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2013 'Daytona 500' QualifyingWhy does it take so many days to set the field for the Daytona 500?  How does qualifying work for the Daytona 500?  These are questions I get often and I thought I’d address that today.

Yes, for a single race, a lot of effort and resources goes into qualifying for the “Great American Race.” But this is THE Super Bowl of NASCAR and is one of the pinnacle events of the auto racing industry itself.  It’s an event and a destination all in one as Daytona International Speedway hosts this NASCAR event for multiple days that lead up to the event.

For the race prep, (This does not count private practices by teams at what ever secret facility they choose), there are Speedweeks practice where everyone gets back into the groove after the off-season.  This also give fans a taste of what’s to come.  In this case, they introduced the new Gen-6 cars to the sport this year.

Then there’s front row qualifying where the entire field, one car at a time, takes a run at the pole-position for the 500.  This session also sets fields for the twin qualifying races the following Thursday which then sets the starting field for the race.

But How Does Qualifying For the 2013 Daytona 500 Work?

The qualifying process for the Daytona 500 integrates all of qualifying, from the single car timing runs, to the Duel qualifiers that are run the Thursday prior to the 500.  Plus there’s a bit of a new wrinkle with owners points.  Starting this year, the “top-35 in owners points” rule is gone*.  So this is how the process will work:

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