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2012 Daytona 500 Qualifying: Start Time, TV Schedule And More

Qualifying for NASCAR's Super Bowl will take place Sunday afternoon at Daytona International Speedway, with drivers trying to earn the pole position and a week's worth of publicity that comes with the honor.

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Qualifying for NASCAR's Super Bowl will take place Sunday afternoon at Daytona International Speedway, with drivers trying to earn the pole position and a week's worth of publicity that comes with the honor. In Sunday's qualifying session, each driver simply gets two laps apiece to try to put the pedal to the metal and earn the pole.

SB Nation's Jeff Gluck offers a bit of perspective on what today's qualifying actually means:

What happens today? Officially, the Daytona 500 qualifying session only locks in two spots: The pole position and the outside pole position. But it will also allow several go-or-go-home drivers to clinch a spot in the race based on their speed. The rest of the go-or-go-home drivers will have to rely on Thursday's Gatorade Duels to try and make the field. The Duels set the starting order for the Daytona 500, except for the two top spots decided today.

Here is what you need to know for today's qualifying session:

Date/time: Sunday February 19, 1:05 p.m. ET

Location: Daytona International Speedway, Daytona Beach, Florida

TV: FOX

Weather: 40 percent change of rain during qualifying hours.

For more on the Great American Race, check out SB Nation NASCAR's Daytona 500 stream, as well as NASCAR Ranting & Raving.

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