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

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

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.

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
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.

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
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
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
Time
Event
Series
TV channel
2:30 p.m. ET
Daytona 500
Cup Series
Fox

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