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Daytona Duels 2021 start times, TV channel, lineups for NASCAR’s Daytona 500 qualifying races

NASCAR divides qualifying for the Daytona 500 into two parts: pole qualifying and two 150-mile races. Those two races are better known as the Duels at Daytona, and in 2021 they’ll take place Thursday, Feb. 11, at Daytona International Speedway. The green flag for the first race will drop sometime after 7 p.m. ET. The second race will begin sometime after 8:45 p.m. ET. 

The Duels determine starting positions 3-40 for the Daytona 500, but they also serve an important competitive function: They decide which teams will occupy the two remaining open spots in the 40-car field. Eight teams are competing for four open spots in this year’s race; 36 spots were set aside for Cup Series teams that have charter agreements with NASCAR.

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Ryan Preece (JTG Daugherty Racing) and David Ragan (Front Row Motorsports) claimed the first two open positions with their qualifying speeds Wednesday night. That leaves Austin Cindric (Team Penske), Ty Dillon (Gaunt Brothers Racing), Noah Gragson (Beard Motorsports), Kaz Grala (Kaulig Racing), Timmy Hill (Motorsports Business Management) and Garrett Smithley (Motorsports Business Management) needing to race their way into the last two open spots Thursday.

Hendrick Motorsports teammates Alex Bowman (pole) and William Byron (second) are on the front row for Sunday’s race after their one-lap qualifying runs Wednesday night. They will lead the field in their respective Duel races.

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

Daytona Duels 2021 start times

Duel 1: 7 p.m. ETDuel 2: 8:45 p.m. ET

The lineup for Duel 1 consists mainly of the drivers who finished in odd-numbered spots in pole qualifying. That means pole sitter Alex Bowman will be on the front row for his Duel race, along with Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (third in qualifying). 

The lineup for Duel 2 consists mainly of the drivers who finished in even-numbered spots in pole qualifying. That means second-place qualifier William Byron will lead the field for his Duel race along with Bubba Wallace (fourth in qualifying).

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Daytona Duels 2021 TV channel

TV network: FS1Live stream: Fox Sports Go

The 2021 Speedweeks marks the start of Fox’s 21st season covering NASCAR and the network’s 18th year covering the Daytona 500. Mike Joy (play-by-play), Jeff Gordon, Clint Bowyer and Larry McReynolds (analysts) will provide booth and studio coverage of the Duels. Jamie Little and Regan Smith will be the pit reporters.

Canada’s TSN will air the Duels live, as well.

The radio broadcast of the 2021 Duels at Daytona can be heard on the Motor Racing Network (MRN) or SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.

Daytona Duels 2021 starting lineups

The starting lineups for Thursday’s Duels were set by Wednesday’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.
Alex Bowman
Hendrick Motorsports
2.
Aric Almirola
Stewart-Haas Racing
3.
Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
JTG Daugherty Racing
4.
Christopher Bell
Joe Gibbs Racing
5.
Ryan Preece
JTG Daugherty Racing
6.
Daniel Suarez
Trackhouse Racing Team
7.
Denny Hamlin
Joe Gibbs Racing
8.
Kyle Larson
Hendrick Motorsports
9.
Matt DiBenedetto
Wood Brothers Racing
10.
Austin Cindric
Team Penske
11.
Joey Logano
Team Penske
12.
Ryan Newman
Roush Fenway Racing
13.
Cole Custer
Stewart-Haas Racing
14.
Michael McDowell
Front Row Motorsports
15.
Erik Jones
Richard Petty Motorsports
16.
Tyler Reddick
Richard Childress Racing
17.
Ty Dillon
Gaunt Brothers Racing
18.
Jamie McMurray
Spire Motorsports
19.
Quin Houff
StarCom Racing
20.
Timmy Hill
Motorsports Business Management
21.
Cody Ware
Rick Ware Racing
22.
Josh Bilicki
Rick Ware Racing

Duel 2

Starting Pos.
Driver
Team
1.
William Byron
Hendrick Motorsports
2.
Bubba Wallace
23XI Racing
3.
Kevin Harvick
Stewart-Haas Racing
4.
Austin Dillon
Richard Childress Racing
5.
Chase Elliott
Hendrick Motorsports
6.
David Ragan
Front Row Motorsports
7.
Kurt Busch
Chip Ganassi Racing
8.
Kyle Busch
Joe Gibbs Racing
9.
Ryan Blaney
Team Penske
10.
Kaz Grala
Kaulig Racing
11.
Chase Briscoe
Stewart-Haas Racing
12.
Ross Chastain
Chip Ganassi Racing
13.
Brad Keselowski
Team Penske
14.
Martin Truex Jr.
Joe Gibbs Racing
15.
Chris Buescher
Roush Fenway Racing
16.
Anthony Alfredo
Front Row Motorsports
17.
Corey LaJoie
Spire Motorsports
18.
Garrett Smithley
Motorsports Business Management
19.
BJ McLeod
Live Fast Motorsports
20.
Joey Gase
Rick Ware Racing
21.
Derrike Cope
Rick Ware Racing
22.
Noah Gragson
Beard Motorsports

Daytona 2021 TV schedule

Below is the TV schedule for what’s left of Daytona Speedweeks in 2021, including the Duels, Daytona 500 Series practice sessions and Truck, Xfinity and ARCA series events, all leading up to Sunday’s Daytona 500.

Time
Event
TV
Radio
5:35 p.m.
Camping World Truck Series practice
FS1
No radio
7 p.m.
NASCAR Cup Series Bluegreen Vacations Duel at Daytona
FS1/TSN
MRN
8:45 p.m.
NASCAR Cup Series Bluegreen Vacations Duel at Daytona
FS1/TSN
MRN
Time
Event
TV
Radio
1 p.m.
ARCA Menards Series practice
No TV
No radio
3:10 p.m.
Camping World Truck Series qualifying
FS1
No radio
4:35 p.m.
Xfinity Series practice
FS1/TSN.ca app
No radio
7:30 p.m.
Camping World Truck Series, NextEra Energy 250
FS1
MRN
Time
Event
TV
Radio
8:30 a.m.
ARCA Menards Series qualifying
No TV
No radio
9:30 a.m.
NASCAR Cup Series Daytona 500 second practice
FS2/TSN
MRN
10:40 a.m.
Xfinity Series qualifying
FS2/TSN3
No radio
12:05 p.m.
NASCAR Cup Series Daytona 500 final practice
FS1/TSN
MRN
1:30 p.m.
ARCA Menards Series, Lucas Oil 200
FS1
MRN
5 p.m.
Xfinity Series, Beef. It’s What for Dinner. 300
FS1/TSN
MRN
Time
Event
TV
Radio
2:30 p.m.
NASCAR Cup Series, 63rd annual Daytona 500
Fox/TSN
MRN

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