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Are Dale Jr. and 'Amelia' a Fantasy Live must have?
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Chitwood promoted, Wile named track president at Daytona
RELATED: Daytona's evolution through the years DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Joie Chitwood III, president of Daytona International Speedway since 2010, has been promoted to Chief Operating Officer of International Speedway Corporation. And Darlington Raceway President Chip Wile, has been named President of Daytona International Speedway replacing Chitwood there. The big news came Monday, a little more than two months before the newly transformed Daytona track plays host to its second Sprint Cup Series race of the season, the Coke Zero 400 on July 2 (7:45 p.m. ET, NBC, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio). "Joie has played a tremendous role in the success of our flagship racetrack at Daytona International Speedway since 2010," stated ISC CEO Lesa France Kennedy. "Most recently, his leadership of the Daytona Rising project, while simultaneously operating the facility, has demonstrated his operational acumen." Chitwood oversaw the $400 million "reimagining" of the Daytona facility that received rave reviews at its February unveiling for 2016 Speedweeks. Among the dutires in his new position, Chitwood will oversee future ISC "enterprise facility operations." "Joie's promotion is well deserved and reflects his achievements and increased role in the company's future," said John Saunders, President of ISC. "He brings a distinct passion, creativity, and drive to this new role and we look forward to his contributions." Wile, who oversaw a massive transformation with the Darlington Raceway Sprint Cup Series races the past two seasons, spearheaded the hugely popular "throwback" race weekend at the famous track last year. He is set to assume his new role at Daytona in time for the Florida track’s "Country 500 " music event set for Memorial Day weekend. "Chip personifies the ideal track president being someone who values relationship building as the catalyst for collaboration and promotion," Kennedy said. "He not only operates with a fan-first mentality, but is deeply community-focused and a real team player, all of which will serve him well in this new role." RELATED: Throwback schemes for Darlington's 2016 race
Forever a Daytona 500 champ, Logano hungry for more
RELATED: See all the winners of the 'Great American Race' DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – When Joey Logano captured the 2015 Daytona 500 , he became the 36th driver to win NASCAR's biggest race. It is the Sprint Cup Series' signature event, always has been and likely always will be. Win a Daytona 500 trophy and it's something race fans will talk about for years. Who finished second in last year's race? Was it Kevin Harvick ? Dale Earnhardt Jr .? Tony Stewart or Matt Kenseth ? Few folks probably recall. But the winner? Sure. The 58th running of what broadcaster Ken Squier aptly described as the "Great American Race" is Sunday at Daytona International Speedway (1 p.m. ET, FOX, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio). "It's cool; it sounds good when they introduce you like that," Logano, driver of the No. 22 Team Penske Ford, said Tuesday during Media Day activities. "I have enjoyed it. And I am excited to get our car out of the museum and see our car again." Winning Daytona 500 entries are put on display at DIS for one year. Teams retrieve them prior to the start of the following season. The confetti hasn't been wiped away, and dents and dings are still there. RELATED: Oh, the places Daytona's winning cars go Giving up the car was a minor nuisance, but more than a fair trade for capturing a Daytona 500 title, according to the recipient of last season's Harley J. Earl Trophy. But what’s done is done and the sport moves forward. "What won last year is not going to win this year, whether it is what you do inside the car or the setup of the car," said Logano, a 14-time winner in the series. "It's because the sport is always evolving and getting better. [Winning the 500 ] is great but it [happened] last year, and we have to keep looking forward." Drivers are creatures of habit, most sticking to daily routines that have been constructed out of necessity. Some have taken it a bit further, mimicking past actions that led up to particular successes, eating the same meals, traveling the same routes to and from the track, or wearing the same clothing. "I don't do any of that," Logano said. "I have tried that stuff before because you will try anything to win a race, but it doesn't work. It is kind of disgusting if you start wearing the same underwear and stuff like that. It gets nasty pretty quick." He also said he doesn't remember what he did before particular wins, including last season's Daytona 500 . "But I wouldn’t do it anyway," he said. "To me, if I am thinking about a … sandwich and not what I am doing on the race track then I believe I'm doing it the wrong way." Ryan Newman won the Daytona 500 in 2008 while also driving for Team Penske . The 17-time race winner, now with Richard Childress Racing , said winning the 500 "changes people's impressions of who you are." "It's like having the ultimate hard card (credential) walking around Daytona ," Newman said. "It doesn't change how I do things, what I do or how I think. But I think it changes people's impressions of me in a good way, which is what you want." That his father, Greg, was in the spotter's stand for his victory, he said, "made it ultra-sweet." This Sunday, Logano will attempt to become just the 12th driver to win multiple Daytona 500 titles, and join a list that consists of: seven-time winner Richard Petty; four-time winner Cale Yarborough; three-time winners Bobby Allison, Dale Jarrett and Jeff Gordon ; two-time winners Bill Elliott , Sterling Marlin, Michael Waltrip , Matt Kenseth , Jimmie Johnson ; and Dale Earnhardt Jr . RELATED: See all the drivers with multiple wins Winning a Daytona 500 doesn't necessarily make going after a second one any easier or less stressful. "Race car drivers sort of live in the moment," said Waltrip, who won the Daytona 500 in 2001 and '03. "That type of thing (multiple wins) … is for later in life. You get to be 40 years old and you haven't won one yet and you start thinking about winning a Daytona 500 . Then it becomes more of a topic in your brain and the fact that you’re going to have to deal with not having one, possibly. "Joey's more worried about winning another one and the championship. This is just a race he knows he can win and that's exactly the way he's approaching it, in my opinion. Sure, he'd love to have another Daytona 500 trophy, but it's because that’s this (next) race. I'm pretty sure he believes he's going to have many, many more chances to win this race again.” Logano placed 12th in last Sunday's single-car qualifying. His official starting position won't be determined until after Thursday's Can-Am Duel qualifying races (first duel starts at 7 p.m. ET, FS1). A year ago, he started fifth in the Daytona 500 and finished trailing no one. RELATED: Full lineups for the Duels "It is such a big race to be a part of," he said. "Winning it is incredible. It is a hard feeling to explain. … Even a year later, I still can't put it into words. "I was just screaming on the radio and that is probably still the best way to explain it now."
Chase Elliott wins Daytona 500 pole
RELATED: Full qualifying speeds " From tardy note to Daytona pole winner DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Chase Elliott 's rookie campaign just got a jump-start. Faced with the daunting prospect of succeeding Jeff Gordon in the No. 24 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet, the 20-year-old Sunoco Rookie of the Year candidate drove the same chassis to the same result Gordon accomplished last year—the pole position for the Feb. 21 Daytona 500 (on FOX at 1 p.m. ET). In the money round of qualifying for the Great American Race, Elliott toured 2.5-mile Daytona International Speedway in 45.845 seconds (196.314 mph), edging Matt Kenseth (196.036 mph) by .065 seconds for the top starting spot in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series opener. Elliott and Kenseth are the only drivers whose positions for the Daytona 500 are now locked in. The balance of the field will be filled and ordered in Thursday night’s 150-mile Can-Am Duel qualifying races. "I've never qualified on the front row here before, so that certainly takes off some pressure for later in the week," Kenseth said. "This is a very, very cool day," Elliott said after Earnhardt, the last qualifier, failed to knock him off the pole. "I don't know that this opportunity has sunk in yet, much less sitting on the pole for the Daytona 500 . "So this is very cool. I think the big thing is just the team and the Daytona 500 qualifying is about the team guys and the effort they put into these cars and it's nothing special I did. It's really what kind of work they did this offseason to make it happen. "Jeff (Gordon) knows all about that and I just wanted to give a big thanks to NAPA Auto Parts and all of our partners at HMS on this No. 24 car. This is very special and a great way to start the season." Elliott's first Sprint Cup pole was a milestone in many other respects. At 20 years, 2 months and 17 days, he is the youngest-ever winner of a Daytona 500 pole, supplanting Austin Dillon (23 years, 9 months 27 days in 2014). Should Elliott win the race next Sunday, he would displace Trevor Bayne as the youngest winner of the event often referred to as NASCAR's Super Bowl. This was the 10th Daytona 500 pole for Hendrick Motorsports and the third for the No. 24 Chevrolet, with Gordon winning the previous two in 1999 and 2015. Elliott completed the fourth father/son combination to win poles for the 500 , joining Richard and Kyle Petty, Bobby and Davey Allison and Dale Earnhardt and Dale Earnhardt Jr . In fact, Earnhardt Jr. was fastest in the first round of Sunday's qualifying session, posting a lap at 195.788 mph, but he slipped to third in the final round and will start on the outside of the front row in the first Can-Am Duel. Kyle Busch posted the fourth fastest lap in the final round and will start from the second spot in the second Duel. Ricky Stenhouse Jr . and Jimmie Johnson were fifth and sixth, respectively, in the final round. The qualifying times of the Nos. 4 and 14 Stewart-Haas Racing Chevrolets, driven by Kevin Harvick and Brian Vickers , were disallowed after NASCAR discovered track bar infractions during post-qualifying inspection. Those cars will start from the rear in their respective Duels. RELATED: Nos. 4, 14 fail post- Daytona qualifying inspection Ryan Blaney powered the No. 21 Wood Brothers Ford to a seventh in Sunday's time trials. As the fastest "open" car (required to qualify on speed), he is locked into the Daytona 500 . Matt DiBenedetto , the second fastest of the open cars (and 24th overall) also is locked into the field. Related: Blaney, DiBenedetto lock up Daytona spots The No. 78 Furniture Row Toyota of Martin Truex Jr . failed to post a time after NASCAR inspectors noticed that one of the roof flaps was out of compliance. The car was on the five-minute clock at the time and the problem could not be corrected in time to make a qualifying run. As a consequence, Truex will start from the rear of the field in the second Can-Am Duel. RELATED: Roof flap keeps Truex parked in qualifying
Logano, Dale Jr. lead Saturday Daytona 500 practices
RELATED: See at-track photos from Saturday's practice Practice 2 recap " Full results Team Penske showed its strength in Saturday's final NASCAR Sprint Cup Series practice in preparation for next Sunday's Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway as both Joey Logano and Brad Keselowski jumped to the top of the leaderboard in the closing seconds of the two-hour session. Claiming the fastest speed of 195.933 mph, Logano led a draft involving Keselowski and Ryan Blaney on his last run of 29 laps. Logano is the reigning Daytona 500 winner and was second-fastest in opening practice. Keselowski was packed in the middle of the draft and came out second-fastest at 195.848 mph. Sunoco Rookie of the Year contender Blaney tagged along in the Ford-only draft and was third-fastest with a speed of 195.797 mph. The trio got together to ensure Blaney put down a fast practice time in case rain threatens Daytona 500 qualifying and the Can-Am Duels -- Blaney drives for Wood Brothers Racing , which does not have a Charter and must qualify into the race. Kurt Busch sat atop the leaderboard for a majority of practice, but was knocked off late and was fourth-fastest at 194.877 mph. Reigning Sprint Cup Series champion Kyle Busch was fifth-fastest in the closing session at 194.696 mph. Dale Earnhardt Jr . led Saturday's opening session, but came up 11th-fastest in the final practice round with a speed of 193.823 mph. Follow Daytona 500 qualifying Sunday, Feb. 14 at 1:15 p.m. ET (FOX). The Daytona 500 will run Sunday, Feb. 21 at 1 p.m. ET (FOX). Practice 1 recap " Full results Dale Earnhardt Jr . led Saturday's opening Sprint Cup Series practice session in preparation for next Sunday's Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway . The Hendrick Motorsports driver laid down his fastest speed of 194.116 mph on Lap 11, the No. 88 driver's final run of the practice round. Earnhardt has won the Daytona 500 twice in his 16 attempts. Second-fastest to Junior was last year's Daytona 500 winner, Joey Logano , at 193.853 mph. Matt Kenseth (193.782 mph), Chase Elliott (193.586 mph) and Kasey Kahne (193.582 mph) completed the top-five fastest on the leaderboard. This is rookie Elliott's first Daytona 500 showing and his first practice behind the wheel of the No. 24 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet. Reigning Sprint Cup Series champion Kyle Busch was 11th-fastest in the opening session at 193.087 mph. Tune-in at 1:30 p.m. ET for the final Daytona 500 practice of Saturday. The Daytona 500 will run Sunday, Feb. 21 at 1 p.m. ET (FOX).
JGR hungry for first Daytona 500 win in 23 years
RELATED: Full Daytona qualifying speeds DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- It wasn't a Daytona 500 pole-winning effort Sunday afternoon at Daytona International Speedway , but Joe Gibbs Racing Toyotas were four of the top-10 fastest qualifiers for next Sunday's Daytona 500 . And that's an important first step. Twenty-year old rookie Chase Elliott became the "Great American Race's" youngest ever pole-winner driving newly retired Jeff Gordon 's No. 24 Chevrolet, but a team of Toyotas turned in efforts to ensure they must be reckoned with come the Feb. 21 season-opening Daytona 500 . Toyota driver Denny Hamlin joked even late Saturday night after winning his third Sprint Unlimited non-points race that the trophy and acclaim were great for his resume, but the Daytona 500 was what mattered most. To him and to the team. "I was joking with Denny in the winner's circle, I said, it's the 500 , OK, not the Unlimited," Hamlin's team owner Joe Gibbs said, laughing but clearly quite serious, too. "I says (to him), try and get us a 500 , will you? It's been 23 years since we were able to win one." As soon as Hamlin sat down to take post-race questions from the media, the first thing he asked the crowd was, "By the way, has Joe mentioned he wants to win the 500 yet?" Unlike past years when one manufacturer tended to dominate the top-10 qualifying spots, this year's pole-qualifying featured a more balanced look -- five Chevrolets (including pole-winner Elliott), four Toyotas and three Fords among the top-12 final round qualifying participants. Hendrick Motorsports had three of its four Chevrolets among the top six. But it is the first time the two-time Daytona 500 winner Kenseth has started on the front row for the event. Michael Waltrip was the last Toyota driver to earn a front row start -- lining up second alongside Jimmie Johnson in 2008. "Obviously everybody says it but qualifying here is truly a team effort," Kenseth said. "We've never qualified on the front row here before so that certainly takes some of the pressure off earlier in the week." Kenseth's JGR teammate Carl Edwards echoed the promise and potential coming out of Sunday's qualifying efforts. He sounded encouraged by the speed and hopeful of how it may translate in Thursday's Can Am Duel races that will set the remainder of the field behind the front row. "We're just building good cars and that showed up on the track last night," Edwards said of the Unlimited showing. "Those days you have Toyotas up front and Denny was able to close the deal. He was the first to say we worked well together and it was overall good." Then Edwards smiled and acknowledged, "He brought that up to me too," of Gibbs' vocal urgency to win the Daytona 500 . "He's a competitor deep down and he wants to win this thing."
Kraft's Korner: The Daytona 500 and the Super Bowl
RELATED: Drivers make their picks for the big game Super Bowl 50 is this Sunday with the Carolina Panthers and Denver Broncos squaring off for the Vince Lombardi Trophy and the National Football League championship. The game is the culmination of the entire NFL season and is the sport's biggest event. Similarily, the Daytona 500 is the biggest event in NASCAR and the "Great American Race" serves as the start to the entire Sprint Cup Series season. Interestingly enough, the Daytona 500 is eight years older than the Super Bowl, with the event's first run coming in 1959, whereas the first Super Bowl was played in 1967. Last year's Daytona 500 saw Joey Logano take the victory over Kevin Harvick and Dale Earnhardt Jr . Weeks earlier, the New England Patriots knocked off the Seattle Seahawks to take home Super Bowl XLIX, thanks to a game-clinching interception on the goal line with 20 seconds left that was a top moment in its own right. RELATED: @nascarcasm's Madden ratings for drivers Winning a Daytona 500 carries with it plenty of prestige and a likely spot in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup field. Winning a Super Bowl carries with it plenty of prestige as well. Not to mention the fun that is had away from the game with a memorable melange of television advertisements and a big halftime musical performance. So with that in mind and both events coming up, we examine the top moments from each. Top Super Bowl moments 4. Joe Montana leads the San Francisco 49ers to a game-winning drive in Super Bowl XXIII against the Cincinnati Bengals. He finds John Taylor open in the end zone for the game-winning score with 34 seconds left and a 20-16 win. See Montana's final drive here . 3. Trailing the New York Giants in Super Bowl XXV, Buffalo Bills quarterback Jim Kelly engineers a drive to get into field-goal range for the win. However, Scott Norwood misses the 47-yard field goal as Buffalo loses 20-19 and suffers the first of four straight Super Bowl defeats. See the ending here . 2. New York Jets quarterback "Broadway" Joe Namath guarantees victory over the heavily favored Baltimore Colts in Super Bowl III. Namath leads the Jets to the only Super Bowl win in franchise history thus far, a 16-7 win. See highlights of the game here . 1. The undefeated New England Patriots have their eyes on a perfect 19-0 season, but Eli Manning and the New York Giants stand in their way in Super Bowl XLII. Manning leads the Giants on a game-winning drive that includes a miraculous catch by David Tyree en route to a 17-14 win. See the highlights of the game here . Top Daytona 500 moments 4. In the 1976 Daytona 500 , Richard Petty and David Pearson battle for the win on the final lap. Contact occurs as the two come off of Turn 4, and both cars spin into the infield. Pearson is able to get his car across the finish line for the win, while Petty can't get his engine to restart and finishes in second. 3. The first Daytona 500 in 1959 produces a photo finish between Lee Petty and Johnny Beauchamp. The on-the-spot unofficial decision goes to Beauchamp, but after three days spent examining the photos, NASCAR reverses its decision and gives the victory to Petty by a margin of less than a yard. 2. The 1979 Daytona 500 is the first NASCAR event to be broadcast live flag-to-flag. On a battle for the lead on the final lap, Cale Yarborough and Donnie Allison crash side-by-side into the Turn 3 wall. A fight breaks out between the two drivers, while Richard Petty goes on to win the race. 1. For years, this was the race that was Dale Earnhardt's kryptonite. "The Intimidator" captures the 1998 Daytona 500 (his 20th try at it) and is congratulated by every crew on the edge of pit lane as he makes his way to Victory Lane.
NASCAR sets records for fan engagement during Daytona 500
Sunday's Daytona 500 provided fans with the closest finish in the history of the Great American Race when winner Denny Hamlin edged runner-up Martin Truex Jr . by .010 seconds — roughly four inches on the track. But Hamlin’s impressive victory at Daytona International Speedway wasn’t the only record-setting event of the day. On Wednesday, NASCAR released social media numbers generated from its biggest race, and Sunday's Daytona 500 produced a litany of milestones. The 2016 Daytona 500 set a record for most social impressions generated in one day by NASCAR's social channels, with race-day impressions up 63 percent over last year’s Great American Race. Engagement with NASCAR social media content -- likes, comments and shares -- increased threefold over the total generated during the 2015 Daytona 500 . "Social media gives fans a chance to get to know their favorite driver outside the track - their likes, dislikes and all-around personality," JTG Daugherty Racing driver AJ Allmendinger said. "It allows fans to feel closer to their driver, and that helps push our sport forward into a new generation." The reasons for the spike are plenty, most notably the celebrity factor that the Daytona 500 often attracts. Singer Justin Bieber tweeted a photo of a NASCAR racing helmet to his 76 million followers. Ditto for actor Ashton Kutcher to his 17.4 million followers. Among the celebrities in attendance on Sunday, Baseball Hall of Famer Ken Griffey Jr., actor Gerard Butler, WWE wrestler John Cena, rapper Wyclef Jean, National League MVP Bryce Harper and comedian Gabriel Iglesias all tweeted from the grounds. This year's race dominated the Twitterverse. The Daytona 500 , which peaked at 14.1 million television viewers tuned in for the checkered flag, generated more tweets than any other TV program on Sunday, beating second-place WWE Fastlane by 66 percent. "The Daytona 500 is one of the biggest sporting events in the world and this year millions of fans consumed the race across television, radio, digital and social media," said Steve Phelps, NASCAR executive vice president and chief marketing officer. "Sunday was especially a huge success for our social platforms, with race-day conversation around the Daytona 500 at an all-time high. "By delivering original content via social channels during the race, we were able to engage with millions of passionate fans worldwide and set a single-day record for NASCAR social media impressions." NASCAR's digital platform racked up 2.1 million unique visitors and 13 million page views. Fans spent a record 2.8 million minutes watching Daytona 500 content on a new race viewing product called NASCAR Drive, recently launched on NASCAR.com. More than 23,000 unique Twitter users competed in the Hashtag 500 , a "race" to be the 500th person to tweet unique hashtags, with race-used memorabilia as prizes. A tweet promoting the competition to win Dale Earnhardt Jr .'s Daytona 500 firesuit generated the most NASCAR-related mentions in 60 seconds since the debut of the NASCAR Fan and Media Engagement Center, which measures such things. A new partnership with Snapchat enabled NASCAR to reach millions of users with videos and photos uploaded as Daytona 500 content for the first Snapchat Live Story of 2016. Sunday’s race was the first installment of 2016, with several more races to follow. Overall, the 2016 Daytona 500 saw more NASCAR-related social conversation than had previously occurred on any single day since the inception of the NASCAR Fan and Media Engagement Center. Social conversation was up 44 percent compared with last year’s race. For Daytona 500 race week, total consumption in terms of page views per visit of NASCAR's digital platform—NASCAR.com, mobile web and mobile apps — was up six percent over last year, making it NASCAR’s second-highest race week consumption rate of all time.
How the Can-Am Duels set the Daytona 500 field
RELATED: Complete lineups for the Can-Am Duels The two-round, single-car qualifying that took place Feb. 14 at Daytona International Speedway set the front row for the Daytona 500 (Feb. 21, 1 p.m. ET, FOX, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio). Sunoco Rookie of the Year candidate Chase Elliott (No. 24 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet) earned the pole and Matt Kenseth (No. 20 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota) will join him on the front row after posting the second fastest qualifying speed. The two will start from the pole in their respective Can-Am Duel races on Thursday night (first duel is 7 p.m. ET, FS1; second duel is approximately 9 p.m. ET, FS1). The Can-Am Duels will set the remaining starting spots and the field for the 58th running of the "Great American Race." WHO IS IN THE FIELD? The Charter system has locked in 36 of the 40 spots. That means the four remaining spots in the field will go to Open, non-Charter teams. There are eight Open teams attempting to qualify for the Daytona 500 . " READ MORE: Which 36 teams have Charters? Two of the four spots for Open teams were locked up in single-car qualifying based on which Open teams were the fastest: Ryan Blaney (No. 21 Wood Brothers Racing Ford) and Matt DiBenedetto (No. 93 BK Racing Toyota). These two drivers are guaranteed spots in the Daytona 500 field. RELATED: Blaney, DiBenedetto lock up spots in Daytona field HOW CAN AN 'OPEN' TEAM STILL GET IN? That leaves two spots up for grabs among the six remaining Open teams yet to lock themselves into the field. The top finisher among the Open teams in each Duel will earn a spot in the Daytona 500 . Should that be Blaney (in Duel 1) and/or DiBenedetto (in Duel 2), then the guaranteed spot based on qualifying speeds would move to the next fastest Open team in qualifying. Michael McDowell (No. 59 Leavine Family Racing Ford) and Robert Richardson Jr. (No. 26 BK Racing Toyota) have the next fastest speeds. The other Open teams in the mix to make the field are: Cole Whitt (No. 98 Premium Motorsports Toyota), David Gilliland (No. 35 Front Row Motorsports Ford), Josh Wise (No. 30 The Motorsports Group Chevrolet) and Reed Sorenson (No. 40 Hillman Racing Chevrolet). These four must qualify via the Can-Am Duels. RELATED: Complete list of Daytona qualifying speeds HOW IS THE 40-CAR LINEUP SET? For the Daytona 500 , Elliott and Kenseth will be on the front row. Starting spots 3 through 38 will be determined by the results of the Duels. Drivers in the first Duel race will line up on the inside row for the Daytona 500 (odd-number starting position), based on the order in which they finish the Duel race. Drivers in the second Duel race will line up on the outside row for the the Daytona 500 (even-number starting positions), based on the order in which they finish the Duel race. For example, the winner of the first Duel (if not Elliott), will line up third; the winner of the second Duel (if not Kenseth) will line up fourth and so on. The top Open team finisher in each Duel will make the 500 field. Should the top Open finisher in a Duel have also posted one of the top two speeds in qualifying among Open teams (Blaney or DiBenedetto), the Duel result is accepted and the next fastest Open car in qualifying would make the field. The final two starting spots in the field, spots 39 and 40, will go to the two Open teams that made the field based on qualifying speed. WHAT IF THE DUELS ARE RAINED OUT? If both Duels are canceled due to weather, officials will use qualifying results to determine the four Open teams that would advance. In this case that would be Blaney, DiBenedetto, McDowell and Richardson. Should only the second Can-Am Duel be canceled due to weather, the highest finishing Open team from the first Duel would earn a starting berth, with the remaining three positions determined based on qualifying results. In the event of a rain out, the full field will be set according to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Rule Book.
Daytona sells out stadium tickets for 500
RELATED: Buy tickets to Daytona , other races DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Feb. 16, 2016) -- Reserved stadium tickets for the 58th annual DAYTONA 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race, the first following the completion of the $400 million DAYTONA Rising redevelopment project, are sold out. Ticket holders for "The Great American Race" will enjoy 101, 500 permanent and wider seats, five expanded and redesigned entrances, 40 escalators and upgraded amenities throughout the 11 football-field sized neighborhoods in the world’s first motorsports stadium. Premium hospitality, infield admissions and Sprint FANZONE/Pre-Race access still remain for the DAYTONA 500 and fans have an opportunity to enjoy the new motorsports stadium during other Speedweeks 2016 events including the PowerShares QQQ 300 , NextEra Energy Resources 250 and the Cam-Am Duel 150-mile qualifying races. Tickets are available at www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com or by calling 1-800-PITSHOP. "We're ecstatic to hold the first DAYTONA 500 since the completion of our $400 million DAYTONA Rising project," said Daytona International Speedway President Joie Chitwood III. "The demand for this historic race has been tremendous, and we look forward to waving the green flag on February 21." This year’s DAYTONA 500 will be attended by fans representing 44 different countries and every state in the U.S.