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Speedweeks start times finalized

Posted on: January 20, 2012 11:04 am
Edited on: January 20, 2012 11:05 am
By Pete Pistone

For the third straight year, the Daytona 500 on Sunday, Feb. 26 is scheduled for a 1 p.m. start time.

Start times for the other remaining events of Speedweeks 2012 at Daytona International Speedway are as follows:

·         The 50<sup>th</sup> anniversary of the Rolex 24 At Daytona GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series race, Jan. 28-29, 3:30 p.m.

·         The Lucas Oil Slick Mist 200 ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards, Saturday, Feb. 18, 4:30 p.m.

·         The Budweiser Shootout  non-points event, Saturday, Feb. 18, 8:10 p.m.

·         Daytona 500 Qualifying Presented By Kroger, Sunday, Feb. 19, 1:05 p.m.

·         Gatorade Duel At Daytona, Thursday, Feb. 23, 2 p.m.

·         NextEra Energy Resources 250 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race, Friday, Feb. 24, 7:30 p.m.

·         DRIVE4COPD 300 NASCAR Nationwide Series race, Saturday, Feb. 25, 1:15 p.m.

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Since: Apr 22, 2009
Posted on: January 22, 2012 11:20 pm

Speedweeks start times finalized

Teres Minor, did the FRANCE family force you to "work" the Daytona 500.  Go back to selling time shares!

Since: Oct 25, 2006
Posted on: January 22, 2012 11:19 am

Speedweeks start times finalized

There are a lot of people in this country that work 10+ hours per day and repeat that everyday. There are also people with no jobs that will love to have that job. Big deal! Stop crying!

Since: Dec 12, 2010
Posted on: January 21, 2012 9:53 am

Speedweeks start times finalized

Gotta love it. Spend lots of time at the track. All the races are great and love all the night stuff.

Since: Jun 5, 2011
Posted on: January 21, 2012 9:19 am

Idiots at Daytona don't care about employees

I worked four Daytona 500's.  Basically, each of four days in a row is from 12-14 hours, including around two hours of check in, check out, and riding the trolley to the part of the track to which you are assigned.  When the races were all in the daytime, it was demanding, but reasonable.  Then, some genius decided to move the truck race to prime time.  Consequently, you end up working a 12-14 hour shift on Friday, get home around midnight if you are lucky, and have to wake up at 4 am to get back to the track for Saturday.

So, basically, Daytona forces anyone who wants to work to put in around 14 hours, two shifts in a row, back to back, with maybe three hours of sleep in between.  All so they can run the trucks at night.  Thanks a lot to the France family for proving how out of touch they are with real people who have to work for a living.

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