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2012 Daytona 500 Weekend Schedule: Budweiser Shootout, Qualifying And More

The 2012 Nascar Season's unofficial start will begin on Saturday with the Budweiser Shootout. While being a non-points race, the Shootout is an invitation-only, All-Star matchup if you will, for the Nascar season. The race features 25 top drivers that will race a 25 lap opening segment which is followed by a 10 minute red flag which will allow for race car adjustments before starting a 50-lap battle to the finish.

Qualifying for the Daytona 500 will begin on Sunday with front row spots in the starting grid at stake. That will be followed by the Gatorade Duels which are a pair of 150-mile qualifying races that will determine the rest of the field for the race.

The 54th running of the Daytona 500 will be held on February 26 featuring a standard 43-car field in what is Nascar's biggest event of the season.

Here is a look at the complete schedule including times and broadcast information:

Saturday, February 18

Budweiser Shootout - 8:00 pm ET - FOX

Thursday, February 23

Gatorade Duel 1 - 2:00 pm ET - Speed

Gatorade Duel 2 - 4:00 pm ET - Speed

Sunday, February 26

Dayton 500 - 1:00 pm ET - FOX

Photographs by coka_koehler used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.