2022 Daytona 500: TV Schedule, qualifying format, entry list, more

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2022 Daytona 500: TV Schedule, qualifying format, entry list, more

The most storied event in NASCAR finally sits on our doorstep. The Daytona 500 is here to officially kick off the 2022 NASCAR Cup Series season and the Next Gen era. Everything you need — from the event schedule to the qualifying format — is right here.

The 64th annual Daytona 500 (Sunday, Feb. 20, 2:30 p.m. ET) carries rich history as one of the most coveted triumphs in all of racing. Legends such as Dale Earnhardt, Jeff Gordon, Richard Petty and Mario Andretti have all tasted victory within the high banks of the mammoth, 2.5-mile Daytona International Speedway.

On Feb. 20, 40 drivers will compete in the Great American Race. Let’s dive into how the field will take shape over the course of six days in Daytona Beach:

SETTING THE GRID

Qualifying for the Daytona 500 is unlike any other points race on the NASCAR Cup Series schedule.

Single-car qualifying on Feb. 16 (8:05 p.m. ET, FS1, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio) will now have two rounds, with the top 10 speeds in Round 1 moving on to second round. The fastest two cars in Round 2 will lock in as the front-row starters for Sunday’s Great American Race.

The rest of the starting grid, however, follows a unique formula.

First, the single-car qualifying results will set the lineups for the Bluegreen Vacation Duels races on Thursday evening. Cars finishing first, third, fifth, seventh, etc. in single-car runs will comprise the field for Duel 1. The cars in even-numbered finishing positions in single-car qualifying will comprise the field for Duel 2. However, NASCAR will ensure there are an equal number of Open, or non-Charter teams, in each Duel race.

Then the results from the Bluegreen Vacation Duels will set the starting lineup for the Daytona 500. The finishers from Duel 1 will line up on the inside row in order of their Duel finish. Meanwhile, the finishers from Duel 2 will line up on the outside row in order of their Duel finish.

The fastest open team in each Duel race will qualify into the Daytona 500 field, while the two open teams with the fastest times from single-car qualifying that didn‘t qualify through the duels will fill the last two spots in the 40-car field.

Additionally, the top-10 finishers in each Duel will receive points toward the regular-season championship. The winner will receive 10 points, the runner-up nine, and so on until the 10th-place finisher receives one point. No playoff points will be awarded through the Duel.

If rain washes out the Duel races, NASCAR will set the grid for the Daytona 500 by qualifying speeds, taking the four fastest Open cars to complete the 40-car field. If only the second duel is canceled, then the highest-finishing open team from the first duel and the three remaining fastest open teams from qualifying will advance.

WHAT CHANNEL IS THE DAYTONA 500 ON?

FOX Sports will have the full slate of NASCAR action in Daytona, including practice, qualifying and the Bluegreen Vacations Duels. Practice begins Tuesday, Feb. 15 at 5:05 p.m. ET, followed by the second practice at 6:35 p.m.

Wednesday features Daytona 500 pole qualifying presented by Busch Light at 8:05 p.m. ET, setting the front row for the marquee event as well as the starting lineups for Thursday’s two qualifying races, the first of which goes green at 7 p.m. ET on Feb. 17.

Friday (6 p.m. ET) and Saturday (10:30 a.m.) will feature one practice session each day for the Cup Series stars. Then, all that’s left is Sunday’s 64th running of the Great American Race.

See the full rundown of TV and national radio coverage below:

Date

Time (E.T.)

Event

TV/Radio/Stream

Tuesday, Feb. 15

5:05 p.m.

Daytona 500 practice

FS1/MRN/FOX Sports App

Tuesday, Feb. 15

6:35 p.m.

Daytona 500 practice

FS1/MRN/FOX Sports App

Wednesday, Feb. 16

8:05 p.m.

Daytona 500 qualifying

FS1/MRN/FOX Sports App

Thursday, Feb. 17

7 p.m.

Bluegreen Vacations Duel 1

FS1/MRN/FOX Sports App

Thursday, Feb. 17

8:45 p.m. (approx.)

Bluegreen Vacations Duel 2

FS1/MRN/FOX Sports App

Friday, Feb. 18

6 p.m.

Daytona 500 practice

FS1/MRN/FOX Sports App

Saturday, Feb. 19

10:30 a.m. (FS1 at 11 a.m.)

Daytona 500 practice

FS2/MRN/FOX Sports App

Sunday, Feb. 20

2:30 p.m.

Daytona 500

FOX/MRN/FOX Sports App

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ENTRY LISTS: Cup | Xfinity | Truck

Entry

Veh #

Driver

Organization

Crew Chief

Veh Mfg

Sponsor

1

1

Ross Chastain

TrackHouse Racing

Phil Surgen

Chevrolet

Advent Health

2

2

Austin Cindric

Team Penske

Jeremy Bullins

Ford

Discount Tire

3

3

Austin Dillon

Richard Childress Racing

Justin Alexander

Chevrolet

Bass Pro Shops/Tracker Off Road

4

4

Kevin Harvick

Stewart Haas Racing

Rodney Childers

Ford

Busch Light #BUSCHRACETEAM

5

5

Kyle Larson

Hendrick Motorsports

Cliff Daniels

Chevrolet

HendrickCars.com

6

6

Brad Keselowski

RFK Racing

Matt McCall

Ford

Kohler Generators

7

7

Corey Lajoie

Spire Motorsports

Ryan Sparks

Chevrolet

Built.com

8

8

Tyler Reddick

Richard Childress Racing

Randall Burnett

Chevrolet

3CHI

9

9

Chase Elliott

Hendrick Motorsports

Alan Gustafson

Chevrolet

NAPA Auto Parts

10

10

Aric Almirola

Stewart Haas Racing

Drew Blickensderfer

Ford

Smithifeld

11

11

Denny Hamlin

Joe Gibbs Racing

Chris Gabehart

Toyota

FedEx Express

12

12

Ryan Blaney

Team Penske

Jonathan Hassler

Ford

Menards\Blue DEF\PEAK

13

14

Chase Briscoe

Stewart Haas Racing

John Klausmeier

Ford

Mahindra Tractors

14

15

David Ragan

Rick Ware Racing

Michael Hillman

Ford

Select Blinds Ford

15

16

Daniel Hemric (i)

Kaulig Racing

Matt Swiderski

Chevrolet

Heritage Pool Supply Group

16

17

Chris Buescher

RFK Racing

Scott Graves

Ford

Fastenal

17

18

Kyle Busch

Joe Gibbs Racing

Ben Beshore

Toyota

M&M’s

18

19

Martin Truex Jr.

Joe Gibbs Racing

James Small

Toyota

Bass Pro Shops

19

20

Christopher Bell

Joe Gibbs Racing

Adam Stevens

Toyota

DeWalt

20

21

Harrison Burton

Wood Brothers Racing

Brian Wilson

Ford

Motorcraft \ Dex Imaging

21

22

Joey Logano

Team Penske

Paul Wolfe

Ford

Shell Pennzoil

22

23

Bubba Wallace

23XI Racing

Bootie Barker III

Toyota

McDonald’s

23

24

William Byron

Hendrick Motorsports

Ryan Fugle

Chevrolet

Axalta

24

27

Jacques Villeneuve

Team Hezeberg

Josh Reaume

Ford

Hezeberg Engineering Systems

25

31

Justin Haley

Kaulig Racing

Trent Owens

Chevrolet

LeafFilter Gutter Protection

26

34

Michael McDowell

Front Row Motorsports

Blake Harris

Ford

Love’s Travel Stops

27

38

Todd Gilliland

Front Row Motorsports

Seth Barbour

Ford

First Phase Credit Card

28

41

Cole Custer

Stewart Haas Racing

Mike Shiplett

Ford

HaasTooling.com

29

42

Ty Dillon

Petty GMS Motorsports

Jerame Donley

Chevrolet

Black Rifle Coffee Company

30

43

Erik Jones

Petty GMS Motorsports

David Elenz

Chevrolet

FOCUSfactor

31

44

Greg Biffle

NY Racing Team

Jay Guy

Chevrolet

Grambling State University

32

45

Kurt Busch

23XI Racing

Billy Scott

Toyota

Monster Energy

33

47

Ricky Stenhouse Jr.

JTG Daugherty Racing

Brian Pattie

Chevrolet

Kroger/ Irish Spring

34

48

Alex Bowman

Hendrick Motorsports

Greg Ives

Chevrolet

Ally

35

50

Kaz Grala

TMT Racing

TBA

Pit Viper Sunglasses

36

51

Cody Ware

Rick Ware Racing

Billy Plourde

Ford

Nurtec ODT Ford

37

55

JJ Yeley (i)

Motorsports Business Management

George Church

Toyota

Hex.com

38

62

Noah Gragson (i)

Beard Motorsports

Darren Shaw

Chevrolet

Beard Motorsports/Southpoint

39

66

Timmy Hill (i)

Motorsports Business Management

Jeff Weaver

Toyota

Bumper.com

40

77

Landon Cassill (i)

Spire Motorsports

Kevin Bellicourt

Chevrolet

Fox Nation

41

78

BJ Mcleod

Live Fast Motorsports

Lee Leslie

Ford

NASCAR Ignition

42

99

Daniel Suarez

TrackHouse Racing

Travis Mack

Chevrolet

Tootsies Orchid Lounge

(i) = Ineligible for driver championship points

LOOKING BACK AT THE LAST ONE

The 2021 Daytona 500 began with a bang when Christopher Bell and Aric Almirola collided on the backstretch on Lap 15, triggering a 16-car accident that took out contenders like Ryan Blaney, Alex Bowman and 2008 race winner Ryan Newman.

With a Daytona 500 victory on the line, chaos broke loose on the final lap.

Joey Logano led Brad Keselowski and Michael McDowell down the backstretch with eager drivers in tow. Keselowski got a run on his then-teammate at Team Penske and looked low, but Logano moved to defend. Those decisions resulted in calamity as Logano spun low, Keselowski went into the outside wall and then was T-boned by Kyle Busch, collecting numerous cars in the carnage.

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Meanwhile, at the front of the field, McDowell edged ahead of Chase Elliott and Austin Dillon at the moment of caution and was declared the winner for the first time in his NASCAR Cup Series career.