In just under a couple of hours, the field will be set for this year’s Daytona 500. Forty-three drivers will get to race on Sunday and two will go home after today’s Budweiser Duel races.
While NASCAR and the Daytona International Speedway received bad news that ratings for the Sprint Unlimited were down 17.5 percent from last season’s shootout, the track had a big announcement about a major change for next year’s speedweeks.
Starting next season the Budwesier Duel qualifying races will be held under the lights.
“To earn a coveted starting spot in the Daytona 500, the stars of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series will have to perform under the lights and in front of a primetime audience in the Budweiser Duel,” Daytona International Speedway President Joie Chitwood III said. “Moving the Budweiser Duel under the lights will add another dimension to Budweiser Speedweeks.”
For many years the Duel races have been held on Thursday afternoon, but now FOX and NASCAR will have the races moved into primetime on Thursday evenings.
Now NASCAR will have three races under the lights for the Sprint Cup Series at Daytona during speedweeks. The Camping World Truck Series also competes under the lights on Friday night.