DAYTONA 500 QUALIFYING RULES

Posted by imelda sovzky on Sunday, February 19, 2012

  • The two fastest qualifiers on Daytona 500 qualifying day (Sunday, Feb. 119 at 1 p.m. ET on FOX) are locked into the front row. Each team may run two laps. The faster lap counts as a qualifying time.
  • The Gatorade Duel at Daytona, two 150-mile qualifying races, will determine starting positions for the Daytona 500 beyond the front row. In the event of cancellation, the field will be set according to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Rule Book. The top two “non-top 35” teams in each Duel race will earn a spot in the Daytona 500.
  • Based on their finish in the first Duel race, the eligible highest-ranked 35 in 2010 car owner points plus the two highest finishing non-top 35 teams will be lined up on the inside row (odd-number starting positions).
  • Based on their finish in the second Duel race, the eligible highest-ranked 35 plus the two highest finishing non-top 35 teams will be lined up on the outside row (even-number starting positions).
  • The remaining positions will be filled based on qualifying. If one or both teams on the front row are not top-35 teams, the number of teams that get in based on time are reduced accordingly.
  • The 43rd starting position will be assigned to any owner who has the most recent eligible past NASCAR Sprint Cup champion who did not make the race by any other method providing the driver competed in the 2010 NASCAR Sprint Cup season. If the 43rd position remains unused, it will be assigned to the next highest qualifying time.

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