Daytona Duels 2020 start times, TV channel, lineups for NASCAR's Daytona 500 qualifying races

Sporting News

We know Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and Alex Bowman will lead the field from the front row in first and second, respectively, to start the 62nd running of the Daytona 500 on Sunday. Now it's time to set the rest of the field for the NASCAR Cup Series 2020 season opener.

Thursday night's Bluegreen Vacations Duel races at Daytona, the first with a scheduled start time of 7 p.m. ET and the second tentatively scheduled for 8:45 p.m. ET, will do just that. As is the case for most of the Cup Series action throughout Daytona Speedweeks in 2020, the TV channel for Thursday's Daytona 500 qualifying races will be FS1.

MORE: Daytona 500 TV, live stream info

Scroll to continue with content
Ad

The lineups for this year's Daytona Duels were set by the same Sunday qualifying session that put Stenhouse and Bowman on the front row for the Daytona 500. The results of Duel 1 will set the inside row for the Daytona 500, and the results of Duel 2 will set the outside row. So the winner of Duel 1 will start the Daytona 500 third; the driver who finishes second will start fifth; the driver who finishes third will start seventh, and so on. Likewise, the winner of Duel 2 will start the Daytona 500 fourth; the driver who finishes second will start sixth; the driver who finishes third will start eighth, and so on.

Thursday night's duels also will determine the final two spots in the 40-car Daytona 500 field. All but four of the 40 spots in the race are guaranteed to charter teams, and of the the seven non-charter teams that have entered the Daytona 500, Justin Haley (Kaulig Racing) and Brendan Gaughan (Beard Motorsports) have already made the field with their pole qualifying speeds.

Between Reed Sorenson, Daniel Suarez, Chad Finchum, Timmy Hill and J.J. Yeley, two will make the Daytona 500 based on the results of Thursday's Duels.

Below is all you need to know about Thursday's Bluegreen Vacations Duel races at Daytona, including the start times, the TV channel and the starting lineups.

Daytona Duels 2020 start times

  • Duel 1: 7 p.m. ET

  • Duel 2: 8:45 p.m. ET

If Duel 1 plays out in a way that resembles Sunday's crash-filled Busch Clash at Daytona, that 8:45 p.m. ET start time for Duel 2 will be in jeopardy. At least we can count on the green flag for Duel 1 being waved shortly after 7 p.m. ET.

The lineup for Duel 1 is comprised of drivers that qualified in odd-numbered positions, starting with Stenhouse, the Daytona 500 pole winner, and continuing with Chase Elliott (third), Denny Hamlin (fifth) and so on. Likewise, the lineup for Duel 2 is comprised of drivers that qualified in even-numbered positions.

Daytona Duels 2020 TV channel

With the exception of the Daytona 500 itself, which will broadcast live on Fox, FS1 is the go-to TV channel for all things NASCAR Cup Series (and Xfinity and Truck Series, for that matter) throughout Daytona Speedweeks.

The 2020 season marks the 20th consecutive year Fox has covered the NASCAR Cup Series. Mike Joy, who has been the network's lead Cup announcer ever since Fox began covering the series, is covering his 45th Daytona Speedweeks and will be on the call for Thursday's Duels. Joining him in the broadcast booth will be analyst Jeff Gordon. Larry McReynolds and Jamie McMurray also will provide insight and analysis from Fox's studio during the broadcast.

The radio broadcast of the 2020 Duels at Daytona can be heard on MRN or SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.

Daytona Duels 2020 starting lineups

The starting lineups for Thursday's Duels were set by Sunday's pole qualifying speeds, with the drivers who qualified in odd-numbered positions competing in Duel 1 and the drivers who qualified in even-numbered positions competing in Duel 2.

Below are the starting lineups for Thursday night's Duels at Daytona.

  • Duel 1

Starting Pos.

Driver

Team

1.

Ricky Stenhouse Jr.

JTG Daugherty Racing

2.

Chase Elliott

Hendrick Motorsports

3.

Denny Hamlin

Joe Gibbs Racing

4.

Aric Almirola

Stewart-Haas Racing

5.

Christopher Bell

Leavine Family Racing

6.

Joey Logano

Team Penske

7.

Clint Bowyer

Stewart-Haas Racing

8.

Ryan Newman

Roush Fenway Racing

9.

Ryan Preece

JTG Daugherty Racing

10.

Chris Buescher

Roush Fenway Racing

11.

Martin Truex Jr.

Joe Gibbs Racing

12.

Brad Keselowski

Team Penske

13.

John Hunter Nemechek

Front Row Motorsports

14.

Ryan Blaney

Team Penske

15.

Austin Dillon

Richard Childress Racing

16.

Justin Haley

Kaulig Racing

17.

Bubba Wallace

Richard Petty Motorsports

18.

Reed Sorenson

Premium Motorsports

19.

Daniel Suarez

Gaunt Brothers Racing

20.

Quin Houff

StarCom Racing

21.

Chad Finchum

MBM Motorsports

22.

Joey Gase

Petty Ware Racing

  • Duel 2

Starting Pos.

Driver

Team

1.

Alex Bowman

Hendrick Motorsports

2.

Jimmie Johnson

Hendrick Motorsports

3.

Kyle Busch

Joe Gibbs Racing

4.

William Byron

Hendrick Motorsports

5.

Erik Jones

Joe Gibbs Racing

6.

Kevin Harvick

Stewart-Haas Racing

7.

Cole Custer

Stewart-Haas Racing

8.

Matt DiBenedetto

Wood Brothers Racing

9.

Tyler Reddick

Richard Childress Racing

10.

Kyle Larson

Chip Ganassi Racing

11.

Kurt Busch

Chip Ganassi Racing

12.

Michael McDowell

Front Row Motorsports

13.

David Ragan

Rick Ware Racing

14.

Ross Chastain

Spire Motorsports

15.

Ty Dillon

Germain Racing

16.

Brendan Gaughan

Beard Motorsports

17.

Timmy Hill

MBM Motorsports

18.

Corey LaJoie

GO FAS Racing

19.

J.J. Yeley

Rick Ware Racing

20.

Brennan Poole

Premium Motorsports

21.

BJ McLeod

Rick Ware Racing

Daytona 2020 TV schedule

Below is the TV schedule for what's left of Daytona Speedweeks in 2020, including the Truck Series practice sessions that precede Thursday night's Duels.

Cup Series teams will get two practice sessions between the Duels and Sunday's Daytona 500 — one on Friday and one on Saturday.

  • Thursday, Feb. 13

Time

Event

Series

TV channel

4:05 - 4:55 p.m. ET

NextEra Energy 250 practice

Truck Series

FS2

5:30 - 5:55 p.m. ET

NextEra Energy 250 final practice

Truck Series

FS1

7 p.m. ET

Bluegreen Vacations Duel No. 1

Cup Series

FS1

8:45 p.m. ET

Bluegreen Vacations Duel No. 2

Cup Series

FS1

  • Friday, Feb. 14

Time

Event

Series

TV channel

2:05 - 2:55 p.m. ET

NASCAR Racing Experience 300 practice

Xfinity Series

FS1

3:10 p.m. ET

NextEra Energy 250 qualifying

Truck Series

FS1

4:32 - 4:57 p.m. ET

NASCAR Racing Experience 300 final practice

Xfinity Series

FS1

5:05 - 5:55 p.m. ET

Daytona 500 practice

Cup Series

FS1

7:30 p.m. ET

NextEra Energy 250

Truck Series

FS1

  • Saturday, Feb. 15

Time

Event

Series

TV channel

11 a.m. ET

NASCAR Racing Experience 300 qualifying

Xfinity Series

FS1

12:30 - 1:30 p.m. ET

Daytona 500 final practice

Cup Series

FS1

2:30 p.m. ET

NASCAR Racing Experience 300

Xfinity Series

FS1

  • Sunday, Feb. 16

Time

Event

Series

TV channel

2:30 p.m. ET

Daytona 500

Cup Series

Fox

What to read next