The Auto Channel
The Largest Independent Automotive Research Resource
Official Website of the New Car Buyer

Sprint Cup - Start Times Finalized For 2013 Budweiser Speedweeks

PHOTO (select to view enlarged photo)

DAYTONA BEACH, Jan. 1, 2013: For the fourth straight year, the 55th annual Daytona 500 on Sunday, Feb. 24, NASCAR’s biggest, richest and most prestigious race, is scheduled for a 1 p.m. start time (TV – FOX Sports, Radio – MRN Radio).

Start times for the other remaining events of Budweiser Speedweeks 2013 at Daytona International Speedway are as follows:

Rolex 24 At Daytona, Jan. 26-27, 3:30 p.m. (SPEED)
Lucas Oil 200 ARCA Racing Series, Feb. 16, 4:30 p.m. (SPEED)
Daytona Shootout, Feb. 16, 8 p.m. (FOX)
Daytona 500 Qualifying, Feb. 17, 1 p.m. (FOX)
Budweiser Duel, Feb. 21, 2 p.m. (SPEED)
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, Feb. 22, 7:30 p.m. (SPEED)
300 NASCAR Nationwide Series, Feb. 23, 1 p.m. (ESPN)

Penske Racing’s Brad Keselowski will begin his NASCAR Sprint Cup Series title defense in the season-opening 55th annual Daytona 500, which will mark the debut of the new 2013 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series car. Dubbed “Gen 6,” the new-look sixth generation cars highlight greater brand identity for the manufacturers.

Matt Kenseth, who won the 2012 Daytona 500 with Roush Fenway Racing, will attempt to be the first driver since Sterling Marlin (1994-1995) to win “The Great American Race” for a second straight year with his new team Joe Gibbs Racing.

Tickets for NASCAR’s biggest, richest and most prestigious race – the 55th annual Daytona 500 on Sunday, Feb. 24 – start at $65 and are available at or by calling 1-800-PITSHOP.

For the second straight year, the Speedway is offering special youth pricing for the Daytona 500. Children 12 and under will receive 50 percent off all backstretch grandstand seats for the Daytona 500 while supplies last. In addition, children 12 and under are free in the Sprint FANZONE throughout Budweiser Speedweeks.