How To Qualify For The 2018 DAYTONA 500

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How To Qualify For The 2018 DAYTONA 500

Post by FUEL on December 14th 2017, 3:05 pm

Step 1) Positions 1-2: set by qualifying, the fastest two drivers.

Step 2) Positions 3-30: set by the results of the Twin 125's, 28 drivers, not already in by step 1.

Step 3) Positions 31-36: the fastest six drivers from qualifying not in already from steps 1 and 2.

Step 4) Positions 37-41: the highest drivers in the previous season's OWNERS points standing not already in the race.

Step 5) Postion 42: to a former Sony Cup Champion not already in by the criteria set in steps 1 thru 4. If there is no former champ not in, the next driver whose team in the highest in the previous OWNERS points standings

The Daytona 500 has a different qualifying format. Only the two fastest drivers secure starting spots for the 500. After qualifying ends, the speeds will be used to set the lineups for Thursday's Gatorade 125-mile qualifying races. Odd numbers -- first, third, fifth and so on -- go in the first race, even numbers in the second. Results from the 125s will set positions 3 through 30 for the 500. The next six spots in the 500 field will go to the drivers with the six best qualifying speeds who have not yet made the field. The final six spots go to provisional starters based on last season's car owner points standings. Finishing Top 14 in Thusday's Gatorade 125-mile qualifying race will lock yourself into the Great American Race. 31st-36th starting positions will be awarded to the fastest drivers from qualifying not already in the field. 37th-41st starting postions will be awarded to the highest team's in last year's car owner points who are not already in the field. 42nd starting positions will be given to the most recent past champion not already in the race. If there isn't a past champion not already in the field, the next highest team in owner points will get the final starting spot.


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