Tuesday, February 20, 2018
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Daytona: Speedweeks schedule

Speedweeks schedule

Today

2 p.m. — ARCA qualifying

5 — Sprint Unlimited (Sprint Cup all-star race) practice

6:30 — Sprint Unlimited final practice

8 — Drawing for Sprint Unlimited lineup (Sprint Cup). TV: Speed

Saturday

11 a.m. — Sprint Cup practice

2 p.m. — Sprint Cup practice

4:30 — ARCA Lucas Oil 200 (80 laps, 200 miles)

8 — Sprint Unlimited (75 laps, 187½ miles). TV: Ch. 13

Sunday

1 p.m. — Daytona 500 qualifying (two laps, two positions). TV: Ch. 13

Wednesday

Noon — Sprint Cup practice

2:30 — Sprint Cup practice

Feb. 21

9 a.m. — NASCAR Nationwide practice

10:15 — Nationwide practice

12:10 p.m. — NASCAR truck practice

2 — Sprint Cup Duel 150s (two races, 60 laps and 150 miles each). TV: Speed

Feb. 22

11 a.m. — Daytona 500 practice

12:30 p.m. — Daytona 500 practice

1:40 — NASCAR truck qualifying (two laps, all positions)

3:35 — NASCAR Nationwide qualifying (two laps, all positions)

7:30 — NASCAR trucks NextEra Energy Resources 250 (100 laps, 250 miles). TV: Speed

Feb. 23

10:30 a.m. — Daytona 500 final practice

1:15 p.m. — NASCAR Nationwide DRIVE4COPD 300 (120 laps, 300 miles). TV: ESPN

Feb. 24

1 p.m. — Sprint Cup Daytona 500 (200 laps, 500 miles). TV: Ch. 13

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