fox will begin its broadcast at 2 p.m. ET. The race can also be seen on the FoxSportsGO app. 

2018 Speedweeks TV schedule, how to watch

(all times ET)

Saturday, Feb. 10
10:35-11:55 a.m.: Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series final practice, FS1 (Advance Auto Parts Clash)
1:05-1:55 p.m.: Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series first practice, FS1
3:05-3:55 p.m.:  Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series final practice, FS1

Sunday, Feb. 11
12:15 p.m.:  Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Daytona 500 qualifying (single vehicle/two rounds), Fox
3:00 p.m.:  Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Advance Auto Parts Clash (75 laps, 187.5 miles), FS1

Thursday, Feb. 15
11:35 a.m.-12:55 p.m.: NASCAR Camping World Truck Series first practice, FS1
2:25-3:25 p.m.: NASCAR Camping World Truck Series second practice, FS1
4:35-5:25 p.m.: NASCAR Camping World Truck Series final practice, FS1
7:00 p.m.:  Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Can-Am Duel 1 (60 laps, 150 miles), FS1
9:00 p.m.:  Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Can-Am Duel 2 (60 laps, 150 miles), FS1

Friday, Feb. 16
12:05-12:55 p.m.: NASCAR Xfinity Series practice, FS1
1:05-1:55 p.m.: Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series practice, FS1
2:05-2:55 p.m.: NASCAR Xfinity Series final practice, FS1
3:05-3:55 p.m.: Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series practice, FS1
4:30 p.m.: NASCAR Camping World Truck Series qualifying (single vehicle/two rounds), FS1
7:30 p.m. NASCAR Camping World Truck Series NextEra Energy Resources 250 (100 laps, 250 miles), FS1

Saturday, Feb. 17
9:35 a.m.: NASCAR Xfinity Series qualifying (single vehicle/two rounds), FS1
12:05-12:55 p.m.: Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series final practice, FS1
2:30 p.m.: NASCAR Xfinity Series PowerShares QQQ 300 (120 laps, 300 miles), FS1

Sunday, Feb. 18
2:30 p.m.: Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Daytona 500 (200 laps, 500 miles), Fox

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