NASCAR unveiled next month’s Daytona Speedweeks schedule with on track action kicking off on Tuesday, Feb. 9 for the annual Busch Clash. The kicker this year is, there’s no practice beforehand.
The all-star race has always been run on the weekend prior to the Daytona 500, but this year the event was moved to a weeknight under the lights. It’s also for the first time ever being raced on the road course layout as well as the race will air on FS1.
Wednesday will feature the first NASCAR Cup Series practice session since March 6 of last year at the Phoenix Raceway. The drivers in NASCAR’s premiere series will take to the track for a 50 minute session from 12 p.m. ET to 12:55 p.m ET. Then, they’ll qualify for the 62nd annual Daytona 500 at 7 p.m. ET. Both practice as well as qualifying will air on FS1.
Thursday will have the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series first and only practice session that will run from 5:35 p.m. ET until 6:25 p.m. ET. That will be the appetizer for the Duels at Daytona which will contest after. Both the Truck Series practice as well as the Duels will also air on FS1 as well.
Friday will see ARCA practice from 1-2 p.m. ET (No TV) followed by Truck Series qualifying at 3:10 p.m. ET on FS1. The Xfinity Series will have their first practice of the season at 4:35 p.m. ET to 5:25 p.m ET on FS1. The NextEra Energy 250 Truck Series season opener will take place at 7:30 p.m ET on FS1 that night.
Saturday will feature two Cup Series practices. Both will air on FS1. The first from 9:30-10:20 a.m. ET and the second from 12:05-12:55 p.m ET. Sandwiched between will be NXS quals (10:40 a.m. ET), which starts on FS2 and moves to FS1 at 11 a.m. ET. ARCA will qualify at 8:30 a.m. ET then race at 1:30 p.m. ET with coverage on FS1.
Following the ARCA race will be the NXS season opener at 5 p.m. ET also on FS1.
The Daytona 500 will be on Sunday, Feb. 14 at 2:30 p.m. ET on FOX.
My takeaway from this is the Cup Series will practice just three times (1 session on Wednesday and 2 on Saturday). The Truck Series will be on track for just one practice on Thursday then qualifying/race on Saturday. The Xfinity Series will also practice once (Friday) and then qualify/race on Saturday.