The DAYTONA 500 has the most unique qualifying format in all of motorsports. DAYTONA 500 Qualifying Presented by Kroger – commonly known as “Pole Day” – locked in the two fastest qualifiers for the DAYTONA 500’s front row, while also establishing the starting grids for the two Can-Am Duel races. Those two 150-mile races set the field for “The Great American Race” beyond the front row.
A New Era
The Can-Am Duel is now even more important to drivers as their finishes will determine not only their starting position in the DAYTONA 500 but will also impact the season-long Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series championship. Driver and team owner points are being awarded to the top-10 finishers in each Can-Am Duel race for the first time since 1971.
The two fastest qualifiers are awarded the first starting position on the grid for each of the two Can-Am Duel races, with the DAYTONA 500 pole winner claiming that same spot in the first race and the second-fastest qualifier starting from the pole in the second race. The next four-fastest drivers are locked into the DAYTONA 500, with their starting positions set upon the results of the Duel.
With 36 Charter teams guaranteed a berth in the DAYTONA 500, the Can-Am Duel serves to set their exact DAYTONA 500 starting positions. Four open teams are eligible for starting positions, with the highest finishing Open team in each Can-Am Duel race earning a starting position in the DAYTONA 500. The final two starting positions are awarded to open teams based on their speeds in the DAYTONA 500 Qualifying Presented By Kroger - if not already a top finisher in their race.
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