Friday, August 28, 2009
Move avoids Super Bowl conflict
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Qualifying for next season's Daytona 500 will be held one day earlier than usual, a move that avoids running the session on the same day as the Super Bowl.
The top two spots for NASCAR's biggest race of the year are typically determined in qualifying on the first Sunday of "Speedweeks." But the NFL moved the Super Bowl back one week in 2010.
Although NASCAR's qualifying would have ended before kickoff, the move avoids any conflicts with the Super Bowl on Feb. 7 in Miami.
Qualifying, scheduled for 1 p.m. ET, will be part of a Saturday tripleheader at Daytona on Feb. 6 that also will feature the season-opening ARCA race at 4:30 p.m. ET and the exhibition Budweiser Shootout at 8 p.m. ET.
Daytona International Speedway president Robin Braig said the move provides "even more value to our race fans, who can now enjoy a unique racing tripleheader as well as all the festivities surrounding the Super Bowl the following day."