Daytona 500 2012: A Look At The Weekend Schedule

Man, Daytona Speedweeks is flying by, isn't it? NASCAR drivers and teams first took to the track for Budweiser Shootout practice one week ago today, and now there are only two days until the Daytona 500.

In other words, we've now arrived at the "standard" race weekend schedule (if there is such a thing at Daytona). All the unusual elements of Speedweeks are out of the way – the Gatorade Duel races being the most unusual – and what's left are practice sessions and three races.

The Sprint Cup Series cars have practices on both today and Saturday, then will take the green flag for the Daytona 500 at 1:29 p.m. Sunday.

Meanwhile, the Camping World Truck Series races tonight and the Nationwide Series schedule opens Saturday afternoon.

Here's a look at the exact times (all times listed are Eastern):

FRIDAY

11 a.m. – Sprint Cup Series practice (1 hour)

12:30 p.m. – Sprint Cup Series practice (1 hour)

2:05 p.m. – Nationwide Series qualifying

4:05 p.m. – Camping World Truck Series qualifying

7:30 p.m. – Camping World Truck Series race (100 laps, 250 miles)

SATURDAY

10:30 a.m. – Sprint Cup Series final practice (1 hour, 30 minutes)

1:15 p.m. – Nationwide Series race (120 laps, 300 miles)

SUNDAY

1:29 p.m. – 2012 Daytona 500 (200 laps, 500 miles)

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