NASCAR Sets Stages for Daytona 500

The NASCAR racing season officially begins with Speedweeks on February 17 when the Monster Energy Series drivers take to the track for their first practice sessions of the season.

The drivers will qualify on Sunday February 19 where the front row for the Daytona 500 will be set and the running order for the two duel races that will be run on Thursday February 23 to set the field for the 500.

NASCAR has also set the length for the stages in the Daytona 500 along with the Xfinity and Camping World Series races.

Stages one and two of the 500 will run for 60 laps with the final stage lasting 80 laps for a total of 200 laps around the two and a half mile tri-oval of Daytona International Speedway.

The Daytona 500 is set for a 2pm start on Sunday February 26.

For the Camping World Truck Series NexEra Energy Resources 250 the first two stages wil last 20 laps each with stage three lasting 60 laps.

In the Xfinity Series Powershares QQQ 300 stages one and two will last for 30 laps each with stage three lasting 60 laps in length.

The segment lengths do not reflect any additional laps due to overtime racing.

In a new format announced last month, NASCAR is rewarding drivers who lead the races after each stage. The bonus for winning a race has also increased from three points to five points.

Stage lengths for the other races in the NASCAR season have not yet been released.

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