Daytona International Speedway continues to host regular season opener while August race weekend becomes penultimate race of 2024 regular season
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Oct. 4, 2023) – NASCAR returns to the World Center of Racing for two of the most intense and action-packed races on the schedule, kicking off the 2024 season with the DAYTONA 500 and moving to the penultimate race of the regular season in the Coke Zero Sugar 400.
“As we get ready to wrap up an incredibly successful 2023 here at the World Center of Racing, we’re eager to get 2024 underway and host some of the best racing in NASCAR,” said Frank Kelleher, President of Daytona International Speedway. “Nothing beats the atmosphere at Daytona when those engines fire up to open the season with the biggest race of the year, the DAYTONA 500.
“But, coming back in August when there’s so much on the line for drivers and teams is a pretty close second.”
Since 2020, the August race weekend at Daytona International Speedway has concluded the Cup Series regular season. It moves to the second-to-last race in the regular season in 2024 due to a shift in the overall NASCAR schedule to accommodate a summer break for the 2024 Olympic Games.
“The drama is going to be just as intense in August,” said Kelleher of the change. “The Coke Zero Sugar 400 is still going to have the same tremendous impact on the Playoff picture because it’s remains the final thrilling superspeedway race that gives anyone a chance at postseason glory.”
Below are the dates, times and broadcast partners for the 2024 NASCAR race weekends at Daytona International Speedway:
February 14 – 18 (Speedweeks Presented by AdventHealth)
• Wednesday, Feb. 14 – DAYTONA 500 Qualifying (8:00 p.m. ET, FS1, MRN/SiriusXM)
• Thursday, Feb. 15 – Duel at Daytona (7:00 p.m. ET; FS1, MRN/SiriusXM)
• Friday, Feb. 16 – NASCAR CRAFTSMAN Truck Series (7:30 p.m. ET; FS1, MRN/Sirius XM)
• Saturday, Feb. 17 – NASCAR Xfinity Series (5:00 p.m. ET; FS1, MRN/SiriusXM)
• Sunday, Feb. 18 – DAYTONA 500 (2:30 p.m. ET; FOX, MRN/SiriusXM
August 23 – 24
• Friday, Aug. 23 – NASCAR Xfinity Series (7:30 p.m. ET; USA Network, MRN/SiriusXM)
• Saturday, Aug. 24 – NASCAR Cup Series (7:30 p.m. ET; NBC, MRN/SiriusXM)
This year marked the 75th Anniversary season of NASCAR as well as the 65th running of The Great American Race, and the 2023 DAYTONA 500 was indeed historic. Ricky Stenhouse Jr. took the checkered flag after two overtimes in what became the longest DAYTONA 500 in NASCAR history, snapping a streak of 199 races without winning.
When drivers and teams returned to Daytona International Speedway in August, the excitement was just as electric as the Playoffs loomed. Chris Buescher and Brad Keselowski produced the first Roush Fenway Keselowski Racing one-two finish since Keselowski joined the ownership group, with Buescher securing his third win of the season. Bubba Wallace’s 12-place result allowed him to clinch the final available Playoff berth, and his first Cup Series postseason appearance of his career.
Fans can purchase tickets to both the 2024 DAYTONA 500 and the 2024 Coke Zero Sugar 400 at www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com or by calling 1-800-PITSHOP.
To see the complete schedules for all three NASCAR national series, go to www.nascar.com/schedule.
About Daytona International Speedway
Daytona International Speedway is a state-of-the-art motorsports facility and was awarded the SportsBusiness Journal’s prestigious Sports Business Award for Sports Facility of the Year in 2016. Daytona International Speedway is the home of The Great American Race – the DAYTONA 500. Though the season-opening NASCAR Cup Series event garners most of the attention – as well as the largest audience in motorsports – the approximately 500-acre motorsports complex, also known as the World Center of Racing, boasts the most diverse schedule of racing on the globe. Some of the exciting racing events include January’s Rolex 24 At DAYTONA and Roar Before The Rolex 24, February’s DAYTONA 500 and Speedweeks Presented by AdventHealth, March’s Bike Week At DAYTONA Presented By Monster Energy, featuring DAYTONA Supercross and the DAYTONA 200, the August Coke Zero Sugar 400 weekend, and much more. The Speedway grounds are also used extensively for other events that include concerts (Welcome to Rockville, Heroes Honor Festival, etc.), sporting events (DAYTONA Soccer Fest, CLASH DAYTONA, etc.) civic and social gatherings, car shows, photo shoots, production vehicle testing and police motorcycle training.
Celebrating its 75th Anniversary in 2023, the National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing (NASCAR) is the sanctioning body for the No. 1 form of motorsports in the United States and owner of 16 of the nation’s major motorsports entertainment facilities. NASCAR sanctions races in three national series (NASCAR Cup Series™, NASCAR Xfinity Series™, and NASCAR CRAFTSMAN Truck Series™), four international series (NASCAR Brasil Sprint Race, NASCAR Mexico Series, NASCAR Pinty’s Series (Canada), NASCAR Whelen Euro Series), four regional series (ARCA Menards Series, ARCA Menards Series East & West and the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour) and a local grassroots series (NASCAR Advance Auto Parts Weekly Series). The International Motor Sports Association™ (IMSA®) governs the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship™, the premier U.S. sports car series. NASCAR also owns Motor Racing Network, Racing Electronics, and ONE DAYTONA. Based in Daytona Beach, Florida, with offices in eight cities across North America, NASCAR sanctions more than 1,200 races annually in 12 countries and more than 30 U.S. states. For more information visit www.NASCAR.com and www.IMSA.com, and follow NASCAR on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Snapchat (‘NASCAR’).