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How the Can-Am Duels work, set Daytona 500 field
BUY TICKETS: See the Daytona 500 live! RELATED: Complete lineups for each Duel The Can-Am Duels are a pair of qualifying races held on Feb. 23 (starting at 7 p.m. ET on FS1, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio) that will determine the bulk of the field for the 2017 Daytona 500 (Feb. 26, 2 p.m. ET, FOX, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio). NASCAR.com offers a look at how the twin qualifying races work and how they impact the Daytona 500 . Programming info for Can-Am Duels : When: Feb. 23, starting at 7 p.m. ET Where: Daytona International Speedway TV: FS1 Radio: MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio What is the format? There are two 60-lap, 150-mile races. Who is in which Duel is determined based on qualifying speeds from Sunday's single-lap qualifying runs. How do the Duels set the Daytona 500 lineup? The Duels determine who will line up in spots 3-38 on the starting grid for the "Great American Race" after Sunday's qualifying speeds saw the Hendrick Motorsports duo of Chase Elliott and Dale Earnhardt Jr . earn front row spots for the 2017 Daytona 500 . Drivers in the first Duel race will line up on the inside row for the Daytona 500 (odd-numbered starting position), based on the order in which they finish the first Duel race. Drivers in the second Duel race will line up on the outside row for the Daytona 500 (even-numbered starting positions), based on the order in which they finish the second Duel race. Remember, all 36 Charter teams are guaranteed spots in the Daytona 500 . RELATED: Which teams have Charters? How can open teams make the Daytona 500 ? Two open teams will make the field based on their qualifying speed from Sunday's single-car qualifying runs. The other two open spots come from the best finishing open teams in each Duel. Should the fastest qualifying open team driver earn a spot based on his or her Duel result, then the next fastest open team would get in based on qualifying speed. Sadler and Gaughan had the fastest entries among the open teams in single-car qualifying and are locked into the Daytona 500 field. RELATED: Sadler, Gaughan lock in spots The open team entries that will battle for two Daytona 500 spots in the Duels are Timmy Hill (No. 51 Chevrolet), Reed Sorenson (No. 55 Toyota), Corey LaJoie (No. 83 Toyota) and DJ Kennington (No. 96 Toyota). How important are the Duels for drivers locked into the front row? Very important because of the race enhancements NASCAR announced last month. While a Duel win doesn't put you in the Chase, the top 10 drivers in each Duel will earn points heading into the Daytona 500 . Points for Duel results have not occurred before this year. Drivers locked into the front row need to avoid any sort of calamity to keep their starting spot. With qualifying day so early in Speedweeks and a multitude of practices over three days leading up to the Daytona 500 , wrecks resulting in backup cars, engine changes and more are all likely to pop up at some point to affect the green-flag order once on the grid. How are points awarded ? It's similar to stages in the 36 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series races. Meaning the winner of each Duel will get 10 points down to the 10th-place driver, who will get one point. Two drivers -- each Duel winner -- will head into the Daytona 500 with a share of the point lead.
Full lineup for Can-Am Duels at Daytona
BUY TICKETS: See the Daytona 500 live! Sunday's Coors Light Pole qualifying set the front row for the Daytona 500 -- Chase Elliott is on the pole, and Dale Earnhardt Jr . will start second when the green flag drops Feb. 26 (2 p.m. ET, FOX, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio). The qualifying speeds also set the lineups for Thursday's Can-Am Duels at Daytona (7 p.m. ET, FS1, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio), the twin 60-lap races that determine both the field and the full lineup for the "Great American Race." As a reminder, 36 Charter teams are locked into the Daytona 500 , leaving four available spots to be filled by six Open, or non-Charter teams. Duel 1 is typically comprised from the odd-numbered drivers on the Daytona 500 qualifying speed chart -- first, third, fifth, etc. Duel 2 is then the even-finishing drivers. The duel lineups could be minimally altered from that formula, though, to ensure an even number of Open teams in each duel race (three apiece). Below is the official lineup for each race:
Chase Elliott captures back-to-back Daytona 500 poles
BUY TICKETS: See the Daytona 500 live! RELATED: Full results DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Winning back-to-back Daytona 500 poles is something of a family tradition, as Chase Elliott proved by the skin of his teeth Sunday at Daytona International Speedway . The last driver to take a lap in the second and final round of Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series qualifying at the 2.5-mile superspeedway, Elliott covered the distance in 46.663 seconds (192.872 mph) to edge Hendrick Motorsports teammate Dale Earnhardt Jr . by .002 seconds. The pole was the second straight for Elliott, who led the field to green last year as a Sunoco rookie. It was the third straight for Elliott's crew chief, Alan Gustafson, who won the pole with driver Jeff Gordon in 2015 in Gordon's last year as a full-time driver. With three straight poles as a crew, Gustafson shares a record previously held solely by Ernie Elliott, Chase Elliott 's uncle, who fielded cars driven by former Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series champion Bill Elliott , Chase's father. "Everybody at Hendrick Motorsports has done a lot of work this off-season," said Elliott, who claimed the third Coors Light Pole Award of his career, all at restrictor-plate tracks. "This team definitely has a knack for these plate tracks, as they showed with Jeff Gordon and then last year with here and Talladega (where Elliott also won the pole). "But that stuff doesn't just happen by staying the same, as everybody knows. Everyone is always trying to get better and make their cars better and faster, and the engine shop is always finding new things. So I think that's just proof that they're improving with everybody else and taking that next step, which is really impressive. "I'm happy to be a part of it, and hopefully we can run good next Sunday." Elliott and Earnhardt are the only two drivers locked into their starting spots for next Sunday’s 59th running of the "Great American Race" (2 p.m. ET on FOX, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio). They will lead the field to the green flag in both Can-Am Duel 150-mile qualifying races on Thursday night (7 p.m. ET, FS1, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio) -- Elliott in the first Duel, Earnhardt in the second. Earnhardt is racing for the first time since a concussion sidelined him for the final 18 events of the 2016 season. The satisfaction of locking in a front-row starting position tempered his disappointment at missing the pole by the slimmest of margins. "I certainly would have loved to have gotten a pole, but my boss man (Rick Hendrick) is happy," Earnhardt said. "I just talked to him on the phone, and he's got to be thrilled with having his cars up front." Brad Keselowski qualified third at 192.691 mph and will start on the outside of the front row in Thursday night's first Duel. Clint Bowyer , in his first competitive effort in a Stewart-Haas Racing Ford, will start beside Earnhardt in the second Duel after posting the fourth-fastest speed (192.571 mph). With 36 chartered teams knowing they will race next Sunday, six Open entries are vying for the four remaining berths in the Daytona 500 field. Sunday's time trials brought good news for Brendan Gaughan and Elliott Sadler , who know they will race next Sunday as the two fastest qualifiers among the "go-fast-or-go-homers." Conversely, Jeffrey Earnhardt and Timmy Hill , who posted the two slowest times in the field, can race in the 500 only if they are the fastest Open drivers in their respective Duels . &amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;lt;/p&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;gt;
Elliott earns back-to-back Daytona 500 pole
Chase Elliott edges teammate Dale Earnhardt Jr. to earn his second Daytona 500 pole in a row at Daytona International Speedway.
How the Daytona 500 field is set for the 2017 race
BUY TICKETS: See the Daytona 500 live! The Daytona 500 is a unique event in many ways, including how the 40-car field is set for this year's race (Sunday, Feb. 26, 2 p.m. ET, FOX, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio). There are two days that carry the most significance in how the field is set. The first is Sunday, Feb. 19 when two rounds of single-car qualifying will take place starting at 3:10 p.m. ET (FOX). The second is Thursday, Feb. 23 when the Can-Am Duel races take place, starting at 7 p.m. ET (FS1). Here are more details: SINGLE-CAR QUALIFYING Programming info for single-car qualifying When: Sunday, Feb. 19 Where: Daytona International Speedway TV: FOX Radio: MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio What is the format? This event will determine the front row (spots 1 and 2) for the Daytona 500 . There will be two rounds of single-car qualifying, with the 12 fastest cars in Round 1 advancing to Round 2. There will be a 10-minute break between rounds, and cars will make their Round 2 run based on Round 1 times (slowest going first, fastest last). The fastest time in Round 2 will be the Coors Light Pole Award winner for the Daytona 500 . The second-fastest time in Round 2 will earn the other spot on the front row for the Daytona 500 . The pole winner will start first in the first Can-Am Duel race on Thursday. The other front-row driver will start first in the second Can-Am Duel race. The rest of the field will line up for Thursday's Can-Am Duels based on qualifying time, with odd-numbered finishers lining up in the first Duel, and even-numbered finishers lining up for the second Duel. CAN-AM DUELS Programming info for the Can-Am Duels When: Thursday, Feb. 23 Where: Daytona International Speedway TV: FS1 Radio: MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio What is the format ? The Can-Am Duels will determine spots 3-38 in the Daytona 500 grid. With 36 Charter teams entered in the race, two of these spots will be filled by the top Open car in each Duel race. The qualifiers from the first Duel will line up on the inside row in the Daytona 500 depending upon their finish in Duel 1. The qualifiers from the second Duel will line up on the outside row for the Daytona 500 depending upon their result in Duel 2. The remaining two spots on the Daytona 500 grid will be awarded to the top Open teams from Sunday's qualifying that are still left (i.e. didn't qualify through the Duels ). In review : - Two spots (front row) determined by Sunday's qualifying. - Spots 3-38 determined by results of Duels races. - Spots 39, 40 go to the top Open cars remaining. - That's a total of 40 cars for Sunday's race (36 Charter cars, 4 Open cars). &amp;amp;amp;amp;lt;/p&amp;amp;amp;amp;gt;
Daytona GarageCam prepares for the Duels
GarageCam host Matthew Dillner takes you around the garage at Daytona International Speedway as the drivers of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series prepare for the Can-Am Duels and the Daytona 500.
Complete Daytona Duels lineups by race
See the full field for Thursday's duels that help set the Daytona 500 lineup Play: NASCAR Fantasy Live " Buy: Pole Winner Gear While Sunday's group qualifying set the front row for the Daytona 500 (Feb. 22, 1 p.m. ET, FOX), a majority of the spots for the rest of the field will be made up by how drivers fare in the Daytona Duels on Thursday night (7 p.m., FOX Sports 1). Hendrick Motorsports teammates Jeff Gordon and Jimmie Johnson will be on the front row for the Great American Race and will also have the pole spots for their respective duels . Gordon won the Coors Light Pole Award for the Daytona 500. RELATED: Why Dale Jr., Hamlin moved to back of Duels field Here are the complete lineups for both races. BUDWEISER DUEL #1 Pos Car # Driver Team 1 No. 24 Jeff Gordon Drive to End Hunger Chevrolet 2 No. 20 Matt Kenseth Dollar General Toyota 3 No. 5 Kasey Kahne Farmers Insurance Chevrolet 4 No. 33 Ty Dillon Cheerios/Kroger Chevrolet 5 No. 1 Jamie McMurray Cessna/McDonald's Chevrolet 6 No. 83 Johnny Sauter Dustless Blasting Toyota 7 No. 6 Trevor Bayne Advocare Ford 8 No. 43 Aric Almirola Smithfield Ford 9 No. 2 Brad Keselowski Miller Lite Ford 10 No. 22 Joey Logano Shell Pennzoil Ford 11 No. 23 JJ Yeley MAXIM Fantasy Sports App/Dr. Pepper Toyota 12 No. 27 Paul Menard Peak/Menards Chevrolet 13 No. 47 AJ Allmendinger Kroger/USO Chevrolet 14 No. 4 Kevin Harvick Budweiser/Jimmy John's Chevrolet 15 No. 14 Tony Stewart Bass Pro Shops/Mobil 1 Chevrolet 16 No. 13 Casey Mears GEICO Chevrolet 17 No. 46 Michael Annett Flying J/Pilot Chevrolet 18 No. 42 Kyle Larson Target Chevrolet 19 No. 95 Michael McDowell Thrivent Financial Ford 20 No. 15 Clint Bowyer 5-hour Energy Toyota 21 No. 29 Justin Marks American Born Moonshine Toyota 22 No. 35 Cole Whitt Speed Stick Ford 23 No. 40 Landon Cassill Carsforsale.com Chevrolet 24 No. 30 Ron Hornaday Jr. Smokey Mountain Herbal Snuff Chevrolet 25 No. 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Nationwide Chevrolet BUDWEISER DUEL #2 Pos Car # Driver Team 1 No. 48 Jimmie Johnson Lowe's Chevrolet 2 No. 18 Kyle Busch M&M's Crispy Toyota 3 No. 19 Carl Edwards Arris Toyota 4 No. 3 Austin Dillon DOW Chevrolet 5 No. 78 Martin Truex Jr. Furniture Row/Visser Precision Chevrolet 6 No. 16 Greg Biffle Ortho Ford 7 No. 9 Sam Hornish Jr. Twisted Tea Ford 8 No. 17 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Fastenal Ford 9 No. 21 Ryan Blaney Motorcraft/Quick Lane Tire & Auto Center Ford 10 No. 55 Michael Waltrip Aaron's Dream Machine Toyota 11 No. 32 Bobby Labonte C&J Energy Services Ford 12 No. 7 Alex Bowman Toy State/Nikko Chevrolet 13 No. 31 Ryan Newman Caterpillar Chevrolet 14 No. 41 Kurt Busch Haas Automation Chevrolet 15 No. 10 Danica Patrick GoDaddy Chevrolet 16 No. 62 Brian Scott Shore Lodge Chevrolet 17 No. 51 Justin Allgaier Brandt Chevrolet 18 No. 38 David Gilliland Love's Travel Stop Ford 19 No. 26 Jeb Burton LiveDeal.com Download the App Toyota 20 No. 44 Reed Sorenson Golden Corral Chevrolet 21 No. 34 David Ragan Kentucky Fried Chicken Ford 22 No. 98 Josh Wise Phoenix Construction Ford 23 No. 66 Mike Wallace Crazy Vapors/X8 Energy Gum Toyota 24 No. 11 Denny Hamlin FedEx Express Toyota MORE: READ: Latest NASCAR news PLAY: Sign up for Fantasy Live WATCH: Latest NASCAR video FOLLOW LIVE: Get RaceView today
Snapshot: Daytona Duels
Get caught up before tonight's non-points races (7 p.m. ET, FOX Sports 1) Play: NASCAR Fantasy Live What: 57th annual Budweiser Duels at Daytona qualifying races. Where: Daytona International Speedway, 2.5-mile tri-oval in Daytona Beach, Florida. When: Thursday, Feb. 19; 7 p.m. ET (Duel 1), Approx. 8:30 p.m.ET (Duel 2). TV/Radio: FOX Sports 1, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio. Distance: 60 laps; 150 miles (Two races). Pit road speed: 55 mph Caution car speed: 70 mph Fuel window: 34 laps On the front row: Daytona 500 Coors Light Pole winner Jeff Gordon and Matt Kenseth will start on the front row of the first duel. Outside Daytona 500 pole winner Jimmie Johnson and Kyle Busch will start on the front row of the second duel. " See tonight's full lineups On the line: The top 15 finishers (not including Gordon and Johnson) from each duel will fill out the top-30 starting positions in Sunday's Daytona 500 (1 p.m. ET, FOX). The rest of the 43-car starting field will be filled according to Daytona 500 qualifying times from Sunday, owner's points and NASCAR provisional starting position rules. Fastest in practice Practice 1: Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Roush Fenway Racing No. 17 Ford (202.643 mph). " Practice results Practice 2: Michael McDowell, Leavine Family Racing No. 95 Ford (199.322 mph). " Practice results Practice 3: Kyle Busch, Joe Gibbs Racing No. 18 Toyota (200.776 mph). " Practice results Practice 4: Alex Bowman, Tommy Baldwin Racing No. 7 Chevrolet (200.495 mph). " Practice results Practice 5: Kyle Larson, Chip Ganassi Racing No. 42 Chevrolet (192.699 mph). " Practice results Last year's winners : Matt Kenseth (Duel 1) and Denny Hamlin (Duel 2) completed a Joe Gibbs Racing sweep History lesson: Interestingly, a qualifying race winner has gone on to win the Daytona 500 only eight times in 56 years. Last year's Daytona 500 champ Dale Earnhardt Jr. was the last to win both a Duel and the 500 -- doing so in 2004. His father Dale Earnhardt accomplished the feat in 1998. Cale Yarborough is the only driver to do it multiple times (1977 and 1984). Through the field: Several regular Daytona front-runners will have their work cut out tonight. Defending Daytona 500 winner Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Denny Hamlin -- who posted the third fastest time in the final qualifying round -- will have to start from the rear of their respective fields after having their qualifying times disallowed. Former Daytona 500 pole winner Danica Patrick has had to go to a back-up car after being involved in a four-car crash during practice on Wednesday. " WATCH: Danica's car destroyed They said it: "You don't want to tear the car up, but the goal is to go out there and win the race. It just feels wrong to worry more about keeping the car in one piece than winning an event. You're in that event to compete and to win. If we were locked in the front row, we might have a different opinion about that. But we're not.'' -- Three-time Duel winner Dale Earnhardt Jr. FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule
Despite early Duels exit, Mears makes Daytona 500
Driver of the No. 13 GEICO Chevrolet gets into the 43-car field Play: NASCAR Fantasy Live " Buy Daytona 500 gear RELATED: Daytona 500 starting lineup DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Casey Mears' hopes for making his 11th Daytona 500 start turned murky in a cloud of smoke early during Thursday night's Budweiser Duels . When the smoke lifted from all the crashes in both 150-mile qualifiers, Mears' murky future became clear -- he's in. Mears was among the biggest names in limbo for the 43-car field in Sunday's Great American Race (1 p.m. ET, FOX), the season opener for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. Engine failure after just 17 laps in the opening 60-lap race sidelined the 36-year-old veteran, who finished 26th in last year's final standings. "I don't have any thoughts right now other than everything's bad," a dejected Mears said after his early exit. "The nature of this place has been really good to us in the past, and obviously when something like this happens you just feel so helpless. It's really out of your control. You want a fighting chance." Those left on the outside of the elite group of 43: Alex Bowman, Jeb Burton, Ron Hornaday Jr., Justin Marks, Brian Scott and Josh Wise -- each of whom endured their own brand of heartache on a cold Thursday night in Florida. After the first race, Mears joined AJ Allmendinger, Johnny Sauter and others in tense moments of scoreboard-watching in the second Duel race, waiting to see if their body of work in Speedweeks would be enough to make the main event. Allmendinger, a qualifier for the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup playoffs last year, wound up with enough stature in the team owner points to advance; Sauter -- 12th in Sunday's qualifying (after Hamlin's time was disallowed), but with a team 41st in owner points last season -- made the race on the basis of his qualifying speed. WATCH: Sauter, Allmendinger involved in wreck Mears was mired in the thick of a dense pack with the opening 60-lap qualifier barely a quarter of the way in, riding the high line in hopes of clinching a starting berth. Just past the start-finish line, the engine in the Germain Racing No. 13 Chevrolet went south with a hole in the oil pan, the car smoking steadily as he lost power. By the time the car was pushed back to the garage, Mears seemed resigned to going home early though two-thirds of the race remained. He wound up with a last-place result in the 25-car field. With just a 28th-fastest lap from last Sunday's qualifying and the team's 26th-place position in the 2014 standings to fall back on, it was close to not being enough. "There's so many things that are so cool about this race track, yet there's so many things that are out of your control," Mears said. "When we have something like this happen, it's difficult any way it happens. It doesn't look good, obviously. I'm guessing we're going home unless something major happens in the second race or something happens in this one. I don't even know what to say. It just rips your heart out. "We're so good at these places, yet these are the places that anything can happen, and anything happened tonight." Sauter took the worst of his collision with Allmendinger in the 2.5-mile track's trioval, despite taking it easy in the first half of the race. "I just was riding along on the top side there, just trying to mind my own business," Sauter said. "We were in a tight spot there going back to qualifying, if you're in on speed or not. We deliberated about it all week, just do we try to be conservative, do we try to race. I thought I was doing everything right, just hanging out in the top groove." MORE: READ: Latest NASCAR news PLAY: Sign up for Fantasy Live WATCH: Latest NASCAR video FOLLOW LIVE: Get RaceView today FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule
What time is Daytona 500? 2017 NASCAR quick guide
Daytona 500 , Sunday, Feb. 26, 2 p.m. ET, coverage starts on FOX at 1 p.m. ET. Owen Wilson will be the grand marshal ( read more ), and Lady Antebellum is performing in the pre-race show ( read more .) Click here for a full list of drivers that will be in the race ( read more .) What to do before the race: -- Watch the Advance Auto Parts Clash at Daytona on Feb. 18 (8 p.m. ET, FS1) and Can-Am Duels on Feb. 23 (7 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. ET, FS1) -- Download the NASCAR Mobile app ( Android, click here ) and (iPhone, click here ). Be sure to set your favorite driver for each series and turn on notifications for instant breaking news alerts. To set your favorite driver, go to the drivers page in each series. Click on your favorite driver. Click on the text that says "Tap here to set your favorite driver." The mobile app also has live leaderboards; NASCAR Drive with streaming in-car video and a new feature, "Crew Chief," where you can get a live inside look at your driver's dashboard on race day. -- Create or join a NASCAR.com Fantasy League and set your lineup. Click here to play Fantasy Live (registration is open now), and shoot for the grand prize of $3,000 for finishing first at the Daytona 500 . You also can win weekly and end-of-season prizes. -- Test your skills in the Streak to the Finish game, too -- just pick a driver to finish in the top 10 in each of the three national series each week they race. (It's harder than it sounds!) Click here to play (registration is open now.) -- Check the 2017 driver and team lineup chart for all the team changes. Click here for the Driver Tracker. What's new for 2017 -- NASCAR announces race format enhancements " Read more -- Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series partners high-energy brands " Read more --Junior's back in the No. 88 " Read more --Five drivers to watch in XFINITY Series " Read more --Five drivers to watch in Camping World Truck Series " Read more --Stewart-Haas moves into Ford cars " Read more --Toyota's racing a new Camry " Read more ICYMI in the offseason --Amy and Dale Earnhardt Jr . get married " See the photos -- Carl Edwards steps away from racing; Daniel Suarez moves up " Read more -- Kurt Busch and Ashley Van Metre marry " Read more --Five legends inducted into the Hall of Fame: Childress " Hendrick " Martin " Parks " Parsons " Photos -- Christopher Bell wins Chili Bowl " Read more -- Wood Brothers Racing moves into new shop " Read more