59th Annual Daytona Speedweeks Set to Kick Off This Week

The 59th Daytona 500 is already upon us, as it seems like it was just a few short weeks ago that Jimmie Johnson was crowned with his seventh Cup championship at the Homestead-Miami Speedway. Now, the teams are refocused and ready to kick off the 59th edition of Daytona Speedweeks this week.

It all starts on Thursday for ARCA practice as they will hit the high banks of the Daytona International Speedway for a two-hour practice session that afternoon from 4-6 p.m. ET. Then on Friday, the ARCA Series drivers will take to the track for a final practice and qualifying before two Cup Series Advance Auto Parts The Clash practice sessions.

The overall Speedweeks will be a bit different with NASCAR’s premiere series now known as the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. Monster Energy takes over as the fourth major title sponsor since the 1970s, third since the new millennium.

Also what’s new is how they will run the NASCAR races at the 2.5-mile track. A new format with three races stages will be run in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race next Friday night, the NASCAR XFINITY Series race next Saturday afternoon and the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series’ Daytona 500 next Sunday.

MRN Schedule of Speedweeks Below:

THURS 2/16
ARCA Practice
4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
FRI 2/17
ARCA Final Practice
9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
ARCA Qualifying
3:30 p.m.
Cup Series 1st Practice (Clash)
5:00 p.m. – 5:55 p.m.
MRN/FS1
Cup Series Final Practice (Clash)
6:30 p.m. – 7:25 p.m.
MRN/FS1
SAT 2/18
Cup Series 1st Practice
12:30 p.m. – 1:25 p.m.
MRN/FS1
Cup Series 2nd Practice
2:30 p.m. – 3:25 p.m.
MRN/FS1
ARCA Race
4:15 p.m.
Radio Pre-Race
7:00 p.m.
MRN
TV Pre-Race
FS1
8:00 p.m.
MRN/FS1
SUN 2/19
Cup Series Qualifying
3:00 p.m.
MRN/FOX
THURS 2/23
Cup Series 3rd Practice (1st Duel)
12:00 p.m. – 12:55 p.m.
MRN/FS1
Cup Series 4th Practice (2nd Duel)
1:00 p.m. – 1:55 p.m.
MRN/FS1
Truck Series 1st Practice
2:00 p.m. – 2:55 p.m.
 FS1
Truck Series Final Practice
4:00 p.m. – 4:55 p.m.
 FS1
Radio Pre-Race
6:00 p.m.
MRN
TV Pre-Race
FS1
Cup Series Can-Am Duel at Daytona Race 1
7:00 p.m.
MRN/FS1
Cup Series Can-Am Duel at Daytona Race 2
9:00 p.m. Approx.
MRN/FS1
FRI 2/24
XFINITY Series 1st Practice
12:00 p.m. – 12:55 p.m.
 FS1
Cup Series 5th Practice
1:00 p.m. – 1:55 p.m.
MRN/FS1
XFINITY Series Final Practice
2:00 p.m. – 2:55 p.m.
 FS1
Cup Series 6th Practice
3:00 p.m. – 3:55 p.m.
MRN/FS1
Truck Series Qualifying
4:30 p.m.
FS1
Radio Pre-Race
7:00 p.m.
MRN
TV Pre-Race
FS1
7:30 p.m.
MRN/FS1
SAT 2/25
XFINITY Series Qualifying
10:30 a.m.
 FS1
Cup Series Final Practice
1:00 p.m. – 1:55 p.m.
MRN/FS1
Radio Pre-Race
3:00 p.m.
MRN
TV Pre-Race
 3:00 p.m.
FS1
XFINITY Series PowerShares QQQ 300
3:30 p.m.
MRN/FS1
SUN 2/26
Radio Pre-Race
1:00 p.m.
MRN
TV Pre-Race
 1:00 p.m.
FOX
Cup Series Daytona 500
2:00 p.m.
MRN/FOX

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