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February 18, 2024

Daytona 500 postponed by rain, joins Xfinity opener in Monday doubleheader

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — NASCAR officials have postponed the Daytona 500 to Monday because of rain, meaning it will join the season-opening Xfinity Series race in a first-ever doubleheader at Daytona International Speedway to start the work week.

A combination of Saturday rainfall and Sunday’s threatening weather forecast prompted officials to push the 66th running of the Daytona 500 to Monday at 4 p.m. ET, to be telecast on FOX with radio coverage through MRN Radio and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio. The “Great American Race” had been scheduled for a Sunday, 2:30 p.m. ET start.

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The Xfinity Series’ United Rentals 300 — originally planned for a Saturday start at 5 p.m. ET — was rescheduled to Monday at 11 a.m. ET (FS1, MRN Radio, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio).

Fans with Saturday grandstand tickets and admission to the Hard Rock Bet Fanzone may attend both the NASCAR Xfinity Series race and the Daytona 500.

FOX’s NASCAR RaceDay will remain scheduled for Sunday. Fans can tune in at 11 a.m. ET on FS1 and FOX at 1 p.m. ET.

Saturday’s on-track schedule was washed away, with final Daytona 500 practice canceled by steady precipitation at the 2.5-mile track. Weather also delayed Xfinity Series qualifying by two hours, and a single round of time trials was completed before more rain arrived. The season-opening race for the ARCA Menards Series headed off the weather with a move from Saturday afternoon to Friday night after the Craftsman Truck Series event.

Former Daytona 500 winner Joey Logano will start from the pole position after topping the chart in Wednesday night’s Cup Series qualifying session. He will share the front row with fellow Ford driver Michael McDowell, who won the “Great American Race” in 2021.

One row behind them will be a pair of Toyotas, with Tyler Reddick and Christopher Bell securing those starting spots based on their victories in Thursday night’s 150-mile qualifying races, the Bluegreen Vacations Duels.

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