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Daytona 500 Qualifying Rules 2013: Explaining Return to Traditional Format

The top-35 qualifying rule, which allowed teams inside that cutoff to get a guaranteed a spot in each race based on owners points, was eliminated for the 2013 NASCAR season. That means Daytona 500 qualifying will revert back to the traditional format. There are multiple layers of slotting for the 43 cars that will take part in the "The Great American Race," which will begin with qualifying and include the popular Budweiser Duels. Here's a breakdown as provided by series director John Darby and passed along by Bob Pockrass of the Sporting News.  No. 1-2 The front row will get decided and locked after qualifying, which is scheduled for Sunday, Feb. 17. The two fastest drivers in their initial runs will earn those spots regardless of wher...

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