Daytona 500 Weekend Schedule Released – Find Out the Practice, Qualifying and Race Timings for NASCAR Cup, Truck, Xfinity and ARCA Series

Published 01/04/2022, 4:00 AM EST
A general view of the track taken during the Daytona 500 Speedweeks at the Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Florida.Mandatory Credit: Robert Laberge /Allsport

Finally, it’s the New Year, and that means the NASCAR season is closer than ever. But this year, the season is going to start a little differently than before. To kick-off this season, we’ll have the Busch Light Clash at the LA Coliseum, and then we will head to the iconic Daytona 500.

And if these three words, “Daytona is close,” don’t get you excited, perhaps the recently released schedule for the February 15th to February 20th event will.

The week will start with the Cup Series practice on Tuesday at 5:05 pm and 6:35 pm.


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This will be followed by Cup Qualifying on Wednesday at 8:05 pm.

On Thursday, Truck Series and ARCA will have their practice sessions at 4:35 pm and 5:30 pm, respectively. And to end the bridge day between weekday and weekend, we will have a Cup Series duel at 7 pm.

Friday will be the busiest day of the week, with ARCA qualifying at 1:30 pm, Truck Series qualifying at 3 pm, Xfinity Series practice at 4:35 pm, Cup Series practice at 6 pm, and Truck Series race at 7:30 pm.

Saturday will host the final Cup Series practice at 10:30 am followed by the Xfinity Series qualifying at 11:35 am. Then, the ARCA race will take place on 1:30 pm and the Xfinity Series race at 5 pm.

And on Sunday, well, it’s the Daytona 500 day, and the green flag will be waved at 2:30 pm.

(Note: All practice sessions are of 50 minutes. All times are ET)

An F1 champion could race in NASCAR at Daytona

As if there wasn’t enough to look forward to for Daytona, it was recently reported that former F1 champion, Jacques Villeneuve, will test and potentially race at the Daytona 500.


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Journalist Bob Pockrass tweeted, “Jacques Villeneuve, who tested a Cup car at Charlotte road course for Team Hezeberg (No. 27 Ford fielded with Reaume Brothers Racing), is scheduled to test for the team next week at Daytona. The team’s Daytona 500 plans/2022 schedule (Loris Hezemans to do road courses) still TBA.”

Feb 11, 2021; Daytona Beach, FL, USA; NASCAR Cup Series driver Bubba Wallace (23), NASCAR Cup Series driver Kyle Busch (18) and NASCAR Cup Series driver Chase Elliot (9) during the Bluegreen Vacations Duel 2 at Daytona International Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

So NASCAR fans, are you ready for the Daytona 500?


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Let us know in the comments who you think would win the iconic race this year.




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Shaharyar is a Formula 1 & NASCAR writer at EssentiallySports. A graduate in Journalism from Amity University, he has been a passionate follower of motorsports for better part of the decade. A Max Verstappen and Ferrari supporter, he dreams of a pairing of the two in future.