NASCAR: Daytona Speedweeks schedule released (VIDEO)

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NASCAR has released start times and a schedule for Daytona Speedweeks. Some of the key times are below, all ET and local:

Friday, February 13

  • 3:30 p.m.:Random Drawing for Sprint Unlimited Starting Positions by the Crew Chiefs (Sprint FanZone); Drawing for Sprint Unlimited Pit Selection (Sprint FanZone)
  • 5:00-5:55 p.m.: Sprint Unlimited Practice
  • 6:30-7:25 p.m.: Sprint Unlimited Final Practice

Saturday, February 14

  • 10:30 a.m.-12:25 p.m., 1:30-3:25 p.m., Daytona 500 Practice
  • 8:15 p.m.: Sprint Unlimited (75 laps, 187.5 miles)

Sunday, February 15

  • 1:35 p.m.: Daytona 500 Qualifying

Wednesday, February 18

  • 2:00-2:45 p.m, 3:15-3:55 p.m.: Daytona 500 practice

Thursday, February 19

  • 12:00-1:25 p.m.: Final pre-Duel 150 practice
  • 7:00 p.m.: Duel 150 Mile Qualifying Races (60 laps, 150 miles each)

Friday, February 20

  • 11:00 a.m.-12:25 p.m., 2:00-3:25 p.m., Daytona 500 practice
  • 7:30 p.m.: NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race

Saturday, February 21

  • 10:30-11:55 a.m.: Daytona 500 final practice
  • 3:30 p.m.: NASCAR Xfinity Series race

Sunday, February 22

  • 12:15 p.m.: Daytona 500 Driver Introductions
  • 1:00 p.m.: 2015 Daytona 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race

Full PDF Schedule linked here

Valtteri Bottas wins chaotic season-opening F1 Austrian Grand Prix

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SPIELBERG, Austria — Valtteri Bottas won a chaotic season-opening F1 Austrian Grand Prix while six-time series champion Lewis Hamilton finished fourth after getting a late time penalty Sunday.

The Formula One race was interrupted three times by a safety car, and nine of 20 drivers abandoned, including both Red Bulls of Max Verstappen and Alexander Albon – who tried to overtake Hamilton on the outside with 10 laps left, touched wheels and flew off track.

Hamilton was given a 5-second time penalty for causing the collision, having earlier been hit with a three-place grid penalty after an incident in Saturday’s qualifying was reviewed by stewards.

SHOW OF SUPPORT: Drivers take knee before race

Bottas led all 71 laps in the eighth victory of his career. It was the second consecutive victory in the season opener for the Finn, though he won four months earlier in 2019 after this season’s start was delayed by the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Lando Norris of McLaren F1 celebrates after his first podium finish (Mark Thompson/Getty Images).

Bottas started from pole position and Hamilton from fifth, but it looked like a straight fight between the two Mercedes drivers as has been the case so often in recent years.

But late drama in Spielberg ensured otherwise and Hamilton’s time penalty meant Charles Leclerc took second place for Ferrari, and Lando Norris sent McLaren’s garage into raptures – and threw all social distancing rules out of the window amid the euphoria – with third place.

It was the 20-year-old British driver’s first career podium, and his superb final lap was the fastest of a dramatic season opener.

Norris became the youngest British driver to secure a podium finish and the third-youngest ever in Formula One.

Valtteri Bottas leads Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton during the Formula One Grand Prix of Austria (Mark Thompson/Getty Images).