Daytona Duels 2021 begin occasions, TV channel, lineup for NASCAR’s Daytona 500 qualifying races
NASCAR divides qualifying for the Daytona 500 into two parts: pole qualifying and two 150-mile races. These two races are better known as the Daytona Duels and will take place at Daytona International Speedway on Thursday 11 February 2021. The green flag for the first race will fall sometime after 7 p.m. ET. Race two begins sometime after 8:45 p.m. ET.
The duels determine the starting positions 3-40 for the Daytona 500, but also fulfill an important competitive function: They decide which teams will occupy the two remaining open places in the 40-car field. Eight teams are fighting for four open places in this year’s race. 36 seats have been reserved for Cup Series teams that have charter agreements with NASCAR.
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Ryan Preece (JTG Daugherty Racing) and David Ragan (Front Row Motorsports) took the first two open positions with their qualifying speeds on Wednesday evening. With that, Austin Cindric (Team Penske), Ty Dillon (Gaunt Brothers Racing), Noah Gragson (Beard Motorsports), Kaz Grala (Kaulig Racing), Timmy Hill (Motorsport Business Management) and Garrett Smithley (Motorsport Business Management) have to race way in the last two open places Thursday.
Hendrick Motorsports teammates Alex Bowman (Pole) and William Byron (runner-up) are in the front row for Sunday’s race after their qualifying rounds on Wednesday evening. They will lead the field in their respective duel races.
Below is everything you need to know about Thursday’s Bluegreen Vacations Duel races in Daytona, including tee times, TV info and grid lines.
Start times for Daytona Duels 2021
- Duel 1: 7 p.m. ET
- Duel 2: 8:45 p.m. ET
The line-up for Duel 1 mainly consists of the drivers who ended up in uneven positions in pole qualifying. This means that the pole sitter Alex Bowman will be in the front row for his duel with Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (third in qualifying).
The line-up for Duel 2 mainly consists of the drivers who ended up in straight positions in pole qualifying. This means that second placed qualifier William Byron will lead the field for his duel race along with Bubba Wallace (fourth in qualifying).
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Daytona Duels 2021 TV channel
- TV network: FS1
- Live broadcast: Fox Sports Go
Speedweeks 2021 mark the start of Fox’s 21st season for NASCAR and the network’s 18th year for the Daytona 500. Mike Joy (play-by-play), Jeff Gordon, Clint Bowyer and Larry McReynolds (analysts) will be standing and studio coverage of the duels. Jamie Little and Regan Smith will be the pit reporters.
Canada’s TSN will also broadcast the duels live.
The radio broadcast of the Duels 2021 in Daytona can be heard on the Motor Racing Network (MRN) or on SiriusXM NASCAR radio.
Daytona Duels 2021 starting line-ups
The starting line-ups for the duels on Thursday were determined by the pole qualification on Wednesday. The drivers who qualified in Duel 1 in odd positions and the drivers who qualified in Duel 2 in even positions competed.
Below you will find the starting grid for the duels on Thursday evening in Daytona.
|1.||Alex Bowman||Hendrick Motorsports|
|2.||Aric Almirola||Stewart-Haas Racing|
|3.||Ricky Stenhouse Jr.||JTG Daugherty Racing|
|4th||Christopher Bell||Joe Gibbs Racing|
|5.||Ryan Preece||JTG Daugherty Racing|
|6.||Daniel Suarez||Trackhouse Racing Team|
|7th||Denny Hamlin||Joe Gibbs Racing|
|8th.||Kyle Larson||Hendrick Motorsports|
|9.||Matt DiBenedetto||Wood Brothers Racing|
|10.||Austin Cindric||Team Penske|
|11.||Joey Logano||Team Penske|
|12th||Ryan Newman||Roush Fenway Racing|
|13th||Cole Custer||Stewart-Haas Racing|
|14th||Michael McDowell||Motorsport in the front row|
|15th||Erik Jones||Richard Petty Motorsports|
|16.||Tyler Reddick||Richard Childress Racing|
|17th||Ty Dillon||Gaunt Brothers Racing|
|18th||Jamie McMurray||Spire Motorsports|
|19th||Quin Houff||StarCom Racing|
|20th||Timmy Hill||Motorsport Business Management|
|21st||Cody ware||Rick Ware Racing|
|22nd||Josh Bilicki||Rick Ware Racing|
|1.||William Byron||Hendrick Motorsports|
|2.||Bubba Wallace||23XI Racing|
|3.||Kevin Harvick||Stewart-Haas Racing|
|4th||Austin Dillon||Richard Childress Racing|
|5.||Chase Elliott||Hendrick Motorsports|
|6.||David Ragan||Motorsport in the front row|
|7th||Kurt Busch||Chip Ganassi Racing|
|8th.||Kyle Busch||Joe Gibbs Racing|
|9.||Ryan Blaney||Team Penske|
|10.||Kaz Grala||Kaulig Racing|
|11.||Chase Briscoe||Stewart-Haas Racing|
|12th||Ross Chastain||Chip Ganassi Racing|
|13th||Brad Keselowski||Team Penske|
|14th||Martin Truex Jr.||Joe Gibbs Racing|
|15th||Chris Buescher||Roush Fenway Racing|
|16.||Anthony Alfredo||Motorsport in the front row|
|17th||Corey LaJoie||Spire Motorsports|
|18th||Garrett Smithley||Motorsport Business Management|
|19th||BJ McLeod||Live motorsport fast|
|20th||Joey Gase||Rick Ware Racing|
|21st||Derrike Cope||Rick Ware Racing|
|22nd||Noah Gragson||Bart Motorsport|
Daytona 2021 television program
Below is the TV schedule for the remnants of the Daytona Speedweeks in 2021, including the duels, Daytona 500 series training sessions, and the Truck, Xfinity and ARCA series events, all through to Daytona 500 on Sunday to lead.
|5:35 pm||Practice Camping World Truck Series||FS1||No radio|
|19 o’clock||Bluegreen Vacations duel of the NASCAR Cup Series in Daytona||FS1 / TSN||MRN|
|8.45 p.m.||Bluegreen Vacations duel of the NASCAR Cup Series in Daytona||FS1 / TSN||MRN|
|13 o’clock||Practice ARCA Menards Series||No TV||No radio|
|3:10 p.m.||Qualification for the Camping World Truck Series||FS1||No radio|
|4:35 pm||Practice Xfinity Series||FS1 / TSN.ca app||No radio|
|19:30 o’clock||Camping World Truck Series, NextEra Energy 250||FS1||MRN|
|8:30 am||Qualification for the ARCA Menards Series||No TV||No radio|
|9:30 am||NASCAR Cup Series Daytona 500 second practice||FS2 / TSN||MRN|
|10:40 am||Qualification for the Xfinity series||FS2 / TSN3||No radio|
|12:05 pm||NASCAR Cup Series Daytona 500 final practice||FS1 / TSN||MRN|
|1:30 p.m.||ARCA Menard’s series, Lucas Oil 200||FS1||MRN|
|17 o’clock||Xfinity series, beef. It’s something for dinner. 300||FS1 / TSN||MRN|
|2.30||NASCAR Cup Series, 63rd Annual Daytona 500||Fox / TSN||MRN|