Speedweeks schedule released

As in years past, the 2013 NASCAR race season will kick off in February at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway. Just before Christmas, Daytona and NASCAR released the official schedule of Speedweeks events that will get the race season underway. Below, is a rundown of the events the track has scheduled, leading up to the Daytona 500 on Feb. 24:

Rolex 24 at Daytona (GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series) — Jan. 26 and 27, beginning at 3:30 p.m. ET on Jan. 26.

Lucas Oil 200 (ARCA Racing Series) — 4:30 p.m. ET Feb. 16

Daytona Shootout (Sprint Cup Series) — 8 p.m. ET Feb. 16

Daytona 500 pole qualifying (Sprint Cup) — 1 p.m. ET Feb. 17

Budweiser Duel at Daytona (Sprint Cup) — 2 p.m. ET Feb. 21

NextEra Energy Resources 250 (Camping World Truck Series) — 7:30 p.m. ET Feb. 22

DRIVE4COPD 300 (Nationwide Series) — 1 p.m. ET Feb. 23

Daytona 500 (Sprint Cup) — 1 p.m. ET Feb. 24

For additional information on the Daytona events, visit the track’s website at daytonainternationalspeedway.com.

You may have noticed above that the duel races to set the Daytona 500 race field will be sponsored by Budweiser in 2013, replacing Gatorade as title sponsor. The beer company formerly sponsored the Shootout exhibition event. Its sponsorship has been moved from the Shootout to the duel races since NASCAR decided to revert back to a previous Shootout format that makes the race an event for race pole winners. Rival beer company Coors now sponsors the weekly pole award.

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Topics: Daytona International Speedway, NASCAR, SpeedWeeks

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