Hey, NASCAR fans, let’s go racing today!
We’ll kick things off at 12:30 p.m. ET at Daytona International Speedway with qualifying to set the front row for next weekend’s Daytona 500.
A total of 43 cars will make attempts to start the 62nd edition of the Great American Race.
The remaining 38 spots for the 40-car starting lineup will be determined in Thursday’s Duels. Three teams will go home that day and will not make the race.
At 3 p.m. ET this afternoon, the first NASCAR Cup race action of the season takes place in the Busch Clash, an 18-car, 75-lap non-points exhibition. Jimmie Johnson is the defending winner.
According to wunderground.com, the temperature at the start of The Clash will be 70 degrees with only a 1% chance of precipitation.
Here’s how today’s schedule looks:
Sunday, Feb. 9
8 a.m. – 7 p.m. – Cup garage open
10:30 a.m. – Driver-crew chief meeting
12:30 p.m. – Daytona 500 qualifying impound; single car/one lap (Fox, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio)
2:30 p.m. – Driver introductions
3 p.m. – Busch Clash; 75 laps/187.5 miles (FS1, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio)