With the advent of the Charter System, NASCAR has announced new changes for qualifying procedures in the Daytona 500 and the 35 remaining points races on the 2016 Sprint Cup Series schedule.
For the Daytona 500, all 36 Charter teams will be guaranteed a starting position, with the final four slots going to non-Charter teams, which NASCAR refers to as “Open teams.” Four Open teams will make the Daytona 500 field.
The highest finishing Open team in each Can-Am Duel race earns a starting position, with the final two starting positions awarded to Open teams based on Coors Light Pole Qualifying if not already a top finisher in a Duel race.
Single-car qualifying runs will set the front row for the Daytona 500 and the starting lineup for the Can-Am Duel fields, with the number of Charter team and Open team cars split evenly throughout both races.
If qualifying is cancelled due to weather, the top two finishing Open teams from each Can-Am Duel race earn starting positions in the Daytona 500.